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Colby College is pleased to announce the following events in October. All are open to the public and free.

First Thursday: Museum Open House
Thursday, Oct. 1, 4:30 p.m.
Lobby, Colby College Museum of Art
Stop by for food, drinks, conversation, and art. During the school year, the museum is open Thursday evenings until 8 p.m. Special events are held on the first Thursday of each month.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Merce Cunningham Tribute
Thursday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m.
Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz, Colby College Museum of Art
Lynne Conner, Associate Professor and Chair of Theater and Dance, will introduce this celebration of the life of the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009), which will include screenings of Cunningham’s dances and selected readings from his writings.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Inflation and the Financial Markets
Monday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Economist Eric Rosengren ’79 became president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in 2007, after having served as executive vice president and head of the bank’s department of supervision, regulation, and credit. In his research, Rosengren has made significant contributions in the fields of banking and monetary policy and has written extensively on macroeconomics, international banking, bank supervision and risk management.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Sexually Speaking with Dr. Ruth
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Ruth Westheimer is a sex therapist, media personality, and author who helped to pioneer the field of media psychology with her radio program, Sexually Speaking. Best known as Dr. Ruth, the New York Times described her as “a cultural icon…the Sister Wendy of sexuality, she ushered in the new age of freer, franker talk about sex on radio and television.” Doors open at 6:30.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

When Mathematics Changed Us
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
At four distinct stages in the development of modern society, mathematics changed — in a fundamental, dramatic, and revolutionary way — how people understood the world and lived their lives. Those advances occurred around 5,000 BCE and in the 13th, 16th, and 17th centuries. Frequent National Public Radio guest Keith Devlin of Stanford University will look at how human life and cognition changed on each of those occasions.
Contact: Professor Scott Taylor, 859-5832,

Tres Vidas
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
This performance is based on the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya, and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. Performed in both English and Spanish, this innovative piece includes images of Frida Kahlo’s paintings, excerpts from Alfonsina Storni’s poetry, and passages from Rufina Amaya’s testimony about the massacre of her village of El Mozote. Written by Marjorie Agosin, Directed by Matthew Wright.
Contact: Deb Ward, 859-4521,

Land Conservation and Maine’s Economic Infrastructure
Wednesday, Oct. 7, noon
Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall
Tim Glidden ’74, director of Land for Maine’s Future, will discuss the importance of Maine’s natural resources on the state’s economy. Growing recognition of the “quality of place” as a competitive advantage makes land conservation essential to ensuring future economic health. Juggling the competing demands for natural resources will create management and policy challenges. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch with the speaker.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Border Crossings: Kolosko-Dimow Duo
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m.
Lower Jette Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art
The Kolosko-Dimow Duo (Colby applied guitar faculty Carl Dimow on flute and critically acclaimed classical guitarist Nathan Kolosko) present works from Border Crossings, a new recording that draws on elements of classical music, world music, and jazz: Dimow’s Klezmer Suite, Kolosko’s Nayarit Suite (inspired by Steinbeck’s novel The Pearl), and the duo’s collaborative arrangements of the Afro Sambas by the legendary Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5671,

Medicine and Human Rights: The Role of Physicians in Detention Settings
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
Room 141, Diamond Building
Dr. Scott A. Allen has worked in the correctional field for a decade, as a full time physician and medical program director at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. He has spoken and written about a number of correctional health and human rights issues, including hepatitis C in prisons and the obligations of health professionals in protecting the human rights of inmate patients. He has served as a court-appointed expert in prison-health cases. He is currently co-director of The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, a fellow at Physicians for Human Rights, and an attending medical physician at Eleanor Slater Hospital.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Jacqueline Birn: A Holocaust Survivor Remembers
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
Jacqueline Birn experienced World War II as a child in occupied France and lost family members to Nazi camps. She will share her experience and describe what it was like to be a Jewish child in France at that time. She has written a memoir that is not yet published.
Contact: Professor Audrey Brunetaux, 859-4664,

Preparing the Colby College Collection for Its 50th Anniversary: Painting Conservation

Thursday, Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Nina Roth-Wells, painting conservator in private practice, will speak about her work with the museum’s collection leading up to the opening of Art at Colby.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Keynote Address for American School: American Art and Pedagogy
Friday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
New York-based artist Fred Wilson creates new exhibition contexts for displaying art and artifacts found in museum collections, along with wall labels, sound, lighting, and non-traditional pairings of objects. His installations lead viewers to recognize that changes in context create changes in meaning. Wilson received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award (1999) and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2003) and represented the United States at the Biennial Cairo (1992) and Venice Biennale (2003). This symposium highlights outstanding research in American art and education.
Contact: Karen Wickman, 859-5601,

