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

Book Signing: Larissa Taylor
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m.
Colby Bookstore
Professor of History Larissa Taylor is the author of the widely acclaimed new book The Virgin Warrior: The Life and Death of Joan of Arc.
Contact: Doug Thornsjo, 859-5405,

First Thursday: Live Jazz
Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz, Colby College Museum of Art
The Mark Macksoud Quartet with Rick Nelson on guitar, Duane Edwards on bass, and Mark Tipton on trumpet will perform works by Davis, Jobim, Rollins, Macksoud, and Tipton.
Contact: Colby College Museum Art, 859-5600,

Get Up Downtown: Local Food Tasting
Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
Barrels Community Market, Main Street, Waterville
Featuring live musical performances, an open-forum discussion of the local food movement, and samples of locally produced food.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Iran and the Legacy of the Revolution
Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Assistant Professor of History John P. Turner will discuss the history of Iran and how it affects human rights and political issues today.
Contact: Susannah Hufstader ’12,

Student Art and Craft Fair
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2-4:30 p.m.
Lobby, Colby College Museum of Art
Student artists sell jewelry, fine art, pottery, and more.
Contact: Colby College Museum Art, 859-5600,

Orpheus Brittanicus
Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Colby Collegium Chamber Singers (directed by Todd Borgerding) join the Colby Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Jonathan Hallstrom) to present orchestral music with works from the 17th and 18th centuries. This concert celebrates the important anniversaries of Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and George Frederic Handel (1685-1759), exploring the gamut of these composers’ output, from instrumental concerti and sonatas to emotional arias and stirring choruses from their theatrical music to grand anthems with orchestra. See why these composers deserve their comparison to Orpheus, the demigod of music.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5671,

Visiting Writers Series: Debra Spark and Adrian Blevins
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
Colby professors Adrian Blevins and Debra Spark read from just-released work. Blevins’s Live from the Homesick Jamboree features heartbreaking, brash poems about growing up female during the 1970s. Blevins’s earlier collection, The Brass Girl Brouhaha, won the 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is also the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Foundation Award, a Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes, and the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction. In Spark’s latest novel, Good for the Jews, three families clash over an anti-Semitic mystery, office politics, and romantic relationships. Her short stories, essays and articles have appeared in Food and Wine, Esquire, Yankee, Ploughshares, and the New York Times, among other publications. Book signing will follow.
Contact: Professor Debra Spark, 859-5284,

State of Maine’s Environment
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Written by senior environmental policy majors, the 2009 report is the fifth in a series on the status of Maine’s environment. Students explore the historical context and the current state of various environmental issues and examine trends to determine the impact on Maine’s environment. They include an analysis of current policies and recommend a course of action.
Contact: Professor Philip Nyhus, 859-5358,

First Do No Harm: Reflections on the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Final lecture by Hadas Ziv, Colby’s 2009 Oak Institute for Human Rights fellow and executive director of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel. Lecture is preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

A Watershed Analysis of Salmon Lake and McGrath Pond
Thursday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Cafeteria, Oakland Middle School
Colby students will present the findings of their studies of Salmon Lake (Belgrade) and McGrath Pond (Oakland). They will report on the current water quality of the lake and environmental factors that influence it, then make recommendations for maintaining water quality and discuss the nature of the watershed and land-use patterns, past and present.
Contact: Professor F. Russell Cole, 859-5728,

40th Annual Service of Carols and Lights
Friday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12, 4 and 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Each Service of Carols and Lights begins with a musical prelude (3:30 and 7 p.m.). The service includes Advent and Christmas readings and carols sung by the congregation. Student vocalists, instrumentalists, and choral and a cappella groups contribute both traditional and contemporary music of the season. The singing of carols by candlelight follows the traditional lighting of candles throughout the congregation. The service concludes with “Silent Night.” Free tickets are required.
Contact: Rev. Ron Morrell, 859-4610,

Community Ornament and Dreidel Making Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
First, take a tour of the museum collection to view interesting depictions of the holidays in art. Then head over to Freshwater Arts (74 Main Street) to make ornaments and dreidels. This free event is open to all ages, but attendance is limited and preregistration is required.
Contact: Kim Brennan, 859-5613,

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,


Myths and Metamorphosis
Nov. 3, 2009-Jan. 17, 2010
This exhibition is part of the Metamorphoses Project, a series of programs and courses engaging the Colby and Waterville communities around the theme of myth and its ongoing importance in contemporary life. Works in the exhibition are drawn from the Colby and Bowdoin museum collections. Curated by Julian D. Taylor Associate Professor of Classics Kerill O’Neill.

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. Please note: The museum will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Jan. 1. More information is online.

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