Fall 2015

September 15
Human / Nature in the Anthropocene
Jim Fleming
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 11.06.39 AMThe neologism Anthropocene (or age of humans), coined by ecologist Eugene Stoermer and popularized by geochemist and Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen, has recently struck a cultural nerve, pointing as it does to what may be the decisive epoch of our planet. What does it mean for humanity to be moving from the age geologists call the Holocene—where the historical records originated, to the Anthropocene—where it seems we may meet our demise? Are humanists and social scientists wise to appropriate this term, and what can we say about the history and cultural implications of what are apparently multiple Anthropocenes? What is the influence of this concept on us?

Fleming (STS,Colby) has written extensively on the social, cultural, and intellectual history of weather, climate, technology, and the environment.

September 15
Crowded coastlines as coupled social-ecological systems
Dr. Stephen Scyphers, NSF Fellow at Northeastern University
7pm, Olin 1

scyphers-400x260Coastal habitats along shorelines host diverse ecological communities and provide numerous ecosystem services that affect the health, security and quality of life of human societies. Dr. Scyphers talk will highlight our recent and ongoing efforts to understand the social and economic factors that promote sustainable decision-making along residential coastlines, as well as how these decisions scale-up to affect the overall resilience of coastal ecosystems.

September 17
Tiny Giants
5pm, Miller Library

Three-chain diatom for LauraMarine microbes matter. They play an important role in keeping the planet healthy and balanced, well beyond their diminutive size. These tiny, nearly invisible plants and animals provide a foundation for life both in the ocean and on land. They consist of plants – phytoplankton that provide half of the oxygen we breathe – and animals – zooplankton that serve as the source of food for all marine life from fish to whales. These very small and vital life forms are being affected by climate change in serious ways, yet they are also helping to mitigate its effects by fixing and holding excess carbon in the ocean, preventing additional heating on land. These large-scale photographic enlargements of marine microbes tell a collective story of ongoing changes in the global marine environment. Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay, Maine, the only independent basic research institution in the world that focuses on microbial oceanography. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is proud to share the beauty, wonder, and fascinating stories of these amazingly intricate and adaptable organisms upon which our lives depend.

Sponsored by the Libraries, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Environmental Studies, The Colby Museum of Art, and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

September 17
Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves
Carolyn Chute
7pm, Waterville Opera House

unnamedRenowned Maine author Carolyn Chute will kick off a new literary series, Two Cent Talks, at the Waterville Opera House, by reading from her latest novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves, which won the PEN New England Award. Chute is the author of The School on Heart’s Content Road, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; The Beans of Egypt, Maine; Letourneau’s Used Auto Parts; Snow Man; and Merry Men. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Thornton Wilder Fellowship. Boston Globe reviewer Caroline Leavitt wrote: “Fiery, impassioned, and unlike anything else you will ever probably read, you can take Chute’s book as a warning, a letter from the future—or from the present—from people who are tired of promises and lies and just might not be willing to take it anymore.”

Sponsored by Colby’s Office of the President, Center for the Arts and Humanities, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, the Department of English and Program in Creative Writing, and Waterville Creates!

September 22
Mimesis: Reality in Renaissance Art
Véronique Plesch
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 11.11.27 AMThe period we call the Renaissance is traditionally conceived of as a rebirth of Ancient ideas and ideals; but it could be argued that Renaissance artists were fundamentally concerned with the creation of a convincing depiction of reality. This lecture will explore the means at the service of such agenda (for instance linear perspective and oil painting), the motivations for such an interest and the functions it fulfilled, while also considering the differences between Italian and Northern Renaissance Art in this quest for mimetic illusionism. Given this year’s Humanities theme, special attention will be paid to depictions of nature.

Plesch (Art, Colby) is the author and editor of eight books and has published over forty articles in Europe and the U.S. in English, French, and Italian on subjects ranging from late medieval and Renaissance iconography to Alpine art, and from Passion plays to early modern graffiti, with forays into contemporary art.

September 23
Film Screening: The Year We Thought About Love
7pm, Railroad Square Cinema

TYWTAL5-smallWith wit, grace, and attitude, a diverse troupe of LGBTQ youth transforms their personal struggles into theater for social change. The Year We Thought About Love is a 68 minute documentary film which celebrates the powerful work of a Boston LGBTQ troupe, True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, as they write a play about love. Representatives from Waterville’s Out & Allied Youth Theatre and cast members from the film will be present at the screening, introducing the film and leading a Q & A session afterwards.

Generously sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program, and the Education Program, tickets are free to Colby students on a first come first serve basis.

September 29
Re-Imagining the Promise of Conservation
Peter Forbes
7pm, Ostrove Auditorium

peter_1On the eve of the centennial of our national park system, what is the promise of conservation to an America that is rapidly changing demographically, culturally, and physically? What ideals and values need to guide conservation in the next 100 years? Author and conservationist, Peter Forbes, will guide us across a landscape of meaning about the motivations for creating our first national park and how those same instincts toward healing and repairing now guide innovation in conservation across the country, especially in Maine. By examining the sweeping technological and cultural forces changing our country, and looking at how our desire to connect to nature and to one another endures, Peter will offer insights into the special opportunities and obligations facing the next generation to re-imagine conservation from where our different lives intersect. How might we promise to make this powerful concept of Forebearance relevant, useful and durable for the next century? What are the principles of this promise? What might it look like? Do you see yourself within it?

Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Environmental Studies, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, and the Colby Museum of Art.

September 29
The Artificial Cryosphere and Public Appreciation of “Aeroir”
Nicola Twilley, Edible Geography and Gastropod
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 11.17.17 AMNicola Twilley will be exploring two atmospheric conditions that exemplify Human/Nature by presenting two ongoing projects: an exhibition and book exploring the artificial cryosphere and an artist project to develop new experiences that enhance the public appreciation of “aeroir.” For the past four years, Twilley has been exploring the largely invisible thermal infrastructure of refrigeration—a vast, distributed winter that has reconfigured both the contents of our plates and the shapes of our cities. In addition to sharing some of her research in this area, Twilley will also discuss her more recent, ongoing collaboration with the Center for Genomic Gastronomy to develop a multi-sensory array of devices, installations, and experiences that aim to make the aesthetics and politics of urban air pollution sense-able as an artifact. From smog meringues to street food-air quality pairings, the project aims to create a series of poetic intermediaries between humans and our collective atmospheric emissions.

September 29
Landscape Futures, with a discussion of artificial replacements for natural phenomena
Geoff Manaugh, BLDGBLOG
8pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 11.20.51 AMGeoff Manaugh will explain the curatorial vision behind Landscape Futures, a 2012 exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art that foregrounded the instruments and devices through which the planetary sciences and landscape design are performed. By centralizing these mechanisms, the exhibition’s goal was to reveal how humans have become deeply dependent upon machines and other technical intermediaries for interpreting the landscapes around them. Manaugh will also present his ongoing research into the world of artificial replacements for natural phenomena, including legal patents registered for new forms of artificial snow, artificial trees, and even new forms of artificial geology. Discussing these in the context of several site visits performed by Manaugh and Twilley as part of their “Venue” project—including a landscape tour of the nation’s largest active landfill and a trip to the AstroTurf® factory northwest of Atlanta—will show the often-unexpected side-effects of replicating nature.

September 30
Environmental Studies Lunchtime Lecture Series
12pm, Roberts / SmithRobins

Center for Arts and HumanitiesPlease join the Environmental Studies Program to celebrate the work of our alumni here in Maine! They will reflect on what they see as the strengths of the conservation movement in Maine and also where they see as challenges ahead.