American School: American Art and Pedagogy
Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
This symposium highlights outstanding research in American art and education. Speakers include Wendy Bellion, Huey Copeland, Rachael Ziady DeLue, Elizabeth Hutchinson, David M. Lubin, Richard Meyer, Angela L. Miller, and Kenneth John Myers, with Donna M. Cassidy moderating. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Contact: Karen Wickman, 859-5601,

Noontime Art Talk: The Minimalist Paradigm
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Presented by Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator Sharon Corwin. Complimentary lunch (served at noon) for the first 40 visitors.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Building a Civil Society? Russia Since 2005
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
Three national experts on Russia and its efforts to build a culture of democratic institutions will discuss contemporary Russian politics: James Richter from the political science department at Bates College; Valerie Sperling from the government department at Clark University, and Laura Henry from the government department at Bowdoin College.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Burning the Future: Dirty Coal From Cradle to Grave
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Judy Bonds, co-director for Coal River Mountain Watch, has been fighting for social and environmental justice for Appalachian coalfields since 1998. In 2003 she won the Goldman Environmental Prize for North America. She works to educate Americans about the clean water act and about where electricity comes from and who pays the true price. Bonds has recently been featured in National Geographic, Vanity Fair, People, and O Magazine.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Women in the Spotlight: Recent Recipients of Book Awards and Grants
Thursday Oct. 15, 4 p.m.
Room 215, Lovejoy Building
This session highlights the work of Colby women who, in the past ten years, have received national or international recognition in the form of external grants (for research, pedagogy or creative work) and book awards: Professor of Art Véronique B. Plesch; Associate Professor of Art and American Studies Laura Saltz; Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Biology Judy L. Stone; and Assistant Professor of Anthropology Winifred L. Tate.
Contact: Professor Ankeney Weitz, 859-5642,

Senators from Maine: 50 Years of Influencing the Nation
Friday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Sessions include Political Campaigning by Maine’s Senators (10:30 a.m.), Covering the Maine Senatorial Delegation (2 p.m.) and The Historical Strength of Maine’s Senatorial Delegation (3:30 p.m.).
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Thurgood Marshall’s Coming!
Saturday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Page Commons, Cotter Union
Thurgood Marshall was the first African American to serve as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Using Marshall’s writings and reflections, the play explores racial and civil rights issues. Marshall was a master of language, storytelling and imitation. His sense of humor and equanimity balance some of the bitterness he felt in his long journey and his legal arguments and rhetorical style are at once evocative and entertaining.
Contact: Noel James, 859-4256,

Making Faces Tour and Workshop
Sunday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.
Colby College Museum of Art and Freshwater Arts, Waterville
Children tour the museum collection to view interesting depictions of the face in art. Then, at Freshwater Arts in Waterville, they make their own masks. This free event is open to all ages, but attendance is limited and preregistration is required. To register, please contact Kim Brennan at 859-5613.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Elijah Parish Lovejoy Panel Discussion: Covering the World with a Shrinking Newsroom
Sunday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
News media, including newspapers, broadcast and digital outlets, have shed 35,885 jobs since
Sept. 15, 2008 according to a report by Unity: Journalists of Color. How can newsrooms with thinned budgets and skeletal staff continue to investigate and report news from around the world? Panelists include Ann Marie Lipinski, former editor of the Chicago Tribune, Chris Morrill, associate director/syndication for GlobalPost, Paul Salopek, foreign correspondent, and Sue Smith, managing editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Elijah Parish Lovejoy Convocation: Honoring Paul Salopek
Sunday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Reporting from Darfur in 2006, reporter Paul Salopek was imprisoned for five weeks. He endured beatings and brutal jail conditions but declined offers of freedom until he knew his Chadian driver and Sudanese translator would also be freed. A journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries in the developing world and more than 20 conflict zones, Salopek will receive the 2009 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.
Contact: Steve Collins, 859-4352,

