Author and Waterville native Rhea Côté Robbins will deliver the keynote address for Colby's third Burst the Bubble, Build a Bridge week, October 23 through 28, which is aimed at fostering the connection between Colby students and the local community. Robbins's talk is one of many events both on the Colby campus and in downtown Waterville.
Just as the results of the midterm election are becoming clear on Wednesday, November 8, J.C. Watts, a former Congressman and chair of the House Republican Conference, will deliver the Gerrish Lecture at Colby College. The event, held at 7 p.m. in Page Commons of the Cotter Union, is free and open to the public.
As part of its commitment to students from Maine, Colby will hold its annual Maine Event—a day for Maine high school students and their families to become familiar with the College—on Monday, October 23.
Less than two weeks after President Bush signed a controversial bill about how to define and treat enemy combatants, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson will give a talk at Colby College titled "The Challenge of Human Rights in the 21st Century."
Family Homecoming Weekend will be held at Colby College in Waterville Friday, October 6, through Sunday, October 8. The Alumni Relations Office reports that 1,400 visitors—alumni and families of current students—are registered to participate in weekend activities.
Joan Omaming Carling, a human rights activist who lost two colleagues from her organization to assassination this summer and is herself a target of political violence, has arrived in Waterville, Maine, to spend a semester as the 2006 Oak Fellow at The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College.
Edward Albee, arguably America's most distinguished living playwright, will speak at Colby as part of the fall 2006-07 Visiting Writers Series. He will discuss improvisation and the creative mind. Also slated for this fall is poet Steve Orlen, author of six collections of poetry, who will read from his latest book, The Elephant's Child: New and Selected Poems 1978-2005.
For his efforts leading to the convictions of criminals from the Civil Rights era, including the murderer of NAACP worker Medgar Evers, as documented in the film Ghosts of Mississippi, investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell will receive the 2006 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award from Colby College.
For museum visitors who wonder what artists were contemplating when they created their artwork, an upcoming exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art promises a glimpse. Titled The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 60 Years, the show, on view July 22 through October 29, also offers an overview of American art from the post-World War II era to the present.
As Colby College honored Trustee Paul J. Schupf for 15 years of service on the Board of Trustees, the philanthropist and astute art collector made yet another gift to the college. At a luncheon in Schupf's honor on May 27, President William D. Adams announced that Colby would receive Schupf's collection of a sculpture and 150 works on paper by renowned artist Richard Serra—the largest Serra collection outside of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The seventh annual Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Wednesday through Friday, May 3-5, on the Waterville campus. More than 100 students will make presentations on research they have conducted in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary studies. All symposium events are open to the public and free of charge.
Colby President William D. Adams has announced the selection of James S. Terhune, of Hamilton, N.Y., to be the college's next vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Terhune's appointment will become official when it goes before Colby's board of trustees at its meeting in May.