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

Wasted Energy: The Global Importance of Overlooked Details in Homes and Buildings
Wednesday, March 4, noon
Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall
Charlie Holly, owner of Kennebec Home Performance, will discuss energy efficient construction. Lunch with the speaker at 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Traditional Chinese Painting Demonstration
Wednesday, March 4, 4:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Watch New York-based artist Chang paint in the venerable tradition of Chinese literati masters. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Ink Tales: Chinese Paintings from the Collections of the Museums of Colby and Bowdoin Colleges.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Appalachian Treasures: The Fight to Save Appalachia from Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Lenny Kohm, campaign director for Appalachian Voices, the national field organizer for Appalachian Voices, will speak about the organization’s efforts to stop mountaintop removal — a relatively new coal mining technique by which the tops of mountains are blasted away and dumped into neighboring valleys and streams. Appalachian Voices is an organization that works to solve the environmental problems facing the Appalachian Mountains, including air pollution, deforestation, and ending mountaintop removal.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Curator’s Tour: Whistler and the Figure
Thursday, March 5, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
David Becker, independent curator, will discuss his current installation of prints by the American master James McNeill Whistler. Free lunch for the first 40 people.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 207-859-5600,

Cotter Debate
Whose Interests Do Academic Freedom Protect in the Age of the Internet: The Individual or the Institution?

Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Guests will debate the advantages and disadvantages, winners and losers of academic freedom with regard to the Internet. Robert O’Neil is director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and an authority on the First Amendment. William L. Thro, is university counsel and assistant professor of government at Christopher Newport University.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Bookstore Kids’ Character Event
Saturday, March 7, noon
Colby Bookstore
The star of a children’s book series and PBS television show, Corduroy Bear was created by Don Freeman in 1968. The Colby Bookstore’s 14th annual children’s book character party will include storytelling, cookie decorating, other activities and the opportunity to meet Corduroy Bear. Free tickets, available by phone or in person, are required.
Contact: Colby Bookstore, 859-5400

Sounding the Divine: A Voice of Mystical Islam
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
The musical sounds of Islam, rarely heard in this part of the world, will be presented by Music Artist in Residence Dhruv Sangari, a well-known figure in the genre. Sangari’s form of Sufi music, which comes from ancient temples of northern India and Pakistan, is primarily represented by Qawwali, a form of Arabic vocal music from the seventh and eighth centuries that eventually blended with pre-existing local Indian forms and evolved into its own musical genre. Sangari has also recorded pop and rock fusion, blending sacred, secular and World music traditions. More online:
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Digital Buddha
Monday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
In a multimedia performance for komungo (a Korean stringed instrument), electric komungo and video, Jin Hi Kim fuses aspects of Buddhist meditation practice with a digitally projected mandala and advanced sound technology to create a mesmerizing mix of quiet meditation and romping musical ecstasy. According to the Los Angeles Times, “This is new music/world music at its finest, beyond political correctness into the realm of the sublime, where words and cultural postures fall away.” Free tickets may be reserved by calling 859-4415 or may be obtained at the Strider Theater box office on the evening of the recital.
Contact: Suzanne Jones, 859-4415

Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island
Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Soren Hermansen’s green initiatives in the Danish Island of Samso resulted in the island becoming Denmark’s showcase for sustainable power and eventually going carbon-free. Hermansen, named Time Magazine’s 2008 Environmental Hero of the Year, now runs the Energy Academy, a research center for clean power. He will discuss the success of Samso and how it shows that significant environmental change is possible. Learn more in Time magazine.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319, or Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Noontime Art Talk: Marsden Hartley and American Modernism
Thursday, March 12, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy director and chief curator, will discuss Hartley’s work, including the recent gift of six paintings given to the museum by the Alex Katz Foundation. Free lunch for the first 40 people.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 207-859-5600,

The Economy Revisited Under the Obama Administration
Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Professors Anthony Corrado and David Findlay will discuss the recent economic situation as it pertains to the new administration.
Contact: Sarah Ward, 859-5300,

The Annual Lipman Lecture
Just Say Nu: A History of Yiddish from the Jewish Shtetl to the American Heartland

Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
Page Commons, Cotter Union
Michael Wex is a novelist, playwright, lecturer, performer, and author of Born to Kvetch, the best-selling book on Yiddish in history. His book Just Say Nu is a practical guide to using Yiddish words and expressions in day-to-day situations. More about Wax is online.
Contact: Professor Robert Weisbrot, 859-5329,

Celebration of Women’s History Month
Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m.
Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
Professor Elizabeth Leonard will lead this celebration and dinner in honor of Women’s History Month. Reservations are required and should be e-mailed to
Contact: Noel James, 859-4256,

Colby Symphony Orchestra: There’s Something Slightly Weird Goin’ on Here!
Saturday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
A historical cross-section of works that even music connoisseurs might call “a little odd.” The concert will include Vivaldi’s Concerto in C for sopranino recorder, with principal oboist Michael Albert; Joan Tower’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, with principal flautist Nicole Rabata; Galina Ustvolskaya’s Octet for two oboes, four violins, timpani, and piano; and C.P.E. Bach’s Sinfonia No. 1 in D Major. You may never hear these works together again, so don’t miss the fun. Conducted by Jonathan Hallstrom.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Lovejoy Visiting Journalists in Residence Lecture
Navigating the New Landscape of Government and Politics

Monday, March 16, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Two renowned journalists, David Shribman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Cindy Skrzycki from Bloomberg News, will discuss how the shift from the Bush administration to the Obama administration has altered the political landscape and what that means for journalists and citizens.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Blessed Be the Ties That Divide? Religion, Race, and the American Story
Tuesday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies Cheryl Townsend Gilkes will deliver this lecture in honor of receiving the 2008 merit award from the Eastern Sociological Society. Gilkes is often cited in the media for her knowledge of African-American religious history.
Contact: Professor Teresa Arendell, 859-4711,

