Gregory White Smith '73, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose recent biography, Van Gogh: The Life, was called “magisterial” by the New York Times, will speak at Colby's 192nd Commencement May 26—the College's Bicentennial Commencement. To mark the occasion, all honorary degrees this year will be presented to alumni.
A portion of the estate of Maine artist Bernard “Blackie” Langlais will be made into a public sculpture park thanks to a partnership created by the Colby College Museum of Art, the Kohler Foundation, and the Georges River Land Trust to preserve his art and legacy.
Marine conservation leaders will convene at Colby March 8 for a conference on the future of Maine’s coastal communities, ecosystems, and fisheries. Its title: “Changing Oceans and the Future of the Gulf of Maine: Solutions, Success, and Sustainability.”
William D. Adams, who oversaw significant growth in Colby's academic program, led the largest capital campaign in Maine history, and increased the diversity of the student body since arriving in 2000, announced Jan. 9 that he will retire June 30, 2014.
A Goldfarb Center poll released Jan. 3 confirms what Maine voters—who supported retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe and elected Angus King—seem to have signaled. Americans are tired of partisanship and want Congress to start working together in civil, productive ways.
A lecture series beginning in December will focus on the future of the liberal arts tradition from the perspectives of leaders from different areas of the academic spectrum. The series begins with artist and international documentarian Wendy Ewald on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.
Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, an icon in the annals of investigative journalism for his role uncovering the Watergate scandal, will receive Colby's 2012 Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Nov. 11.
For decades American painter Alex Katz has split his time between New York City and Maine. From July 14 through Dec. 30, 2012, the Colby College Museum of Art, which holds the world’s largest collection of Katz’s work, will present an exhibition focusing on the themes of the city and the country in Katz’s work.
Under clear skies on the lawn of Miller Library, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair advised the 465 members of the Class of 2012 to continue learning with humility, to maintain an open mind, and to serve others.
Sam Deeran '12 of Falmouth, Maine, will address about 470 classmates at Colby's 191st Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20. Nicole Sintetos '12, a Winslow, Maine, resident, will be recognized for receiving the Condon Medal for constructive citizenship, and five influential individuals will receive honorary doctoral degrees.
Daniel M. Shea, a political scientist and coeditor of a new book about the degradation of civil discourse in American politics, will be the next director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.
Colby’s new biomass plant goes into normal operations this week. The plant—a key part of the College’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2015—burns forestry byproducts that would otherwise have been left on the forest floor.
Goddard-Hodgkins Hall received LEED Gold certification for the 2010 renovation that used local, recycled, and sustainably harvested materials and increased the energy efficiency of the 53-year-old building.