Tortora Publishes Book on Winslow’s Fort Halifax

Twenty-seven years ago, an April 1 flood devastated the Kennebec River valley, washing away among other things the historic Colonial-era blockhouse at Fort Halifax across the river from Colby in Winslow, Maine. On the anniversary of that flood, Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora has published a new book, Fort Halifax: Winslow’s Historic Outpost. Tortora...

Sheehan Writes with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan coauthored with Henry Louis Gates Jr. the essay “Marketing Racism: Popular Imagery in the United States and Europe,” recently published in The Image of the Black in Western Art, Vol. 5: The Twentieth Century, Part I. Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as director of the...

Sophomores Win Two Projects for Peace Grants

Three Colby students won two Projects for Peace grants that will take them to Africa and Central America on educational missions this summer. Mackenzie Kennedy ’16 of Marietta, Ga., will travel to Katito, Kenya, to start the Tumaini (Hope) Learning and Development Center for girls orphaned as a result of AIDS. Sarah LoTemplio ’16 of...

Fallaw Receives NEH Grant for Project on Mexico

Ben Fallaw, associate professor of Latin American studies, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend grant for his project “Between the Maya and the Mexican Revolution: Bartolomé García Correa and Mestizo Ethno-Nationalism.” The grant will enable him to complete a book manuscript under contract with the University of Texas Press. The book’s...

Boylan Is a Judy Grahn Award Finalist

Professor of English Jennifer Finney Boylan is a finalist for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction. Her book Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders was nominated for the award along with Passionate Commitments by Julia M. Allen, Excluded by Julia Serano, and Growing Up Golem by Donna Minkowitz....

McFadden Presents Comedy Research

Margaret McFadden (American studies), Colby’s Christian A. Johnson Associate Professor of Integrative Liberal Learning, will present research on American female comics at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Studies Association in Los Angeles, Nov. 6-9. McFadden’s presentation is titled “Laughter and Performative Utopia in Gilda Radner’s Gilda Live! (1980).” Her talk will be part of a session she organized titled “The...

Sara E. George ’15 Named 2014 Goldwater Scholar

Sara Elizabeth George ’15, a geology major and a chemistry minor, was named a 2014 Goldwater Scholar. Already a Senator George J. Mitchell Scholar since 2011, a Mitchell Fellow in 2013, and a NOAA Hollings Scholar in 2013, George is one of 283 undergraduates to win a 2014-15 Goldwater Scholarship from a field of 1,166 mathematics, science,...

Plesch Participates in Art Symposium

Professor of Art Veronique Plesch was invited to participate in an art history symposium on “Monuments as Palimpsests” held at Wesleyan University Feb. 28-March 1. As president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies, Plesch is also jurying the Max Nänny Prize for Best Essay in Word and Image Studies and is involved...

Mazzeo Publishes The Hotel on Place Vendome

Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English Tilar Mazzeo has a new narrative nonfiction trade book. Published by HarperCollins, The Hotel on Place Vendome chronicles the last days of the Second World War at the Ritz Paris hotel. Mazzeo’s previous book, The Widow Clicquot, was a New York Times bestseller.

Paul Josephson on Putin’s Politics

Professor of History Paul Josephson has been publishing books about Russian history for decades. He was in Moscow a week before the Russian military presence in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula earned global attention, and he has been tapped by the media as an expert on the situation since then. Let’s talk about Ukraine. What are your...

Fleming: One Week, Four Countries, Five Lectures

Professor James Fleming (science, technology, and society), a visiting scholar at Columbia University this year, will speak in four countries March 18-25. In Abu Dhabi March 18 and 19 he will present a paper, “The future of technology and its impact on the environment,” at the 19th annual conference of the Emirates Center for Strategic...

Washington Post Taps Seay

Laura Seay, assistant professor of government, was named a regular contributor to the Washington Post‘s political science blog, the Monkey Cage. Seay studies African politics, conflict, and development, with a focus on central Africa. Her contributions will explain political science research on African development and conflict, and they will likely draw on research conducted with...

Lakes Research Continues—Through the Ice

Lake study by Colby faculty and student researchers doesn’t stop for the Maine winter. Colby science students, working with Denise Bruesewitz, assistant professor of environmental studies, recently cut through 32 inches of ice on Great Pond in the Belgrade Lakes at the location where a Colby research buoy is moored when the ice is out....

Mules Go Wild, Video Goes Viral

The Colby men’s basketball team is spreading #MulePride. A video highlighting creative in-game celebrations by players on the bench is making its way through the social media sphere. UPDATE: As of March 20, 11 days after it was posted, the video had been watched more than 220,000 times on YouTube, featured on national and regional...

Maisel Edits Oxford Political Science Site

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government L. Sandy Maisel recently was named editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Press Online Bibliography in Political Science. In that role he named a new editorial board, which includes political scientists at Tufts, Vanderbilt, University of British Columbia, National University of Singapore, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro,...

Henry Luce Foundation Grant Aids Museum’s Exhibition of Permanent Collection

A $165,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will help the Colby College Museum of Art reinstall its American art collection. Dynamic new exhibitions will be mounted as the museum transitions from the initial installation in the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion to subsequent exhibitions. “This generous grant will allow us to rethink the installation of our...

Four Professors Awarded Tenure

Four assistant professors were granted tenure at the winter meeting of the Colby Board of Trustees. Valérie Dionne (French and Italian) is an author and scholar of early modern French literature, culture, and philosophy. Melissa Glenn (psychology) is a behavioral neuroscientist who studies prenatal nutrition as it affects psychopathology later in life. James Scott (mathematics...

Outing Club Turns 100

The Colby Outing Club, the College’s biggest club for many years running, celebrated its centennial Feb. 26. “The Colby Outing Club was organized and a constitution was adopted on Feb. 26, 1914,” and “officers were elected at a meeting held March 4, 1914,” according to minutes found in the Colby archives by Hubert “Jim” Merrick...

Student Dancers Shine at New England Conference

At the 2014 American College Dance Festival’s New England Conference, a dance piece created by Sara Gibbons ’15 was selected for the conference’s culminating gala concert—one of fewer than a quarter of the entries so honored. Gibbons’s dance titled Between the Folds was performed by Gibbons, Maggie Bower ’15, and Jack Gobillot ’14 at the...

Student, Professor Coauthor Biology Article

Sarah Flanagan ’11 and Associate Professor of Biology Cathy Bevier coauthored a paper published Feb. 4, 2014, in Ethology: The International Journal of Behavioural Biology. Titled “Do male activity level and territory quality affect female association time in the Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei?” the article concludes that in that species of Caribbean lizard, females prefer associating...