Colby's African Studies Program will celebrate Africa Week April 5-12, with a week of lectures, films and performances devoted to African culture and society. All events are open to the public and free of charge.
The history of Afghanistan in the 20th century will be the topic of a talk on Thursday, May 2, at Colby College by Munis Faruqui, visiting instructor of history at Bowdoin College. Faruqui's lecture, "From Buffer State to Battlefield: Afghanistan since 1900," will be given at 4 p.m. in room 100 of Lovejoy Building on the Waterville campus. It is open to the public and free of charge.
Anthony Corrado, professor of government at Colby College, and Dasan Thamattoor, assistant professor of chemistry, will both receive the 2002 Senior Class Charles Bassett Teaching Award and will deliver Colby's final Spotlight Event lectures of the year on Thursday, May 2. Corrado and Thamattoor's individual addresses will take place at 7 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville, Maine, campus. Corrado will discuss "Lessons on Political Reform" and Thamattoor's talk is titled "The Bird and the Cage."
The third annual Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, on the Waterville campus. James Gustave Speth, dean and professor of environmental policy and sustainable development at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will give the symposium's keynote address.
On Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, the Colby Symphony Orchestra, the Colby College Chorale and the Colby-Kennebec Choral Society will perform together at Colby's Waterville campus. The concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Lorimer Chapel. They are open to the public and free of charge.
Marcella K. Zalot has been named director of athletics at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, beginning July 1. Zalot has been the associate athletics director and senior women's athletic administrator at Colby for five years and served as acting director of athletics during the current academic year while Richard Whitmore was on a sabbatical leave.
As the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship for a year of independent study abroad following her graduation in May L'Hommedieu will become a temporary immigrant, traveling from Ecuador to Spain to document the lives of Ecuadorian migrants for her project "Temporary Immigrants: A Permanent Solution?"
Collegium Musicum, Colby's early music group, will present its spring concert, "Passion and Glorification in J.S. Bach's Music," on Saturday, April 27. The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus and is open to the public free of charge.
Anthony Clarvoe's play The Living will be presented on April 26 and 27 and May 3 and 4 by Colby College's Department of Theater and Dance. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Strider Theater in the Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. Following the May 3 and 4 performances Clarvoe will be on hand to speak with the audience.
On Wednesday, April 24, U.S. District Judge of Maine George Z. Singal will present Colby College's annual Lipman Lecture on "Speaking Back to God: My Mother and Bontshe Shveig." The 7:30 p.m. talk will be held in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center on the Waterville campus. The talk is open to the public and free of charge.
Global climate change will be the topic on Monday, April 22, at Colby College in Waterville when the first William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate will be held. "Assessing the Evidence for Climate Change: Results from Ice Cores vs. Data from Satellites" will feature climate experts John Christy of the University of Alabama and Paul Mayewski of the University of Maine. The forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 1 of the F.W. Olin Science Center and is open to the public.
Native American author and activist Winona LaDuke will be at Colby College in Waterville on Tuesday, April 23, to present the lecture "The Environment and Social Justice." The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel and is open to the public free of charge.
At Colby College in Waterville, Sally Baker has been named to the position of Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College, President William D. Adams announced Thursday. Baker will assume her new duties on July 1 and will replace Earl H. Smith, who retires this spring following 40 years of service to the college.
Author and scholar Charles Derber will present the annual Kingsley Birge Lecture in Sociology at Colby College in Waterville on Thursday, April 18. Derber, the author of several books on American culture and global capitalism, will give a talk at 8 p.m. in the Pugh Center of Cotter Union. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
Edward Maeder, curator of textiles and chair of the curatorial department at Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts, will present the annual Clara M. Southworth Lecture at Colby College in Waterville on Monday, April 22. Maeder's lecture "A Personal Environment: Men's Fashion 1760-1860" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center.
The 40th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour will be at Colby College in Waterville on Wednesday, April 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. in room 100 of the Lovejoy Building. The tour features 17 new works by independent filmmakers, including a selection of award-winning and highlighted films from this year's 2002 Ann Arbor Film Festival. The touring program currently is traveling around the country to more than 30 locations.
Acclaimed American playwright Arthur Kopit will be the commencement speaker at Colby College in Maine on May 26, President William D. Adams announced. Kopit has been a finalist twice for the Pulitzer Prize in drama, and the musical Nine, for which he was the book author, won the 1982 Tony Award for best musical.
The Colby College Wind Ensemble and the Colby Jazz Ensemble will both present spring concerts in April in Colby's Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The Colby Wind Ensemble will perform "Rites and Passages" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.
United States Circuit Judge Ann Claire Williams, a pioneering African-American federal judge, received the Morton Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Monday night at Colby College in Waterville and told a standing-room-only crowd that everyone should take inspiration from those who have gone before, and that we have an obligation to teach their lessons and to help others fulfill the American dream.