Emmie Theberge, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Aaron Megquier, Friends of Baxter State Park
Kaitlyn Bernard, Appalachian Mount Club
Garrison Beck, Damariscotta Lake Association

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Goldfarb Center, and the Colby Museum of Art

September 30
The Pope and the planet
Debra Campbell and Travis Reynolds
12pm, Silberman Lounge

15360-1qo4qg6Lunch discussion with Professors Debra Campbell of Religious Studies and Travis Reynolds of Environmental Studies. Together we will ponder Pope Francis’ call to care about the changing climate of our common home. Simple Lunch Provided, Sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

September 30
Emmet Gowin Photography
7pm, Olin 1

gowin-land001While earning his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, Emmet Gowin studied under photographer Harry Callahan, who became one of his mentors and greatest influences. Gowin’s first notable work was a series of intimate portraits of his wife, Edith, and her family in Virginia. Since then he has expanded his vision to include landscape photographs depicting the devastation and beauty of Mt. St. Helens, the ancient Jordanian city of Petra, and aerial views of man-altered landscapes. Most recently he has been photographing living moths in Ecuador, Panama, and Bolivia. Gowin’s work has earned him a Guggenheim Foundation Artist Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the State of Pennsylvania, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His photographs have been exhibited extensively throughout this country and around the world and are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

October 2
Glass Exhibition Opening
5-7pm, Common Street Arts

11930948_890427224343639_1900532920048042800_oThis showcase of handmade fine glasswork includes Tandem Glass, Atlantic Art Glass, David Jacobsen, Gola Glass and Hope Murphy. The show will run from September 29th to November 15th. The Lynne Conner Trio will perform at this opening event, with a reception catered by Meridians.

October 2
PechaKucha Night Waterville v18
7pm, Waterville Opera House

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 1.35.38 PMThe Waterville Opera House will host PechaKucha Night Waterville, a quarterly event series that has brought thousands of area residents together in celebration of passions and creativity. Scheduled on the eve of Maine Craft Weekend, PK Waterville volume 18 will feature a wide diversity of topics including craftsmanship. PechaKucha Night Waterville is a creative networking event centered on storytelling with 20 slides times 20 seconds each. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive ride. PechaKucha Night (PKN) began in Tokyo in 2003 and has turned into an international phenomenon with events happening in over 800 cities around the world. It is a format that makes presentations concise, keeps the evening moving at a rapid pace, and allows for plenty of chit-chat among participants and attendees. The event is free and open to the public.

PechaKucha is sponsored by Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and The Waterville Public Library.

The Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities is the PK Waterville 2015-2016 season sponsor.

October 4
National Theater: Behind the Beautiful Forevers
7pm, Waterville Opera House
Recorded and broadcast from London’s National Theatre

unnamedIndia is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own.Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighborhood.

New Yorker staff writer and author of Beyond the Beautiful Forevers Katherine Boo will receive the 2015 Lovejoy Award October 5th in recognition of the quality of her research, the intensity of her prose, and the critically important theme of inequality that informs her work. Boo will receive an honorary doctoral degree along with the Lovejoy award and will deliver the Lovejoy Convocation address in Lorimer Chapel at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony, which is open to the public, and the award honor America’s first martyr to freedom of the press, Elijah Parish Lovejoy.

Sponsored with the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.

October 6
War and Wounds
Ana Carden-Coyne (via Skype)
1pm, Diamond 242

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 11.31.09 AMAna Carden-Coyne will be discussing her recent book, The Politics of Wounds (Oxford University Press, 2014), which explores military patients’ experiences of frontline medical evacuation, war surgery, and the social world of military hospitals during the First World War. The proximity of the front and the colossal numbers of wounded created greater public awareness of the impact of the war than had been seen in previous conflicts, with serious political consequences. She will also present images from “The Sensory War, 1914-2014,” an art exhibit on the experience and imagining of war for the WW1 centenary, at the Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery.

Carden-Coyne has edited a volume on Gender and Conflict Since 1914: Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Palgrave, 2012), which brings scholars from the humanities and social sciences together to consider the impact of war on gender roles in the past and present. She has acted as acted as consultant for the Wellcome Trust’s War and Medicine exhibition and made other contributions to international events such as the Sydney Festival and the Sydney Mardi Gras, and has published a commemorative booklet with the Guardian newspaper on “Wounded Visionaries.”

October 6
Futurism, Violence, and the Re-making of the World
Gianluca Rizzo
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 1.06.40 PMSince its beginning Futurism, the first of the historical avant-garde movements, strived to establish a radically new way of representing the world. In the Founding Manifesto, published in le Figaro on 20 February 1909, Marinetti writes: “Up to now literature has exalted a pensive immobility, ecstasy, and sleep. We intend to exalt aggressive action, a feverish insomnia, the racer’s stride, the mortal leap, the punch and the slap.” Violence was their preferred mode of interacting with reality, and the key to unlocking a new sense of Aesthetics, as well as the path to creating of the New Man. An entire century and two world wars separate us from that manifesto: what, if anything, can we learn from Marinetti and the Futurists? Can we admire their aesthetic achievements and at the same time condemn their warmongering activities? Is it even possible to separate the two? This lecture will attempt to answer these and other related questions through an analysis of manifestoes and works of art, tracking the evolution of the Futurist appreciation of violence before and after World War I.

Rizzo (Italian, Colby) is the Paganucci Assistant Professor of Italian at Colby College. His research focuses on modern and contemporary macaronic writing, contemporary poetry, and aesthetics. He published numerous articles, poems, and translations, both from English to Italian and vice-versa (in Or, Chicago Review, l’immaginazione, il Verri, Autografo, etc.)

October 14
Growing Power and the Good Food Revolution
Will Allen
7pm, Ostrove Auditorium

Will_Allen_holding_fishWill Allen is the son of sharecroppers who returned to his roots in agriculture after a career in profession basketball and marketing. With words and images, he will describe his quest to grow both strong communities and healthy food in urban Milwaukee.

Cosponsored by the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

October 15
A Symposium Presented by the Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies on James McNeill Whistler and his International Contexts
9am-5pm, Colby Museum of Art

Chelsea in Ice, oil on canvas, 1864 2013.293_001_cdWhistler: Nature and Nation is a one day symposium dedicated to the exploration of how American artists working abroad or exposed to an international milieu in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries reimagined ideas of nature and nation in light of their global experiences. The symposium is generously supported by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Co-sponsored by the Colby College Center for Arts and Humanities, Colby’s Art Department, and the Museum, and held in conjunction with Whistler and the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler and Aesthetic Harmonies: Whistler in Context.

October 19-23
Puppet-Making Workshop for Activists!
Anna Sapershteyn
1:30-4:30pm daily, Museum Classroom

clay_and_paperAnna Sapershteyn, a puppet artist with Clay and Paper Theatre in Toronto, is coming to Colby the week of October 19 – 23 to lead a series of workshops on building giant puppets to help promote social activism around the intersecting themes of food sovereignty and Human/Nature. Anyone — students, staff, faculty, administrators — should feel free to join us for some or all of the hands-on fun! Drop in and check out as needed. The workshop will run Monday 10/19, Tuesday 10/20, Wednesday 10/21, and Friday 10/23 from 1:30 to 4:30 in the museum classroom. A planning lunch is scheduled for the Roberts private dining room on Monday October 19th from 11:30 to 1 pm.

Cosponsored by the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the Department of Theater & Dance.

October 20
The Sweet Way
Charles A. Traub
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 9.12.18 AMCharles H. Traub, photographer of the real world, will be talking about his long involvement with the delights of the street, here there and anywhere, but particularly those of Italy. Drawing from his two recent books, Dolce Via and Lunchtime –which are monographs of his color works from the 70s and 80s–, he will talk about change and the realities of then and now, as cultures have blended and issues of representation have radically changed the nature of the lens arts.
What can be said in passing by one stranger to another at 1/125th of a second? Is one picture worth a thousand words? Or does it take a thousand pictures to really say anything? In a time when anybody and everybody is photographing anytime and everywhere, what makes for a significant body of work? Traub believes that in essence, the dialog of the lens is a matrix for understanding all of our activities, and that visual arts literacy is essential to this understanding.

