Zelensky Article on Russian Church Music Published as Book Chapter

Assistant Professor of Music Natalie Zelensky’s article “Russian Church Music, Conundrums of Style, and the Politics of Preservation in the Emigre Diaspora of New York” was included as a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016). Zelensky’s chapter examines discourses of authenticity as they are articulated within the realm of sacred...

Burke on Ephemeral Architecture in A/B Architecture Boston

The summer 2016 issue of A/B Architecture Boston has a feature titled “Now You See It,” a series of vignettes about temporary structures that leads off with Professor of English Michael Burke’s piece called “Season’s Fleetings.” In it Burke describes the pop-up village of ice-fishing shacks that appears each winter on the pond in his...

Matsuura ’16 and Dissanayake Publish on Maine North Woods Park

Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake and Ryu Matsuura ’16 published an article in the Maine Policy Review on preferences for the proposed Maine North Woods Park. Their research, conducted with Andrew Meyer of Marquette University, contributes to the ongoing public dialogue about the proposed park by analyzing the preferences of out-of-state visitors....

Janice Liang ’16 and Professors Collaborate on Article about Agriculture and Food in Ethiopia

Janice Liang ’16, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds, and Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology Cathy Collins are coauthors on an article published in April 2016 in AIMS Agriculture and Food. The article (online here) is titled “Effects of exotic Eucalyptus spp. plantations on soil properties in and around sacred natural sites...

Students, Professors Collaborate on Ethiopia Church Forests Paper

Two assistant professors of environmental studies, Travis Reynolds and Denise Bruesewitz, and three Colby students have published an article in African Journal of Ecology. The paper, titled “Ethiopian Orthodox church forests provide regulating and habitat services: Evidence from stream sediment and aquatic insect analyses,” is available in an early online version. Sara LoTemplio ’16, an...

Hanlon Considers Ageism in Chronicle Essay

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon describes many ways he’s mistaken for a younger person, often a student, in his essay “I’m Not a Student, I Just Look Like One” in the May 25 Chronicle of Higher Education. Considering how ageism works, he writes, “I’m also sharing these examples to draw attention to the fact...

Rueger Wins 2016 Bassett Teaching Award

Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology Bruce Rueger received the Charles Bassett Teaching Award May 16 from the Class of 2016.   Since 1993 each senior class has voted to recognize a Colby faculty member with the award, named for the late professor of American studies and English who taught at Colby from 1969 to 2000...

Gross’s L.A. Times Op-Ed Examines Political Imbalance in Higher Education

On May 20 Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times titled “Professors are overwhelmingly liberal. Do universities need to change hiring practices?” The article concludes: “As a rule, politics should play no role at all in academic employment decisions; we should neither keep conservatives out nor fast-track their...

Plesch to Deliver Keynote at Word and Image Conference

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch will be the plenary speaker at the international conference Crossing Borders: Appropriations and Collaborations, held June 29–July 1 at the College of the Holy Cross. Plesch, an expert in Word and Image studies, is currently president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies. This event is sponsored by the international...

Hanlon Considers Free Speech on Campus in TNR Essay

In a New Republic essay, Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon takes issue with a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “Why Free Speech Matters on Campus” by Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch. “If Bloomberg and Koch really want ‘robust dialogue with their fellow citizens,’ they could start by acknowledging that they wield more stifling influence,...

Gross Publishes N.Y. Times Essay, “Why Are the Highly Educated So Liberal?”

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross published an opinion piece in the May 15 Sunday New York Times titled “Why Are the Highly Educated So Liberal?” In it he draws connections between a 1979 book by sociologist Alvin Gouldner, The Future of Intellectuals and the Rise of the New Class, and a recent Pew Research Center...

Fleming to Speak at Anthropology Conference at the British Museum

Dana Professor James Rodger Fleming (science, technology, and society) will discuss anti-skyscapes and anti-soundscapes at the Royal Anthropological Institute conference on weather and climate change at the British Museum in London May 29. “Anti-skyscapes can be gloomy, menacing, and increasingly—in the case of climate change—invisible,” according to a press release on the conference. “Performance artists...

Gastaldo Wins Geological Society of America’s Cady Award

Robert A. Gastaldo, Whipple-Coddington Professer of Geology, will receive the 2016 Gilbert H. Cady Award from the Geological Society of America’s Energy Division. The award will be formally presented at the GSA’s annual meeting in Denver Sept. 25-28. The Cady Award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of coal...

Benissan to Give Watershed School Commencement Address

Applied Music Associate Messan Jordan Benissan will be the commencement speaker at the Watershed School in Camden, Maine, June 11. Benissan, a master African drummer and teacher, was selected by the private secondary school as the overwhelming favorite of the senior class, according to head of school Will Galloway. Benissan previously worked with the Watershed student...

Scheck Authors Chapter in Book about Foreign Soldiers in Europe during Two World Wars

Raffael Scheck, the Audrey Wade Hittinger Katz Professor of History, recently contributed a chapter to a book titled Colonial Soldiers in Europe, 1914-1945: Aliens in Uniform in Wartime Societies. Scheck’s chapter is titled “French Colonial Prisoners in Germany and France during World War II,” and it appears in a volume edited by H. J. Storm...

Gross in Inside Higher Ed on Relationship Between Education and Politics

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross told Inside Higher Ed that he’s not surprised by findings from a recent Pew Research Center study that shows people with graduate degrees have more liberal political views than those with just undergraduate degrees. “The evidence doesn’t show that exposure to higher education turns Republicans into Democrats,” Gross said...

Arterberry Book Development of Perception in Infancy Released

Professor of Psychology Martha Arterberry’s new book, Development of Perception in Infancy: The Cradle of Knowledge Revisited (Oxford Press, 2016), presents infant perception research and places it in a philosophical context. The updated book, cowritten with Philip J. Kellman and originally published in 1998 (MIT), also discusses the perceptual underpinnings of social and cognitive development and its importance in...

Gross Publishes Essay, Review in First Things

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross published an essay and review of the book Summoned: Identification and Religious Life in a Jewish Neighborhood by Iddo Tavory in the May issue of the influential journal of religion and public life First Things. Gross’s essay, titled “An Orthodox Island,” superimposes anecdotes from his own family on his...

Adam Howard Promoted to Full Professor

Professor Adam Howard (education) was promoted from associate professor to full professor April 15 by the Colby College Board of Trustees. Howard’s scholarship focuses on issues of social class in education, more specifically the role of privilege in shaping educational access, opportunity, and students’ sense of self. He first taught at Colby in 2003 and...

Dissanayake Participates in Workshop for CFARE, Leads Seminar at USGS

Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake participated as a resource person for a workshop organized by the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (CFARE) on creating guiding principles for developing a national framework to quantify ecosystem service benefits. The workshop, held in Washington, D.C., focused on USDA programs and included policymakers, practitioners,...