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

Climate and Cultural Anxiety: Historical and Social Perspectives
Wednesday-Saturday, April 1-4
Colby College
The first of its kind, this international conference about the history of climate change brings together historians of science and technology and affiliated scholars from around the world. The complete conference schedule is available online. Additional information, including the pre-circulated discussion papers, is available by request.
Contact: Alice Ridky, 859-5800,

Hunt Lecture
Can Sudan Survive?

Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Alex de Waal, an activist on African issues, will speak on the genocide in Sudan, about which he is frequently quoted in news outlets worldwide. A fellow of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, de Waal is also a program director at the Social Science Research Council and a co-director of Justice Africa. He has studied the social, political, and health dimensions of famine, war, genocide, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic and has been at the forefront of mobilizing African and international responses. De Waal’s many books include: Facing Genocide: The Nuba of Sudan (1995), and most recently, with Julie Flint, Darfur: A New History of a Long War (2008).
Contact: Professor Jennifer Yoder, 859-5317,
Italy’s Young Talent
Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m.
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
The festival of contemporary Italian film shorts will introduce some of Italy’s most talented young directors and their recent work. All films will include English subtitles. The show is curated by Edward Bowen, who has directed five shorts in Italian and is currently working on a book of interviews with Italian directors.
Contact: Professor Allison Cooper, 859-4658,

Curator’s Tour: From Salt to C-Prints
Thursday, April 2, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Gary Green, assistant professor of art, will discuss the recently opened exhibition that presents a survey of photographic processes developed and employed prior to the present era of digital photography.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Religion and Sexuality
Thursday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Pugh Center, Cotter Union
Sandi DuBowski directed and produced Trembling Before G-d, a film that deals with the complexities of reconciling gender roles with faith. His work includes Tomboychik, A Jihad for Love and Missionaries Form Militias. A screening of Trembling Before G-d will take place on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m., also in the Pugh Center.
Contact: Noel James, 859-4256,

Eggs-ploring Art
Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m.
Colby College Museum of Art and Freshwater Arts, Waterville
The workshop will begin with a scavenger hunt in the Colby College Museum of Art followed by an egg-decorating workshop at Freshwater Arts. This event is free and open to all ages, but attendance is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call 680-2055.
Contact: Lauren Lessing, 859-5609,

Colby College Chorale
Saturday April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Having just returned from its eighth international tour, this time in Argentina, the Colby College Chorale presents a program that celebrates traditional European choral music, contemporary North American conceptions, African-American jazz and spirituals and the exotic rhythms of South American dance arranged for chorus. Included are the premiere of a new work composed for the chorale by Music Department Visiting Fellow Ryan Vigil, two works by composer and Professor of Music, Emeritus, Peter Re and tangos from Argentina. Directed by Paul Machlin.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Sen. Susan Collins: Policy Making at the Outset of the Obama Administration
Sunday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
As a moderate Republican, Sen. Susan Collins cast a defining vote on the economic recovery bill and is considered one of the most powerful in the U.S. Senate.
Contact: Professor Sandy Maisel, 859-5307,

Visiting Writers Series
Poetry Reading by Betsy Scholl

Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
Betsy Sholl, Maine’s current Poet Laureate, is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Late Psalm. Don’t Explain won the Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and The Red Line won the Associated Writing Program’s prize for poetry. Sholl was a founding member of Alice James Books, a cooperative poetry press in Farmington, and published three collections with them: Changing Faces, Appalachian Winter and Rooms Overhead. Her work has been included in several anthologies, including Letters to America and Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and in magazines including The Massachusetts Review and the Beloit Poetry Journal. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine and Vermont College.
Contact: Professor Debra Spark, 859-5284,

Energy Efficiency in Climate Change Policy: RGGI and Maine’s Energy and Carbon Savings Trust

Wednesday, April 8, noon
Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall
Tom Tietenberg, professor emeritus of economics and environmental studies, led the United Nations team that provided the background reports used to design the emissions trading, joint implementation and clean development mechanism components of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. He is currently a trustee for the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust, which receives all Maine revenues from the sale of carbon allowances in the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and uses them to promote energy efficiency in the state. He also is a member of the National Academy of Science’s study panel on “America’s Climate Choices.” Lunch with Tietenberg begins at 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Sound, Light, Electronics: Works by Jon Hallstrom and Ryan Vigil
Thursday, April 9, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Composers from the Colby Music Department present a program of original works for film and electronic music including the world premieres of Hallstrom’s Aerial Boundaries and a work by Vigil for flute and electronics featuring Nicole Rabata on flute and an original digital projection by Kate Sirianni.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

