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About 1,100 people from 36 states and as far as Japan and the United Kingdom will arrive on Mayflower Hill for Colby College’s annual Reunion Weekend, June 5-8. While visitors will make their way to Waterville’s shops and restaurants, local residents also are invited to Colby’s campus for a variety of events.

Friday’s events include faculty talks on subjects such as the potential threat of Iran, the quest to save China’s tigers, the “boy crisis” in schools, and robots with social skills. On Saturday, alumni will speak on topics ranging from climbing Kilamanjaro to marine photography in Maine. Also on Saturday, alumni authors including Linda Greenlaw, Jane Brox and Gary Lawless will sign copies of their books.

President William D. Adams will deliver the State of the College address on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. He will discuss Colby’s present and future, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Two tours of the Colby College Museum of Art will be offered, one Friday at 3 p.m. with Mirken Curator of Education Lauren Lessing and one Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator Sharon Corwin. In addition to the many exhibits and features of the permanent collection, the biennial Art in Bloom display will be offered. Sponsored by the Central Maine Garden Club, Art in Bloom features floral displays designed by members of several area garden clubs to complement works in the museum’s collection. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served at the opening reception on Friday at 10 a.m.

Tours of the Miller Library tower will be offered twice during the weekend, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon on Sunday.

A full schedule of events is available online by going to and clicking on “Reunion 2008,” then “Schedule.”