At Colby's 181st commencement on Sunday, May 26, 470 members of the class of 2002 graduated as several thousand family members and other well-wishers cheered. Class speaker John Montelle "Monty" Hobson of Clayton, Mo., delivered an emotional celebration of the caring, supportive community that the graduating class experienced at Colby.
Acclaimed American playwright Arthur Kopit will be the commencement speaker at Colby College in Maine on Sunday, May 26. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on the lawn in front of Miller Library and the public is invited.
"Art in Bloom," a daylong exhibition pairing American works of art from the Colby College Museum of Art with floral arrangements designed by members of area garden clubs and local florists, will be on view Thursday, June 6, in the Lunder Wing of the museum in Waterville.
The inaugural Colby Italian Festival will be held at Colby College in Waterville on Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3. The festival will feature a roundtable discussion on Italian studies in the United States and a poetry reading with Paolo Valesio. All festival events are open to the public and free of charge.
More than 100 Colby College students, staff, faculty and family volunteers are already signed up for the sixth annual Colby Cares Day, which will take place in the greater Waterville area on Saturday, April 27.
Eight seniors working in the studio arts at Colby College in Waterville will exhibit their work at the Colby College Museum of Art May 9-26. In the college's annual Senior Art Show students will exhibit paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures. An opening reception will be held at the museum on Thursday, May 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and the public is invited.
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.