"Self-Portrait," a poem by Ira Sadoff (English) was selected by the Academy of American Poets as the www.poets.org poem of the day May 21. Other poets featured in May included Whitman, Rossetti, and Lowell. "Self-Portrait" is from Sadoff's new collection, True Faith.
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.
Photographs taken by Assistant Professor of Art Gary Green in the 1970s and early 1980s are featured in an exhibition at Phantom Gallery in St. Louis. Babylon's Burning: Images from the Punk Rock Era is on view through May 20. More about Green's photography is available at www.garygreenphotographs.com. Phantom gallery specializes in contemporary art, contemporary, and vintage photography.
An awards ceremony May 1 in Lorimer Chapel recognized students, faculty, and staff with College-wide and departmental awards for contributions to Colby and for outstanding academic achievement. The full list is online.
Carl Dimow (music) was commissioned to write original music for a Belgian documentary, Mon noM, a lighthearted film about four guys with the same name. He wrote the score and recorded it with his Klezmer band, the Casco Bay Tummlers. The film will be shown at the Maine International Film Festival (July 13-23), and there will be a performance by the Tummlers. Music development was partially funded by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Winifred Tate received funding for her project "Paramilitaries, Citizenship and Political Participation in Colombia" from the Democracy Program of the Social Science Research Council and the Open Society Institute. Her research uses women's oral histories to study the impact of paramilitary groups, political violence, and drug trafficking on political participation in Colombia.
Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies David M. Freidenreich is teaching at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as the Richard and Susan Master Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies. His course, Food and Identity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is based on the seminar he offers at Colby and on his 2011 book, Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He has been invited to deliver talks on this subject in Nantes, France; Beer Sheva, Israel; Constance, Germany; and Rome.
Math Through the Ages by Carter Professor Fernando Gouvêa and former Professor Bill Berlinghoff, remains a perennial bestseller for the Mathematical Association of America 10 years after publication, and now the Brazilian government is distributing almost 20,000 copies of the Portuguese translation to libraries. Subtitled A Gentle History for Teachers and Others, the book was conceived during hallway discussions in the Mudd Building.
Professor Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh (religious studies) told the Vancouver Sun that machismo and warrior mentality, seen widely in modern Sikhism, contradict the egalitarian, inclusive vision of the founder of the religion.
In February head men's and women's squash coach Sakhi Khan was named women's NESCAC Squash Coach of the Year. Khan recently completed his 11th year at Colby, coaching a women's team that finished 21st in the nation. A four-time All-American player at Tufts and two-time World Teaching Professional Champion, Khan has twice been named College Squash Association Chaffee Award winner as coach of the year in sportsmanship while at Colby.
Professor and Director of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming recently spoke at Grinnell College about his 2010 book Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control. The student newspaper conducted this Q&A prior to his talk.