No need to leave the Colby network to get an inside look at the political questions of the day. At a March 22 alumni event in Washington, D.C., two of Colby’s most prominent alumni in political analysis, Amy Walter ’91 and Stuart Rothenberg ’70, joined Colby parent Geoffrey Garin to share insight on the upcoming...
Spike Lee’s February 24 speech felt more like a candid conversation—his small frame leaned against the podium rather than standing behind it—focused on the virtues of making a passion into a profession. “A lot of students choose majors based on how much money they’re gonna make. Terrible mistake,” said Lee. “If you don’t love something,...
Photographs taken by Assistant Professor of Art Gary Green in the 1970s and early 1980s are featured in an exhibition at Phantom Gallery in St. Louis. Babylon's Burning: Images from the Punk Rock Era is on view through May 20. More about Green's photography is available at www.garygreenphotographs.com. Phantom gallery specializes in contemporary art, contemporary, and vintage photography.
An awards ceremony May 1 in Lorimer Chapel recognized students, faculty, and staff with College-wide and departmental awards for contributions to Colby and for outstanding academic achievement. The full list is online.
Wylie Dufresne '92, "one of the most influential culinary minds on the planet," is profiled in the May 2 New York Times as he revamps the WD-50 menu. A blogpost calls him the Captain Beefheart of cooking.
Carl Dimow (music) was commissioned to write original music for a Belgian documentary, Mon noM, a lighthearted film about four guys with the same name. He wrote the score and recorded it with his Klezmer band, the Casco Bay Tummlers. The film will be shown at the Maine International Film Festival (July 13-23), and there will be a performance by the Tummlers. Music development was partially funded by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Winifred Tate received funding for her project "Paramilitaries, Citizenship and Political Participation in Colombia" from the Democracy Program of the Social Science Research Council and the Open Society Institute. Her research uses women's oral histories to study the impact of paramilitary groups, political violence, and drug trafficking on political participation in Colombia.
Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies David M. Freidenreich is teaching at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as the Richard and Susan Master Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies. His course, Food and Identity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is based on the seminar he offers at Colby and on his 2011 book, Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He has been invited to deliver talks on this subject in Nantes, France; Beer Sheva, Israel; Constance, Germany; and Rome.
Math Through the Ages by Carter Professor Fernando Gouvêa and former Professor Bill Berlinghoff, remains a perennial bestseller for the Mathematical Association of America 10 years after publication, and now the Brazilian government is distributing almost 20,000 copies of the Portuguese translation to libraries. Subtitled A Gentle History for Teachers and Others, the book was conceived during hallway discussions in the Mudd Building.
Professor Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh (religious studies) told the Vancouver Sun that machismo and warrior mentality, seen widely in modern Sikhism, contradict the egalitarian, inclusive vision of the founder of the religion.
In February head men's and women's squash coach Sakhi Khan was named women's NESCAC Squash Coach of the Year. Khan recently completed his 11th year at Colby, coaching a women's team that finished 21st in the nation. A four-time All-American player at Tufts and two-time World Teaching Professional Champion, Khan has twice been named College Squash Association Chaffee Award winner as coach of the year in sportsmanship while at Colby.
Matt Apuzzo ’00 was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting this week as part of an Associated Press investigative team that revealed the New York Police Department’s secret surveillance of Muslims.
Professor and Director of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming recently spoke at Grinnell College about his 2010 book Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control. The student newspaper conducted this Q&A prior to his talk.
Jenny Chen ’13J is the latest Colby student to win a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant from philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis. This year Chen’s successful grant proposal is “Connecting the Dots: Peace Tour 2012.”