Lunder Institute Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Support Inaugural Programming

Colby College has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Colby Museum’s Lunder Institute for American Art and its inaugural programming. The award will add depth to the institute’s programs, which have already made an impact on Colby students and faculty, Waterville school children, and visiting artists. In...

Theaster Gates Encourages Colby Seniors to Create Abundance and Share It

Acclaimed contemporary artist Theaster Gates told Colby seniors to use their brains and hands to make the invisible visible, create an abundance worth sharing, and change the world for the better. In a complicated world, Gates said, students should find their sense of clarity and purpose. From there, we are able to “dig deep, examine...

Catherine Besteman Awarded $40,000 NEA Grant for Upcoming Art Exhibition

Catherine Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby, is among the recipients selected to receive a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for an upcoming exhibition organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (MECA). Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks...

Colby College Statement Regarding Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree

Following Bill Cosby’s conviction last week on multiple counts of sexual assault, the Colby College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to rescind the honorary degree he received in 1992. Colby will also convene a group of students, faculty, staff, and trustees to review its policies regarding rescission of honorary degrees. While rescinding this honorary...

Downtown Development Adds Jobs, Money to Area

As the Bill and Joan Alfond Main Street Commons rapidly become a reality on Waterville’s Main Street, the brick cladding and spacious windows of the 100,000-square-foot apartment complex represent more than an upcoming infusion of activity on the street. The project has also brought a significant economic boon to the area. The Alfond Commons project alone...

Colby statement on admissions, protests

In response to protests on gun violence, the College released the following statement: “Colby College values freedom of expression and encourages thoughtful, peaceful dissent. Our community of scholars and learners is strongest when we are passionate about ideas and issues and committed to the pursuit of truth. We seek applicants who will thrive intellectually in this...

Colby Names Cosgrove New Head Football Coach

WATERVILLE, Maine — Jack Cosgrove, the winningest coach in University of Maine football history, is bringing his passion and skills to Colby College as the new head football coach, the College announced Dec. 29.Cosgrove, head coach of the Black Bears for 23 years, takes over at Colby on January 8. “Jack’s extensive experience, energy, and proven...

Colby Announces New Financial Aid Commitment

  Beginning with next fall’s incoming class, admitted Colby students from households with a total income of $60,000 or less, and assets typical of that income range, will have a parent or guardian contribution of $0. In Maine, where the median household income was $53,000 last year, this new policy is expected to make an...

Renowned Oceanographer to Address Climate Change Oct. 18

Sylvia Earle, a legendary oceanographer, acclaimed environmental scientist, and champion for ocean conservation, will deliver the inaugural F. Russell Cole Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Studies at Colby next week. “The Quest for Sustainable Seas” will demonstrate how the ocean provides the underpinning of our economy, health, security, and the existence of life itself. Once thought...

Colby professor maps stunning decline of Florida coral reefs since the 1770s

Using what can only be considered a perfect blend of centuries-old mapping technology and modern satellite data, a Colby College professor has presented more proof of shrinking coral reefs in the Florida Keys. And Loren McClenachan’s fascinating work on the diminishing coral is getting a lot of media attention as Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean...

Colby’s response to DACA announcement

President David A. Greene sent the following to the Colby community on Sept. 5, 2017, regarding the recent announcement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Dear Campus Community, Last year, as questions about potential changes to federal immigration policy began to surface, I reaffirmed Colby’s commitment to protecting the rights of our...

Helping in Houston: Nile Dixon ’20 is connecting the stranded to shelters

Nile Dixon ’20 should be on Mayflower Hill right now, celebrating the start of the school year with his friends and family. But like tens of thousands of other Houstonians, he is hunkered down, riding out the disaster that is Hurricane Harvey. In true Colby fashion, however, he is engaging to help his community. Dixon...

Shea Interviewed in WCSH-6 Story on Finding Common Ground

Professor of Government Dan Shea contributed to a WCSH-6 story about finding common ground in a divided political climate. “Recent research shows it has gone beyond fundamental disagreements to actual fear of the other party’s policies,” Shea told WCSH Aug. 18. “Each side thinks the other side is dangerous, and that’s something new in American...

Hatch Op-Ed on North Korea in Seattle Times

In a Seattle Times op-ed titled “North Korea is nuclear: Live with it, and help it feel less cornered,” Associate Professor of Government Walter Hatch writes that “the regime in Pyongyang is actually quite rational and is driven toward one simple goal: survival.” Instead of war games and economic sanctions, “Washington could help Pyongyang feel less...

Boston Globe Publishes Op-Ed by Moland on North’s Racial Blindness

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lydia Moland wrote an op-ed in the Aug. 19 Boston Globe titled “The North’s racial blindness.” Based on her recent research on American abolitionist Lydia Maria Child, Moland writes that “Child was the first to publicly diagnose what might be called ‘Boston Blindness’ — an affliction not confined to the city, to be sure,...

Lind ’12 Receives NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

Brianna Lind ’12 received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship and is one of 69 people out of 385 applicants from across the United States to receive the award. Lind, who majored in geology and environmental science at Colby, studies termites and is a doctoral student at New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer,...

Plesch Delivers Keynote at International Conference in Switzerland

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch delivered a keynote address titled “Copies: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” at “La reproduction des images et des textes,” 11e colloque international de l’IAWIS/AIERTI, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, July 10–14. In her lecture, Plesch considered the remarkably heterogeneous and unstable way in which copies and the practice of copying have been...

Plesch Concludes Third Term as President of International Association of Word and Image Studies

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch concluded her third term as president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies. At the association’s triennial conference in July in Lausanne, Switzerland, Plesch stepped down from the position she has fulfilled since 2008. She will continue serving on the association’s advisory board. Founded in July 1987, the International...

Halvorson Contributes Chapter on Religiously Based Aid Work Book

A research publication by Britt Halvorson, faculty fellow in anthropology, is included in a new book of essays, The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian Endeavors (Pp. 65-92, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Halvorson’s chapter is titled ” When God Is a Moral Accountant: Dilemmas and Requests of Accountability in U.S. Medical Relief in Madagascar” and “examines how...