October 20
Film Screening: This Changes Everything
Q&A with Loren McClenachan (ES, Colby College)
7pm, Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville

TCE_FilmWhat if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international bestseller of the same name, This Changes Everything is a stunning and shocking look at the real effects of capitalism on the environment as it follows seven communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these powerful portraits of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. With support from executive producers Alfonso Cuaron, Danny Glover, Seth MacFarlane, Shepard Fairey, and Pamela Anderson, along with environmental and activist organizations, this one time theater event will be a night not to miss, and one that really might help change the world! Unrated. 89 min.

Cosponsored with Environmental Studies.

October 22
Christian Marclay, Bollywood in Gstaad
7pm, William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby

Christian Marclay Bollywood Goes to Gstaad, 2013 video, 17 minutes (color, sound) Edition 3 of 5, 2 AP © Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Organized in conjunction with the 2015-2016 humanities theme of “Human / Nature,” this event will feature a screening of Bollywood Goes to Gstaad (2013), a video by Christian Marclay composed of Bollywood scenes filmed in the Swiss Alps. This short (17 minute) work will be preceded by a presentation of Marclay’s Telephones (1995, 7:30 minutes). Steve Wurtzler, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at Colby College will offer introductory remarks and lead a post-screening discussion.

Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colby Cinema Studies, and the Colby College Museum of Art.

October 26
Re-imagining Our Relationship to the Natural World
Professor/Performer Andrea Olsen
7pm, Strider Theater

UntitledBody is Earth, our bones breath and blood are the minerals, air and water inside us, not separate but same. And dance—movement—is an essential way to experience this interconnectedness. In this lecture/performance we explore somatic movement practices and the process of “changing lenses” to increase awareness beyond personal, familial, and cultural views. We reflect on the role of the amygdala in fear responses and alertness, and listen to the concerns and questions of younger voices—those who are coming next. Throughout we focus on the potency of place, finding a home for the heart as we engage new visions of what it means to be human in this time.

Andrea Olsen is Professor of Dance and has held the John C. Elder Professorship in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont. She’s the author of a triad of books: The Place of Dance, Body and Earth, and Bodystories in collaboration with Caryn McHose, and she performs and teaches internationally.

October 26
Modern Times (1936)
Part of Monday Night Movies: Human / Nature
7pm, Waterville Opera House

03.tifCharlie Chaplin takes on the Industrial Age, which somehow seems not too different from the Technological Age, in what is absolutely his most riotously funny film, a masterpiece known to cause outright pain from laughing. Made during the sound era, and using both sound and music extensively, yet resolutely refusing to incorporate dialog (completely unnecessary and counterproductive given Chaplin’s nonpareil gifts for expressive facial and body gestures) Modern Times is clearly Chaplin’s masterpiece. His “Little Tramp” persona becomes an everyman at loose in the Great Depression, on an assembly line, and in cahoots if not love with an “Orphan Girl” (Paulette Godard) imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. Chaplin’s passion for social justice is exceeded only by his passion for ingenious, beautifully performed hilarity. 96 Min.

October 27
Human/Nature in Antiquity
Kerill O’Neill
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Medea-AFASandys1868No different from people in our times, the Greeks and Romans exhibited a wide range of behavior vis-à-vis the natural world: awe at its majesty, greed for its resources, and fear of its secrets. The witches of antiquity, however, laid claim to special status because they said that they could control, dominate, and destroy nature. What dread powers did they claim to possess? How and why did ordinary people turn to them for help? What connection did Roman poets share with these purveyors of spells?

O’Neill (Classics, Colby) is Director of the Center for the Arts and Humanities. His teaching and research interests span Latin literature (especially the influence of love magic on love poetry), Greek tragedy, and Bronze Age Archaeology. He is the Field Director of the Mitrou Archaeological Project.

October 30
Big Dams, Big Damage? Why Big States Destroy Nature and Move Millions of People in the Name of Progress
Paul Josephson
4pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 11.38.24 AMOver the last 100 years national powers have focused tremendous resources on such big projects as dams (Hoover, Tucurui, Three Gorges), canals (Panama and Suez), and other extensive earth-moving operations. These projects have had tremendous human and environmental costs as we learn more and more. Less well known is why governments as different as Russia, Brazil and the US continue to support them — from Amazonia, to the Tennessee Valley, to Washington State, and to the Arctic and Siberia.

Josephson (History, Colby) is a specialist in the history of twentieth century science and technology, Russian and Soviet history, and environmental history. He is working on a history of major nature engineering projects in the former Soviet Union.

October 31
Whistler Brunch and Costume Contest
11am-2pm, Colby College Museum of Art

Portrait of Whistler with a Hat_WhistlerThe artist James McNeill Whistler is known to have popularized “brunch,” or the combination of breakfast and lunch in one luxurious meal. To celebrate this culinary tradition and the two Whistler exhibitions on view, the SAB will host their own festive brunch, complete with buckwheat pancakes (Whistler’s favorite food), public readings, lively conversation, curatorial tours of the exhibitions, and a costume contest. Release your inner dandy/socialite and come dressed in your fanciest attire: top hats, parasols, monocles, etc! This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities and Colby Museum of Art.

November 3
Re-writing the World: Italian Poetry in the 1960s and 1970s
Beppe Cavatorta, University of Arizona
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 1.12.04 PMThroughout the second half of the Twentieth Century, and especially in the 60s and 70s, Italian poets have attempted a radical renovation of the literary institutions and conventions they had received from tradition. Their efforts gave birth to what critics have called the neo-avantgarde. What had begun as an effort to reconsider literature, soon turned into a political experiment aimed at re-writing the world itself. These intellectuals formulated a sharp criticism of traditional power structures and the excesses of capitalism by unmasking its linguistic strategies. This new kind of “realism” did not aim at describing the world but rather at changing it. This lecture will reconstruct the interesting path these writers followed, looking at the way in which the natural world is presented in their poems.

Cavatorta is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Arizona, Tucson. His research interests are varied, with scholarly publications on Renaissance authors such as Machiavelli, Savonarola, and Tasso as well as contemporary writers like Alberto Savinio, Antonio Delfini, Tahar Lamri and Adriano Spatola. Among his other interests are Italian Futurism, the neo-avant-garde of Sixties, and the Partisan War as depicted in literature and film. His essays have appeared in several journals.

November 4
Theresa Secord: Maine Indian Basketry
12pm, Colby Museum of Art

theresa_secord_profileTheresa will share a 200 year tribal history and her story as a Penobscot Indian basket maker and long time advocate for the art. Fast-forward to a new generation of young Wabanaki basket makers…she will share a look into their world, their challenges and the exciting new directions they’re taking the art.

November 4
Owning Seeds, Accessing Food: Agro-biodiversity, Food Sovereignty, and Food Security in a Changing World
Gloria Otieno
7pm, Diamond 122

Otieno_diverse_seedFeeding the hungry is a world problem we all want to solve. But who and how do we meet this challenge? Should we leave it up to Big Agriculture? Big Government? Big Philanthropy? Gloria Otieno, a development economist and food policy expert, believes local communities have a major role to play in their own agricultural fates. In this talk, she argues that local communities in places such as East Africa have a basic human right to decide what seeds to plant and what techniques to use in feeding their own people. She also outlines the critical role rural farmers and seed-savers have in ensuring the long-term viability of local, regional and even global food systems.

Cosponsored with the Oak Institute and the Environmental Studies Program.

November 7
2015 Clara M. Southworth Symposium, The Culture of Nature: Garden Design, East and West
9:30am-5:00pm, Colby Museum of Art

André Le Nôtre’s formal parterre gardens at the Château of Vaux-le-VicomteThe Clara M. Southworth lecture series, endowed in 1969 by the interior designer from Portland, Maine, is meant to “bring annually to the campus a distinguished lecturer or lecturers to speak on a subject in the broad field of environmental design with emphasis on understanding some of the underlying philosophies of design which relate to the way in which men live.” As Colby’s 2015-16 Annual Humanities Theme Human/Nature aims to “reflect upon nature, the built environment, and the ways in which our relationship to the natural world has shaped human existence,” the Art Department is organizing a symposium entitled The Culture of Nature: Garden Design, East and West.The Culture of Nature brings together four distinguished scholars who will speak on Asia, the Islamic World, Europe, and the United States, to explore the delicate relationship between humans and nature in the specific context of the garden, and the ways in which conceptions of gardens and garden design have changed significantly over time and space. The symposium will also identify some common threads to help us better understand the complicated relationship between humans and nature.

