McFadden Publishes Article in Studies in American Humor

Margaret McFadden, the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Integrative Liberal Learning and Professor of American Studies, published an articled titled “‘Yoo-Hoo, Prosperity!: Eddie Cantor and the Great Depression” in the fall 2015 issue of Studies in American Humor, the premier humor studies journal in the United States.

Colby On Tour: Theater and Dance Students to Perform in NYC Jan. 29-30

Students in the Theater and Dance 361 Jan Plan, Advanced Topics in Performance: Performing Human/Nature, will tour to New York’s Dancspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30. The original dance theater work directed by Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Annie Kloppenberg, We Don’t Have an Algorithm for This (please...

Alumna’s Mystery Dance Role Revealed To Be David Bowie Video

Colby theater and dance student graduates in May, moves to New York in September, gets recruited in October for a role in a mystery-shrouded video. The project, it turns out, is David Bowie’s “Blackstar.” The video is released in November, Bowie dies in January, and as this was being written (Jan. 14), the Colby dancer...

Dissanayake and McClenachan Paper Accepted for Publication

Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan Dissanayake and Ainslie Assistant Professor Environmental Studies Loren McClenachan had their paper, “Fair Trade Fish: Consumer Support for Broader Seafood Sustainability,” accepted for publication in Fish and Fisheries, the number-one ranked journal in fisheries. A Goldfarb Center grant provided funding for data collection, and data analysis was conducted by students, including...

Colby on the Road Expands, Connects Students with Alumni and Parents in Career Sectors

Colby on the Road, a Colby Career Center series that connects students with alumni and parents in a range of employment sectors, is poised to expand this semester with the first international event—in Toronto. That trip, over spring break, will link Colby and University of Chicago alumni, parents, and students, and it will build on...

Sheehan Speaks on Visual Culture at Bryn Mawr Colloquium

Tanya Sheehan, associate professor and chair of the Art Department, will speak in the Bryn Mawr College Colloquium in Visual Culture Jan. 27. Her lecture, titled “Changing the Joke: Racial Humor and American Vernacular Photography,” will examine the cultural work that amateur comic photographic tropes performed in progressive-era United States.

Hudson Publishes Op-Ed on Climate Change

In a Bangor Daily News op-ed, Reuben Hudson, a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry, challenges industry to apply the lessons learned in the 1980s about ozone depletion to climate change today. “Until industry can further bring down the cost and widen the availability of solar, wind and other alternatives through continued innovation,” Hudson wrote, “its powerful voice will...

Tortora Featured on New Books in Military History Podcast

Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora is featured in an hour-long interview on the podcast New Books in Military History discussing his new book, Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763, published in 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press. Interviewer Bob Wintermute of Queens College, CUNY, praises the...

Leonard Signs Contract for Biography of Gen. Benjamin Butler

Professor Elizabeth Leonard, Colby’s John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, recently received an advance book contract from the University of North Carolina Press for a biography of Benjamin Franklin Butler, a renowned Union general in the Civil War  and a member of Colby’s Class of 1838. The book, slated for publication in...

Chan Publishes Article on Green Markets

Assistant Professor of Economics Nathan W. Chan published the article “Misinformation and Its Implications for Green Markets” in the journal Strategic Behavior and the Environment, December 2015. Chan’s areas of expertise include environmental and natural resource economics, public economics, microeconomic theory, and applied game theory.

Rabbi Isaacs Named to Alfond Chair in Jewish Studies

An endowed faculty chair in Jewish studies and the new Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College have solidified Colby’s place as a leader in Jewish studies among liberal arts colleges. On Nov. 19 the College celebrated both developments when Rabbi Rachel Isaacs delivered the inaugural lecture for the Dorothy “Bibby” Levine Alfond...

Hundreds Gather to Pause, Reflect, Consider Community

  An audible exhale rippled through Lorimer Chapel when students, faculty, and staff gathered Dec. 8 to pause and reflect on what has been a tumultuous year locally, nationally, and internationally. “Take three deep breaths and let it go,” said Peter Harris, Zacamy Professor of English emeritus and teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, one...

Waterville Mayor Grateful for Colby Partnerships as 2015 Closes

Reflecting on 2015, Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro counts partnerships involving Colby, the city, and local businesses among the city’s blessings. The purchase of five downtown buildings by the College and the news of Collaborative Consulting opening a new office in Waterville highlight the strength of cooperation. “We would do wise to learn from the lesson that...

Museum’s Katz Exhibit in Wall Street Journal Short List of Year’s Best

Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s, an exhibit at the Colby College Museum of Art, was one of 11 exhibitions named in a Wall Street Journal article titled “The Best Art of 2015: At Play in the Landscape of Art.” Critic Karen Wilkin’s list of the year’s 11 best exhibitions of 2015 included...

Besteman Featured Explaining Roots of Somalia Crisis

Bartlett Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman, who has spent much of her career studying Somali society, both in Somalia and in refugee communities in Maine, was the featured guest Dec. 14 on Safe Space Radio, a public affairs program on WMPG in Portland, Maine. During the program, which is archived online, she discusses causes of...

Dan Shea Contributes to CNN Politics on Trump’s Rise

Dan Shea, professor of government, thinks that candidate Donald Trump’s rise is a natural extension of the upheaval of the tea party era, CNN Politics reports. Shea, who studies the polarization of the electorate, believes that for Republicans “there is a last-ditch attempt to bring back something that they once had. Then this leads into Trump,...

Neil Gross in Inside Higher Ed on Interdisciplinary Teams

Professor of Sociology Neil Gross cautions that a newly released paper about how interdisciplinary scholars collaborate “must be considered preliminary, since the authors only studied successful collaborative networks,” Inside Higher Ed reports. While networks can be structured in various ways, Gross said that, given the “importance of these networks for problem solving today, it’s urgent...

Kyle Stevens Publishes on Teaching the Film Casablanca

Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies Kyle Stevens recently published an essay on teaching the classic film Casablanca in The Cine-Files, an online scholarly journal of cinema studies. The film, he argues, presents an opportunity to see how surprisingly complex classical Hollywood style can be. His piece is titled, “Teaching Casablanca: Clay, Ink, Documentary, Set.”

Colby Partners with IT Company to Bring 200 Jobs to Waterville

A crucial building block for the revitalization of Waterville fell into place this week as a Massachusetts-based IT consulting firm, partnering with Colby, announced Wednesday that it will open a new center in the city’s downtown, creating 200 jobs. Read press coverage: Boston Globe  BetaBoston | Globe.com Associated Press Bloomberg Business MPBN Morning Sentinel |...

Burke Publishes Essay in Down East

Professor of English Michael Burke published an essay, “Into the Wildwood,”  in the December 2015 issue of Down East magazine. The evocative piece describes the unusual experience of attending a winter solstice service in a tiny, off-the-grid church in the remote community of Reeds Mill, Maine.