From Bush to Obama: U.S. Aid in the 21st Century
Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Carol Lancaster is a professor at Georgetown University who specializes in the politics of foreign aid, the politics of development and development in Africa. She has also been a consultant for both the United Nations and the World Bank and is currently a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. She will compare and contrast the Bush administration’s approach to foreign aid with that of the Obama administration. She will also describe the challenges facing the current administration and highlight issues that will be at the forefront of Obama’s agenda in the coming years.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Colby Wind Ensemble
Of Dance and War: Spanish Dances, Remembering our Veterans

Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Celebrate the music of Spain with pieces that emphasize the art of dance: Don Victor: Pasodoble by Ferrar Ferren, Chiaroscuro Symphonic Dances in Shades of Darkness and Light by Robert Sheldon, and John Fanin’s Fanfare Nueve. Folk music of Singapore with Singapura Medley II will musically explore remembrances of WWII, Vietnam, and Iraq with Till Men No Longer Die In War by James L. Hosay and Heroes Lost and Fallen: A Vietnam Memorial by David Gillingham. Directed by Eric Thomas.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Annual Sunrise Easter Service
Sunday, April 12, 6 a.m.
Miller Library Lawn
Contact: Professor Michael Donihue, 859-4776,

Gerald Stern Poetry Reading
Monday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
Contact: Professor Ira Sadoff, 859-5283,

Kissing and Telling
Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
This talk examines two works that reflect and revel in the impulse to kiss and tell. The first is Vivant Denon’s novella, No Tomorrow (1777), a story of a one-night stand between a young man and a slightly older married woman. The second is Louis Malle’s film, The Lovers (1958), an un-credited adaptation of Denon’s novella. In placing these two works side-by-side, this talk will explore how different periods “kiss and tell.” Bradley Reichek ’00 teaches French language and film studies at Washington and Lee University.
Contact: Vicki Hendsbee, 859-5631,

A Face, a Place, a Taste: What a Local, Organic Food System Can Be
Wednesday, April 15, noon
Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall
Russell Libby, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA), has led MOFGA’s growth over the past decade as the organization moved to the new Common Ground Education Center in Unity, expanded the Agricultural Services and Education programs, and created a subsidiary to run the certification program.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Artist Talk: John Coffer
Wednesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
John Coffer has pioneered the rediscovery of early photographic techniques, particularly the wet-plate collodion process of the tintype. Living without modern conveniences in upstate New York, Coffer has made daily life his subject, documenting in loving detail the arduousness and joy of a reimagined 19th century life. Works on view are drawn entirely from the museum’s Lunder Collection.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Colby Dance Theater
April 17-18, 7:30 p.m., April 19, 2 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
Colby’s finest dancers and choreographers come together in this annual showcase of contemporary dance, performing an evening of inventive work that explores the human condition through movement, emotion and expression. Sometimes literal, sometimes abstract, but always captivating, these new pieces are the culmination of a full year’s collaboration and creative exploration. Contemporary dance borrows from traditional dance forms, such as ballet and jazz, and then expands on them to create a unique physical language that defies description. Choreography by faculty and students; artistic direction by Tina Wentzel. Free tickets available at the door.
Contact: Deb Ward, 859-4521,

Shatter Heaven’s Roof: The History, Poetry, and Sonic Worlds of Mystical Islam
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Diamond Building and Lorimer Chapel
A one-day symposium explores the Sufi tradition of mystical Islam. Morning and afternoon sessions offer lectures by six scholars from Colby, Bates and Bowdoin colleges and Fordham University whose work encourages thinking about Islam in new, decentralized, conceptual and cultural spaces. The symposium concludes with a concert featuring the sung poetry of numerous Sufi saints performed by Colby’s music artist in residence, noted qawwali singer Dhruv Sangari, in Lorimer Chapel. For more information please visit <>
Contact: Professor Steven Nuss, 859-5673,

Colby Jazz Band: Phat and Bad: Blues and Other Solutions
Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
The clarinet was a major force in the early days of the jazz revolution. This concert features two modern-day clarinet works: Paquito D’Rivera’s Wapango and, as a nod to the 90th anniversary of his birth, Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs. For generations, people facing major obstacles in their lives have turned to the blues for practical advice. The jazz band dispenses tunes of wisdom with hard bop, soul and gospel-style blues and concludes with another visit to Charles Mingus’s world with Duke Ellington’s “Sound of Love” and “Pedal Point Blues.” Eric Thomas, director.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Annual Berger Family Holocaust Lecture
The Holocaust: Myths and Misunderstandings

Sunday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Peter Hayes is a professor of history, German and Holocaust studies at Northwestern University. His publications are vast and comprehensive in scope and include the forthcoming books Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies and Profits and Persecution: German Big Business and the Holocaust, which focuses on his area of expertise — the economic side of the Holocaust.
Contact: Professor Elisa Narin van Court, 859-5274,

IBM Lecture
Charles Darwin: The True Story

Monday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Colby celebrates the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth with John van Wyhe, director of the Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online and bye-fellow at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, England.
Contact: Alice Ridky, 859-5800,

