Hugh Gourley, who directed the Colby Museum of Art for 36 years and is credited with building its renowned reputation, died July 25. Read more in this article published at his retirement and in a recent Portland Press Herald tribute.
The Maine International Film Festival, July 13-22, includes a film coedited by Theater and Dance Technical Director John Ervin and Emerita Professor Tina Wentzel. Dreamcatcher is based on a 1995 Colby performance by the same name.
Four members of the Colby faculty have been appointed to named professorships by President William D. Adams. “It is the highest affirmation that a college can give,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer.
Professor James R. Fleming (science, technology, and society) spoke on "Cold War Technologies for Weaponizing the Atmosphere: From Cloud Wars to Geo-Engineering" at the University of Manchester (UK) June 30, at a conference titled "Cold War/Blue Planet: The Rise of the Environmental Sciences in a Divided World." A report on his talk is online.
Reunion Weekend 2012 drew more than 1,100 alumni to campus May 31-June 3. Highlights included alumni lectures, class receptions and dinners, and the parade of classes. Three galleries of photos are on the reunion webpage.
Colby will launch a center for the arts and humanities this fall thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The center will support the curriculum, lectures and events, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Michael Stephens '13 cowrote a Science magazine article about a surprising discovery in the Arctic, and CNN.com reported on the findings June 11. Stephens made the scientific expedition with Bigelow Laboratory last summer.
More than 1,000 alumni arrive at Colby this weekend for Reunion 2012, which includes social events, faculty and alumni lectures, and wine tastings. Many of the events are open to the public, and the schedule is available online.
Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies David M. Freidenreich was selected as a summer scholar for the National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute, “Networks and Knowledge: Synthesis and Innovation in the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Medieval Mediterranean.” The institute will be held in Barcelona July 2-27. Freidenreich plans to research the attitudes toward Christians and Muslims expressed in Jewish legal literature from Christian Spain.
"Self-Portrait," a poem by Ira Sadoff (English) was selected by the Academy of American Poets as the www.poets.org poem of the day May 21. Other poets featured in May included Whitman, Rossetti, and Lowell. "Self-Portrait" is from Sadoff's new collection, True Faith.