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...

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...