November 7
Art Making Workshop
10am, Colby Museum of Art

theresa_secord_workTheresa Secord, a Penobscot tribal member and a nationally recognized, award winning artist will share her traditional weaving knowledge in a special workshop, “Weaving ash and sweetgrass bookmarks”. These now highly endangered materials, are hand harvested in the same way they have been for generations in the Maine tribes. The sweetgrass is picked at the coast of Maine in summer for a few short weeks and the ash wood splints are made from trees. The logs are hand pounded with the blunt end of an axe to release the ash splints along the growth rings. The floral part of the top of the book mark ash pieces are dyed with wild Maine blueberry stain. The practice of teaching a woven bookmark goes back to the 1800’s where children were taught this technique in preparation to learn to weave the beginning of a basket bottom.

November 9
Nina by Professor Lynne Conner
A staged reading featuring Maureen Butler, Kim Gordon and Abbie Killeen
7:30pm, Strider Theater

ninawebsizeWhat makes for a happy life? The play focuses on the lives of two concentration camp survivors whose fifty-year friendship is being challenged by the death of a daughter. It explores and questions the nature and mysteries of human will and endurance. Ultimately, Nina is a journey into identity, loss, memory, and the power of female friendship.

Nina is the recipient of several awards, including the Gemini Theater New Play Festival competition, the Smith College New Play Festival competition, the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Award (finalist) and the Oglebay Institute Towngate Theatre Playwriting Contest (finalist). Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

November 10
Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
Keith Peterson
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 8.59.20 AMThe themes of anthropocentrism, the intrinsic value of nature, and an ecological worldview have preoccupied environmental philosophers for decades. What are some of the common ways that philosophers have considered these topics, and which of their conclusions are relevant today? We’ll consider whether anthropocentrism motivates the concept of the Anthropocene, how intrinsic value theory bears on the commodification of ecosystem services, and ask whether an ecological worldview is the best meta-scientific stance for environmentalism in this period of global climate disruption.

Peterson’s (Philosophy, Colby) primary areas of interest include philosophies of nature and environment, value theory, philosophical anthropology, and Continental philosophy.

November 11
Mutated Growth
Artist Jackie Brown
5pm, Olin 1

jackie-brown-2014Brown’s primary focus is sculpture installation. She works to create immersive environments that invite viewers into imagined biological systems, where it’s often ambiguous whether the forms are benign or toxic. An important undercurrent in the work is an interest in the human manipulation of living systems, particularly advances in bioengineering that are fraught with both exciting and frightening implications. With this in mind, she hopes to encourage viewers to consider the shifting nature of the world around them.

Brown is an Assistant Professor of Art at Bowdoin College where she runs the sculpture program and teaches a variety of courses as part of the Visual Arts Department. Brown received her BA from Hamilton College and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

November 15
Theater of War
2pm, Page Commons
Colby Cast Flyer-page-001Theater of War presents dramatic readings of Sophocles’ Ajax —a Greek tragedy about the suicide of a great, respected warrior — to diverse military and civilian audiences in order to engage communities in powerful town hall discussions about the visible and invisible wounds of war. The presentations are intended to foster understanding and compassion, while mobilizing citizens and resources to help improve the lives of service members, veterans, their families, and people in their communities. Following the readings, we will hear brief comments from a community panel, and we will then open up the floor for what we hope will be a lively audience discussion.

Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, the Department of Theater and Dance, and Colby Health Center.

November 16
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
Part of Monday Night Movies: Human / Nature
7pm, Waterville Opera House

aguirre-wrath-of-god“Werner Herzog’s Aguirre: The Wrath of God looks more magnificent and mad than ever, one of the great folies de grandeur of 1970s cinema, an expeditionary Conradian nightmare like Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Just as for that film, the agonies of its production history have entered into legend, almost equivalent to the movie fiction itself. It is based loosely on the true story of 16th-century conquistador Lupe De Aguirre (Kinski), the second-in-command of a Spanish force journeying down the Amazon in search of the mythical riches of El Dorado. Driven half-mad by the heat, hunger and danger from native attack, the commander declares a retreat – but Aguirre mutinies, kills the leader and announces they must carry on. Unrated. 93 Min. In German with English subtitles.

November 17
Extreme Makeovers: The Visual Culture of Plastic Surgery
Tanya Sheehan
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

unnamedFocusing on the 20th-century and contemporary United States, this lecture explores the relationship between plastic surgery and visual culture. First, it presents plastic surgery as an increasingly popular practice motivated by a subject’s concern with being seen in a social environment. Second, it emphasizes the cultural importance of documenting visually, and especially photographically, the changes to the body and self produced through surgical operations. By reading closely images from the popular media and fine arts, Professor Sheehan will shed light on how and why Americans have sought to remake human nature through the visual culture of cosmetic medicine.

Sheehan (Art, Colby) teaches American and African American art history. She is the author of Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America (2011). Her edited books include Photography, History, Difference (2014), Photography and Its Origins (2015), and the forthcoming Grove Guide to Photography.

November 19
Food and Place – a trail-mix-making and discussion event
4pm, Pugh Center

nO4aWjw5Oak Fellow, Jodi Koberinski, will be leading a lively discussion about our connection to food and place while connecting the conversation to the Center for the Arts and Humanities theme of Human/Nature and to the Oak Institute’s mission of understanding human rights. The way food is manufactured today affects all people and places. Human rights abuses and destruction of place are very prevalent in food production; we will raise awareness through our exploration.

Cosponsored with the Oak Institute for Human Rights.

November 19
Two Cent Talks Series
Betsy Sholl and Lee Hope
7pm, Common Street Arts

Betsy Scholl (2) Lee-HopeTwo Cent Talks Waterville Reading Series welcomes Betsy Sholl and Lee Hope,and will be followed by a reception and a book signing. Betsy Sholl is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Otherwise Unseeable, which won the 2014 Maine Literary Award for poetry. Other books include Don’t Explain, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize and The Red Line, which won the AWP Prize for Poetry. She is a founding member of Alice James Books, and currently teaches in the MFA in Writing Program on Vermont College of Fine Arts and served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011.Lee Hope is the author of Horsefever, forthcoming from New Rivers Press this November, and editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Her fiction has received grants from both the Maine and the Pennsylvania Arts Commissions. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary journals, among them Witness, The North American Review, Epiphany, and Sou’wester. Founder and former director of a low-residency MFA program in Maine, Lee also helped to found Pine Manor College’s low-residency MFA program. She is currently president of the nonprofit Solstice Institute for Creative Writing and teaches for Changing Lives Through Literature, which brings literature to people on probation.

Two Cent Talksis dedicated to promoting and celebrating the literary arts in Maine and is thankful to The Center for Arts and Humanities, Office of the President, Goldfarb Center, and English Department and Program in Creative Writing for support. For more information, contact Adrian Blevins [email protected]

November 19
Visiting Artist: Jen Casad
7pm, Colby Museum of Art

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 12.00.08 PMJen Casad is the rare combination of an artist and clam digger, and she will join the SAB in a conversation on this year’s Humanities theme, “Human/Nature.” In tandem with her visit, the Colby Museum will host a screening of the art film Double Tide, which features Casad at work while clamming in Boothbay on the Maine coast.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts & Humanities and Museum of Art.

November 30
Artist Tim Clorius
6pm, Parker-Reed

Subone and SubtwoUnder the name “Subone,” Clorius was the first artist in Maine to pursue a professional career as a spray painter, labeling himself an “aerosol artist” to emphasize his interest in spray painting fine art-oriented works that range from abstraction to realism, yet remain resolutely what he calls “graffitiesque.” In 2002 Tim founded S.U.B.O.N.E Workshops, which stands for Supplying Urban Beautification Offering New Experiences, and began to work with students. The workshops, led by Clorius and his friend and fellow artist Andrew Coffin, undertakes projects with youth and students throughout the state focusing on the advocacy of the potential that aerosol art possesses as an educational tool. Tim Clorius was born and raised in Heidelberg, Germany. He received his education in fine arts and painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, where he currently lives.

Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Colby College Museum of Art, Goldfarb Center, and the Art Department.

December 1
Humans in space
Roger Launius
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 12.06.32 PMTrips to the Moon, humans in Earth orbit, and plans for exploring Mars all dominated thinking in the twentieth century. Even so, as the twenty-first century dawned an expansive vision for human spaceflight has not emerged. The Space Shuttle has been retired without a clear follow-on human spaceflight vehicle in the United States, and efforts to generate public excitement in lunar and Mars exploration have faltered. What does the first half of the twenty-first century hold for humans in space? In this presentation I will survey more fifty years of space exploration, reviewing the major human programs from the first efforts through the successful spaceflight programs of the recent past and offering comments on the possibilities available in the decades to come.

Launius is Associate Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. He has written or edited more than twenty books on aerospace history. Between 1990 and 2002 he served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He is frequently consulted by the electronic and print media for his views on space issues, and has been a guest commentator on National Public Radio and all the major television network news programs.

December 3
Evening of Ekphrasis
6:30pm, Colby Museum of Art

IMG_6467Join faculty and students in Colby’s Creative Writing Program as they read works written in response to works on view in the Museum galleries.

Cosponsored by the Creative Writing Program, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the Museum.

December 8
ST197 Poster Presentations
7pm, Parker-Reed

15-197 Human Nature Humanities Graphic Identity_rectangular_banner_v1bStudent posters and discussions on “Slash”. Climate Change, Jay Moore; Accelerating Human Changes and Interventions, Jess Tregidgo; Health and the Environment, Lucas Lam; The Paleo Diet, Katie Chow; Stadiums and Culture, Grant Lowensohn; The Culture of Narcissism, J.R. Farthing; A Museum of Human Frailty, Jack Flynn; A Massive Timeline of Art and Nature, Rachel Bird; Thoreau and Emerson on Preserving Nature, Sophie Suechting; Food – Local Tomatoes, Will Vinke; Lightbulbs as Level I, II, and III Technologies, Sophie Swetz; Clocks, Time, and Nukes, Olivia Amber; Neurological Responses to Contemporary Technology, Theo Satloff. Refreshments will be served.

December 9
Digital Maine
66pm, Special Collections

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 2.40.37 PMStudents will present digital humanities projects featuring their research on Maine history. The projects integrate digital mapping, interactive timelines, and multimedia exhibits constructed from oral history interviews and archival materials from the Waterville Historical Society and Colby’s Special Collections.

December 10
French Revolution Student Presentations
7pm, Robinson Room

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 2.47.13 PM Please join us as students present their work from the class French Revolution: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death.

December 11
Tiny Giants Closing Reception
5pm, Wormser Room, Miller Library

TinyGiantsArt meets Science! Colby students present the work they have done this semester. Spectacular artworks by students in a sculpture class, and cutting edge research by students in the semester program at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences focus on the plankton revealed in “Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes Revealed on a Grand Scale,” the photographic art exhibit that illuminates the intricate details of microscopic creatures.


December 14
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005)
Part of Monday Night Movies: Human / Nature
7pm, Waterville Opera House

Wild Parrots of Telegraph HillOne of the most wildly loved films of the recent independent American Cinema—and of audience at MIFF, who gave it their Award for Best film at the festival when it debuted in 2004— The Wild Parrots of Telegraphy Hill is the true story of a Bohemian St. Francis and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild red-and-green parrots. Mark Bittner, a dharma bum, former street musician in San Francisco, discovers the flock as he searches for meaning in his life, unaware that the wild parrots will bring him everything he needs. Not only “gorgeous” (New York Times) but “that rare documentary that has romance, comedy and a surprise ending that makes you feel as if you could fly out of the theater” (San Jose Mercury News.) 87 Min.

December 14-15
Art and Nature: Science, Environment, and Ecocriticism
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Faculty Workshop

December 14: Bowdoin College Museum of Art
December 15: Colby College Museum of Art

1262834_1414834215434928_1047247928_oFaculty from Bowdoin College and Colby College are invited to participate in a two-day workshop designed to develop innovative teaching strategies that connect the concerns of environmental studies, ecocriticism, and science with the visual arts. The study of ecology and the natural world, grounded in qualitative and quantitative observation, is often presented visually. This workshop will explore how faculty can draw on the language of such images to enrich teaching strategies across the disciplines.
Topics will include:
• Using historical objects, such as John James Audobon’s 1844 and 1858 editions
of The Birds of America, as primary source material
• Developing conversations around environmental study and climate change using
contemporary and historical images and works of art
• James McNeill Whistler’s work as a case study for the application of ecocriticism
in the visual arts
• Considering the origins of the artist-scientist and the ongoing relevance of
• The role of chemical analyses and material studies in art conservation and
• Understanding notions of ‘nature’ in historical and contemporary art from a global
The workshop activities will include a keynote presentation, case studies of object-based
teaching by Bowdoin and Colby faculty, and hands-on workshop sessions with
opportunities to practice teaching with objects in the museum.

Spring 2016

January 18
Days of Heaven
Part of Monday Night Movies: Human / Nature
7pm, Waterville Opera House

Days of HeavenTerrence Malick’s 1978 movie Days of Heaven was never a huge hit, but it was such a departure and so deliberate an attempt to have the audience stirred by beauty that it felt calming and inspiring. Without shame or caution it was trying to address the pre-modern era of American history, the natural conflict between landowners and newcomers. But it was just as interested in the vanity of men and women trying to tame and organize the wild parts of the country. Beyond that, was this perhaps the most beautiful picture ever made?”—David Thomson. The answer may be a simple yes. Shot largely in “magic hour” at dusk or dawn, Malick’s deceptively simple fable is set in the pre-World War 1 Texas Panhandle, and follows two young lovers (Richard Gere and Brooke Adams) and his 13-year-old sister who try to make a life for themselves fleeing industrial Chicago for the beauty of nature on a huge wheat farm presided over by a rich owner (Sam Shepard). Unimaginably gorgeous and astonishingly moving, this may not only be the most beautiful movie ever made but perhaps simply one of the best.

January 21
Two Cent Talks Series
Kathryn Miles and Richard Foerster
5:30pm, Common Street Arts

headshot_forwebFoerster-Richard-225x3009Two Cent Talks is pleased to welcome Kathryn Miles and Richard Foerster to Waterville. Two Cent Talks is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the literary arts in Maine. Kathryn Miles is the author of Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy (Dutton 2014), All Standing (Simon & Schuster 2011), and Adventures With Ari (Skyhorse 2009). Her work has appeared in dozens of publications including Best American Essays and The New York Times. Miles currently serves as writer-in-residence for Green Mountain College and as a faculty member for Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program. Richard Foerster is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently Penetralia (2011) and River Road (2015), published by Texas Review Press. Foerster has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships. He has worked as a lexicographer, educational writer, typesetter, teacher, and editor of the literary magazines Chelsea and Chautauqua Literary Journal.

A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

January 29
PechaKucha Night Waterville V19
6:30pm, Thomas College

Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 9.03.42 AMThomas College will host PechaKucha Night Waterville, a quarterly event series that has brought thousands of area residents together in celebration of passions and creativity. PK Waterville volume 19 will feature a wide diversity of topics. PechaKucha Night Waterville is a creative networking event centered on storytelling with 20 slides times 20 seconds each. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive ride. PechaKucha Night (PKN) began in Tokyo in 2003 and has turned into an international phenomenon with events happening in over 800 cities around the world. It is a format that makes presentations concise, keeps the evening moving at a rapid pace, and allows for plenty of chit-chat among participants and attendees. The event is free and open to the public.

