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Colby College, observing its bicentennial this academic year, will present a historical discussion and a film premiere downtown and a musical performance on campus Saturday, Oct. 20, to help kick off a year-long celebration of two centuries of the College’s history. All three events are open to the public.

  • From 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hathaway Creative Center on Water Street there will be a reception featuring historic memorabilia, followed by a panel discussion about the world, the city, and the college 200 years ago. The panel discussion, “1813: The World, Waterville, and Colby,” begins at 4:30 p.m. and features College Historian Earl Smith on Waterville and Colby’s unique relationship, Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora on the United States at the time of the College’s founding, and Katz Professor of History Raffael Scheck on how world events and conflicts in Europe had important consequences for Maine’s statehood and for the foundation of Colby. President William D. Adams will address the gathering following the panel discussion. Paul Boghossian, Colby Class of 1976, will serve as host. (If you are planning to attend, please call Alumni Relations at 859-4310.)
  • At noon the premiere of Colby’s bicentennial video, In Their Footsteps, will be screened at Railroad Square Cinema. It traces Colby’s journey, beginning with Jeremiah Chaplin and seven students who left Boston in 1818 on the sloop Hero to start the College. The film tells the turbulent, uplifting story of Colby’s history, from its birth in 1813 to the admission of women in 1871, from the decision to build a new campus in Waterville in 1931 to the student takeover of Lorimer Chapel in 1970, and beyond.  Reviving Affection: Sense of Place in the Belgrade Lakes, a documentary film by Nikolas Kondiles ’13, also will be shown. It examines area history and local residents and their deep connection with the land in an effort to promote conservation. The films will run from noon to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Ken Eisen, Colby Class of 1973.
  • At 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on campus, the Music at Colby series presents a bicentennial recital featuring two unusually gifted recent graduates, Gjergji Gaqi ’07 and Dori Smith ’08. Gaqi recently completed his doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Michigan, and Smith, a soprano and a Presque Isle native, is a doctoral candidate in voice at the University of Arizona. Their program of piano and vocal music features works by Brahms, Schubert, Mozart, Liszt, and others.

Colby’s bicentennial celebration continues through the year with distinguished bicentennial lectures, a commissioned performance piece by professors Lynne Conner (theater and dance) and Jonathan Hallstrom (music) and a presidential address Feb. 27, 2013, and the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the museum of art next spring. More information and a full schedule of bicentennial events are online.