Blevins Wins Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize

Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins won the Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize—a poetry contest for women over age 50—for her third book of poems, Appalachians Run Amok, which will be published in spring 2018. The Wilder Series Book Prize draws its inspiration from American author Laura Ingalls Wilder, who published her...

Paliyenko Receives Fellowship, Gets New Book on Front List

Adrianna Paliyenko, Charles A. Dana Professor of French, makes news again with a fellowship award from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The visiting research fellowship for January 2018 will support her new book project, Passion and Its Discontents: Rethinking Louisa Siefert’s Body of Work, with archival research to be conducted at the Beinecke...

New English Chair Examines Poetry Through Interdisciplinary Lens

Mary Ellis Gibson, the newly arrived Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature and chair of the English Department, brings remarkable breadth and depth to Colby as a scholar of literature in English, including works by British, American, and Indian authors. Arriving last fall from the University of Glasgow, Gibson is excited about the desire in...

Glenn Receives James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowship

Melissa Glenn, associate professor of psychology, is a recipient of a 2017-18 James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowship. For more than 50 years, the fund has provided support for the science and application of psychology. This award includes financial support to extend Glenn’s sabbatical from one semester to two. Her sabbatical activities will include collaborating with colleagues...

Moland Awarded ACLS Fellowship to Support Book Project

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lydia Moland has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship in support of her 2017-18 sabbatical for a book project titled Hegel’s Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism. The ACLS was founded in 1919 to support “excellence in research” and foster “America’s democratic ethos and intellectual aspirations.” The grant will...

Besteman Op-Ed Argues Immigrants Make Cities Better, Not Worse

In a Feb. 24 Portland Press Herald op-ed, Catherine Besteman, Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, recounts her struggle to understand Maine state Rep. Lawrence Lockman’s anti-immigrant position. Besteman, who has studied immigrant resettlement for decades, argues that welcoming immigrant populations is actually good for cities and encourages readers to look at the...

Hanlon New York Times Op-Ed Gives Advice for Conservative Students

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon addresses the conservative media outlets who, he says, have “built a cottage industry of outrage on the premise that conservative students are victims of a ‘tyrannical‘ campus left.” His advice to conservative college students? You’re not a victim—”The leaders and pundits who say otherwise are doing you a disservice”—and use...

Yossi Roisman’s New Book on Greek Commanders Published

Joseph “Yossi” Roisman, professor of classics and expert on Greek and Roman history and historiography, has a new book out. The Classical Art of Command (Oxford University Press, 2017) examines the career of eight prominent Greek generals, including the Spartan king Leonidas and the Athenian leader Themistocles. “Bringing together extensive use of ancient sources and modern scholarship...

Ardam Essay in Los Angeles Review of Books

An essay by Visiting Assistant Professor of English Jacquelyn Ardam appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books Jan. 10. Her essay on the podcast My Favorite Murder helps her cope with the memory of the shooting at UCLA, where she studied and taught. “My Favorite Murder feels like a support group for anxious people who are calmed, if not satiated,...

Harkett Coedits New Book on Horace Vernet

Visiting Associate Professor of Art Daniel Harkett has coedited, with Katie Hornstein, Horace Vernet and the Thresholds of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture (University Press of New England, 2017). This collection reconsiders the life and work of Emile Jean-Horace Vernet (1789–1863), presenting him as a crucial figure for understanding the visual culture of modernity. The book includes work by...

Josephson Publishes eBook and Articles; Lectures in Zurich and on BBC

Professor of History Paul Josephson has been busy writing and lecturing since October. Here are his recent accomplishments: October 2016 A lecture on “Chernobyl’s Fallout in the World of Nuclear Energy Production—Thirty Years On” in Barcelona, Spain. January 2017 A talk on “Heroism and Secrecy Across the Arctic: Building Industry in the Dark and Cold” at...

Chapter by Plesch Published in The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch’s chapter “Word and Image in Early Performance” in The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance (Ed. Pamela King. Abingdon: Routledge. 99–117) is now out. The volume’s editor, Pamela King, writes in her introduction: “Aptly the first chapter here [referring to the book’s Part II: Modes of Production and...

Maisel and Sheehan Receive Faculty Honors

In January Provost and Vice President for Faculty Lori G. Kletzer announced honors given to faculty members L. Sandy Maisel and Tanya Sheehan. Both scholars received new titles: Maisel was appointed the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government and Sheehan the William R. Kenan Jr. Associate Professor of Art. Sandy Maisel is a renowned...

Bestemen’s Op-Ed on Trump Travel Ban in Bangor Daily News

Calling President Trump’s travel ban a “throwback to old discriminatory immigration policies,” Catherine Besteman, Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, recounts former bans and color bars the U.S. has employed in her op-ed in the Bangor Daily News Feb. 8. From The Naturalization Act of 1790 to immigration reform in 1965, our country has...

New York Times Op-Ed by Gross on Social Science Without Data

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross reflects on the recent death of Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman and his unusual work style in an op-ed in the Feb. 9 New York Times. Bauman’s theories about modernity were not based on data collection or methodology. Instead, he was “a thinker of rare insight and range,” Gross writes. American social scientists, however,...

Genius Envy by Paliyenko Published by Penn State University Press

A new book by Charles A. Dana Professor of French Adrianna Paliyenko was recently published by Penn State University Press. Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History 1801-1900 reveals how female poets of the time, dismissed by thinkers, critics, and literary historians, “invigorated the debate about the origins of genius and garnered considerable recognition in their time...

Plesch Speaks at Scripps College on 15th-Century French Manuscript

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch was invited to deliver a talk at the Department of French at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. She spoke Jan. 31 on “Des tréteaux à la page d’un manuscrit français du 15e siècle” or “From the Stage to the Page of a French 15th-century Manuscript.”

Allbritton Coedited Book Performance and Spanish Film Published

Assistant Professor of Spanish Dean Allbritton’s coedited volume Performance and Spanish Film has been published with Manchester University Press. Coedited by Alejandro Melero (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and Tom Whittaker (Liverpool University), Performance and Spanish Film is the first book to provide a detailed study of screen acting in Spanish film. With 15 original essays by leading...

Fleming Teaches, Lectures, and Writes in Sweden

Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming will be a guest of Linköping University, Sweden, in January and will present a seminar on “Climate Engineering: Barking Mad, WEIRD, and Male Dominated.” Fleming was part of a proposal-writing team that garnered more than 50 million SEK ($6 million USD) for the...

Article by Fleming Published in Physics Today

An extensive article on the Swedish meteorologist Carl-Gustaf Rossby by Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming was published in the January 2017 issue of Physics Today. Fleming traces Rossby’s career from its start at the Bergen School of Meteorology through the establishment of Stockholm’s International Meteorological Institute and to his involvement in the International...