PechaKucha Waterville is made possible by a volunteer Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and the Waterville Public Library. Thomas College is a V19 Event Sponsor. The Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities is the PK Waterville 2015-2016 Season Sponsor.

January 29-30
Colby On Tour
We Don’t Have an Algorithm For This
8pm, DanSpace Project, New York, NY

Dance&TheaterPosters_REV3-page-001An original dance theater work directed by Annie Kloppenberg, Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at Colby College, featuring Colby students, this work was created collaboratively in response to this year’s annual campus-wide Humanities theme: Human / Nature, the work explores ideas from multiple disciplines that have encourage us to reflect upon nature, the build environment, and the ways in which our relationships to the natural world has shaped human existence.

For tickets please visit www.danspaceproject.org or by phone at 866.811.4111.

February 9
This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Civil Rights Movement: Reflections on Race, Gender, Activism, and Faith’ by Rahiel Tesfamariam
7pm, Lorimer Chapel

rahiel publicRahiel Tesfamariam is a social activist, public theologian, writer and international speaker. She is the founder and publisher of Urban Cusp, a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. She is also a former columnist for The Washington Post.
Rahiel holds degrees from Stanford University and Yale University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was the inaugural William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Scholar for Peace and Justice. Prior to attending seminary at Yale, she served as the youngest editor-in-chief in the history of The Washington Informer, at age 23. Before launching Urban Cusp in 2011, Rahiel directed a D.C. citywide juvenile justice reform effort. Rahiel’s honors and awards include the National Newspaper Publishers Association “National Leadership Award,” National Association of Black Journalist’s “Salute to Excellence,” National Action Network’s “Who’s Got Next,” IMPACT Leader of the Year, and EnVest Foundation’s “Top 40 Under 40.”

Sponsored by the Gerrish Fund for Spiritual Enrichment, in partnership with the Pugh Center and African-American Studies.

February 10
Eye of Newt and Lizard’s Leg: Our Perceptions of Amphibians and Reptiles
Dr. Marty Crump
7pm, Olin 1

9780226116006As a tropical ecologist, Marty studies behavior, ecology, and conservation of amphibians. Much of her research has involved frog reproduction and parental care, as well as declining amphibian populations. She has worked mainly in Latin America—especially Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Marty is currently studying Darwin’s frogs in Chile. Marty has published 65 scientific papers, book reviews, and book chapters.

February 15
The Wild Child
Part of Monday Night Movies: Human / Nature
7pm, Waterville Opera House

the-wild-childThe film’s a rarity: case study as poetry. “The Wild Child” is based on the true story of the Wild Boy of Aveyron, a feral 12-year-old who was found wandering naked in the forests near Toulouse in 1798. Scarred, savage, and unable to speak, he was taken to the National Institute for the Deaf and Dumb in Paris, where he came under the personal care of a young doctor named Jean Itard. Brimming with Enlightenment ideals, the latter saw a chance to test his theory that morality and language are what separate man from beast, and that these are learned. Given an animal, he would educate a human. Itard is played by the filmmaker himself as a gentle and caring intellectual, moved to compassion by the boy’s atavistic state yet roused by the challenge he presents…Four decades after its release, “The Wild Child” remains startling for its humane clarity, for Nestor Almendros’s brilliant black-and-white photography, and for the sense that Truffaut is achieving filmmaking mastery on a very small scale.

February 18
Forum: Waterville Cultural Plan
12pm, Page Commons


10390183_269025539947867_2192354648556812761_nPlease Join Waterville Creates! and Waterville Maine Street as we explore strategies for enriching Waterville’s creative economy through investments in art and culture. Our goal is achieve a clear understanding of what community members think about arts and cultural development and what they would most value in terms of future opportunities, activities and offerings. We also want to identify our region’s arts assets and to remove any barriers that keep any segment of the population from experiencing art and creativity. We would like to make the arts more central to people’s daily lives-children, youth, and adults–and to provide more accessibility.

Your insights and ideas will help shape the scope and focus of the Waterville Cultural Plan! Ensure your voice is heard by attending a special focus group conversation this Thursday, February 18th, from 12-1 pm in Page Commons. Coffee, tea, and deserts will be available. Students, staff, and faculty are all encouraged to attend. In addition, please help by filling out this brief survey: http://reinholtconsulting.com/waterville-public/

Sponsored with the Education Program.

February 20
Build a Biome
10:00am, Mirken Education Classroom, Museum of Art

biomeIn conjunction with the annual arts and humanities theme, Human/Nature, create and investigate your own living biome, a microhabitat, made from a two-liter bottle. Sponsored by the Colby College Museum of Art.

February 23
Avoiding Random Acts of Conservation: Setting Priorities for People and Landscapes
Ole Amundsen
7pm, Olin 1

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 11.36.55 AMWhether the goal is protecting land for wildlife habitat, working lands, recreation areas, or watersheds, how can you evaluate which land is most important to conserve, protect or restore? How are demographic changes, market forces, and a changing climate, among other drivers, pushing us to do more than commit “random acts of conservation”? Learn about a variety of techniques and tools that are effectively being used to move beyond business as usual to set priorities for land and water conservation while attending to community (and regional) planning needs. Ole Amundsen is the Executive Director of Maine Audubon, one of the oldest and most respected conservation groups in the country. Before joining Audubon, Ole led strategic conservation planning projects around the country and managed a land conservation lending program for The Conservation Fund, a national land trust.

Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program.

March 1
John Ott
The Pigeon and the Grid: Animal Locomotion, Comparative Biology, and the Genesis of Ecological Consciousness
5:30pm, Olin 1

Eadweard Muybridge’s serial stop-motion photographs of humans and animals in his landmark text Animal Locomotion (1887) rank among some of the most iconic images of the nineteenth century, but most scholars tend to fixate on his human studies. But since he created his animal studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s new School of Veterinary Medicine (the second oldest in the nation) and relied upon the collections of the Philadelphia Zoological Gardens (the country’s oldest), these photographs provide rare insight into changing conceptions about the relationship between human and animal Americans. On the one hand, Animal Locomotion promises human domination over the animal world; on the other, it reveals a growing recognition of the fundamental interconnectedness of human and animal species, and signals the emergence of a new and modern ecological consciousness.

John Ott is Professor of Art History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg,Virginia and author of Manufacturing the Modern Patron in Victorian California: Cultural Philanthropy, Industrial Capital, and Social Authority (2014).

March 1
Kivu Ruhorahoza
Film Screening: Things of the Aimless Wanderer
7:00pm, Diamond 141

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 11.15.18 AMDon’t miss an opportunity to meet Rwandan director Kivu Ruhorahoza after the screening of his well-acclaimed film “Things of the Aimless Wanderer” that was presented at the Sundance Film Festival. To be absolutely mesmerized by a film, totally transfixed, is a rare happening in cinema, but should bethe norm, right? Rwanda director Kivu Ruhorahoza’s Things Of The Aimless Wanderer is just such a film, spectacular and ambitious in all its working parts, catapulting cutting-edge African cinema onto the world stage with the intensity of a new religion.

Sponsored with the Department of French and Italian, and Global Studies.

March 3
Ori Gersht
Jewish Studies: The Lipman Lecture
7:15pm, Colby College Museum of Art

Gersht_headshotThrough the ages, the invention of new optical devices has shaped human perceptions of reality and redefined the physical as well as metaphysical boundaries of the world in which we live. Ori Gersht will contextualize his own practice in relation to technology, history and art history, weaving between the personal and the general. He will locate the medium of photography within the context of art history and also discuss the relationships of photography with memory, truth, and the fundamental need to anchor our existence in something that can be defined as objective.
Ori Gersht is an Israeli fine art photographer who works and teaches in London. His photography has been the subject of dozens of museum exhibitions around the world.

March 9
Dwayne Betts
4pm, Diamond 122: Confronting Our Incarceration Epidemic: Race, Mercy, and A Failed Concept of Justice.
7pm, Ostrove Auditorium: Bastards of the Reagan Era: An Elegy for a City.