Greener Rulemakings: The Obama Administration
Wednesday, March 18, noon
Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall
Cindy Skrzycki, Bloomberg News columnist and Lovejoy Visiting Journalist, will discuss sustainability initiatives under the Obama administration. Lunch with the speaker begins at 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Noontime Art Talk: Fitz Henry Lane
Thursday, March 19, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Mirken Curator of Education Lauren Lessing will discuss a little-known masterpiece by this elusive American artist, now on view in the museum’s Lunder Wing. Free lunch for the first 40 people.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 207-859-5600,

James M. Carpenter Lecture
How Medieval Nuns Invented the Postcard

Monday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Kathryn M. Rudy, curator of illuminated manuscripts at the Royal Library of The Netherlands, will reveal how nuns and women living in monastic communities copied and decorated a staggering number of manuscripts in the century before the printing press. Although they had little access to professional models, and probably no professional training, nuns made small paintings on vellum that have been preserved in manuscripts. Some of these paintings contain inscriptions on the back, indicating that they were used as handmade greeting cards, made by one nun to send to another.
Contact: Vicki Hendsbee, 859-5631,

Maine Philanthropy Awards
Tuesday, March 31, 5:30 p.m.
Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
For the second year, Colby and the Goldfarb Center are sponsoring the Maine Philanthropist of the Year Award. This award recognizes four exceptional individuals who make volunteerism and community service a way of life. Awards will be given in four categories: high school, Colby College, local community, and state. Nominations are due by March 9.
Contact: Alice Elliott, 859-5313,

Diesel and Health in America: The Lingering Threat
Tuesday March 31, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Bruce Hill a senior scientist at the Clean Air Task Force, will discuss issues around diesel exhaust. The Clean Air Task Force is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring clean air and healthy environments through scientific research, public education, and legal advocacy.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Getting Here from There: A Maine Jewish Journey
Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Robins Room, Roberts Building
Although never more than 10,000 strong, Maine’s Jewish community has sought to balance its American social contract, the notion of being a “good American,” with the understanding that it was part of a “holy community” whose essential purpose was to be “a light unto the nations.” The historical record shows that Jews in Maine faced both the harshness of religious and social bigotry and the good fortune of having non-Jewish allies who shared their view of an ideal community. This slide and narrated presentation by Prof. Abraham J. Peck (University of Southern Maine) and Jean M. Peck will highlight the tensions and the joys of being Jewish in Maine.
Contact: Professor David Freidenreich, 859-4646,

Ongoing Events

Yoga in the Morning
Wednesdays at 7:45 a.m.
Pugh Center, Cotter Union
Contact: Noel James, 859-4256,

Story Time in the Museum
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Join museum docents every Sunday for art-related stories, games, and discussion in the museum’s galleries. Story Time in the Museum is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Lauren Lessing, 859-5609,

Guided Museum Tours
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Contact: Lauren Lessing, 859-5609,

Ongoing Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Bevin Engman: New Work
Through March 8
Associate Professor of Art Bevin Engman presents paintings, collages, and source photographs drawn from her recent explorations of the land, sea and sky. These “quotes” from the environment of Cape Cod, where the artist spent her childhood summers and recently returned to paint, capture the abstraction of the subject through subtle compositions of color and form.

Ink Tales: Chinese Paintings from the Collections of the Museums of Bowdoin and Colby Colleges
Through March 8
Ink Tales, the result of a collaborative project by students at Colby and Bowdoin colleges, features Chinese paintings drawn from the collections of both institutions. The exhibition, held simultaneously on both campuses, explores the variety of stories associated with the images, formats, and functions of Chinese paintings.

John Coffer, “Photographist”
March 12-May 31
This is the first solo museum exhibition of photographer John Coffer, who has led the rediscovery of early photographic techniques. Coffer, who lives without modern conveniences in upstate New York, has made daily life his subject, documenting the arduousness and joy of a re-imagined 19th-century life. Works on view are drawn entirely from the museum’s Lunder Collection.

Whistler and the Figure: Prints from the Lunder Collection
Through May 31
Throughout his career, James McNeill Whistler was preoccupied with portraying the human figure. Though best known for his elegant and enigmatic oil portraits of society notables and — of course — his own mother, he also executed many smaller-scale figural works within the private space of his home and studio as well as the public spaces of the city and countryside. Curated by David P. Becker, this selection from the more than 200 Whistler etchings and lithographs in the Lunder Collection focuses on the artist’s equally keen perception of the figure from near and far.

Hannah Collins: Current History
Through May 31
A recent purchase and partial gift of the Alex Katz Foundation, Hannah Collins’s video Current History (2007) is an evocative retelling of one day in the life of a family in Beshencevo, a remote village in central Russia. Through a series of interwoven visual fragments, including landscapes and domestic scenes, contrasts emerge between the realities of post-Soviet life and the conventions of a traditional settlement.

Andy Warhol’s Photos
Through May 31
Photography was an integral component of Andy Warhol’s artistic process, yet it has received significantly less critical attention than his paintings and films. This selection of Polaroids and gelatin silver prints has been drawn from 150 Warhol photographs that entered the Colby museum’s collection through the Photographic Legacy Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation. Works included in the exhibition offer a surprisingly intimate perspective on Warhol and the diverse circle of luminaries, socialites, and celebrities he photographed, among them Olympian Dorothy Hamill, developer Steve Wynn, and jetsetter Bianca Jagger.

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