Chanthol Oung, a pioneer who refused to ignore the rampant abuse of women and children in her native Cambodia, has arrived at Colby College to share her experience and passion with students and the greater community. As the 2004 Oak Human Rights Fellow at the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, Oung will present a lecture, "The Cambodian Women's Crisis Center: How to Protect Women from Sex Trafficking, Rape, and Domestic Violence in a Failed State," on Thursday, September 23, at 7 p.m.
The first full year of events sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement launches September 19th with a lecture by Thomas Curley, president and CEO of the Associated Press, celebrating 100 years of the Morning Sentinel. The center brings together multiple disciplines to analyze social issues, and it provides a forum for student and community engagement in a variety of civic affairs.
In the library's Special Collections, Colby has the medal awarded to the first Olympic champion in 15 centuries. James Connolly won the triple jump, the first final event contested in 1896. That was the first Olympics since the ancient games were labeled a corrupting pagan enterprise and shut down by the Christian emperor of Rome.
The Yankee Brass Band will kick off its 2004 tour with a concert at Colby. Featuring antique instruments and authentic scores, this historically accurate re-creation of a 19th-century brass band will transport guests back in time with waltzes, polkas and other musical styles. The concert is free and open to the public.
For decades, artists like David Hockney, Richard Serra and Terry Winters have inspired other artists who have come to study at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Colby recently acquired recordings of these and other world-famous artists who have lectured at the school, and the Colby College Museum of Art exhibit lets viewers hear the artists' words as they see their work.
Biomedical research at Colby got a boost with the recent announcement that the College would receive $1.9 million of a five-year, $17.8 million federal grant to the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. Colby's portion of the grant, known as the IDeA Network of Biological Research Excellence (INBRE), will be used for scientific equipment, training of students and faculty in molecular techniques, and the hiring of a molecular technician to aid in research programs.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colby, Kevin Convey '77 recently became managing editor of the Boston Herald and is one step away from becoming editor, according to the paper. What are his plans in his new role? "I want us to set the water cooler agenda," he said. Convey has been with the Herald since 1981.
Alex Katz, an artist of international renown who has dedicated himself to painting for more than half a century, takes a turn as museum curator this summer. Contemporary Painting: Curated by Alex Katz will be on view at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, June 27 through September 19. Katz has selected 22 works by eight contemporary painters from the U.S. and United Kingdom—artists who are among the most exciting working in the medium today. In the adjacent Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Art of Alex Katz, Colby has three galleries permanently dedicated to Katz's work.
Sites Unseen: Photographic Visions of the Vernacular Landscape, an exhibit of photographs exploring different conceptions of what constitutes landscape, opens on June 20 at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine. It will remain on view through October 10. The exhibition of 34 color photographs from eight different artists living and working in the United States was curated by Sharon Corwin, Colby's Lunder Curator of American Art.
The Venezuelan group Cuarteto Millennium (The Millennium String Quartet) will perform at Colby College in Waterville on Tuesday, April 27. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center and will include works by Tschaikovsky, Ginastera and Plaza. The concert is sponsored by Colby's music and Latin American studies departments and is open to the public free of charge.
Frederica Mathewes-Green will speak at Colby on Wednesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel. The title of her talk is "Does Character Matter?" The lecture and follow-up discussion are sponsored by Gail '62 and Allan Gerrish in an effort to raise student awareness of spiritual, moral and ethical issues.
Alan Rabinowitz, explorer, author and founder of the world's first jaguar sanctuary, will give the keynote address of the fifth annual Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. Rabinowitz's lecture is titled "A Journey of Discovery in Asia's Forbidden Wilderness" and will be in Room 01 of the F.W. Olin Science Center.
Vincent Cassone will speak on Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in Lovejoy 100 on the topic "Time's Arrow Flies Like a Bird: Biological Clock Research in the Post-Genomics World." Cassone, a 1975 Colby graduate, is chair of the biology department at Texas A&M University. He is a well-known circadian rhythm biologist who studies the avian circadian system. His talk is sponsored by the Biology Department.
At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, New York University Professor of Anthropology Emily Martin will give a lecture titled "Taking the Measure of Moods: Toward an Anthropology of Moods." The talk will be in Colby's Olin Science Center, Room 01. Martin is most well known for her studies of the gendered use of language in reproductive technology and for her book The Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction. Her talk is part of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Colloquia Series and is sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and Biology, the Integrated Studies Program and the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies.
The Colby College campus is often described as one of the prettiest in the nation, but right now it boasts sweeping views of mud, construction equipment and gravel piles as groundwork continues for a $50-million campus expansion over the next 10 years.
Colby Dance Theater, Colby's repertory dance company, will perform April 23, 24 and 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. The performances will feature five compositions in contemporary dance, choreographed and performed by professional choreographers and advanced students in the Department of Theater and Dance at Colby. Admission is charged.