On May 22 Colby College will celebrate its 184th commencement, graduating its most international class in history. The Class of 2005 -- 480 students strong with 10 percent hailing from other nations -- will be addressed by Dan Harris, a 1993 Colby graduate, now an ABC news correspondent who has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Israel for World News Tonight With Peter Jennings, Good Morning America, and Nightline.
The sixth annual Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Wednesday through Friday, April 27-29, on the Waterville campus. Sandra Steingraber, an ecologist and author, will give the keynote address, "Contaminated Without Consent: A Human Rights Approach to Environmental Health," at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, in room 1 of the Olin Science Center. On Thursday and Friday 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.
Marisol, the Obie Award-winning play by Jose Rivera, will be presented Thursday through Saturday, April 21-23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strider Theater at Colby College in Waterville. A company of 12 actors will be directed by Theater and Dance Department Chair Joylynn Wing with Colby senior Rachel Damon as assistant director. Admission is charged.
Celebrate spring with music for the "Sweet Season" by Colby's Collegium Musicum on Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.
The synthetic playing field is named for Colby Trustee Bill Alfond, Class of 1972, who, with his wife, Joan, made the naming gift for the field. Many other alumni and parents also contributed to the project, which was begun in 2004 and completed over the winter. Bill and Joan Alfond continue the Alfond and Levine families' long tradition of supporting and improving athletics at Colby.
Nearly a year after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal broke and just as the Defense Department is reported to be considering changes to military tribunals used to prosecute detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Colby College's Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement is offering a series of programs titled "Fighting Terrorism: Ethical and Policy Dilemmas." The series includes lectures, a panel discussion, performances, and workshops on the Waterville campus from April 5 to April 15. The panel discussion and the keynote address are open to the public free of charge.
Participatory Music Experience Is Free and Open to the Public Colby College in Waterville will present a free performance by Paul Winter and The Earth Band on Sunday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in the Alfond Athletic Center field house. The ensemble will present "The World Tree Event" as part of Colby's celebration of Earth Week. The event is open to the public free of charge, and tickets are not required.
A conference titled "Shadows of Rwanda" focusing on the Rwandan genocide and featuring a keynote address by Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (Ret.), whose character was played by Nick Nolte in the recent film Hotel Rwanda, will take place at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, April 1-3. Registration by March 30 is encouraged, especially for students seeking accommodations.
Returning from a European tour, during which it performed in the historic cities of Prague and Vienna, the Colby College Chorale performs a concert at Colby's Waterville campus on Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel. Billed as "An Evening of Regal Music," Saturday's concert features work by composers from Russia, England, Germany, and America, as well as lovesong waltzes. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is the Inaugural Concert of the Arnold Bernhard Professorship in Arts and Humanities.
Students from campuses throughout Maine and Atlantic Canada will come together April 2 and 3 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for a Green Campus Summit-a student-planned conference to promote sustainability on campuses and to discuss transnational climate change issues.
As part of the national debate spurred by President Bush's plan to privatize social security, two experts will go head-to-head on the topic in a Cotter Debate at Colby College on Sunday, April 3, at 4:30 p.m. in room 100 of the Lovejoy Building on the Waterville campus. The event is free and the public is invited.
The 54th Colby College Leadership Institute, with the theme "Sustainability: Working in Maine," will be held on Wednesday, March 23, on Colby's campus in Waterville. Delivering the keynote address will be Ray Anderson, founder of the world's largest commercial carpet manufacturer, Interface, Inc. Anderson has developed a model of sustainability proving that profits need not trump responsibility.
Concert cancelled due to weather
Colby's most advanced orchestral musicians have been plucked from the symphony to form the Colby Sinfonietta, an elite group of 20 musicians who perform demanding 20th-century works unlikely to be heard elsewhere in Maine. This year's performance will take place on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.
ABC News correspondent Dan Harris will be the commencement speaker at Colby College on May 22, Colby President William D. Adams announced this week. Harris graduated from Colby summa cum laude in 1993 and will receive an honorary doctorate at this year's graduation ceremony.
Stem Cells: Biology, Bioethics, and Policy is the subject of a Goldfarb Center talk at Colby College at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, in Room 1 of the Olin Science Center. Amidst an ongoing national controversy over embryonic stem cell research, Fred Gage, Ph.D., a researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, will explain what stems cells are and explore the ethical and political implications of their use. The public is invited to attend.
Richard Serra's massive sculpture, 4,5,6, in the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court, ushers visitors to the main entrance of the Colby College Museum of Art. Beginning this month, Serra's vast, two-dimensional prints will be exhibited inside, introducing viewers to another side of the renowned artist. Richard Serra: Large Scale Prints, on view February 24 though April 24, brings 37 prints executed between 1972 and 2001 together into an exhibition that was called "dazzling" by the Boston Globe.