Sheehan Speaks at Black Portraitures Conference in Italy

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan spoke at a major international conference, Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories, organized by New York University and Harvard University. Held May 28-31 in Florence, Italy, the conference brought together artists and scholars from disciplines including art history, fashion, dance, theater, and studio art in wide-ranging conversations...

Plesch Speaks on Graffiti in Frescoes at Symposium in Switzerland

In June, Professor of Art Véronique Plesch spoke at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on “Writing on Images: Graffiti on Early Modern Frescoes.” She addressed the doctoral symposium Les relations entre textes et images: Journée doctorale interdisciplinaire de la CUSO (Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Romande), held in Lausanne June 1–2. Plesch also chaired a session...

Assistant Professor Megan Cook Named Rare Book School Mellon Fellow for 2015-17

Assistant Professor of English Megan Cook has been awarded a highly competitive Mellon Fellowship at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. In May the Rare Book School selected its third cohort of 20 early-career academics who will participate in a three-year program, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography....

Freidenreich Receives Award for Stories of Small-Town Jewish Life

Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies David Freidenreich received the 2015 James Phinney Baxter Award, presented by the Maine Historical Society, for his article “Making It in Maine: Stories of Jewish Life in Small-Town America.” The Baxter Award recognizes superior scholarship and quality contributions to the field of Maine history. “Making It in Maine”...

Josephson to Publish Book on Politics of Everyday Objects

Professor of History Paul R. Josephson has a forthcoming book titled Fish Sticks, Sports Bras, and Aluminum Cans: The Politics of Everyday Technologies. Josephson draws on research, interviews, archives, and journals to study the relationship between technology and society, focusing on interesting meanings behind everyday objects. The book will be published in October 2015 by...

Fleming Honored with Colorado State Outstanding Alumni Award

Professor James Rodger Fleming, director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Colby, was honored in April with an outstanding alumni award from the Colorado State University department of atmospheric science. Recipients of the awards are former students who, by their distinguished careers and service to the college, university, state, nation, or world, have brought honor...

Leonard Speaks at UVa on End of the Civil War

On April 18 Gibson Professor of History Elizabeth Leonard participated in an academic symposium titled “Causes Won and Lost: The End of the Civil War” at the University of Virginia. The symposium was presented by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. Leonard was a panelist during several sessions, and videos of two—a...

Sheets Publishes Two Papers on Smoking Cessation Effects

Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets published two papers on smoking cessation and its psychological effects. The first, coauthored with S. Bujarski, D. J. O. Roche, J. L. Krull, I. Guzman, and L. A. Ray and titled “Modeling naturalistic craving, withdrawal, and affect during early nicotine abstinence: A pilot ecological momentary assessment study,” was published...

Tortora Publishes New Book on Anglo-Cherokee War

Assistant Professor of History Daniel J. Tortora’s new book, Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763, will be published May 25 by the University of North Carolina Press. The book identifies the many conflicts between British troops, Cherokee tribes, and settlers from 1758 to 1761 and explores the impact that...

Pukkila Publishes Book on Harry Potter

Scholarly Resources and Services Librarian Marilyn Pukkila’s book The Skill of a Seeker has been published. It is about the nondenominational religious and spiritual content of the Harry Potter series and the ways in which people who were children in 2001 use the series as a safe lens through which to view religious and spiritual questions....

Katz Named Cottrell Scholar

Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Katz has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The honor was given to the top 50 faculty, or about 3 percent, of the previous recipients of the Cottrell College Scholars Award, which was awarded to faculty in the fields of chemistry and physics at predominantly...

Leonard to Speak at Two Conferences, Deliver Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

Elizabeth Leonard, Colby’s John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, is an invited speaker at two conferences associated with the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. She will speak about the Lincoln assassination and its legacy for the nation’s history at both the Pejepscot Historical Society’s “Legacies of the Civil...

Sheehan Receives Smithsonian’s Frost Essay Award

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan received the 2014 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for her article “Confronting ‘Taboo’: Photography and the Art of Jacob Lawrence.” The article was published in the fall 2014 issue of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s peer-reviewed journal for new scholarship. The Frost Award recognizes outstanding scholarship in...

Goff ’98 Wins Edith Patch Award

Faculty Fellow in Economics Sandra Hughes Goff ’98, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine, won the university’s Edith Patch Award in March. An honor given by the Friends of Dr. Edith Marion Patch, the award is presented each year to graduate and undergraduate women to acknowledge distinguished work they have accomplished at the University of...

Plesch to Talk about Graffiti at Columbia University

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch has been invited along with five other international specialists of early modern graffiti to speak at the workshop “From Sgraffio to Graffiti: Archaeology of a Gesture in the Early Modern Period.” The workshop will take place at Columbia University on April 3. The event is organized by Columbia University Professor...

Vox Populi Publishes Series of Blevins Essays

Vox Populi, a forum for the discussion of contemporary politics through poetry, prose, and video, is publishing a series of essays by Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins. Blevins’s topics range from her love of the sentence in English to the purpose of literature to “the bodies of grown men.” The most recent essay, “Of Madmen and Spies,” is...

Plesch to Guide Alumni at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

On Saturday, April 4, Professor of Art Véronique Plesch will give a guided tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Colby Club of New York. “The Marvelous and the Convulsive: Surrealism in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Collections” will explore the many facets of this 20th-century artistic movement. Plesch is currently teaching a...

Collins Publishes Article on Habitat Fragmentation

Cathy D. Collins, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology, is among 24 scientists to contribute to an article on habitat fragmentation published in March in the journal Science Advances. The research concluded that 70 percent of remaining forest in the world is within a kilometer of the forest’s edge and exposed to the effects...

Plesch Presents in Colby Parent Homes

On March 25 and 26 Professor of Art Véronique Plesch spoke in Texas at events hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations at the homes of William and Maria Boyce P’16 in Houston and Michael and Barbara Lynn P’09 in Dallas. In her presentation, titled “The Real Thing: Teaching in the Museum,” Plesch discussed how...

Association for Jewish Studies Publishes Freidenreich Essay

Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies David Freidenreich published an essay, “Flipping a Jewish Studies Classroom,” on the pedagogy website for the Association for Jewish Studies on March 19. The essay explores Freidenreich’s process of revising his Conceptions of Jews and Judaism course, in which he introduced technology to ensure students’ comprehension of the...