Khashoggi Murder Explored at Lovejoy Award Panel

The violent murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, shocked the world and sent a terrifying message to other journalists, scores of whom were killed around the world in 2018 alone. “Even for me, I couldn’t believe [Khashoggi’s murder] happened,” said Hala Al-Dosari, a Saudi Arabian human rights...

McClenachan and Other Colbians Coauthor Paper in Fish and Fisheries

Fish and Fisheries published the paper “Shifting perceptions of rapid temperature changes’ effects on marine fisheries, 1945–2017” with Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, as lead author. Coauthors include Ben Neal, adjunct assistant professor of environmental studies, Seabird McKeon, former visiting assistant professor of biology, and Madison Marra ’17. The paper “documents...

Donald Klein ’47, “Father of Psychopharmacology,” Dies at 90

Psychiatrist Donald Franklin Klein ’47, known widely as “the father of psychopharmacology” for his groundbreaking work revolutionizing the understanding and treatment of psychiatric disorders ranging from panic attacks to depression to anxiety, died Aug. 7, 2019, at the age of 90 in New York, N.Y.  Born in 1928, Klein came to Colby from the Bronx,...

Colby College Athletics Welcomes Ahmad Boyd as Student Athlete Experience Intern

Colby College Athletics welcomes Ahmad Boyd as the new student athlete experience intern, a two-year position made possible by an NCAA Women and Ethnic Minorities Grant. In this new role, Boyd will help the department build a comprehensive and sustainable leadership development program for student athletes. He will also develop a strategy for communications and social media that...

McClenachan Coauthors Paper in PNAS on Surprising Ocean Temperatures

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, coauthored a paper recently published in PNAS. “Challenges to natural and human communities from surprising ocean temperatures” discusses how individuals and institutions will benefit by betting that trends of increasing temperatures will continue, a “strategy [that] represents a radical shift that will be difficult...

Moland Publishes New Book, Hegel’s Aesthetics

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lydia Moland has a new book out, Hegel’s Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism, published by Oxford University Press. The book “offers the first comprehensive book in English on Hegel’s philosophy of art in thirty years, gives a new, controversial interpretation of Hegel’s notorious ‘end of art’ thesis, and Illuminates the relevance of Hegel’s aesthetics...

Scheck Coedits Book on Europe in World War II, Writes Introduction and Chapter

Raffael Scheck, the Katz Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, has coedited a new book, German-occupied Europe in the Second World War, just out from Routledge. The book “provides a framework to guide occupation research with a broad comparative angle focusing on human interactions. Overcoming national compartmentalization, it examines Nazi occupations with attention to relations between occupiers and local...

Colby College Names Chenel Harris-Smith New Head Women’s Basketball Coach

A standout collegiate coach and decorated student athlete at Kent State has been named the new head coach of Colby women’s basketball. Chenel Harris-Smith comes to Colby from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was associate head coach. “We are thrilled to welcome Coach Harris-Smith and her family to Colby,” said Jake Olkkola,...

Historian Leonard Wins Award for Research and Writing

Elizabeth D. Leonard, the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, has won the Thomas D. Clark Medallion Award for her most recent book, Slaves, Slaveholders, and a Kentucky Community’s Struggle toward Freedom, published by the University Press of Kentucky (UPK).  “Much of what we know about Kentucky history and culture rests on...

Climate Visas Could Be Part of Immigration Process, Students Say

Two first-year students, Andrew Ordentlich ’22 and Alex Ozols ’22, were awarded first place for their proposal to introduce climate visas to the United States at the inaugural Goldfarb Center Freedom of Expression Symposium. “We chose to focus on climate visas because we feel like it’s a very important aspect of immigration, throughout the world...

Plesch Organizes Session at CAA Annual Conference; Conducts Review of Trinity College’s Art History Program

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch was active off campus during the spring semester. On Feb. 15 she was the organizer, chair, and respondent of the session “Beyond the Mirror: Specularity and Its Uses” at the 107th CAA Annual Conference in New York City. And in April she was invited to conduct a review of Trinity College’s Art History Program, which she undertook...

At Baccalaureate, Class of 2019 Urged to Appreciate Failure and Welcome the Unknown

Civil rights attorney Mary L. Bonauto drew on her professional successes and failures to inspire Colby’s 2019 graduates to embrace the opportunities they encounter in life. “Wherever you’re headed next, I really hope you do remember that you have so much practice already in taking on new challenges and new experiences,” she said. “I hope...

Singh Encourages Seniors to Celebrate, Reflect in Last Lecture

Thirty-three years in the classroom have taught Nikky-Guninder Singh how community is made. Through the shared act of reading and discussing texts, “You create a community,” Singh said, citing Tolstoy, “because the artist or the writer … was so infected. And then passing on your disease was kind of contagious.” Singh, the Crawford Family Professor...

Plesch Delivered Public Lecture at Bates College

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch delivered a public lecture at Bates College May 15. Her lecture, “’Desiring Italy’ and Taking Her Home,” took place in the context of the short-term course “Desiring Italy,” taught by Rebecca Corrie, the Phillips Professor of Art and Visual Culture.

Colby Honored for Commitment to First-Generation Students

First Forward Designation Puts Colby Among National Leaders in First-Generation Efforts Colby College has received a First Forward Designation from the Center for First-generation Student Success for its commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Colby is one of just 80 schools nationwide to be included in the organization’s inaugural group...

Condron ’92 Exhibition at Wings Over Wall Street Gala

Sculptor and artist Jim Condron ’92 has an exhibition at Wings Over Wall Street, a benefit gala for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Condron’s exhibition, Close to You, is the first contemporary art exhibition at the annual event, held May 22, 2019. The sculptures pay homage to Condron’s mother, who passed away last July from ALS and was the...

Student Awards Recognize Academic and Civic Achievements

Amidst the surprises at the annual Student Awards Program, the most anticipated is the Condon Medal winner. As President David A. Greene described this year’s winner—passionate about civic engagement, making positive change on campus, co-president of the Feminist Alliance—anticipation turned to recognition so that when Lily Herrmann ’19 was named as winner, few were surprised....

Students Write Op-ed in Times Record About Brown Ash Endangerment and Indigenous Solutions

Students in the Humanities Lab “Life in Times of Extinction” published an op-ed in the Times Record titled “Brown Ash Endangerment and Indigenous Solutions.” Grace Neumiller ’21, Keller Leet-Otley ’19, and Tommaso Wagner ’19 wrote the letter for the class, taught by Chris Walker, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities, as part of their assignment to adopt and...

Arterberry Profiled as Infant Behavior & Development Editor

Professor of Psychology Martha Arterberry was profiled by the psychology journal Infant Behavior & Development, at which she serves as editor-in-chief. The profile shows how her path from undergraduate work at Pomona College, to an exchange program at Swarthmore College, to graduate work at the University of Minnesota kept her research focused on infant perception. Arterberry finds...