Goldfarb Center Newsletter

Goldfarb Center Newsletter - February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012

In This Issue
- Civility and American Democracy Forum
- Elijah Parish Lovejoy Visiting Fellow in Journalism: Andrea Bruce
- Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture with Harold Koh
- CCAK 10th Anniversary Celebration Featuring Seth Wescott
- Accepting Request for Funding Proposals for Goldfarb Center Grants - Deadline March 5th
- In The Community 


Civility and American Democracy: National Forum on Democracy and Civil Discourse

The Goldfarb Center and Colby have been selected to be among the founding partners of the National Forum on Civility and American Democracy (http://www.centerforcivildiscourse.com/). On February 17, we will be participating via teleconference, hosted by the Center for Civil Discourse at  the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts--Boston. 

The National Forum will examine the nature of civility and its place in liberal democracy, paying special attention to the role of partisanship in our political system.There will be four separate sessions, each running between an hour and an hour and a half. The National Forum will be moderated by Tom Ashbrook from NPR's On Point, and will include Colby's own Elijah Parish Lovejoy award winner Ellen Goodman as one of the many distinguished panelists.

Click here for a full schedule of the conference sessions.  

If you interested in attending any or all of the sessions, please contact Ashley Oliver (ajoliver@colby.edu) by February 14 and let her know which one(s). Space is limited, but we will try to give everyone interested a chance to participate.  

There are readings for the conference, selections from classical political philosophy, Locke, The Federalist, and Alexis de Tocqueville, along with some contemporary discussions of partisanship and civility, for those who want to delve further into the topic. After each session, we will ask participants if you think it valuable for us to continue this conversation, and we will give you the opportunity to suggest ways in which to do so.


Elijah Parish Lovejoy Visiting Fellow in Journalism: Andrea Bruce

Andrea Bruce, a freelance photojournalist who has worked in the Middle East for nearly a decade, will narrate a viewing and discussion of photos she has taken while in Afghanistan and Iraq and while covering the Arab Spring. Bruce was last on campus in 2007, as part of a panel before the Lovejoy Convocation, when she discussed the unique problems confronting photojournalists covering wars. See examples of Bruce's work at www.andreabruce.com.

Bruce's public talk will take place on Monday, February 20, at 7 p.m. in Diamond 122.  

There will also be a breakfast with Ms. Bruce and students interested in careers in journalism on Tuesday, February 22 at 8:30 a.m. in Diamond 146.  Space is limited, so please register in advance by emailing Megan Vigue (mevigue@colby.edu).


Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture with Harold Koh

Harold Koh, Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State and to Secretary of State Clinton, will deliver the sixth George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture, "International Lawyering for the U.S. Government in an Era of Smart Power." Koh, a former dean of Yale Law School, will discuss his role in providing legal opinions to the United States Government facing controversial decisions, including those regarding the use of drone missiles to attack terrorist targets.

The Mitchell Lecture will take place on Sunday, February 26, at 7 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium (Diamond 142). 

The following morning there will be a True Life After Colby breakfast with Jonathan Kaplan '94, special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, for students interested in careers in the State Department, journalism or in Washington more generally.  Space is limited, so please register in advance by emailing Megan Vigue (mevigue@colby.edu).  The breakfast will take place on Monday, Feb. 27 at 8:30 a.m. in Diamond 146.

Jonathan holds a master's degree in public policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. For much of his career, he has been a journalist, covering Washington for the Portland papers for a while, writing for The Hill newspaper, and then free-lancing. He went to work for Ellen Tauscher when she was a Member of Congress from California, handling her press secretary responsibilities. When she was appointed to her current position as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs by President Obama and Secretary Clinton, she took Jonathan with her to the State Department, where he worked as her communications director.  Since his last visit to campus in fall 2011, Jonathan has transitioned to his current position in the Office of Tom Nides. Jonathan thus has had careers in journalism (he even returned to Colby to teach a Jan Plan), as a congressional aide, and as a member of the administration; and he is still under 40. Great person to hear from if you are interested in various careers in Washington.


CCAK 10th Anniversary Celebration Featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Seth Wescott

We are thrilled to announce that the Colby Cares About Kids 10th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Friday, March 2, and will include a visit from central Maine native Seth Wescott, two-time Olympic gold medalist in snowboardcross. Mentors and mentees will gather together on campus for what is sure to be a fun-filled day-long event. Please keep an eye out for more details in the coming days.


Accepting Request for Funding Proposals for Goldfarb Center Grants - Deadline March 5th

We are now welcoming Request for Funding Proposals (RFPs) from faculty and/or students interested in undertaking projects related to public affairs or civic engagement. Grants are available for student internships, student or faculty research (both independent and collaborative projects), faculty sponsored conferences or visiting fellows, and civic engagement course development. Click here for detailed information on available grants. 


In The Community

Maine Open Juried Art Show

The Waterville Area Art Society and Waterville Main Street are proudly co-presenting the 2012 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular, newly-renovated Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now entering its 22nd year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracts over 80 artists representing over 50 Maine communities and a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other media. Applications will be accepted through March 9, 2012, and the show will be on display from March 17 through April 20.  Click here for more information including the application form.