_MG_99091Reginald Dwayne Betts will graduate from Yale Law School in May. This is a far cry away from May of 1997, when a sixteen-year-old Dwayne was sentenced to nine years in prison for carjacking. He knows the criminal justice system from both ends of the spectrum and describes his chosen field as “the business of human tragedy.” He’ll talk and answer questions about his own experience and how it’s shaped the way he thinks about education and reform.He is the author of three books. His latest collection of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era, was published in October 2015 by Four Way Books. He has also published a memoir, the NAACP Image Award winning memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, and the collection of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm. Betts is a recipient of fellowships from Soros Justice Foundation, Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, and the Poetry Foundation. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, where he continues to serve as a practitioner member.

March 14
Red River
Part of Monday Night Movies: Human / Nature
7pm, Waterville Opera House

Red RiverHoward Hawks’ epic yet intimate 1948 western is at once “classic: and “revisionist,” pitting John Wayne’s so-determined-he’s-tyrannical settler against his much more humane “adopted son” Montgomery Clift as they launch an insane cattle drive that will either make or break a lifetime of work on the frontier. Howard Hawks’ amazing western is quite unlike those of John Ford with its emphasis on the group of men involved in the drive, its tougher-than-the-guys heroine (Joanna Dru) and its languorous appreciation of the Texas landscape, its beauty and emptiness.

March 17
Two Cent Talks Series
Ron Currie Jr. and Dawn Potter
5:30pm, Common Street Arts

Currie_-Ron_-Jr._940_529_72-ppiDawn, Frost Place, 2014Two Cent Talks welcomes Waterville native Ron Currie Jr and No-Less-a Legend Dawn Potter to Common Street Arts. Currie’s short story collection, God is Dead, won the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the 2009 Addison M. Metcalf Award for Literature by the Academy of Arts and Letters. His debut novel, Everything Matters, was named a best book of 2009 by NPR, Amazon, and the Los Angeles Times, and was translated into more than a dozen languages. In 2013 he published his third book, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, a finalist for the John Gardner Book Award at Binghamton University. Dawn Potter directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, held each summer at Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, New Hampshire. She is the author or editor of seven books of prose and poetry, most recently The Vagabond’s Bookshelf: A Reader’s Memoir, forthcoming in spring 2016. New poems and essays have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Sewanee Review, Salamander, and many other journals. The reading will be followed by a book-signing and a reception. All are welcome.

March 29
Gregg Jamison
Contemporary Stone Carving in India: Connecting the Present with the Past
6pm, Diamond 141

DSC_0142-1 (1)Inscribed steatite seals are diagnostic artifacts of the Indus or Harappan Civilization (2600-1900 BCE) of modern India and Pakistan.  Often thought to be highly standardized in form, function, and appearance, recent research has revealed that they are actually highly diverse in style and production techniques.  This paper presents the results of ethnoarchaeological research conducted with modern steatite carvers in Udaipur, India, to explore and model sources of variation in carving practices among different artisans.  By replicating aspects of Indus seals with tools and techniques that are similar to those that were available to Indus seal carvers, these studies have identified multiple sources of variation in the carving styles of individual artisans, including different production sequences, tools, and aptitude and skill.  The interpretive models derived from this study have been tested against archaeological data and revealed new evidence of patterned variation in Indus seal carving styles that are linked with different artisans and workshops that produced them.  Taken together, this research has provided new insights into the organizational dynamics of one of the most well known and important craft industries of the Indus Civilization.

March 30
Students in Nature Panel
7pm, Bobby Silberman Lounge

Human-Nature Storytime Poster-page-001In keeping with this year’s Humans/Nature theme, the Student Advisory Board to the Center for Arts and Humanities will host a student/nature story event this Wednesday at 7pm in the Bobby Silberman Lounge. Julia Von Ehr ’19, Thomas Gregston ’16, Sara LoTemplio ’16, and Parwana Mohammad ’16 will each speak briefly about their relationships to nature with a short question/answer/discussion period to follow.

There will be light refreshments and an open bar (21+ bring ID)”

April 1
RBS Symposium
Robinson Room, Colby College

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 9.59.33 AMThis one-day symposium brings together scholars from across the humanities to discuss the role of the material text in their research and scholarly practice. The bibliographic scholar D.F. McKenzie famously asserted that the form of a text inevitably shapes its meaning; from contemporary internet cultures to medieval manuscripts, how do we account for this in the specific archives, media, and disciplinary contexts in which we conduct our work?

This event is co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School, and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

April 1
The History of Early American Ornithology
Dr.Herb Wilson
1pm, Olin 1

IMG_2588 (1)This talk will focus on the art and scientific observations of Mark Catesby, Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon. Each man contributed to early American ornithology in significant ways. The strengths and weaknesses of each of their contributions will be discussed. The artwork of each man is available for viewing in Special Collections of the Colby Library, thanks to a loan from the Dorros family.

April 4
Ellen Sharp
Butterflies and Their People
7pm, Ostrove Auditorium

butterfly_hands-resized“Butterflies and Their People,” looks at the competing stakes involved in transnational efforts to protect the annual monarch butterfly migration from Canada to Mexico. Despite well-meaning efforts to foster development projects that will keep forest-dwelling Mexicans from logging in the butterfly sanctuaries, communications between scientists, citizen-scientists, transnational NGOs, and local populations are fragile and often fraught with misunderstanding. To research this conjuncture, Ellen has been living in one of the ejidos that makes up Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in order to better understand how multi-layered efforts at development and conservation are experienced on the ground.

April 7
Bill McKibben
In the Hottest Year, the Hottest Fight
7:30pm, Lorimer Chapel

BillMcKibbenNancieBattaglia)-HighResBill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the “alternative Nobel.” His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized 20,000 rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.
The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat—Megophthalmidia mckibbeni—in his honor.

April 7-9
Community, Culture, and Conservation: Sustaining Landscapes and Livelihoods Conference
Colby College

Image: Detail of Virgil Williams, View of Mt. Katahdin from the West Bank of the Penobscot River, 1870, oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 40 in. Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection, 001.2008

The conference will bring together noted writers, scholars, performers, public officials, and community members to facilitate discussion, make connections, and find solutions to economic and conservation challenges faced by communities in Maine, New England, the country, and the world.The conference coincides with the 100th anniversary in 2016 of the Organic Act, the law that created the U.S. National Park Service, as well as the centenary of the establishment of Sieur de Monts National Monument, now Acadia National Park, the first national park in east of the Mississippi River and the first national park in Maine.C onfirmed speakers include Bill McKibben, award-winning author, activist, and founder of 350.org; Terry Tempest Williams, award winning author; Peter Forbes, co-founder and director of the Center for Whole Communities; Wesley McNair, Poet Laureate of Maine; Lucas St. Clair, Board Member of the Quimby Family Foundation and Elliotsville Plantation, Inc.; Terry Anderson, Former President and Executive Director, Property and Environment Research Center and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; among many others. The Colby College Museum of Art will offer a variety of programs related to the exhibition, Robert Adams: Turning Back, featuring 164 photographs that explore human impact on our forests.

April 8
In the Garden of Live Flowers by Attilio Favorini and Lynne Conner
7:30pm, Strider Theater, Colby College

itgolffinal-page-001The Colby College Department of Theater and Dance is pleased to present a special One-Night-Only performance of In the Garden of Live Flowers, winner of the Kennedy Center David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award and co-authored by Colby professor Lynne Conner. This original play about environmentalist Rachel Carson’s valiant fight to publish Silent Spring will be presented in Strider Theater on Friday, April 8, 2016 as part of the Community, Culture, and Conservation: Sustaining Landscapes and Livelihoods Conference (April 7-9, 2016).

