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Colby College is pleased to announce the following events in September. All are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and What Might Lie Ahead
Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Mark Tessler is one of the very few American scholars to have attended university and lived for extended periods in both the Arab world and Israel. A professor at the University of Michigan and director of the university’s International Institute, Tessler has written extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is currently updating his book A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, which won national honors and was named a “Notable Book of 1994” by The New York Times.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319, susanna.thompson@colby.edu

The Porcupine Woman: An Evening with Jennifer Finney Boylan

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
Colby professor, memoirist, musician, and raconteur Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of 10 books, including She’s Not There, the first bestselling work by a transgender American. In this new one-woman show, Boylan combines old and new stories with original songs to examine her “life in two genders,” celebrates the redeeming powers of love and family, and tells the story of her comic and tragic adventures with a porcupine, a ventriloquist, and a room of secret panels. Written and performed by Jennifer Finney Boylan, directed by Lynne Conner.
Contact: Deborah Ward, 859-4521, djward@colby.edu

Noontime Art Talk
Thursday, Sept. 17, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Mirken Curator of Education Lauren Lessing will discuss sculpture in the Lunder Collection. Complimentary lunch (served at noon) for the first 40 visitors.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600, museum@colby.edu

A Physician’s Tale: Working with Addicts, Prisoners and Commercial Sex Workers
Thursday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
An expert in the overlap between infectious diseases and addiction, Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH has federal funding for research, prevention and care for substance-using populations. He has promoted syringe prescription for injection drug users and was instrumental in legalizing syringes in Rhode Island. Rich is a professor of medicine and community health at Brown Medical School, attending physician at The Miriam Hospital, and director and co-founder of The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319, susanna.thompson@colby.edu

Women in the Spotlight

Thursday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Room 215, Lovejoy Building
Four female faculty members who received endowed professorships in 2009 will discuss their scholarship and accomplishments: Kimberly Besio, Ziskind Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Jill Gordon, Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy, Adrianna Paliyenko, Charles A. Dana Professor of French and Jennifer Yoder, Robert E. Diamond Associate Professor of Government and International Studies. The Women in the Spotlight series features the research, pedagogy or service of female faculty or staff members on a monthly basis.
Contact: Professor Ankeney Weitz, 859-5642, aweitz@colby.edu

Reading by Poet Gerald Stern
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
Gerald Stern is one of the most distinguished poets in America today. His This Time: Selected Poems won the National Book Award; he’s also been granted the Lamont Prize, a Guggenheim, three NEA awards, a fellowship from The Academy of Arts and Letters and the Ruth Lilly Prize. His most recent collections of poetry are Everything is Burning and American Sonnets, and a new collection will be available in the spring of 2010.
Contact: Professor Ira Sadoff, 859-5283, isadoff@colby.edu

Developing Wind Power in Maine Today
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Robert H. Gardiner is principal of Independence Wind, LLC, a Maine company formed to develop large-scale wind power projects in Maine and New England. It identifies favorable locations for wind development, supervises the engineering, permitting, construction and operation of such facilities, builds public acceptance for wind power, organizes professional teams to execute projects, and mobilizes investors interested in becoming involved in this rapidly expanding business.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319, susanna.thompson@colby.edu

Tours of Special Collections
Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26, noon-4 p.m.    
Miller Library, Special Collections
Special Collections contains rare books, first editions, manuscripts, and letters of noted literary figures, especially those from New England, as well as the Colby College Archives. Pat Burdick, special collections librarian, will give 30-minute tours on a drop-in basis.
Contact: Special Collections, 859-5151, speccoll@colby.edu

Noontime Art Talk
Friday, Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Professor of Art Véronique Plesch will discuss 17th-century paintings in the Colby collection. Complimentary lunch (served at noon) for the first 40 visitors.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600, museum@colby.edu

Miller Library Tower Tours
Friday, Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, 3-5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-2p.m.
Depart from the front steps of Miller Library (weather permitting).
Contact: Karin Weston, 859-4315, krweston@colby.edu

Very Hard Ways to Make a Million: The Clay Millennium Problems

Friday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m.
Room 141, Diamond Building
Professor Fernando Q. Gouvêa outlines an unusual way to make a million dollars — by solving a math problem. In 2000 the Clay Mathematics Institute announced that it would offer a prize of a million dollars to anyone who could settle any of seven problems. One of those has since been solved, so that there are six remaining mathematical ways to make a million.
Contact: Karin Weston, 859-4315, krweston@colby.edu

Can Climate Engineering Serve as a Complementary Step to Aggressive Mitigation?
Friday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
With the rising risk of consequences of climate change, and with the elimination of all greenhouse gas emissions certain to take many decades or even centuries, there is growing discussion about whether intervention (often referred to as geoengineering) merits consideration. Michael C. MacCracken, chief scientist for climate change programs at The Climate Institute in Washington, D.C., will discuss how preliminary analyses appear to indicate that regionally focused geoengineering could limit some of the most severe potential impacts of global warming at a relatively low cost.
Contact: Karin Weston, 859-4315, krweston@colby.edu

Colby on Stage!
Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
Colby’s finest student performers present a special Family Homecoming Weekend event. This high-energy variety show features song, dance, and drama from Broadway Musical Revue, Colby Dancers, Dynasty Step Club, Hypnotik Dance Team, Powder and Wig and more.
Contact: Deborah Ward, 859-4521, djward@colby.edu

