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...

Reynolds Article Featured on Cover of Ecography

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds and Janice Liang ’16 published an article in the journal Ecography illustrating how sacred natural sites can inform ecological theories on habitat fragmentation in developing countries. The research, conducted in collaboration with Assistant Professor of Biology Cathy Collins and other U.S. and Ethiopian partners, combines remote sensing data...

Hanlon Writes in New Republic on Myth of Liberal Echo Chamber

An article by Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon titled “The Myth of the Liberal ‘Echo Chamber’ on Campus” in the New Republic magazine challenges the notion in essays by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof “that liberals in academia—people like me—are intolerant of, and politically biased against, conservatives on campus.” Highlighting events at Colby pre- and post-election,...

Plesch Lectures via Skype at University of Coimbra, Portugal

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch delivered a lecture via Skype titled “Words, Images, and Materiality in Early Performance” for students in the advanced studies in the materialities of literature Ph.D. program at the School of Arts and Humanities and the Centre for Portuguese Literature, University of Coimbra. Plesch’s Dec. 20 lecture is part of a seminar...

Gross Pens Op-Ed in New York Times on Collective Trauma

Sunday’s Dec. 16 New York Times ran an op-ed by Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross titled “Are Americans Experiencing Collective Trauma?” in which Gross defines the psychological phenomenon and recounts its origins. Gross recounts past collective traumatic events including the 1972 Buffalo Creek flood in West Virginia and the 1989 Polish revolution, concluding, “Last month’s presidential election...

Rabbi Isaacs Gives Invocation at White House Reception

At a White House Hanukkah reception, Rabbi Rachel Isaacs delivered an invocation with President and Mrs. Obama on either side of her. The President introduced Isaacs and called out Colby and Waterville’s Beth Israel Congregation, where Isaacs is spiritual leader. Isaacs spoke of Hanukkah as a “festival that teaches us it is always darkest before the...

Wilson Addresses UNE’s Center for Global Humanities

Ornithologist Herb Wilson, Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, presented a talk “The Patterns of Maine’s Migratory Breeding Birds” as part of the University of New England Center for Global Humanities’ lecture series. In this Dec. 12 lecture, Wilson summarized findings from his 22-year citizen-science project that monitors the arrival of more than 100 bird species in Maine...

Carlson Writes Op-Ed on Reality of Climate Change

An op-ed by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson details an increase in many deadly and debilitating diseases that are linked to climate change. “Make no mistake about it: Climate change is deadly,” Carlson writes Dec. 10 in the Morning Sentinel. She cites research from the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change and the U.S. Global...

Blevins Offers “Craft Tip of the Month” in Lockward’s Poetry Newsletter

“Asphyxiating the Silence in Your Neck of the Woods: On the Importance of Speech Tones” is the title of Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevin’s “Craft Tip of the Month” in the December poetry newsletter by Diane Lockward. “There are many methods and techniques for meaning more than you say,” Blevins offers, “but my favorite is...

Millard Named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

Julie Millard, The Dr. Gerald and Myra Dorros Professor of Chemistry, has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Millard is one of 391 recently named fellows “whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society have distinguished them among their peers and...

Blevins Essay Published by Vox Populi

A new essay by Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins, titled “Late-Breaking Yew-Berry News from the Madman’s Love Shack,” appears in Vox Populi, a forum for the discussion of contemporary politics through poetry, prose, and video. This essay is part of a series of Blevins’s essays in Vox Populi. The essay also opens a new anthology—Best Creative Nonfiction...

Stokes Q&A with Braverman ’11 in Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard published a Q&A between Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing Elisabeth Stokes and writer Blair Braverman ’11. The two Alaskan writers talked “landscape, identity, survival, and the problem with the term alpha male,” in the Nov. 14 piece. Following the release of Braverman’s Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, a coming-of-age memoir set in the Arctic, Stokes asks about Braverman’s experience pushing into...

Gastaldo Reappointed as Research Associate with Smithsonian

Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo has been reappointed to a four-year term as research associate of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Gastaldo, who has been affiliated with the institution for more than 30 years, is collaborating with Smithsonian’s William DiMichele on several ongoing projects. They are finishing a manuscript on ecosystem...

Reynolds Co-Publishes Article in World Development Journal

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds co-published an article in the journal World Development on husband and wife decision-making authority in farm households in sub-Saharan Africa. The research analyzes the program and policy implications of differences in husband and wife self-reported authority over farm decisions in rural Tanzania. The authors found that husbands and...