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Colby College is pleased to announce the following December events. All are free and open to the public.

Losang Samten at Colby
Monday, February 5, through Friday, February 16
Losang Samten made an impression on almost 2,000 museum visitors when he created a sand mandala at Colby in 2005. He’s back, and this year his mandala will be larger and more detailed. He will also lead a meditation and speak on a panel with members of the Colby faculty.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,
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    Creation of Sand Mandala
    10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily
    Colby College Museum of Art.
    Watch renowned artist Losang Samten construct The Wheel of Life.

    Meditation Led by Losang Samten
    Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.
    The Paul J. Schupf Wing, Colby College Museum of Art

    Artist’s Talk and Panel Discussion
    Saturday, February 10, 1 p.m.
    Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
Featuring Losang Samten, artist; Sarah Haynes, Colby faculty fellow in religious studies; William Edelglass, Colby visiting assistant professor of philosophy; Trian Nguyen, Bates assistant.

    Sand Mandala Dismantling Ceremony
    Friday, February 16, 1 p.m.
    Colby College Museum of Art

Poet Ross Gay
Wednesday, February 7, 7 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
Ross Gay is the author of the poetry collection Against Which (2006). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, North American Review, and other publications.
Contact: Department of English, 859-5251,

Music at Colby
Not Lost In Translation: Songs on Flute and Guitar
Saturday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Guitarist Mark Leighton and flutist Peter H. Bloom will perform instrumental arrangements of songs from different eras and continents. Their program includes classical works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, J.S. Bach, John Dowland, Mauro Guilliani, and Jacques Ibert, as well as jazz standards by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, and Fats Waller.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

African Drumming Performance
Sunday, February 11, 7 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
Students from a January course in African drumming and their instructor, Jordan Benissan, will perform.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Poetry Reading: Eamon Grennan
Thursday, February 15, 4 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
The New Yorker magazine said Irish poet Eamon Grennan’s work “is like afternoon light hitting ordinary objects: it illuminates, clarifies, and directs our gaze toward what it is we love but often overlook.” He has written numerous volumes of poetry including Wildly for Days (1983), What Light There Is (1987), As If It Matters (1991), So It Goes (1995), Still Life with Waterfall (2001), and The Quick of It (2005). Other publications include Leopardi: Selected Poems (1997), and Facing the Music: Irish Poetry in the 20th Century, a collection of essays. His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in many magazines both in Ireland and the U.S.
Contact: Professor Jennifer Thorn, 859-5257,

The Fantasticks
February 15-17, 7:30 p.m.
Waterville Opera House
Two neighbors decide they want their children to fall in love. Believing that a feud between them will bring their children together, they stage a mock feud. The Fantasticks is a touching tale of young lovers who become disillusioned and who ultimately discover a more mature, meaningful love. The world’s longest-running musical, it is full of captivating songs (including the classic “Try to Remember”), breathtaking poetry, and a subtle theatrical sophistication and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. Book and lyrics by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt. (Teens and adults. Approximately two hours.) Tickets: $5 for students and seniors, $8 general admission.
Contact: Deb Ward, 859-4520,

Music at Colby
Ragas, Talas, and Poetry: An Evening of North Indian Music
Saturday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Artist-in-Residence Aditya Verma, the Colby Music Department’s first, is fast emerging as a force on the world music stage. A charismatic young sarod player based in Canada and India, Verma has won the admiration of audiences across North America, Europe, and India. His electrifying performances reveal his virtuosity, passionate energy, and an intensely emotional approach to the music. A disciple of the legendary sitar player Pandit Ravi Shankar and renowned sarod master Ustad Aashish Khan, Verma will offer a concert of traditional North Indian music.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Visiting Writers Series
The Edwin J. Kenney Memorial Nonfiction Reading with Professor Michael Burke
Tuesday, February 20, 7 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
Michael Burke’s nonfiction work has appeared in Outside, Islands, Yankee, The New York Times, The Sunday Times (South Africa), Down East, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. This reading coincides with the publication of his book, The Same River Twice:  A Boatman’s Journey Home.
Contact: Department of English, 859-5251,

Friday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.
Lucia’s Chapters
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
Mabou Mines, an avant-garde theater company, stresses the creation of new work either from original texts or through the adaptation of existing (often classic) texts. Tickets: $2 students and seniors, $3 general admission.
Contact: Deborah Ward, 859-4520,

Goldfarb Center Event

Convivencia: Why Can’t We All Get Along?

Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Medieval Spain
February 27, 7 p.m.
There was a period of co-existence and cooperation between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Muslim Spain for a few centuries from about 800 to 1050. The lecture will begin with a discussion of this period by Marc Cohen of Princeton University. A discussion of why the three major religions have such conflict in the modern world will follow. Also featuring Colby history faculty members John Turner, Howard Lupovitch, and Larissa Taylor.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Contact: Kate O’Halloran, 859-5319,

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Current Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Currents3: Lihua Lei
November 16 – February 4, 2007
Lihua Lei’s work explores the sense of bounty and loss inherent in our bodily condition. Working in the gap between the figurative and the abstract, Lei uses diverse materials to allude to the body: a pool of carnelian colored threads suggests blood; a tube of cloth winds through the landscape like an esophagus or a birthing canal; a tree’s knotty irregularities imply scars, burns, or tumors upon a torso. For Currents3, Lei explores memory as a bodily phenomenon, exemplified by the phantom limb. How does our body remember, or feel, what it has lost? Lei’s installation invites the viewer to reflect upon the vulnerabilities and transformations of the body.

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.

Faculty Exhibition: Harriett Matthews
January 7 – February 18
This solo exhibition by Professor of Art Harriett Matthews brings together 45 recent drawings and sculptures spanning the past six years.  Matthews, who has been teaching at Colby since 1966, works primarily with welded steel and bronze. Her fascination with the landscape and ancient architecture of Greece is manifested in her delicate pencil drawings, classically influenced reliefs, and monumental sculptural forms.

Modern Japanese Prints
January 30 – March 18

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 visit the museum online.