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Colby College is pleased to announce the following April events. All are open to the public and free, except where noted.

Goldfarb Center Event

War on Drugs? Or War on People?
Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Peter Christ spent 20 years as a captain on the police force in suburban Buffalo, N.Y. A founding member of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Christ is a strong advocate of ending drug prohibition in America.
Contact: Alice Elliott, 859-5313,

Scott Donaldson on Edwin Arlington Robinson
Wednesday, April 4, 4 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
One of the nation’s leading literary biographers, Scott Donaldson has written seven books about 20th century American authors. For his most recent book, Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet’s Life (2007), Donaldson did much of his research in Colby’s Special Collections. This book, seven years in research and writing, draws on a cache of 3,000 previously unavailable letters to tell for the first time the story of this great American poet.
Contact: Patricia Burdick,, 859-5151

The Monk Who Licked Me
Wednesday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Room 142, Diamond Building
In this one-woman show, Genevieve Erin O’Brien leaves Los Angeles for Vietnam, her motherland. Expecting to find answers in the ancient Buddhist temples and picturesque landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia, O’Brien finds much more than she was bargaining for — punks, monks, SARS, and wars. Through a compelling and often hilarious narrative, O’Brien covers such issues as love, sexual violence against women, and globalization by interweaving her personal experiences and reactions to the aftermath of the war and U.S. cultural imperialism.
Contact: Professor Michael Masatsugu, 859-4582,

Grossman Lecture

Corporate Social Responsibility: Is Milton Friedman Right? Applications From Latin America with Patrice Franko, Grossman Professor of Economics
Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Contact: Dianne Labreck, 859-5230,

Women Astronauts
Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
Wally Funk, a member of the first team of women trained to go into space but disallowed because of gender, and Martha Ackmann, author of the book Mercury 13, which chronicles the team’s story, will speak.
Contact: Professor Elizabeth Leonard, 859-5322,

Music at Colby

Solo Pianist Regina Albrink
Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
Regina Albrink, a Dutch-born soloist and chamber musician, includes in her performances the classical and neoclassical concertos as well as the romantic virtuoso repertoire. She performs throughout Europe and recently gave a series of recitals in Italy.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Attraction: Abstraction! – Director’s Tour
Friday, April 6, noon, Museum
Sharon Corwin, the Carolyn Muzzy Director and chief curator of the Colby College Museum of Art, will give a tour of this recently opened exhibition examining abstract art. This selection of works from the permanent collection invites the viewer to consider the formal language of abstraction through diverse media. What is the attraction to abstraction?
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Colby Woodsmen’s Team Annual Mud Meet
Saturday, April 7, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Woodsmen’s Area
Thirteen teams from colleges and universities in Maine and New Hampshire will compete in traditional loggers’ events including ax-throwing, pole-climbing, and buck-sawing. Spectators are welcome.
Contact: Kate Braemer ’07,

Music at Colby: The Colby College Chorale

Easter in Italy/Africa in America
Paul Machlin, conductor
Saturday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
What remarkably powerful and beautiful music has been inspired by the Paschal season, especially music from Italian composers. The Colby College Chorale, just back from a concert tour of Italy, presents a program of Gregorian chant and works for Lent by Palestrina, Lotti, Rossini, and others. The second half of the program, in contrast, celebrates Africa, including works derived from or influenced by African music: African choral songs, a contemporary work by an American composer to an African text, and music of the African-American tradition.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 8, 6:30 a.m.
Miller Library Steps
This annual sunrise service on Easter morning is sponsored by Pleasant Street United Methodist Church and the First Congregational Church of Waterville.
Contact: Professor Michael Donihue, 859-5232,

A Panel Discussion with Somali Bantu Refugees from Lewiston
Monday, April 9, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Contact: Sammie Robinson, 859-4256,

Trilingual Literary Reading with Yoko Tawada
Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m.
Whitney Room, Roberts Building
Yoko Tawada will read in English, German, and Japanese. A trans-cultural writer, Tawada has published more than 30 novels, dramas, and volumes of essays, poetry, and prose. Born in Tokyo in 1960, she has lived and worked in Germany since 1982.
Contact: Professor Silke Schade, 859-4449,

Between the Boudoir and the Global Market:

Shen Shou, Embroidery, and Modernity in China
Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m.
Room 215, Lovejoy Building
Dorothy Ko, scholar of Chinese women’s history and author of Every Step a Lotus: Shoes for Bound Feet and Teachers of the Inner Chambers: Women and Culture in Seventeenth-century China will present her recent research.
Contact: Professor Kimberly Besio, 859-4412,

Environmental Studies Evening Colloquia

The Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): A Precedent-Setting and Priority Policy for Maine and for The Nature Conservancy
Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Sarah Murdock ’84, senior policy advisor at The Nature Conservancy, will discuss the impacts of climate change on Maine and the importance of mitigating these impacts through implementing effective policy. RGGI is an example of policy aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-4846,

