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.
Veteran newsman and author Louis "Studs" Terkel will receive Colby's Lovejoy journalism award on October 10 but will be present only on video. Terkel, recuperating after a fall, expressed his profound disappointment over being unable to attend but will heed medical advice that he not travel in October.
The Colby College Museum of Art has new hours -- including expanded Sunday hours -- but is now closed on Mondays. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Students and community members looking to continue their education shouldn't miss the Graduate and Professional School Fair at Colby College in Waterville on Friday, October 8. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union and is open to the public.
Slices of Life, a festival of 10-minute plays, will open the 2004-05 Theater and Dance season at Colby College in Waterville. Performances will be held Friday, October 1, and Saturday, October 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Strider Theater, located in the Runnals Building.
Tom Curley, president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press, will speak at a public forum at Colby College on Sunday, Sept. 19. The program will be at 8 p.m. in the Page Commons Room in the Cotter Union on the Waterville campus.
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.