Tickets are free and can be reserved at colby.edu/theaterdance

April 9
PechaKucha Night Waterville v20
7pm, Hathaway Creative Center

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 1.35.38 PMHathaway Creative Center will host PechaKucha Night Waterville, a quarterly event series that has brought thousands of area residents together in celebration of passions and creativity.  PK Waterville volume 20 will feature a wide diversity of topics including craftsmanship. PechaKucha Night Waterville is a creative networking event centered on storytelling with 20 slides times 20 seconds each. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive ride. PechaKucha Night (PKN) began in Tokyo in 2003 and has turned into an international phenomenon with events happening in over 800 cities around the world. It is a format that makes presentations concise, keeps the evening moving at a rapid pace, and allows for plenty of chit-chat among participants and attendees. The event is free and open to the public.

PechaKucha is sponsored by Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and The Waterville Public Library.

The Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities is the PK Waterville 2015-2016 season sponsor.

April 18
Vincent and Theo
Part of Monday Night Movies: Human /Nature
7pm, Waterville Opera House

Vincent and TheoThe final film made by Robert Altman during his decade of de facto banishment from Hollywood before his triumphant return with THE PLAYER is a masterpiece about a maker of masterpieces. VINCENT AND THEO focuses Altman’s unique and distinctive style on Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo, finding something close to home in the irony between the painter’s appreciation of nature and life and the economic riches his paintings now bring compared to his failure to sell a canvas during his lifetime. “Under the hot breath of the mistral, a field of sunflowers like faceless lions dance, a thousand golden Salomes to drive the painter beyond passion to a storied madness. A glorious dazzle, they entice poor Vincent as a lover never would. Altman brings an artist’s eye and suffering spirit to his masterly portrait of “Vincent & Theo.” This lovely if deliberate film marks Altman’s return to a more straightforward, but by no means expected, style. A biography that plays like fiction, it tells the story of the van Gogh brothers, stroked and brushed and globbed onto the canvas of the screen. Altman gives us art as ordered chaos, and inspiration as a merciless muse….A triumph for the two young British stage actors, Tim Roth and Paul Rhys, who play the artist and his art dealer brother,…”Vincent & Theo” is more than art appreciation, it is a treasure in its own right, unframed and arcing in the projector’s light.”—Rita Kempley, Washington Post. PG-13. 138 Min. 1990.

April 19
Miles and Katharine Culberston Prentice Distinguished Lecture: Maya Lin
7pm, Lorimer chapel

16Colby_LinPoster_R7-page-001(1)Through her art and architecture, Maya Lin explores landscape as a reflection of time, history, and memory. In this lecture organized in conjunction with Colby College’s 2015–16 humanities theme, Human/Nature, Lin will speak about her work and What Is Missing?, her ongoing project that proposes we look at a memorial not as a singular static object, but as a work that can exist in multiple forms and at multiple sites simultaneously.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Starting April 14, tickets will be available online at: mayalincolby.eventbrite.com. Limit 1 per visitor.

The Miles and Katharine Culberston Prentice Distinguished Lecture, part of Colby’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence Series is cosponsored by the Colby Museum, Center for the Arts and Humanities, Art Department, Environmental Studies Program, and the Office of the President with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

April 21
Two Cent Talks Series
Wes McNair and Monica Wood
5:30pm, Common Street Arts


wesley-mcnairTwo Cent Talks welcomes Wesley McNair and Monica Wood to Common Street Arts at 5:30 on April 21.  Wes McNair has been called by poet Philip Levine “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.”  He has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two NEA grants in creative writing, and an Emmy Award. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress. He was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America’s “finest living artists,” and last year he was named as the recipient of the 2015 PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence for his collection The Lost Child: Ozark Poems. Monica Wood’s latest novel, The One-in-a-Million Boy, will be published in April 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is the author of When We Were the Kennedys, a New England bestseller, Oprah magazine summer-reading pick, and winner of the May Sarton Memoir Award and the Maine Literary Award. She is also the author of the novel Any Bitter Thing, Ernie’s Ark, My Only Story, and Secret Language, her first novel.  Her recent play, Papermaker, enjoyed an extended debut run at Portland Stage in Portland, Maine, its bestselling play ever.

There will be a reception and book signing following the event, which is free and open to the public.

April 22
Dr. David Strayer
3pm, Kassman Auditorium

IMG_0032 (2)In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “How important is a constant intercourse with nature and the contemplation of natural phenomena to the preservation of moral and intellectual health!” (Journal, May 6, 1851) Have you ever wondered what happens to your mind and brain when you take a walk in the woods or go for a hike? Come learn about some exciting research by Dr. David Strayer from the University of Utah on how time spent in natural environments changes how we think and how our brains function.

Brought to you by the Department of Psychology and the Center for the Arts and Humanities Human/Nature Theme.

April 23
Human / Nature Scavenger Hunt
11am-1pm, Old Rugby Field, Colby College

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 10.47.29 AMTeams of 2-4 will venture into the arboretum to find marked locations where humans have interacted with nature.
CASH PRIZES for the following: Fasted Team, Highest score on Human / Nature quiz, Most litter collected around campus. To register a team, please visit:

Brought to you by the Center for the Arts and Humanities Student Advisory Board.

April 26
Dr. Pritam Singh
Ecological implications of the rise of new economic powers
4pm, Lovejoy 215

Singh Poster 2.psfThe lecture analyzes the shift in the global economy through the rise of BRICS. It examines the sustainability implications of this shift with particular reference to the multi-dimensional character of human-nature relationship. Three aspects relating to food, fuel, and finance will be the focus of analysis, and how the eco-socialist perspective provides a refreshing way forward will be elaborated.

April 28
Tango by Lamplight Milonga
8-10pm, Special Collections, Miller Library

Tango Poster Final smallThe milonga will feature the 9-piece Colby Tango Orchestra, directed by Professor Jennie Gubner in the Music Department, as well as a seasoned tango DJ from the Portland tango scene. The event is free and open to the public and includes a reception. The dance floor will be open to anyone who wants to enjoy an evening of tango dancing, and there will be chairs around the room for anyone interested in watching the event. Students who have taken the 3-part tango dance course with our visiting tango dance instructor will be practicing their new moves, and will surely be excited to teach them to interested new parties! Please come and enjoy this magical evening with us!

May 6
Open Spaces: Reimagining Pastoral Maine
4-6pm, L.C. Bates Museum

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This beautiful exhibition is the result of a collaborative effort between the L.C. Bates Museum staff and Francesca Soriano ‘16 and Nora Hill ‘18, working under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch. It explores the natural beauty of Maine’s fields and the flora and fauna that fill them. Defining fields as an expansive space, the exhibition seeks to combine scientific and artistic methods of looking at fields. Works in a variety of mediums from contemporary Maine artists will be featured. The exhibition gives visitors a broad perspective of how artists view and portray nature.

A lovely way to say farewell to the 2015/16 Human/Nature theme: art, wine, and some tasty appetizers!

Summer 2016

July 8-17
Maine International Film Festival
Waterville, Maine

10351812_10156627843765472_3038747895971194317_nMIFF represents the best of American independent and international cinema. It also spotlights some of Maine and New England’s most exciting and innovative filmmakers. The center is proud to support one of New England’s premier arts/cultural events by being a day sponsor. Audiences will have opportunities to meet and talk with some of the people behind the movies – directors, producers, writers, and musicians. Every year the Maine International Film Festival honors members of the independent film industry whose contributions to cinema deserve recognition. The honored guests and visiting filmmakers host panel discussions as well as informal Q&A sessions, giving the audiences an incredible chance to hear about the art of film from those on the front lines. Please visit the MIFF website for more information.

July 14
PechaKucha Night Waterville V21!
6:30pm, American Legion, 20 College Avenue, Waterville

PKV21_Poster_FinalPechaKucha Night Waterville is a fun, creative networking event for the entire community featuring diverse presenters faced with the same dynamic challenge: telling a compelling story in 20×20. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive ride. PechaKucha Night (PKN) began in Tokyo in 2003 and has turned into an international phenomenon with events happening in over 800 cities around the world. It is a format that makes presentations concise, keeps the evening moving at a rapid pace, and allows for plenty of chit-chat among participants and attendees.

PechaKucha Waterville is made possible by a volunteer Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and the Waterville Public Library. The Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities is the 2016-2017 season sponsor.