McFadden Presents Comedy Research

Margaret McFadden (American studies), Colby’s Christian A. Johnson Associate Professor of Integrative Liberal Learning, will present research on American female comics at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Studies Association in Los Angeles, Nov. 6-9. McFadden’s presentation is titled “Laughter and Performative Utopia in Gilda Radner’s Gilda Live! (1980).” Her talk will be part of a session she organized titled “The...

Todd Coulter Publishes Article on Paul Taylor in Dance Chronicle

Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Todd Coulter recently published the article “Paul Taylor’s Meticulous Musicality: A Choreomusical Investigation” in the journal Dance Chronicle. One of the foremost choreographers of the 20th century, Paul Taylor embraces American folk music and baroque composers as he creates movement that works through the expected meter and phrasing of...

Plesch Participates in Art Symposium

Professor of Art Veronique Plesch was invited to participate in an art history symposium on “Monuments as Palimpsests” held at Wesleyan University Feb. 28-March 1. As president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies, Plesch is also jurying the Max Nänny Prize for Best Essay in Word and Image Studies and is involved...

Mazzeo Publishes The Hotel on Place Vendome

Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English Tilar Mazzeo has a new narrative nonfiction trade book. Published by HarperCollins, The Hotel on Place Vendome chronicles the last days of the Second World War at the Ritz Paris hotel. Mazzeo’s previous book, The Widow Clicquot, was a New York Times bestseller.

Fleming: One Week, Four Countries, Five Lectures

Professor James Fleming (science, technology, and society), a visiting scholar at Columbia University this year, will speak in four countries March 18-25. In Abu Dhabi March 18 and 19 he will present a paper, “The future of technology and its impact on the environment,” at the 19th annual conference of the Emirates Center for Strategic...

Josephson Publishes Conquest of the Russian Arctic

Harvard University Press is publishing The Conquest of the Russian Arctic, by Paul R. Josephson, professor of history and chair of the Science, Technology, and Society Program, with a publication date in June. The 420-page book “details the ambitious attempts, from Soviet times to the present, to control and reshape the Arctic, and the terrible...

Elizabeth Leonard Appears via Video in Texas

Elizabeth Leonard, Colby’s Gibson Professor of History, will appear in April via videoconference as a guest speaker at Angelo State University in Texas. A course there on the Civil War era has her book Men of Color to Arms! Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality (WW Norton, 2010) as assigned reading, and...

Washington Post Taps Seay

Laura Seay, assistant professor of government, was named a regular contributor to the Washington Post‘s political science blog, the Monkey Cage. Seay studies African politics, conflict, and development, with a focus on central Africa. Her contributions will explain political science research on African development and conflict, and they will likely draw on research conducted with...

Maisel Edits Oxford Political Science Site

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government L. Sandy Maisel recently was named editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Press Online Bibliography in Political Science. In that role he named a new editorial board, which includes political scientists at Tufts, Vanderbilt, University of British Columbia, National University of Singapore, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro,...

Student, Professor Coauthor Biology Article

Sarah Flanagan ’11 and Associate Professor of Biology Cathy Bevier coauthored a paper published Feb. 4, 2014, in Ethology: The International Journal of Behavioural Biology. Titled “Do male activity level and territory quality affect female association time in the Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei?” the article concludes that in that species of Caribbean lizard, females prefer associating...

Conner Book Explores Audience Engagement

Professor and Chair of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner’s new book, Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era, published by Palgrave Macmillan in December 2013, explores environmental, social and psychological conditions that allow us to engage meaningfully with the arts. She also writes an Arts Journal blog, We the Audience,...

Renard Releases Album of Romani Music

Faculty Music Associate Stan Renard and the Bohemian Quartet will release an album of traditional Romani music at a special event and concert in Providence, R.I., Thursday, Dec. 5.

Boylan Named National Co-Chair of GLAAD

Jennifer Finney Boylan, professor of English and author of novels and bestselling memoirs, has been named the first transgender co-chair of GLAAD, the national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization. “Proud. Excited. Psyched,” Boylan said about her new responsibilities helping to lead an organization with a $6-million annual budget. The naming of a transgender person...

Mazzeo’s Widow Cliquot Bio Goes to Hollywood

Professor Tilar Mazzeo's The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It has been picked up by Hollywood producer Taylor Hackford for a film version.

Gastaldo Addresses Brazilian Geology Congress

Robert Gastaldo, Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, is a keynote speaker at the 23rd Congresso Barsiliero de Paleontologia Oct. 13-18 in Gramados, Rio Grande Sul, Brazil. He will lecture on his research in South Africa.

Mandolfo Elected to Editorial Board

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Carleen Mandolfo was elected to the editorial board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the magazine of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Her official four-year term begins Jan. 1, 2014. The Quarterly, the official organ of the CBA, first appeared in 1939. It carries scholarly articles and notes in Scripture and related fields, an extensive book review section, news of the association's annual meeting, and other pertinent notices.

Paliyenko to Publish on French Women Poets

Penn State University Press will publish Charles A. Dana Professor of French Adrianna Paliyenko's forthcoming book Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801-1900. The work will be published in 2014 or 2015.

Wilson Attends SABR Conference

Arey Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson participated in the 43rd annual convention of the Society for American Baseball Research Aug. 1-3 in Philadelphia. Wilson serves on the education, science and baseball, and statistics committees of the society. He will teach The Science of Baseball (Biology 123) in the fall and Science and Baseball (Biology 223) next spring. At the convention he met Jeff Schatzki '87, SABR director of operations.

In D.C. Fleming Speaks on Geoengineering

Professor Jim Fleming, a leading scholar of climate geoengineering, will speak at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10. The panel discussion is titled "Blocking the Sun: Will Solar Geoengineering Research Increase or Decrease the Risk of Climate Change."  Update September 2013: The event attracted an audience of 500 and was covered in the Sept. 24 entry of the Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy blog.  Fleming is professor of science, technology, and society at Colby. This Oct. 7-9 he is convening an international conference on technology and public policy at Colby supported by the Goldfarb Center. In 2009 he organized an international conference, Climate and Cultural Anxiety, which brought 32 international scholars to Colby to discuss historical perspectives on climate change.

Professor Tortora Writes About Fort Halifax

Dan Tortora, assistant professor of history, had help from David Thomas '15 researching this online article about the history of Fort Halifax in Winslow for the Journal of the American Revolution.