The Erased: Citizenship and Exclusion in the New Europe
Monday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
In 1992, shortly after independence was declared from Yugoslavia, the Republic of Slovenia erased nearly 18,000 people from the register of permanent residence. These people — many of whom had been born elsewhere in Yugoslavia — were effectively rendered stateless. Activists and researchers Barbara Beznec and Goldfarb Visiting Scholar Andrej Kurnik will discuss the efforts of the Association of the Erased to seek justice in the broader context of European struggles for migrant rights.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Poetry Reading: Bill Berkson
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz, Colby College Museum of Art
Bill Berkson, professor at the San Francisco Art Institute, is a poet, art critic, editor and curator who has written numerous books including most recently Gloria (with etchings by Alex Katz) and Our Friends will Pass Among You Silently. He is a corresponding editor for Art in America, and his criticism has appeared there and in Artforum and other journals. He was Distinguished Paul Mellon Fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture for 2006.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Visiting Writers Series: Dani Shapiro
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
Dani Shapiro writes suspenseful, poignant narratives about teenage rebellion, mother-daughter relationships, family tragedy and personal obligation. Her most recent books include Black & White, Family History, and the best-selling memoir Slow Motion. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Elle, Bookforum, Oprah, and Ploughshares, among others, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and guest editor of Best New American Voices 2010. Her second memoir, Devotion, will be published early next year.
Contact: Professor Debra Spark, 859-5284,

Cool Cities: Solving Global Warming One City at a Time
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Glen Brand, director of the Sierra Club’s National Cool Cities Campaign, will discuss the growing movement among U.S. cities and counties to combat global warming. The Sierra Club’s national Cool Cities campaign aims to engage citizens to help local governments in implementing a wide range of clean energy solutions. He will also touch on the Cool Communities activity that’s taking place in Maine.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Fuseli’s Phallus: Drawing Sex in 18th-Century Rome
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
Kevin Salatino, director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, will examine a group of erotic drawings made by Swiss-English artist Henry Fuseli, explore their larger historical and cultural context, and probe the relationship between drawing and meaning. This is the sixth James M. Carpenter Lecture, which was established to honor Professor Emeritus James M. Carpenter.
Contact: Vicki Hendsbee, 859-5631,

Noontime Art Talk: Zao Wou-ki: To Paris and Beyond

Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Presented by Colby Research Associate Melissa J. Walt. Complimentary lunch (served at noon) for the first 40 visitors.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,
Galilean Nights in Celebration of International Year of Astronomy 2009
Friday and Saturday Oct. 23 and 24, 7-10 p.m.
Collins Observatory (parking in Field House lot)
This public sky viewing celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of the telescope, designating 2009 the International Year of Astronomy. Telescopes will provide views of Jupiter and its four “Galilean Moons,” Neptune, the Andromeda Galaxy, and other deep sky wonders. There will be outside instruction regarding constellations, the Milky Way, and the night sky. If clouds prohibit viewing, the Collins Observatory will hold an open house. The event is offered in partnership with Northern Stars Planetarium of Fairfield.
Contact: Professor Murray Campbell, 859-5863,
Tale of Three Fisheries: Lobster, Urchins, and Groundfish
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
George Lapointe has served as commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources since 1998. He formerly directed the Interstate Fisheries Management Program with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), which included fishery management planning and implementation, seeking state-based solutions for fishery management issues, and coordinating activities with state and federal agencies, academic and scientific organizations, conservation organizations, and members of the public to promote efficiency, outreach and public participation in the ASMFC fishery process.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Democracy and Political Culture in Sri Lanka
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
The third world democracy of Sri Lanka, once hailed as a model worthy of being emulated, stands seriously challenged today. Ranjith Amarasinghe of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, will explore the dynamics of power, power devolution, dissent and opposition and how these elements impinge the shaping of democracy in Sri Lanka.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,
Noontime Art Talk: Philip Taaffe’s Garden of Extinct Leaves
Thursday, Oct. 29, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Presented by Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert A. Gastaldo. Complimentary lunch (served at noon) for the first 40 visitors.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Cotter Debate: The Amethyst Initiative and the Drinking Age
Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Launched in July 2008 with a talk by former Middlebury President John McCardell, the Amethyst Initiative consists of chancellors and presidents of U.S. universities and colleges who say the problem of irresponsible drinking by young people continues despite the minimum legal drinking age of 21. The Amethyst Initiative supports informed and unimpeded debate on the legal drinking age. Yet all major public health authorities, including the American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control, National Highway Traffic Safety Board, and surgeon general, support the current drinking age. McCardell, president of Choose Responsibility and David Rosenbloom, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism will discuss both sides of the issue.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

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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,

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.

The Colby College Museum of Art is open Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with special evening hours Thursdays until 8 p.m. during the academic year. It is closed on Mondays. More information is at