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

World Premiere of 365 Days / 365 Plays
Sunday, April 29 – Friday, May 4, 4 p.m.
Miller Library Steps
Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks wrote a play a day for a year. Seven of these meditations on an artistic life — one per day — will be performed by Colby students.
Contact: Professor Wendy Weckwerth, 859-4529,

Hurricane Katrina: (mis)Understanding Behavior
Tuesday, May 1, 4:30 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, reporters and observers of the tragedy repeatedly asked why so many people stayed in the disaster areas instead of evacuating. Goldfarb Center Visiting Fellow Nicole Stephens will describe interviews with Katrina survivors, contrasting the perspective of those who stayed and those who fled prior to the disaster.
Contact: Kate O’Halloran, 859-5319,

Undergraduate Research Symposium Keynote Address

Hell and High Water: Learning the Lessons of Hurricane Katrina
Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster followed by three unnatural ones, including failures in development of surrounding areas and systems such as emergency response and levees. Current decisions and investments may contribute to additional costs, both human and financial. William R. Freudenburg teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara,
Contact: Mary Burns, 859-5700,

Emma’s Revolution
Wednesday, May 2, 8:30 p.m.
Foss Dining Hall
This folk/protest band delivers uplifting, inspiring and honest performances that are also lots of fun. To learn more about the band, visit them online.
Contact: Professor William Edelglass, 859-4551,

Into the Boxcar, Across the Border and Behind Bars:

How Anthropology Prepared Me for Adventure (and Writing About It)
Thursday, May 3, 8 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Ted Conover’s books of narrative nonfiction have typically been enterprising explorations of offbeat social worlds. He frequently contributes to the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic, Travel & Leisure Family, and others. Conover was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has won numerous awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award and Entertainment Weekly’s Best Nonfiction Book of the Year.
Contact: Grace Von Tobel, 859-4421,

A Sense of Wonder
Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
This play tells the story of one woman’s love for the natural world and her fight to defend it. Rachel Carson is best known for her 1962 book, Silent Spring, which alerted the world to the dangers of chemical pesticides and launched our modern environmental movement. Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee, A Sense of Wonder has been performed it at the Smithsonian Institution, the Albert Schweitzer Conference at the United Nations, the Sierra Club’s Centennial in San Francisco, and at the Department of the Interior’s 150th anniversary celebration.
For more information:
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-4846,

Centennial Celebration of Rachel Carson
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.
Roberts Building
Activities include discussions of Carson’s life and legacy; educational workshops for children; family nature activities; sessions on alternatives to toxic chemicals in our homes, bodies, foods and lawns; and a lunch featuring sustainable, locally produced and organic food. A concert by Maine folk singer Gordon Bok (at 4 p.m.) concludes the day. Free registration requested.
For more information:
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-4846,

World Premiere of 365 Days / 365 Plays
Saturday, May 5, 4 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks wrote a play a day for a year. Seven of these meditations on an artistic life will be performed by Colby students.
Contact: Professor Wendy Weckwerth, 859-4529,

Music at Colby

Colby Symphony Orchestra and Colby College Chorale/Colby-Kennebec Choral Society
Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Jonathan Hallstrom, orchestra conductor; Paul Machlin, chorale conductor
The final concert of the season will feature the combined forces of the Colby Symphony Orchestra, Colby Chorale, and Colby-Kennebec Choral Society in a performance of Francis Poulenc’s exquisite Gloria with soprano soloist Christina Astrachan. Also performing will be the winner(s) of the Music Department’s annual concerto competition.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

A Talk on African Music with Matthew Lavoie, a broadcaster at Voice of America radio
Monday, May 7, 7 p.m.
Room 141, Diamond Building
Contact: Grace Von Tobel, 859-4421,

Cotter Debate: Immigration Policy
Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Dan Griswold directs the Cato Institute’s Center for Trade Policy Studies and, in addition to authoring various studies, he has testified before the House and Senate Immigration subcommittees on the economic and security implications of immigration. Mark Krikorian directs the Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that examines the impact of immigration. Krikorian frequently testifies before Congress and has appeared on 60 Minutes, Nightline, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, and National Public Radio. Professor Joseph Reisert will moderate the debate.
Contact: Kate O’Halloran, 859-5319,

Pottery Sale
Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m.
Roberts Building lobby
Just in time for Mother’s Day, pick up your one-of-a-kind bowls, platters, vases, and more — all handcrafted by members of Colby’s pottery club.
Contact: Carole Evans, 859-5830

Senior Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, May 10, 3:30 p.m.
The annual Senior Art Exhibition brings together art by Colby seniors who have completed extensive work in their medium.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

American Dreams Documentary Film Series
Saturday May 12, 4 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
Students in the American Dreams documentary filmmaking course will screen their films.
Contact: Professor Phyllis Mannocchi, 859-5279,

Sunday, May 27, 10 a.m.
Miller Library Lawn (Rain location: Alfond Athletic Center)
Approximately 475 members of the Class of 2007 will receive bachelors’ degrees and five distinguished individuals will receive honorary doctoral degrees from the College as part of the ceremony. Thomas C. Schelling, winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in game theory, will deliver the commencement address. Other honorary degree recipients are author John Barth, former Nigerian Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and Director of the Whitney Museum of Art Adam Weinberg.
Contact: Ruth Jacobs, 859-4353,

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Current Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Senior Art Exhibition
May 10 – 27
The annual Senior Art Exhibition brings together art by Colby seniors who have completed extensive work in their medium.

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
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.