Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Waterville Senior High School's social studies curriculum will be revamped over the next three years to include a broad, global perspective in history and civilization courses. A key goal is to revise significantly the introductory world history course at the high school, moving from one that focuses largely on European history to one that is global in scope. In addition, the project will provide valuable enhancements for the school's recently created advanced-placement world history course.
As the weather cools off with each passing day, spice things up with an energy-filled jazz concert at Colby College. The Colby Jazz Band presents "Good Cookin' Jazz and Spices" on Saturday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.
They spend their time teaching skills to others, but once a year the Colby art faculty and instructors take the spotlight. The Annual Department of Art Exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art opens on Friday, November 12, with a reception at 4:30 p.m. in the museum lobby. Admission is free and the public is invited. The exhibit remains on view through January 9, 2005.
A year after his controversial consecration and weeks after the release of the Anglican Church's Windsor Report, Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire will speak at Colby College on "The Politics of Polarization and the Search for Community." The talk will be held on Thursday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The event, sponsored by Colby's Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, is free and open to the public.
While the Colby College Museum of Art cherishes its works by renowned artists, it also values cutting-edge artists who challenge conventions. The first in an annual series of emerging artist exhibitions, Currents 1: Julianne Swartz, opens Thursday, October 28, with a lecture by the artist at 4:45 p.m. and an opening reception at 6 p.m. The events are free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on view through February 6.
This year's Colby Symphony Orchestra concerts bring together a remarkable range of music that emerged from composers working in Eastern Europe under Communist regimes. The orchestra's season opener will pair one such work with an orchestral standard to present two sharply contrasting views of the concerto. The concert will be held on Saturday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m., in Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center, on the Waterville campus.
William Shakespeare's The Tempest will be performed November 11-13 in Strider Theater at Colby in a production mounted by Colby's theater and dance department. Acted and supported by a dedicated team of 16 Colby students, The Tempest promises a magical evening of poetic language and startling spectacle.
Thomas E. Mann of The Brookings Institution, one of the most respected and oft-quoted commentators on national politics, will speak at Colby at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, in room 100 of the Lovejoy building. Just a week before the presidential election, Mann's talk will be titled "Countdown 2004: What Will Washington Look Like in the Years Ahead?" The event, sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, is free and open to the public.
Members of Israel's "Courage to Refuse" movement don't have a problem with defending their country. They do have a problem with the occupation of Palestine. On Friday, October 22, at 12:30 p.m., the Goldfarb Center at Colby College and the Mid-Maine Global Forum present "The Courage to Refuse" with Dani Vos, an Israeli Refusnik, in the Page Commons Room, Cotter Union, on the Waterville campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The Music at Colby concert series announces the Colby Music Department Faculty Recital, Saturday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Given Auditoruim, Bixler Art and Music Center, on the Waterville campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The Colby College Museum of Art is expanding its photography collection, and a major exhibition of photographs from Colby's collection and an important private collection is now on display. Photography at Colby: Recent Acquisitions and the Promised Gift of Dr. and Mrs. William Tsiaras '68 features more than 40 photographs from the Tsiaras's collection and others that Colby acquired in response to their gifts to the museum. The exhibit remains on view through February 13, 2005.
Colby College will hold its seventh annual Children's Halloween Extravaganza on Saturday, October 23, from noon to 3 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to all community children age 2 to 10 years old. Activities will include trick-or-treating, haunted houses, pumpkin decorating, face painting, cookie decorating, games, Halloween crafts and more. Children are encouraged to come in costume. Holiday refreshments will be served.
The Music at Colby concert series presents pianist Boris Berman on Saturday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center on the Waterville campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
Two editors of major American newspapers and one national columnist will engage in a panel discussion, "Diversity in the Newsroom: Its Effect on What Gets Reported," at Colby College on Sunday, October 10, at 4 p.m. in Lovejoy 100. The discussion will be moderated by L. Sandy Maisel, director of The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. It is being held in conjunction with Colby's annual Lovejoy Convocation, which will honor Studs Terkel in Lorimer Chapel at 8 p.m. that evening.
Studs Terkel, who describes himself as a "guerrilla journalist" and whom others describe as "a national treasure," will receive Colby College's 2004 Lovejoy Award for journalism at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, in Lorimer Chapel at Colby. The public is invited.
Colby College's Department of Theater and Dance presents Gull, an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, October 8 and 9. The performance is part of the college's 2004 Chekhov Centenary Festival celebrating the life of the Russian physician and author in the 100th year after his death. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. Admission is charged.
Marking one hundred years since the death of Russian author and physician Anton Chekhov, Colby will present the Chekhov Centenary Festival October 6 through 9. The festival, which is supported by grants from the Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, includes a number of films, live performances, and lectures.
Family Homecoming Weekend will be held at Colby College in Waterville Friday, October 1, through Sunday, October 3. The Alumni Relations Office reports that 1,400 visitors—alumni and families of current students—are registered to participate in weekend activities. Events listed below are open to the public and admission is free unless otherwise noted.
Hunter R. Rawlings III will give this year's Peter A. Vlachos '58 Classics Lecture on October 11 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. The talk, "James Madison's classical scholarship: an intellectual in the White House," will be held at 4 p.m. in room 213, Lovejoy. It is free and open to the public.