In a commencement address on Sunday at Colby College, Reverend Peter J. Gomes, spoke to the 466 graduating seniors about the necessity of virtue and the inevitability of failure. "The fine art of failure is the means to the greater art of endurance and ultimately perseverance and success," said Gomes.
The Reverend Peter J. Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in Harvard University's Memorial Church, will be the commencement speaker at Colby College in Maine on Sunday, May 27.
On Wednesday, May 16, Colby College alumnus David Rea, a teacher at Laconia (N.H.) High School, will receive the Colby Outstanding Educator Award at a school assembly. Representatives of Colby's Alumni Relations Office will present Rea with the award for exceptional distinction in the classroom.
The second annual Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Thursday, May 3, and Friday, May 4, on the Waterville campus. Jonathan Foley, director of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at the University of Wisconsin, will present the keynote address, "Human Activity and a Changing Biosphere: An Interdisciplinary Study of Planet Earth," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, in room 1 of the F.W. Olin Science Center. All of the events are open to the public and free of charge.
To show off some of its work, the Colby College Computer Science department will hold a computer science festival from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, on the fourth floor of Colby's Mudd Building. The festival is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
The Friends of Art at the Colby College Museum of Art are sponsoring a Tuesday, May 22, trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for a guided tour of the "American Folk" exhibition. A bus will leave Colby's Roberts Building parking lot at 7 a.m. and will return at 10 p.m. The cost of the trip is $48 per person.
Eight seniors working in the studio arts at Colby College in Waterville will exhibit their work at the Colby College Museum of Art May 10-27 in the college's annual Senior Art Show. The students will exhibit paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures. An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 10, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and the public is invited.
Sculptor and painter Brenda Garand will present a slide show talk about her art on Monday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m. in room 154 of Colby College's Bixler Art and Music Center on the Waterville campus. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
Margaret McFadden, assistant professor of American studies at Colby College, will receive the Senior Class Charles Bassett Teaching Award and will deliver the college's final Spotlight Event lecture of the year on Thursday, May 3. McFadden's talk, "It's Hard to Be Good," will take place at 7 p.m. in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union at Colby in Waterville, Maine.
U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross, one of America's key negotiators in the Middle East for more than a decade, will present the inaugural Goldfarb Lecture on Tuesday, May 1, at Colby College in Waterville. The 7:30 p.m. lecture will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union and is open to the public free of charge.
On Wednesday, May 2, at Colby College in Waterville conservative author and policy analyst Dinesh D'Souza will present the lecture "Racism Is Not the Problem." The 7 p.m. lecture will be in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union and is open to the public free of charge.
On Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, the Colby Symphony Orchestra, the Colby College Chorale and the Colby-Kennebec Choral Society will perform together in "An Evening at the Opera." The concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. They are open to the public and free of charge.
On Monday, April 23, paralysis victim and author Travis Roy will speak at Colby College in Waterville at 7 p.m. in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union. Roy will speak about his personal struggle and the lessons he has learned as a survivor of paralysis. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
Central Maine's college and community radio station, WMHB-FM, will hold a food drive/music give-away on Saturday, April 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Messalonskee High School in Oakland. The food drive will be held in cooperation with the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter's fourth annual Benefit Walk, also on April 28. Donations to the food drive will benefit the shelter and WMHB will broadcast live from the event.
The Colbyettes, a Colby College women's singing group, will hold a 50th anniversary reunion concert on Saturday, April 21, in Colby's Lorimer Chapel. The 8 p.m. concert is open to the public and free of charge. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
The Department of Theater and Dance at Colby College in Waterville will present the classic romantic comedy Rudens (The Fisherman's Rope) by Titus Maccius Plautus, under the direction of Jack Axelrod, distinguished visiting guest artist in theater and dance. Performances will be held Thursday, April 26, through Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Performing Arts Center.
The Colby Wind and Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Eric Thomas, will each present a concert during the month of April at Colby College in Waterville. The Colby Wind Ensemble will perform on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m., and the Colby Jazz Ensemble will perform on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will be held in Lorimer Chapel and are open to the public free of charge.