El-Shaarawi and Razsa Receive ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship

Nadia El-Shaarawi, assistant professor of global studies, and Maple Razsa, associate professor of global studies, have received a prestigious ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship for their project “Insurgent Mobilities: An Ethnography of the Balkan Route as Movement.” Anthropologists El-Shaarawi and Razsa “will coauthor an ethnography of the Balkan route that tells the story of the migrants who...

Colby Appoints Maine State Police Chief Robert Williams Next Director of Security

Robert A. Williams, head of the Maine State Police for the past seven years, has been named director of security at Colby College. His appointment follows an extensive national search. In his 33 years in law enforcement, Williams rose through the ranks, from trooper to ultimately being nominated by Governor Paul LePage to become colonel...

Murphy ’82 Interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air

Finn Murphy ’82, a long-haul truck driver, was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air Feb. 14. Murphy, who has written a book, The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road (Norton, 2017), “describes life on the road as a ‘reaction against regimentation,” NPR reports.

Poet, Visionary Richard Blanco to Be Artist in Residence at Colby’s Lunder Institute

Acclaimed poet and artistic visionary Richard Blanco, whose stirring words celebrated the 2013 Inauguration of President Barack Obama and whose creative spirit has been recognized around the world, will be in residence at the Colby College Lunder Institute for American Art starting this month. Blanco, the spring-semester artist in residence for the institute’s inaugural year,...

Kletzer Writes Article on Technology and Labor for Harvard Business Review

Lori Kletzer, professor of economics, wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review titled “The Question with AI Isn’t Whether We’ll Lose Our Jobs—It’s How Much We’ll Get Paid” published Jan. 31. “The fear that machines will replace human labor is a durable one in the public mind,” Kletzer writes. “Yet most economists have viewed ‘the...

Portland Press Herald Reports on Kloppenberg’s Collaboration with Portland Ballet

A collaboration between Associate Professor of Theater and Dance Annie Kloppenberg and the Portland Ballet was featured in a Feb. 5 Portland Press Herald article. The collaboration includes choreographer Yury Yanowsky, a French-born Spanish dancer who “has been working with dancers from Portland Ballet and Colby on a piece called ‘Origins,’ which explores society’s fascination with digital...

Besio, Wang, and Weitz Receive Grant from National Foreign Language Center

Kim Besio, Ziskind Professor of East Asian Studies, and Andie Wang, assistant professor of East Asian Studies, with Ankeney Weitz, the Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, as consultant, received a STARTALK grant of $102,074.97 from the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. The grant, titled “Learning Chinese through...

Eric DeCosta ’93 Named General Manager of Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens announced Feb. 2 that Eric DeCosta ’93 will become the team’s general manager next season, following the departure of long-time general manager Ozzie Newsome. DeCosta, a Colby overseer, has been with the Ravens since 1998 and is currently the organization’s assistant general manager, a position he’s held since 2012. Baltimore Ravens owner Steve...

Etch a Sketch Art by Tilden Featured in Ellsworth American

Andrea Tilden may be a world-class computational biologist at Colby, but she’s also an impressive Etch a Sketch artist. A profile about her and her artwork appeared in a Feb. 1 Ellsworth American article written while Tilden, the J. Warren Merrill Associate Professor of Biology, is on sabbatical and working as a visiting professor at the MDI...

Condron ’92 Solo Exhibition at Goucher Gallery Makes News

A solo exhibition by artist Jim Condron ’92, Diminishing Returns, is on view through March 25, 2018, at Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery. “Through the paintings in this exhibition, Condron presents a haptic convergence of scale, size, color, texture, and dimensionality,” according to a press release from the college. ArtDaily.org reported on the exhibit, noting, “This exhibition...

Nelson and Jan Plan Class Mentioned in Yale University Article

A Jan Plan course titled The Good Life, taught by Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life Kurt Nelson, was mentioned in an article from Yale University. The course was developed by the Yale Center for Faith and Culture at Yale Divinity School and taught at schools in China, England, and the United States, including Colby....

Taylor and Collaborators Receive SQuaRE Grant from American Institute of Mathematics

Associate Professor of Mathematics Scott Taylor and four collaborators are the recipients of a SQuaRE grant from the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) to study the unknotting of spatial graphs. The grant will fund travel to AIM headquarters for a week in 2019. Spatial graphs are networks of nodes and connections positioned, often in knotted ways,...

New York Times Op-Ed by Gross on Hollywood Liberalism

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross penned an op-ed for the New York Times titled “Why is Hollywood so Liberal” in advance of the Oscars. “It’s award season in Hollywood, and it looks like the big winner will be progressive politics,” Gross wrote Jan. 27, then tries to explain why actors are liberal, offering several...

Brown and Ray ’93 in Bangor Daily News Story on Fixing Rural Education

Professor of Education Lyn Mikel Brown and Brittany Ray ’93, P’18 were included in a Bangor Daily News story about a new program called TREE, Transforming Rural Experience in Education. The article looks how the program strives to improve the odds of students in poor, rural towns in Washington County, Maine, by using brain science to...

Findlay Quoted in MaineBiz Story on Expansion of Dollar Stores

A Jan. 22 story in MaineBiz on the rise of dollar stores in Maine includes a quote by Pugh Family Professor of Economics David Findlay. “The growth of this industry reflects another significant change in retail spending,” Findlay said, which shows an increase in stores throughout Maine and across the United States. Dollar General and Dollar Tree have...

Corwin Quoted in Art New England on New Media Arts Consortium

Director of the Colby College Museum of Art Sharon Corwin was quoted in an article in Art New England about the New Media Arts Consortium, of which the museum is a member. The consortium was initially Corwin’s idea after realizing that acquisition of film and video work can be expensive. “As we wanted to build a...

Hatch Op-ed on Neoliberal Definition In Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog

Associate Professor of Government Walter Hatch wrote an op-ed for Monkey Cage, a Washington Post blog. Titled “Cornel West accused Ta-Nehisi Coates of being a neoliberal. Does neoliberal still mean anything?” Hatch’s op-ed defines the concept neoliberalism, which he says “is now abused so routinely that its actual meaning has become all but lost to the general...

Soto Referenced in APS Article Discussing Boston Globe Op-ed

As social media heats up in response to a Jan. 21 op-ed in the Boston Globe, “For better science, call off the revolutionaries” the Association for Psychological Science reported on the debate in this Jan. 22 article. Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto is mentioned in ASP’s article, which notes Soto shared on Twitter a letter he...

Calder Quotes President Greene, Evokes Robert Frost in Column

Columnist Amy Calder included a quote from President David A. Greene’s Martin Luther King Day talk Jan. 15 in her Jan. 22 column titled “In these times Robert Frost’s voice resonates.” The column evokes Robert Frost’s poetry, including “Fire and Ice” and “Once by the Pacific,” and pulls in a line in Greene’s talk: “So...