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Colby College is pleased to announce its September events. All are free (except where noted) and open to the public.

Thursday, September 7, noon
The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 60 Years

Curator’s Tour
Colby College Museum of Art
Sharon Corwin, director and chief curator of the museum, will offer a guided tour of this exhibition that pairs the work of Skowhegan School faculty with the lectures they delivered at the prestigious Maine art school.
Contact: Karen Wickman, 859-5600,

Saturday, September 9, 7:30 p.m.
Music at Colby Series

La Belle Époque: Music of the French Salon (1880-1925)
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
Paris of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was the center of a broad-based reaction among artists, composers, and poets to mainstream society’s increasing fascination with advances in science and technology. Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Erskine Patches, pianist Cheryl Tschanz, and flutist Lee Humphreys will be joined by cellist Adele Adkins to present chamber music from this avant-garde era when Paris was the ne plus ultra of society and French taste was law.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Tuesday, September 12, 7 p.m.
Environmental Studies Evening Colloquium

Climate Change, Flowering, and Bird Migrations: What is Happening and Why We Should Care
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Worldwide, many spring events are occurring earlier than in the past, but not all species are experiencing earlier spring activity. Abe Miller-Rushing, a Ph.D. student at Boston University, will describe which plant and bird species in New England are changing, which are not, and what this might mean for natural communities.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-4846,

Tuesday, September 12, 5:30 p.m.
True Life — After Colby: Adam Cote ’95

A Goldfarb Center Event
Fairchild Lounge, Dana Dining Hall
Adam Cote ’95, an officer in the Maine National Guard and a Portland lawyer, served in Iraq where his unit worked to rebuild rural Iraqi villages.
Contact: Kate O’Halloran, 859-5319,

Saturday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.
Music at Colby Series: The Strider Concert
Lorimer Chapel
Matt Haimovitz has performed with many of the greatest musicians and ensembles in the world and made headlines with his path-breaking interpretations of Bach’s Suites for Cello Solo and his unprecedented Bach “Listening-Room” tour. This concert will feature music of Bach, commissioned works by two Pulitzer Prize winning composers, Lewis Spratlan and Paul Moravec, and Anthem, a work inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s famous performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Sunday, September 17, 4 p.m.
Lovejoy Convocation Panel Discussion

The Role of Journalism in Reopening History
Parker Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
Panelists include investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, the 2006 Lovejoy Award recipient, and retired Boston Globe editor Matthew Storin.
Contact: Kate O’Halloran, 859-5319,

Sunday, September 17, 8 p.m.
Lovejoy Convocation
Lorimer Chapel
The 2006 Lovejoy Award goes to Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi, whose stories have led to the reopening of several previously unresolved civil rights crimes.
Contact: Laura Meader, 859-4350,
Monday, September 18, 7 p.m.
A Look Back: September 11 Five Years Later

How The Events of One Day Changes Our Lives
A Goldfarb Center Panel Discussion with Dr. Gregory R. Ciottone ’87
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
Contact: Kate O’Halloran, 859-5319,
Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m.
Visiting Writers Series: Poet Steve Orlen
Robinson Room, Miller Library
A recent review calls Orlen’s new book of poetry, The Elephant’s Child: New and Selected Poems 1978-2005, “a deeply-felt and expressed collection whose subjects of family, masculinity, childhood, love and lust evoke our own stories of the miraculous and the sacred . . . as Orlen says, ‘how puzzling it is to be a human being in the world.'”
Contact: April Ames, 859-5250,

Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.
Music at Colby Series

When the Soul is Settled: Music of Iraq
Lorimer Chapel
Forced to leave Iraq as a result of his political activism against the Saddam Hussein regime, Iraqi oud player Rahim AlHaj has performed hundreds of concerts in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Billed by many as “a prophet with an oud,” AlHaj plays music that delicately combines traditional Iraqi maqams (modes) with contemporary styling and influences in ways that convey the human face of suffering and transformation. AlHaj’s multifaceted concert will feature performances of traditional Iraqi music for solo oud, his own compositions, and his insights into Iraqi music, culture, and history.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Monday, September 25, 7 p.m.
From Artaxerxes to Abu Ghraib:  On Religion, Empire, and Torture

A Goldfarb Center Event
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Bruce Lincoln, a professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago’s divinity school, works primarily in the religions of pre-Christian Europe and pre-Islamic Iran. His most recent publications include Holy Terrors: Thinking about Religion after September 11 and Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship.
Contact: Kate O’Halloran, 859-5319,

Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, 7:30 p.m.
Slices of Life: A Festival of Short Plays
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
Each of these short plays exposes characters, events, and themes in surprising depth. The festival is a celebration of life’s central mysteries that will by turns entertain and enlighten. Slices of Life is directed, designed, crewed and acted almost entirely by students. Short pieces, written by Edward Albee, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Tennessee Williams, are directed by Meagan Berg ’07, John Bergeron ’08, Rishi Chatrath ’08, Siu Man Ko ’07 and Maris Skujevskis ’07. The plays are appropriate for mature teen and adult audiences. Admission is free and there will be no advance reservations for this event. Presented by the Department of Theater and Dance.
Contact: Deborah Ward, 859-4521,

Ongoing Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

July 22 – October 29
The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 60 Years
In its 60-year history, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture has established itself as one of the most important art schools in the country. Run by artists for artists, Skowhegan has been bringing students and faculty together since 1946 for nine-week summer sessions. This exhibition includes works by 27 Skowhegan faculty members and provides a unique opportunity to consider the impact of Skowhegan on the visual arts in America. The exhibition will link the works of art with excerpts from lectures by each artist through digital recordings from the newly formed Skowhegan Lecture Archive, which consists of more than 560 lectures recorded at the school. By bringing artists’ voices into the museum, the exhibition emphasizes listening as well as looking, and it bridges artistic ideas and the works themselves.

June 25, 2006 – February 25, 2007
Whistler as Printmaker
While James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) achieved fame as a painter, he was also a serious and innovative printmaker, producing some 450 etchings and about 180 lithographs. His imagery and the technical means that he developed for etching and for printing plates influenced not only his fellow printmakers in Europe and America but also many others who followed. This selection of prints is drawn from a collection on loan to the Colby museum consisting of almost 200 impressions representing the highest quality and range of Whistler’s printmaking. Curated by David P. Becker

The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. Admission is free and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information call 207-859-5600 or click here.