Four members of the Colby faculty have been appointed to named professorships by President William D. Adams. “It is the highest affirmation that a college can give,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer.
Professor James R. Fleming (science, technology, and society) spoke on "Cold War Technologies for Weaponizing the Atmosphere: From Cloud Wars to Geo-Engineering" at the University of Manchester (UK) June 30, at a conference titled "Cold War/Blue Planet: The Rise of the Environmental Sciences in a Divided World." A report on his talk is online.
Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies David M. Freidenreich was selected as a summer scholar for the National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute, “Networks and Knowledge: Synthesis and Innovation in the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Medieval Mediterranean.” The institute will be held in Barcelona July 2-27. Freidenreich plans to research the attitudes toward Christians and Muslims expressed in Jewish legal literature from Christian Spain.
"Self-Portrait," a poem by Ira Sadoff (English) was selected by the Academy of American Poets as the www.poets.org poem of the day May 21. Other poets featured in May included Whitman, Rossetti, and Lowell. "Self-Portrait" is from Sadoff's new collection, True Faith.
Photographs taken by Assistant Professor of Art Gary Green in the 1970s and early 1980s are featured in an exhibition at Phantom Gallery in St. Louis. Babylon's Burning: Images from the Punk Rock Era is on view through May 20. More about Green's photography is available at www.garygreenphotographs.com. Phantom gallery specializes in contemporary art, contemporary, and vintage photography.
Carl Dimow (music) was commissioned to write original music for a Belgian documentary, Mon noM, a lighthearted film about four guys with the same name. He wrote the score and recorded it with his Klezmer band, the Casco Bay Tummlers. The film will be shown at the Maine International Film Festival (July 13-23), and there will be a performance by the Tummlers. Music development was partially funded by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Winifred Tate received funding for her project "Paramilitaries, Citizenship and Political Participation in Colombia" from the Democracy Program of the Social Science Research Council and the Open Society Institute. Her research uses women's oral histories to study the impact of paramilitary groups, political violence, and drug trafficking on political participation in Colombia.
Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies David M. Freidenreich is teaching at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as the Richard and Susan Master Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies. His course, Food and Identity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is based on the seminar he offers at Colby and on his 2011 book, Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He has been invited to deliver talks on this subject in Nantes, France; Beer Sheva, Israel; Constance, Germany; and Rome.
Math Through the Ages by Carter Professor Fernando Gouvêa and former Professor Bill Berlinghoff, remains a perennial bestseller for the Mathematical Association of America 10 years after publication, and now the Brazilian government is distributing almost 20,000 copies of the Portuguese translation to libraries. Subtitled A Gentle History for Teachers and Others, the book was conceived during hallway discussions in the Mudd Building.
Professor Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh (religious studies) told the Vancouver Sun that machismo and warrior mentality, seen widely in modern Sikhism, contradict the egalitarian, inclusive vision of the founder of the religion.
In February head men's and women's squash coach Sakhi Khan was named women's NESCAC Squash Coach of the Year. Khan recently completed his 11th year at Colby, coaching a women's team that finished 21st in the nation. A four-time All-American player at Tufts and two-time World Teaching Professional Champion, Khan has twice been named College Squash Association Chaffee Award winner as coach of the year in sportsmanship while at Colby.
Professor and Director of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming recently spoke at Grinnell College about his 2010 book Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control. The student newspaper conducted this Q&A prior to his talk.