Condron ’92 Exhibition at Wilson College Opens Sept. 4

Jim Condron ’92, a sculptor and artist from Baltimore, has a new exhibition at Wilson College library’s Sue Davison Cooley Gallery opening Sept. 4. Titled You Never Wash it Off Completely, the exhibit uses relics and artifacts from the college that Condron collected with the help of “Wilson archivists, professors, and students to construct compelling art installations...

Scheck Interviewed on Le Monde for 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris

The French newspaper Le Monde interviewed Raffael Scheck, Katz Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Paris. The interview, conducted in French, asked Scheck the question: why were there no black soldiers in the Free French division that liberated Paris? Scheck answered “that this division, which had become an armored division,...

Maisel Offers Commentary on Recent Trump Comments About Jews on FOX News

L. Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, gave comments on the FOX news story titled “Trump says Jewish Americans who vote Democrat show ‘lack of knowledge’ or ‘complete disloyalty’,” which aired Aug. 23. Maisel’s comments begin at 1:30 seconds in the two-minute Associated Press story.

Rimsa ’13 Awarded Grant for Waterville-Based Startup

The startup software company Eariously, co-founded by Nick Rimsa ’13, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Maine Technology Institute. The grant will allow Rimsa to “continue working with software design and development specialists to bring its product to market,” the Central Maine Growth Council reported. Eariously software converts digital text—from a website, a PDF,...

Gilkes Essay on Red Summer, Trump Summer, Published in Religion News Service

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, has an essay titled “Red Summer, Trump Summer and the politics of hate,” in Religion News Service. “Living memories of terror and exclusion within my family became personal, cultural and social capital, enabling and motivating my parents to resist discrimination...

Scheck Interviewed on BBC for 75th Anniversary of Operation Dragoon

Raffael Scheck, the Audrey Wade Hittinger Katz Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, was interviewed for BBC Newsday on Aug. 15, which marked the 75th anniversary of Operation Dragoon, an event that “paved the way for the Allied invasion of southern France during World War Two.” In the four-minute interview, Scheck told the BBC that the...

Athletics Center Topping Off Covered in Morning Sentinel

The final beam for the new athletic center was hoisted into place Aug. 6, completing the skeleton of the building, reports the Morning Sentinel. “It’s the largest single project in the college’s history, according to Colby President David A. Greene,” the Sentinel said. “In April 2017, Greene said the athletic complex was one of two things, the other being the arts,...

Gilkes Quoted in Religion News Service on Blacks’ Worship Spaces

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, was quoted in the article “From New York to Alabama, blacks worshipped in own spaces before slavery’s end” in Religion News Service Aug. 1. The article looks at the buildings and the religious practices used by blacks during and after...

Gross Op-Ed in New York Times On New Word in Lexicon: Structural

The latest New York Times op-ed by Neil Gross, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, looks at a new word used by Democratic presidential candidates: structural. “Some of what the candidates are up to by using the term ‘structural’ is merely rhetorical, signaling the boldness of their ideas,” he wrote. “Yet ‘structural’ is also a...

Franko Tapped as Expert in WalletHub Piece on International Credit Cards

WalletHub reached out to Patrice Franko, the Grossman Professor of Economics and Global Studies, for her expert opinion on international credit cards. In the short Q&A format, Franko answered the question What’s the biggest credit card mistake that international travelers make? with “Walking the beach with a wallet full of cards. Take one — and for me the...

Brown Pens Essay for DownEast Magazine’s Maine Homes

“Notes from the Underground” is the name of the essay by Lyn Mikel Brown, professor of education, that appeared in DownEast magazine’s Maine Homes May-June issue. The essay tells the story of Brown’s father, who recorded daily events on the floor beams of his home in Alexander, Maine. “Each year, my father recorded the first frost, the first...

Soto Quoted in NPR Story on Big Five Personality, Picked Up Nationwide

In a July 10 NPR story titled “The Famous Big 5 Personality Test Might Not Reveal The True You,” Assistant Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto is quoted repeatedly on the origins of the test as well as a recent study testing its effectiveness in developing countries. Researchers are finding “that in many of these developing...

Mayka Coauthors Vox Article on Brazil Supreme Court Injunction

Lindsay Mayka, assistant professor of government, co-wrote an article titled “Brazil’s Supreme Court pushed back against an attempt to cancel participatory councils” that appeared July 8 on Vox‘s Mischiefs of Faction political science blog. The article discusses Brazil’s participatory councils and a recent Supreme Court injunction that blocked President Jair Bolsonaro’s decree to dismantle them. “The participatory...

Q&A with Former Oak Fellow Jestina Mukoko on Voice of the People

A Q&A with human rights activist Jestina Mukoko, the 2010 Fellow at Colby’s Oak Institute for Human Rights, appeared in a Radio Voice of the People piece titled “Honour & Valour: The Story Of Jestina Mukoko.” Mukoko discusses her 2008 abduction by the Mugabe government in Zimbabwe as well as her book, The Abduction and Trial of...

Maisel Quoted in Vox Article, Picked Up By Other Outlets

Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, was quoted in a June 26 article on Vox titled “Why Democrats think 2020 is the year they can defeat Susan Collins” in which he expressed skepticism about Collins’s moderate image. “Despite the fact she would like to be, she is not John McCain, Maisel said, referring...

Isaacs Writes Letter on Small Town Jewish Life for eJewish Philanthropy

Rabbi Rachel Isaacs wrote a letter titled “Small Town Jewish Life Takes Center Stage” printed in the “Readers Forum” section of eJewish Philanthropy June 11, 2019. In it, she chronicles how she came to settle in Waterville and create Colby’s Center for Small Town Jewish Life. “Our core values of economic accessibility, dynamic learning, and collaboration...

Fleming Cited on Climate Change in History News Network Article

In an article titled “Are Historians Doing Enough to Address Climate Change?,” the author, Walter G. Moss, cited a 1998 book by Jim Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society. After citing the opinions of others on the dearth of historical writing on climate change, Moss writes, “Fleming’s words of 1998—’Since the mid-1980s,...

2004 Fleming D-Day Article Draws Attention Prior to D-Day Anniversary

In the days leading up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a 2004 article by James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, saw an uptick in page views. Fleming’s article, “Sverre Petterssen and the contentious (and momentous) weather forecasts for D-Day,” saw a 97-percent increase in page views, according to academia.edu....

Maisel Quoted in Pine Tree Watch About Susan Collins

Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, was quoted in the article “Calling all challengers” in Pine Tree Watch. As speculation on whether or not Susan Collins will be re-elected builds, pundits are weighing in. “I think there is more dissatisfaction than at any other time,” Maisel told Pine Tree Watch. “Certainly from Progressives, especially women,...

Mayka and Lovón ’21 Coauthor Article in Washington Post

An article by Assistant Professor of Government Lindsay Mayka and government and economics major Andrés Lovón ’21 was published in the May 23 Washington Post. Titled “How one company’s deep web of corruption took down governments across Latin America,” the article breaks down a large bribery scandal that played out across several Latin American countries, including...