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.
Internationally recognized concert pianist William Chapman Nyaho, a native of Ghana, will offer a concert of works that embrace African and African-American history and culture on Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Colby's Lorimer Chapel. The annual Strider Concert, part of the Music at Colby series, is free and open to the public.
The late Ernest C. Marriner, a 1913 graduate of Colby College who went on to become an English professor, dean, and ultimately a historian of the college, was best known in Waterville for his radio series, "Little Talks on Common Things," which aired on WTVL for 34 years.
Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old man from Wyoming who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in 1998, will speak at Colby College on Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Page Commons of Cotter Union, on the Waterville campus.
Since the 1970s, color photography has been gaining legitimacy in an art world previously dominated by the black-and-whiteprint. Through April 23, the Colby College Museum of Art will exhibit color photographs including images ranging from William Christenberry's small-scale photographs of Alabama gas stations to Elke Morris's recent shots of run-down Maine tenement buildings. COLORS: Contemporary Color Photography includes 29 works by 12 American photographers.
The Honorable Frank M. Coffin -- a senior United States Court of Appeals judge for the First Circuit, a former U.S. Representative and an advocate for legal assistance to low-income Maine residents -- has been named Colby College's 2006 recipient of the Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award.