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.
Air & Water, a Bennett Dance Company production that takes dancers from 18 feet above ground to submerged under water, will appear at Colby College on Friday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m., in Strider Theater on the Waterville campus.
The Music at Colby series will open the second half of its concert season with a Portland String Quartet concert on Saturday, February 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The program includes works by Charles Ives, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Colby Professor of Music Emeritus Peter Ré. This concert is free and the public is invited.
Painter Garry Mitchell presents his first solo museum exhibition as a Colby faculty member, featuring more than 25 recent paintings that combine a calligraphic quality of line, atmospheric space, and his unique sensibility as a colorist. The exhibition runs from February 11 to April 24. The opening reception, which is open to the public, is on Sunday, February 13, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the museum.
Colby College maintains a number of ski trails and walking trails on campus. Nordic skiers from the Waterville area are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the ski trails, which are groomed for classical cross-country and skate skiing. Walkers are welcome on campus walkways and on those trails in the Perkins Arboretum open to walking and snowshoeing.
The Theater and Dance Department of Colby College presents a premiere, In Divisiblunder, January 21, 22, and 23. The play by Colby Professor Emeritus Richard Sewell will be performed at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Cellar Theater of the Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. Admission is charged.