Artist and former Buddhist monk Losang Samten made an impression on more than 2,000 museum visitors when he created a sand mandala at Colby in the fall of 2005. He's coming back, and this year his mandala -- an elaborate circular "painting" made by pouring colored sand -- will be larger and more detailed. He will also lead a meditation and speak on a panel with members of the Colby faculty. All events are free and open to the public.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection's (MDEP) placement of Belgrade's Long Pond on the impaired lakes list prompted a semester-long Colby research study of Long Pond North and its watershed. Colby students will present their findings at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, at the Center for All Seasons gymnasium, located south of Belgrade Lakes Village on Route 27. The presentation is open to the public and should last about 90 minutes.
Free tickets for Colby's 37th annual Service of Carols and Lights will be distributed to members of the community on Monday, November 20, at 5 p.m., in the lobby of Roberts Building. Since seating is limited, tickets are required for admission and will be available while supplies last. No phone or mail orders can be accepted.
Lihua Lei, an installation artist who focuses on the condition of the human body, will explore bodily memory in Colby's third annual emerging artist series, currents3. The exhibition opens on Thursday, November 16, with a talk by the artist at 4:30 and an opening reception at 6 p.m.
Colby may be the first college where all of the leaders of the project management team responsible for capital construction are professionally accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.
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.