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.
Amy E. Rowe of St. Johnsbury, Vt., a 1999 Colby graduate who recently earned a master's degree at Harvard University, was one of 31 U.S. scholars named a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar this year. She will attend Cambridge University in England to pursue a Ph.D in social anthropology. The prestigious Gates Scholars program was begun in 2001 to develop leaders who will find creative approaches to addressing injustices and inequities around the world.
Professor Zachary Abuza, an expert on terrorism specifically within the Muslim community in Southeast Asia, will speak on "Fascism in the Name of God: The Case of Islam Today" at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, in Page Commons, Cotter Union. Abuza is an associate professor of international relations and political science at Simmons College. The talk is sponsored by the Colby Muslim Group.
United States Circuit Judge Richard Sheppard Arnold of Little Rock, Ark., was honored as the 2004 recipient of the Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award on Tuesday, March 30, at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Judge Sheppard is a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth District.
Bill and Joan Alfond of Boston, Mass., have issued a challenge grant through the William and Joan Alfond Foundation to help Colby raise $2.7 million for a synthetic grass athletic field. The name "Alfond" graces several major facilities at Colby, but this is the first time it will be the name of Bill Alfond, a 1972 graduate of Colby, on the sign. The son of Harold and Bibby Alfond launched Colby's fund raising for the project by promising to give up to $1.35 million, of which $850,000 is in the form of a challenge grant that will match, dollar-for-dollar, every gift Colby can raise for the project.
Master drummer Obo Addy will perform two concerts of West African music at Colby College in Waterville. On Friday, April 2, at 7 p.m. Addy will perform West African drumming and highlife (urban dance/party) music with master drummer Jordan Benissan, an applied music associate in Colby's Department of Music, and Benissan's band Sankofa. The concert will be in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center. On Saturday, April 3, at 4 p.m. Addy, Benissan and Sankofa will perform a second concert in Lorimer Chapel. Both concerts are free of charge and open to the public.
Native American poet, author and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will deliver the lecture "Without Reservations: An Urban Indian's Comic, Poetic and Highly Irreverent Look at the World" on Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Colby College. The event will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union on the Waterville campus. It is open to the public and free of charge. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Humanitarian, hostage negotiator and former hostage Terry Waite will deliver the lecture "Moral and Ethical Decisions" on Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Colby College. The event will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union on the Waterville campus. It is open to the public and free of charge. A book signing will follow the lecture.
A panel of state and federal judges, legal experts and attorneys will debate the controversial issue of sentencing guidelines on Tuesday, March 30, at 4 p.m. at Colby College. The event will be held in room 100 of Lovejoy Building on the Waterville campus and is sponsored by Colby's Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. It is open to the public and free of charge.
A scholarship at Colby College in Waterville that gives preference to Maine students from Aroostook or Washington counties has been established in memory of the late Roy A. Bither, a 1926 graduate of the college. The scholarship was endowed by a $200,000 gift from Bither's daughter, Anne Shire, a 1949 Colby graduate, and her husband, Donald Shire, both of Scarborough and Jonesport, Maine, and their son, Andrew Shire of Chatham, N.J., a 1979 Colby graduate.
On Wednesday, March 24, more than 200 leaders from around Maine will convene at Colby College in Waterville to discuss the development and promotion of regional collaborations. The annual Colby Institute for Leadership, now in its 53rd year, will include keynote addresses by John Wood, the New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, and Michael Gallis, a leading expert on regional development.
A $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide funding for Colby College's new Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. The Mellon grant will be used to fund a series of programs during the first three years of the center's existence.
With an investment of $500,000, Colby College has pledged to join in a partnership with the Kennebec Regional Development Authority (KRDA) and other investors to build a 20,000-square-foot ready-to-occupy building at FirstPark, the regional business park in Oakland.
On Saturday, March 6, Japanese musicians Yoko Hiraoka, Kyokko Suga and Motoshige Kai will perform a concert of Japanese music for string instruments at Colby College in Waterville. The concert, part of the 2003-04 Music at Colby Concert Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Paul J. Schupf Wing of the Colby College Museum of Art. It is open to the public and free of charge.
Paul Finkelman, renowned constitutional scholar and Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law, will present two lectures at Colby College in March. On Sunday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. Finkelman will discuss "The Constitution in the Aftermath of 9/11." The lecture will be held in Room 100 of Lovejoy Building on the Waterville campus and is sponsored by Colby's Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. On Monday, March 15, at 7 p.m. Finkelman will discuss "The 'Ten Commandments' Case in Historical Perspective." The lecture will be held in Room 100 of Lovejoy Building and is sponsored by the Department of History. Both events are open to the public free of charge.
On Wednesday, March 3, at 8 p.m. at Colby College Andrew Sullivan, former editor of The New Republic magazine, will make the case for same-sex marriage in his lecture "Same-sex Marriage in America." The event, sponsored by the Colby Republicans student group, will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union on the Waterville campus. The event is free of charge and open to the public.