2009 Colby Triathlon
Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.
Colby College Hume Center, Messalonskee Lake
The Colby Triathlon is a sprint distance triathlon in Sidney. This triathlon is a great distance and venue for beginning racers as well as more experienced racers. Registration fee is charged.
For more information: www.colbytriathlon.com

State of the College with President William D. Adams
Saturday, Sept. 26, 9:45 a.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
President Adams will discuss Colby’s present and future, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Contact: Ruth Jacobs, 859-4353, ruth.jacobs@colby.edu

Colby Craft Fair
Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.    
Field house, Harold Alfond Athletic Center
One of Maine’s finest, this fair features displays of more than 85 craftspeople.
Contact: Carole Evans, 859-5830, cbevans@colby.edu

Recent Advances in Forensic Science: The New DNA Technology
Saturday, Sept. 26, 10:45 a.m.
Room 142, Diamond Building
Recent technological advances have revolutionized forensic science. Perhaps the most significant forensic development of the last two decades is in the area of DNA testing, which to date has freed almost 250 innocent people post-conviction. Professor Julie T. Millard will explore the science behind DNA testing using notable cases as examples.
Contact: Karin Weston, 859-4315, krweston@colby.edu

Woodsmen’s Team Demonstration
Saturday, Sept. 26, 11:00 a.m.
Woodsmen’s area, Washington Street
Members of the co-ed Woodsmen’s Team will demonstrate various events including the pole climb, axe throw, and chop saw.
Contact: Karin Weston, 859-4315, krweston@colby.edu

More Like Us? The Party-State and Civil Society in China
Saturday, Sept. 26, 11:45 a.m.
Room 142, Diamond Building
Western observers have long anticipated a political transformation in China, a change that would make that country more democratic, more pluralistic-more like the United States. First it was economic liberalization, then the Internet-but the communist party-state responded to hinder transformation. Now observers have begun to assume that non-governmental organizations will transform the country. Professor Walter Hatch will discuss his current research that concludes China’s fledgling civil society is, for now at least, well-contained by the party-state.
Contact: Karin Weston, 859-4315, krweston@colby.edu

Spanish – Live!
Saturday, Sept. 26, 12:45 p.m.
Room 141, Diamond Building
Professor Barbara Kuczun Nelson ’68 will offer an online tour of her world-famous interactive Web site-Spanish Language and Culture-revealing how you can pick up the study of Spanish where you left off or start from the beginning. Nelson will also discuss her popular JanPlan course at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies in Quito, Ecuador.
Contact: Karin Weston, 859-4315, krweston@colby.edu
    
Family Homecoming Football Game vs. Williams
Saturday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m.
Seaverns Football Field, Harold Alfond Stadium
For a full list of Family Homecoming Weekend games and all athletic events, visit www.colby.edu/athletics.
Contact: Karin Weston, 859-4315, krweston@colby.edu
    
Colby Jazz Band Performance
Saturday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
Conducted by Eric Thomas, director of band activities
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5671, vlemieux@colby.edu

Family Homecoming Weekend Concert
Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 p.m.
Page Commons, Cotter Union
The Music at Colby season starts in a new venue and at a later time in order to present a real New York City-style cabaret evening. Broadway’s “first-rate, singing actor” (New York Times) Michael Winther (33 Variations, Mamma Mia, 1776, Songs >From An Unmade Bed) and one of Broadway’s top musical directors, Kimberly Grigsby (Spring Awakening, The Light In The Piazza, Caroline, or Change, The Full Monty), perform their critically acclaimed program of fresh, new love songs by some of our best contemporary theater composers and lyricists.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5671, vlemieux@colby.edu

Visiting Writers Series
Poetry Reading by Emily Warn

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
The founding editor of poetryfoundation.org, Emily Warn is the author of three volumes of poetry, including, most recently, Shadow Architect, a sequence of poems based on the Hebrew alphabet. Publishers Weekly describes the collection as a “serious meditation on Jewish prayer and cosmology, in lyrical prose and accessible verse.” Other work by Warn can be found in publications like Poetry, Bookforum, Blackbird, Parabola, The Seattle Times, and The Writers’ Almanac.
Contact: Professor Debra Spark, 859-5284, daspark@colby.edu

How Newspapers’ Decline Will Affect Citizens and Democracy
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
Lovejoy Visiting Journalist Paul Steiger is editor-in-chief, president and chief executive of ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Steiger is also the chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit that works for the rights of journalists worldwide. He has worked for the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, where he served as managing editor from 1991 to 2007. Under his leadership, the Journal’s reporters and editors won 16 Pulitzer Prizes. He will discuss the implications of the collapse of metropolitan newspapers and how citizens will get the information they need to run democracies in the future.
Contact: Barbara Walsh, bawalsh@colby.edu

Ongoing events and exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Story Time in the Museum
Wednesdays, 3 p.m.
Join museum docents for art-related stories, games and discussion in the museum’s galleries.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600, museum@colby.edu

Exhibition
Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art

July 11, 2009-Feb. 21, 2010
The Colby College Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with a museum-wide exhibition from its collections of American, European, Asian, and contemporary art. The exhibition is accompanied by an audio tour sponsored by the Unity Foundation and by a richly illustrated book of collection highlights with essays by a wide range of scholars and artists.
For more information: www.colby.edu/museum

For up-to-date event information, please visit www.colby.edu.