Visiting Writers Series

Novelist Susan Minot
Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
Susan Minot’s first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and received the Prix Femina Etranger in France. She is the author of Lust and Other Stories, Folly, Evening, and Poems 4 A.M., and she wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty.
Contact: Department of English, 859-5251,

Goldfarb Center Event

Colby Engages the Nation
Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
A panel discussion moderated by Sandy Maisel, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government and director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. Introduction by Michelle Starr ’07. Panelists are Dan Harris ’93, anchor of ABC’s World News Sunday; Peter Hart ’64, founder, chairman, and CEO of Peter D. Hart Research Associates; Mark Howard ’85, managing director and global head of credit research at Barclays Capital; and Amy Walter ’91, senior editor of the Cook Political Report. This event is part of the Diamond Building dedication.
Contact: Professor Sandy Maisel, 859-5307,

Goldfarb Center Event

Colby Engages Local Communities
Friday, April 13, 3:30 p.m.
Pugh Classroom, Diamond Building
A panel discussion moderated by Mark Tappan, professor of education. Panelists are Karen Fried ’94, regional coordinator of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services; Rich Abramson ’71, superintendent of Maranacook Area Schools; Elizabeth Ward Saxl ’87, executive director of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault; and Megan WIlliams ’04, executive director of Waterville’s Hardy Girls Healthy Women. This event is part of the Diamond Building dedication.
Contact: Professor Sandy Maisel, 859-5307,

Wonder of the World
April 12-14, 7:30 p.m., and April 14, 2 p.m.,
The Studio Theater, The Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville
A whimsical, wicked tragicomedy that launches heroine Cass Harris on a surreal journey of self-discovery when she comes across the dirty little secret her husband has kept from her. With the help of a blithely suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, and a band of zany characters, Cass sets out to right wrongs and live the life she’s always dreamt of — even if it kills her. By David Lindsay-Abaire. Tickets ($2 for Colby students and senior citizens and $3 for general admission) are available at the box office in Colby’s Runnals Building, April 9-11, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and on show nights at the Studio Theater beginning at 6 p.m. (Mature teens and adults. Approximately two hours.)
Contact: Deb Ward, 859-4520,

Music at Colby: Colby Wind Ensemble

Arranged for Band
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
The program will feature music originally written for orchestra, piano, or other instruments. Pieces include Debussy’s “Engulfed Cathedral,” Bach’s Invention No. 8, and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Rounding out the program is Frank Tichelli’s Simple Gifts, a setting of four Shaker songs: “In Yonder Valley,” “Dance,” from an 1830s Shaker manuscript, and two gift songs — “Here Take This Lovely Flower” and the most famous Shaker melody, “Simple Gifts,” a composition from the Alfred, Maine, Shaker community.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,
Spring Goldfarb Lecture

Richard Clarke, former chief counterterrorism advisor
Sunday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Chief counterterrorism advisor to the National Security Council under presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, Clarke criticized the Bush administration’s handling of terrorist threats prior to 9/11 in his book Against All Enemies, in public testimony before the 9/11 Commission, and on 60 Minutes. Clarke spent 11 years working for the National Security Council after service as deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence and as assistant secretary of state for politico-military affairs. He is the author of two best-selling novels that draw on his expertise in intelligence, cyber security, and counterterrorism.
Contact: Sarah Ward, 859-5300,
Clara M. Southworth Lecture

Architecture, Fiction, Storytelling, and Memory
Monday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Architect Adam Kalkin designs houses that reuse steel shipping containers. He has recently been experimenting with a disaster-relief housing prototype aimed at creating an inexpensive, quick and environmentally sustainable architectural system. Kalkin has also used containers to develop a series of recreation centers for underprivileged children in Russia.
Contact: Vicki Hendsbee, 859-5631,

The Annual Berger Family Holocaust Lecture

Remembering Survival: The Factory Slave Labor Camps of Starachowice, Poland
Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Christopher Browning will speak about his case study of the Jewish factory slave labor camps in Starachowice in central Poland, based on nearly 290 survivor testimonies. Browning teaches history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 1999 he delivered lectures at Cambridge University that have been published under the title Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers. In 2001 he delivered lectures at the University of Wisconsin that have been published as Collected Memories: Holocaust History and Postwar Testimony. Presented by the Jewish Studies Program.
Contact: Professor Elisa Narin van Court, 859-5274,

Music at Colby

Aditya Verma – Classical Indian Music
Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Artist-in-Residence Aditya Verma 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 classical Indian music.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Colby Cares Day
Saturday April 21, Waterville area
Colby Cares Day is an annual day of service to the Waterville community organized by the Colby Volunteer Center. Colby students volunteer for projects such as raking leaves, readying playgrounds for spring use, preparing garden beds and more.
Contact: Colby Volunteer Center, 859-4150