Kabarett Maulesel (Cabaret Mule)
Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
Contact: Professor Arne Koch, 859-4449,

Chico Mendes: Twenty Years Later
Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
In December 1988, environmental activist Chico Mendes was shot and killed at the back door of his home in the Western Brazilian Amazon. Twenty years later, Christine Halvorson ’89, program director of the Rainforest Foundation U.S., will discuss his legacy and some of the major issues in the Amazon today. She will focus on the connections between rainforest protection and indigenous rights using specific cases to highlight the advances that have been made and the challenges still faced.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Noontime Art Talk: John Coffer and the Tintype
Wednesday, April 22, 12:30 p.m.
Laura Saltz, assistant professor of art and American studies, will discuss the photographic techniques of John Coffer, whose work is currently on display.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Film Screening
Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet

Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
In celebration of the Alex Katz Foundation’s recent gift of six paintings by Marsden Hartley to the Colby Museum’s collection, the museum presents Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet (2008, 58 minutes), a documentary written, narrated and directed by Michael Marglaras of 217 Films. Born in Lewiston, Marsden Hartley (1878-1943) is acknowledged as one of the founders of American modernism. Visible Silence features numerous paintings and drawings by the artist, as well as contextual photographs, and draws heavily from Hartley’s little-known poetic works.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Farming
Friday, April 24, 1 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
According the World Health Organization, almost 60 percent of the world population is malnourished — the largest number in history. Some of the major causes for food problems are shortages of cropland, fresh water, energy and biofuel production. David Pimentel, a professor at Cornell University, will discuss how organic agriculture offers opportunities to conserve cropland, water and energy resources.
Contact: Tim Christensen, 859-5726,

Collegium Musicum: Dance!
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
As the 16th century priest and dance historian Jehan Tabourot noted, dance was essential in a well-ordered society. This program explores the rich variety of Renaissance and Baroque dance. Courtly and controlled Pavannes, lusty Bransles, and exotic New World dances such as the Chaconne bring to life a world of music and movement. Todd Borgerding, director.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Empty Bowls
Tuesday, April 28, 6 p.m.
Page Commons, Cotter Union
Purchase a piece of pottery donated by the pottery club, fill it with soup, and support the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. Cost is $10.
Contact: Michelle Russell ’11,

The Business Implications of Climate Change
Tuesday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Andrew J. Hoffman, who teaches sustainable enterprise at the University of Michigan, argues that climate change brings systemic risks that cut across the entire economy as well as regulatory, legal, physical and reputational risks that hit at the sector, industry and company-specific levels. But as in any market shift, climate change also brings opportunities. This talk will discuss what kinds of strategies are emerging within the corporate sector. Hoffman is associate director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and a leader in using organizational, network and strategic analyses to assess the implications of environmental issues for business.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

The Nation Next Door
Tuesday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Pugh Center, Cotter Union
James Sappier, former Chief of the Penobscot Nation, will discuss the history and culture of the Penobscot Native American tribe in Maine and its relationship with non-native communities.
Contact: Noel James, 859-4256,

Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium: Keynote Address
Wednesday, April 29, 8 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Colby is strongly committed to the principle that making connections to real research problems is invaluable to experiencing, in depth, the discipline in which students are working. Three professors — Julie Millard  (chemistry), Philip Nyhus (environmental studies) and Véronique Plesch (art) — will share their insights and experiences as teacher-scholars working closely with students in their research. Poster presentations and reception at begin 7 p.m.
Contact: Professor Russ Cole, 859-5728,

Hannah Collins and the Alternative Documentary
Thursday, April 30, 12:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art, will discuss Hannah Collins’s Beshencevo: A Current History, a highly evocative retelling of one day in the life of a family in a remote village in central Russia.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

New Play Festival
April 30-May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
The season ends in a parade of creativity. Student playwrights, actors and directors display their best work. All original, 100-percent Colby, with a little something for everyone. Catch them now — before they become famous. Recommended for mature teens and adults. Free tickets available at the door.
Contact: Deb Ward, 859-4521,

Sundays at the Museum
Story Time in the Museum is now on Sundays. Join museum docents every Sunday at 2 p.m. for art-related stories, games, and discussion in the museum’s galleries. (No registration is required, but children must be accompanied by an adult.) On Sundays at 2:30 p.m., docents provide general tours of the museum.

Ongoing Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

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.

From Salt to C-Prints: Photographic Methods & Materials
March 19-May 31
Organized to coincide with John Coffer, “Photographist,” this exhibition will present a survey of photographic processes developed and employed prior to the present era of digital photography. On view will be historical examples of the daguerreotype as well as the principal wet- and dry-plate photographic print techniques. The exhibition will also include a selection of works by contemporary artists who continue to use traditional photographic methods and materials.

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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