Scheck Publishes Two Articles on African Soldiers in Europe in WWII

Raffael Scheck, the Katz Professor of History, published two articles related to his historical research in a book released in Paris this summer. The book, Des Soldats noirs face au Reich. Les massacres racistes de 1940, was edited by Johann Chapoutot and Jean Vigreux and published by Presses Universitaires de France. Scheck contributed two of...

Ankeney Weitz Publishes Cover Story in Orientations Magazine

An article by Ankeney Weitz, Colby’s Jette Professor of Art, titled “‘Infused with the Best Essence of China’: Zao Wou-ki’s Early Career” was published in the Sept. 2015 issue of Orientations magazine (volume 46, no. 6), with a painting from the article as the issue’s cover image. Weitz’s piece investigates a poorly understood part of...

Sheehan Essay Featured in A Companion to American Art

Associate Professor Tanya Sheehan, chair of the Art Department, contributed an essay to the Blackwell Press volume A Companion to American Art published in spring 2015. Sheehan’s essay, titled “A Time and a Place: Rethinking Race in American Art History,” is one of 35 newly commissioned essays by leading scholars who explore the methodology, historiography, and...

Josephson to Present at Mid-Maine Global Forum Sept. 23

Professor of History Paul Josephson will deliver a presentation at the Mid-Maine Global Forum on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies and programs. The noontime lunch talk on Sept. 23 in Waterville is titled “Putin, Putinism, and Russian-American Relations.” The Mid-Maine Global Forum is a community organization that sponsors presentations and discussions that educate the local...

Nuss’s Music Research Will Be Live-Streamed and Archived

Steven Nuss, associate professor of music and co-chair of the Music Department, will present his recent research on the American composer Morton Feldman this November in a special session at the National Conference of the Society for Music Theory. His paper “Trancing in the Palace: Kabbalah, Altered States, and Morton Feldman’s Palais de Mari (1986)”...

Professor Fleming Wins Brückner Climate Research Award

Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming has won the 2015 Eduard Brückner Prize for outstanding achievement in interdisciplinary climate research. He will receive the award Sept. 21 in Hamburg, Germany, at the German Climate Conference organized by the German Meteorological Society. The Brückner Prize, administered by the research institute Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht’s Center...

Coane Publishes Two Papers on False Memories

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jen Coane has two papers in press about her research in false memory. “Categorical and associative relations increase false memory relative to purely associative relations” will appear in Memory & Cognition, a publication of the Psychonomic Society. Authors of the paper (Coane, J. H., McBride, D. M., Termonen, M., & Cutting,...

Saltz Is Keynote Speaker on Detective Fiction

Associate Professor of American Studies Laura Saltz will give the keynote address to the American Literature chapter of the European Association of American Studies (EAAS) Sept. 3 at the University of Erfurt in Germany. Her talk is titled “Between Science and Sentimentality: Looking, Reading, Feeling, Detecting.”  The program topic is “Science, Suspects, and Surveillance in...

Coane to Receive Early Career Award from Illinois State

The department of psychology at Illinois State University will honor Jen Coane, assistant professor of psychology at Colby, with its Early Career Award for 2015. Coane earned bachelor of arts and master of science degrees at Illinois State before earning her Ph.D. at Washington University is St. Louis. Her areas of academic expertise include cognitive...

Stevens Considers Voice-Over in Films

In the spring 2015 issue of World Picture 10, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and English Kyle Stevens published an article titled “Toward a Theory of Voice-Over through Brief Encounter.” Analyzing the technique of using voice-over in films, Stevens notes that “neither philosophers nor film theorists have contended deeply with this technique’s conceptual scheme.”...

Kyle Stevens on “The Mystery of Meryl Streep”

Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and English Kyle Stevens, who joins Colby’s faculty this year, published a piece on the Oxford University Press blog about  the chameleon quality of actress Meryl Streep over her long career. Stevens is the author of Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism, a book to be...

Prindle Publishes on Noted Anime Animator

Tamae Prindle, Oak Professor of East Asian Language and Literature, published an article titled “Nakamura Ryūtarō’s Anime, Serial Experiments, Lain (1998)” in the academic journal Asian Studies in the first of its two 2015 issues. Asian Studies (formerly Asian and African Studies), published in Slovenia, is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of Asian...

Sheehan Named Guest Editor of Archives of American Art Journal

In June Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan began a term as guest editor of the Archives of American Art Journal. First published in 1960 as the Archives of American Art Bulletin, the Journal is the longest-running scholarly journal devoted to the history of art in the United States. It seeks to enrich our understanding of art history and visual...

Plesch Receives Bassett Faculty Award at Reunion

During Reunion 2015 at Colby, Professor of Art Véronique Plesch received the Charles W. Bassett Faculty Award. First presented in June 1997, this award recognizes a faculty member whose service to alumni programs, through active participation in regional and on-campus events, is deemed extraordinary. The list of awards includes a link to the citation read for...

Plesch, Coeditor, Publishes New Volume on “The Imaginary”

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch is coeditor of a new book, The Imaginary: Word and Image, published by the Brill | Rodopi imprint in May 2015. Editors Plesch, Claus Cluver, and Matthijs Engelberts have collected an intriguing study of the imaginary, a critical concept that has been theorized in various ways. In this collection the...

Gilkes Gives State House Opening Prayer

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Colby’s John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies and an ordained Baptist minister, gave the opening prayer for the Maine House of Representatives Thursday, June 11, 2015. Gilkes, who also serves the Union Baptist Church of Cambridge, Mass., as assistant pastor for special projects, was invited to...

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”...