Music at Colby: Colby Jazz Band

Fusion Jazz and College Staff
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
This mixture of rock and jazz is certain to have a little something for everyone. The concert features selections from Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew, Chick Corea’s Return To Forever, tunes from Weather Report, and hits such as “Birdland,” “Footprints,” “Infant Eyes,” “Spain,” and “Mysterious Traveler.” Works by Colby College composers Carl Dimow, Rick Bishop, and Eric Thomas will also be performed.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Earth Day Three-Mile Run/Walk
Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m.
Alfond Athletic Center
Colby’s Environmental Coalition is sponsoring this Earth Day run/walk to benefit an environmental organization. Racers will travel the three-mile loop near Colby unless it rains, in which case it will move to the indoor track. Prizes will be awarded. Entry fee.
Contact: Katherine Renwick ’07, 859-6727,   

Meditation and Koan: An Introduction to Zen
Monday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.
Schupf Wing, Colby College Museum of Art
Stefano Mui Barragato and Margaret Ne-Eka Barragato, Zen teachers and priests from Treetop Zen Center, will provide an introductory lecture, present a koan, and lead an introductory meditation. The presentation is co-sponsored by the departments of East Asian studies, religious studies, art, and philosophy, and the Cultural Events Committee.
Contact: Professor William Edelglass, 859-4551,

Environmental Studies Evening Colloquia

Corporatizing Civil Society: A Second Look at Big Environmental NGOs
Monday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Steve Brechin teaches sociology at Syracuse University, where he is currently working with students and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs’ NGO initiative on the organizational characteristics and behavior of large nature conservation organizations. He studies, among other things, the social consequences and strategies related to biodiversity conservation, especially in developing regions. Fieldwork has taken Brechin to Belize, Haiti, Indonesia, Niger and South Africa.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-4846,

The Kingsley Birge Sociology Lecture

Hurricane Katrina and its Aftermath
Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Room 142, Diamond Building
An expert on communities and their responses to disaster, Kai Erikson will talk about his most recent research on Hurricane Katrina and its impact on community and society. Erikson, a professor in the sociology department at Yale, is the author of several books including his classic, Wayward Puritans, and Everything in its Path.
Contacts: Professor Tom Morrione, 859-4718, and Professor Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, 859-4715,

Clean Environment, Stable Jobs: Q&A with Maine Attorney General Steve Rowe
Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Come discuss Maine’s efforts to keep our air and water clean while also protecting jobs. Steve Rowe has been Maine’s attorney general since 2001 and has fought the Bush administration on such issues as privacy and the environment. Sponsored by the Colby Democrats.
Contact: Alice Elliott, 859-5313,

Hunt Lecture

Adventures of a T-Shirt in a Global Economy
Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Pietra Rivoli is an associate professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and author of Adventures of a T-Shirt in a Global Economy. Fascinated by the life of a T-shirt, she follows one — purchased at a Walgreen’s in Florida — back to the growing of cotton in Lubbock, Texas. The cotton journeys to a factory in Shanghai where it was spun into yarn, knit into cloth and sewn into a shirt. The shirt returns to the U.S. to the manufacturing plant whose name appears on the label. Then the shirt is tossed into a tension-filled market where consumers must decide if they will purchase products marked Made in China.
Contact: Dianne Labreck, 859-5230,

Music at Colby: Collegium Musicum

Venetian Music for San Marco and the First Opera Houses
Eva Linfield, conductor
Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
The Basilica of San Marco served a double function for liturgical church as well as state events and gave rise to much spectacular music. Opera as a genre was born in Venice, which opened its doors to the first public opera performances in 1637. For centuries the republic of Venice, La Serenissima, set trends in music for all of Europe. Music for this concert draws on secular and sacred genres from the 16th and 17th centuries, a period labeled the “Golden Age” of Venetian music.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

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Current Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Bernard Langlais: Abstractions and Reliefs
March 1 – July 1
While working in New York during the late 1950s and early ’60s, Maine-born artist Bernard Langlais (1921-1977) began to explore wood relief as a medium. Using found wooden objects and scraps, Langlais developed a unique style of “painting with wood,” creating complex works that are as viscerally stirring as they are familiar and mundane. The Colby College Museum of Art presents 24 of these evocative, early wood reliefs.

Attraction: Abstraction!
March 18 – July 1
Art historian Kirk Varnedoe once wrote, “What is abstract art good for? What’s the use — for us as individuals, or for any society — of pictures of nothing, of paintings and sculptures or prints or drawings that do not seem to show anything except themselves?” This selection of works from the permanent collection invites the viewer to consider the formal language of abstraction through diverse media. What is the attraction to abstraction?

Personae: Two Decades of Feminist Video
April 12 – July 1, 2007
This exhibition presents the museum’s recent acquisitions of video art produced between the late 1970s and the late ’90s. Works by feminist artists Laurie Anderson, Eleanor Antin, Dara Birnbaum, Martha Rosler, and others explore issues of the body, definitions of gender, and the evolution of feminine culture in our media-saturated age.

Whistler and Printmaking
March 8 – September 9
Printmaking was central to the artistic practice of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). While he achieved fame as a painter, he was also an extremely serious and innovative printmaker, producing some 450 etchings and about 180 lithographs over the course of his career. 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 exhibition comprises another selection of prints, never previously exhibited at the museum, from a major collection of Whistler prints on loan to the Colby College Museum of Art.

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