Moland Gives Keynote at Lehigh University Philosophy Conference

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lydia Moland will give a keynote address at the fourth annual Lehigh Philosophy Conference Oct. 27-28. Moland’s talk, “Artistic Idealism: Hegelian Themes in Contemporary Art,” reflects her expertise on Hegel and her most recent project, a comprehensive interpretation of Hegel’s aesthetics. Moland received a 2015 grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst to...

Rosengren ’79 Q and A in New York Times on Unemployment

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren ’79, P’12 and the New York Times engaged in a Q and A on the danger of low unemployment, currently at five percent. In the interview published Oct. 17, Rosengren discusses his concern that there may not be enough unemployment, because when rates have “gotten to the low...

Newcomb ’15 Well-Prepared for UMaine Ph.D. Program

Andrew Newcomb ’15 secured a Ph.D. research assistant position at the University of Maine to work on the Future of Dams project because of the preparation he received at Colby, a news story from the university reports. “Newcomb believes a good mix of science and humanities and social science courses at Colby prepared him well...

Colby to Accept Self-Reported Test Scores

Colby has taken another step forward in making a college education more accessible by allowing high school students to self-report their standardized test scores to Colby. This means that students no longer have to pay to send official score reports to the College to be considered for admission. Official scores will only be required for...

Weitz and Walt’s No Limits Exhibit Reviewed in The New Yorker

The exhibit No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki, co-curated by Jette Professor of Art Ankeney Weitz and Research Associate Melissa Walt, was reviewed in The New Yorker magazine. The review found the exhibit’s most impressive works to be the smallest: “archaized lithographs of fish and wolves, created to accompany poems by his close friend, Henri Michaux.” The International Examiner also mentioned...

Borthwick Installs Site-Specific Sculpture at Borthwick Castle in Scotland

Assistant Professor of Art Bradley Borthwick installed a site-specific sculpture at Borthwick Castle, in Midlothian, Scotland. The project, “Flodden—The Mote of Locherwart,” investigates past intent upon a landscape and the impact of Borthwick’s familial ancestry within feudal structures of 16th-century Scotland. With an English longbow and several hundred arrows made to historical specification, Borthwick addresses the...

Brown’s Latest Book, Powered by Girl, Published

Professor of Education Lyn Mikel Brown has released her sixth book, Powered by Girl: A Field Guide to Supporting Youth Activists (Beacon Press, 2016). An advocate for and mentor to youth activists, Brown interviews girls and women on the frontlines of activism, and her book acts as a field guide for their adult supporters. She argues...

Murtha ’17 Writes Bangor Daily News Op-ed on Keeping Maine Babies Alive

Celeste Murtha ’17 cowrote an op-ed, “Here’s a way Maine can keep more babies alive,” about Maine’s high infant mortality rate. Murtha, a biology major from Natick, Mass., has been an intern at the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center at MaineGeneral Medical Center studying sudden unexpected infant death syndrome (SUIDS). She advocates offering a baby...

Gross Writes New York Times Op-ed on Ferguson Effect

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross responded to the FBI’s recently released crime stats with a New York Times op-ed titled “Is There a ‘Ferguson Effect’?” In it he examines theories about why the crime rate has gone up. Conservatives “claim is that crime rose because the police found themselves hamstrung in a political environment in which...

Mazzeo’s Book Irena’s Children Released

Tilar Mazzeo, Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English, released a new book titled Irena’s Children (Simon & Schuster) that tells the true story of a woman who saved thousands of Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Holocaust. Kirkus Reviews named Irena’s Children one of the 10 most anticipated nonfiction books of fall 2016, and wrote, “Mazzeo chronicles...

Praise for Colby-Curated Zao Wou-Ki Exhibition

Following five years of research In Europe and Asia, the collaborative efforts of Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton and Edith Jetté Professor of Art, and Research Associate Melissa Walt are making headlines in the art world. The two art historians have co-curated the exhibit No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki, the first retrospective of the Sino-French artist’s work in...

Sheehan Edits Grove Art Guide to Photography

Tanya Sheehan, associate professor and chair of art, edited Grove Art Guide to Photography, to be published October 2016 by Oxford University Press. A field guide for students, instructors, and scholars, the Grove Art Guide to Photography provides a thorough overview of photography’s history, from the early 19th century to the present. This wide-ranging volume examines photographic...

Prof Tweets Clickbait and Guess What Happens Next?

As this professor procrastinated preparing her syllabus, her tweets started an academic movement. Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay, who has 22,500 Twitter followers as @texasinafrica, uses social media extensively and got “goofing around” just before the semester began. She started tweeting those irresistible Buzzfeed-style teasers for her fall academic courses using the hashtag #ClickbaitSyllabus....

Colby’s 199th Convocation

Formal academic regalia, pomp, and deep reflections about the College’s venerable purpose provided direct connections from 198 preceding opening-of-school convocations to the Sept. 6 ceremony that launched Colby’s academic year Tuesday. But much was different this year, as students, faculty, and administrators gathered for the serious business of beginning 2016-17 and welcoming the Class of...

Renovations of Colby Athletic Fields Begin

Construction of three new state-of-the-art athletic fields for Colby’s student-athletes begins this week as workers prepare the sites near the Harold Alfond Athletic Center on the northern side of Colby’s Mayflower Hill campus. The field work is the first phase in the development of planned new athletics complex. To accommodate this new center, three fields...

All-College Convocation Launches Academic Year, Welcomes Class of 2020

A reimagined Convocation Sept. 6 will be an all-campus celebration of the academic year and the official community welcome for the Class of 2020. Customarily a first-year-focused ceremony held in Lorimer Chapel, the new tradition will take place on Miller Lawn, feature music and a faculty procession, and include students from all classes as well...

Shea on WGME13 and in Christian Science Monitor about Governor LePage

WGME13 TV spoke with Professor of Government Dan Shea about the strength of the relationship between Maine’s Governor Paul LePage and the legislature. “I think it’s fair to say that the relationship has been on thin ice,” Shea told reporter Gregg Lagerquist Aug. 30. “And this last incident … has raised the question of whether this relationship...

Maisel on Voting and Elections in Op-eds in Three Newspapers

Kenan Professor of Government L. Sandy Maisel has an op-ed in the Aug. 19 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette titled “The Trump Phenomenon,” on Trump’s statements about a rigged system. “The danger is that Mr. Trump will convince his followers that the system defeated him,” Maisel writes. “And that may have serious consequences for our democracy.” On Aug. 21...

World Bank Research Digest Publishes Dissanayake Article on Preventing Deforestation

A World Bank Policy Research working paper authored by Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake and collaborators was published in a special issue of the World Bank Research Digest. Dissanayake’s paper showcases World Bank research on International Development Association countries and was published to coincide with the IDA18 replenishment meetings held in Myanmar. The...

Seay Uses Tweetstorm to Defend Clinton Foundation Work

Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay used a series of tweets to respond to Donald Trump’s call to shut down the Clinton Foundation. An expert on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Seay first tweeted “Surfacing from vacation to throw some knowledge at this nonsense,” and continued “I know teens & young adults who were kids then &...