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About 3,000 people from 33 states-and some from as far as Poland and Japan are expected to visit Waterville for Colby’s Family Homecoming Weekend, October 17-19. Many events are open to the public.

On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18, the popular Slices of Life theater festival takes the audience to Africa. Presenting short pieces by the continent’s premier playwrights, Colby’s student directors invite you to travel across the Atlantic without ever leaving your seat (7:30 p.m., Strider Theater, Runnals Building).

Lectures include Nobel Laureate Robert F. Curl on the problems technology has introduced into society (Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Room 1, Olin Science Center); University of California, San Diego, Professor Naomi Oreskes on the political history of climate change (Friday, Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m., Room 100, Lovejoy Building); Colby professors Robert Weisbrot (history) and Cal Mackenzie (government) on the 1960s and their new book The Liberal Hour (Saturday, Oct. 18, 10:45 a.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building); and Professor Nikky G. Kaur Singh (religious studies) on the role of literature in religious understanding (Saturday, Oct. 18, 12:45 a.m., Room 100, Lovejoy Building).

The traditional Colby a cappella concerts will be held at the Waterville Opera House (Friday, Oct. 17, 7 and 9 p.m.). Tickets are $2 and must be purchased in advance. The Colby Craft Fair returns after a one-year hiatus. One of Maine’s finest, the show features displays by more than 85 crafters in the field house of the Alfond Athletic Center (Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Other events, all on Saturday, include:

State of the College conversation with President William D. Adams
9:45 a.m., Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

DYNASTY Step Squad performance
10:45 a.m., Lower programming space, Cotter Union

Woodsmen’s Team demonstration
11 a.m., Woodsmen’s area, Washington Street

Field hockey vs. Connecticut College
11 a.m., Bill Alfond Field

Women’s soccer vs. Connecticut College
11 a.m., Soccer Field

Dedication of Harold Alfond Stadium
11:30 a.m., Harold Alfond Stadium

Football vs. Hamilton College
Noon, Seaverns Football Field, Harold Alfond Stadium

Performance by the Colby Dancers and the Colby Step Team
12:30 p.m., Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

Men’s soccer vs. Connecticut College
1:30 p.m., Soccer Field

Colby Improv performance
2 p.m., Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building

Tour of the Colby College Museum of Art with Sharon Corwin, museum director
2 p.m., Colby College Museum of Art

Miller Library tower tours
3-5 p.m., (weather permitting), meet on library steps

Colby Improv performance
4 p.m., Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

Music in My Soul: Performance by the Colby College Chorale
4 p.m., Schupf Wing, Colby College Museum of Art

Jazz Band performance
6 p.m., Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

Full details about the weekend are available online.