Helen Vendler, A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard and a world-renowned scholar of poetry written in English, will be the commencement speaker at Colby College in Maine on May 25, President William D. Adams announced. Vendler is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Swedish Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past president of the Modern Language Association.
International performer and sculpture artist Sha Sha Higby will present The Yellow Cup, a solo dance performance, on Friday, April 4, at Colby College in Waterville. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Strider Theater in the Runnals Building. An opportunity to meet the artist and examine her sculptural costumes will be provided.
Foreign and Familiar, a series of photographs by Dee Peppe will be shown at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville April 6 through June 8. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held at the museum on Sunday, April 13, from 2 - 4:30 p.m. It is open to the public and free of charge.
Wire and Plastic, Leather and Grass: Contemporary African Creativities, an exhibit of objects from South Africa, Somalia and West African countries, is on view at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville through June 8.
Colby Dance Theater, Colby's repertory dance company, will perform Thursday, March 13, Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. The performances will feature four compositions in contemporary dance, choreographed and performed by professional choreographers and advanced students in the Department of Theater and Dance at Colby.
Bruce Brown, curator of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, who managed to assemble an extraordinary private collection of art over the last quarter century, will give a gallery talk about Contemporary Prints and Photographs from the Bruce Brown Collection at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville on Sunday, February 16. The talk will begin at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Contemporary Prints and Photographs, an exhibit of works by internationally recognized artists, is on view at the museum through March 23.
On Saturday, February 8, the Portland String Quartet, artists-in-residence at Colby, will present a concert as part of the Music at Colby Concert Series. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus and is open to the public free of charge.
Contemporary Prints and Photographs from the Bruce Brown Collection, an exhibit of works by internationally recognized artists, will be on view at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville January 19 through March 23. The exhibit comes from the personal collection of Bruce Brown, a retired Maine schoolteacher who managed to assemble an extraordinary private collection over the last quarter century. It will open with a reception at the museum from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, that is open to the public.
Robert Pinsky, former U.S. poet laureate, will read selections of his poetry on Wednesday, December 4, at Colby College in Waterville. The reading will begin at 8 p.m. in the Robins Room of Roberts Building. Pinsky will be available for a book signing following the event.
The late Daniel Pearl of the Wall Street Journal will be honored with this year's Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award at Colby College. The award for his courage in pursuit of the truth will be presented at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Colby's Lorimer Chapel in Waterville. Tamara Pearl, one of Pearl's sisters, will accept the award on behalf of her family. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion, "The Perils of Reporting in Wartime, Abroad and at Home," moderated by syndicated columnist David Broder. The public is invited.
Members of Colby College's studio art faculty will show works in a variety of media for the annual Fall Faculty Art Exhibit at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville. The exhibit will be on view from November 15 through December 22 and the public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, November 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Colby College's Department of Theater and Dance will present the play Iph..., an adaptation of Euripides's Iphigeneia in Aulis, November 21-23. Performances will be held nightly at 7:30 p.m. in Colby's Strider Theater in Waterville. Colby's production of Iph... is directed by Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Laura Chakravarty Box.
An exhibit of prints by American artist Richard Serra will be on view at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville October 25 through December 22. Richard Serra: Prints From the Collection of Paul J. Schupf will open with a reception at the museum from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25. The opening will be held in conjunction with the opening for Afterlife: Asian Tomb and Ritual Art from the Colby Collection. The reception is open to the public.
The exhibit Afterlife: Asian Tomb and Ritual Art from the Colby Collection will be shown at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville October 18 through January 5. A gallery talk by Ankeney Weitz, assistant professor of art and East Asian studies, will be presented on Friday, October 25, from 2:15 to 3 p.m. It will be followed by an opening reception from 3 to 4:30 at the museum. The public is invited.
Family Homecoming Weekend will be held at Colby College in Waterville Friday, October 18, to Sunday, October 20. The following events will be open to the public, and all are free of charge unless otherwise noted.
The Department of Theater and Dance at Colby College will present three performances of for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf Thursday, October 17, through Saturday, October 19. Performances of Ntozake Shanges choreopoem will be held nightly at 7:30 p.m. in Strider Theater of Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. Admission is charged. The play is co-directed by Associate Professor of Theater and Dance Joylynn Wing and Adjunct Professor of Theater and Dance Tina Wentzel.
This year's Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award will honor the late Daniel Pearl of the Wall Street Journal, Colby College President William D. Adams has announced. The award, given annually to an American journalist for displaying courage in pursuit of the truth, is named for Elijah Lovejoy, an 1826 graduate of Colby killed defending his abolitionist newspaper against a pro-slavery mob in 1837. Lovejoy is considered the nation's first martyr to freedom of the press. Pearl was on his way to interview a Muslim fundamentalist leader in Pakistan last January when he was abducted. He was later killed.
Actor, author, playwright and Colby graduate Mike Daisey will present his one-man show 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com on Friday, September 27, at Colby. 21 Dog Years comes directly to Colby after a six-month Off-Broadway run to strong reviews. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Strider Theater in the Runnals Building on the Waterville campus.
Colby College's Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights in Waterville has announced a fall lecture series, which will open with a presentation by 2002 Oak Human Rights Fellow Ushari Mahmud on Thursday, September 12. On Thursday, September 19, Urban Jonsson, director of UNICEF's Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi and a colleague of Mahmud, will present "A Human Rights Approach to Development Programming." It is open to the public and free of charge.