Fall 2018

September 12
Syrian People: A Battle for Life
6:30 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

2018 Oak Human Rights Fellow, Syrian photojournalist Bassam Khabieh’s photographs will be featured in the Diamond Atrium with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. The opening will be followed by a public talk at 7 p.m. Khabieh has powerfully documented war crimes and other ongoing human rights violations in the Syrian conflict. His stunning photographs, “one of the largest bodies of work on the Syrian conflict, bring this unspeakable war out of the shadows,” according to a board member for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. In 2015, Khabieh was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal for “photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise.”

An introduction will be provided by assistant professor of sociology at the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College, Dr. Yasser Munif. Munif is currently working on a book project about participatory democracy and grassroots politics during the uprising in Syria.

September 14
Approaching Poems: Historical Poetics 1895/2018
Readings from Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)
3:30 p.m., The Robinson Room, Miller Library

Born and raised on Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario, poet and performer Emily Pauline Johnson was the daughter of a Mohawk chief and his English wife. She was educated mainly at home, studying both English literature and Mohawk oral history and legend. In 1892 she was invited to give a poetry reading for the Young Men’s Liberal Club of Toronto. Based on the success of that reading, she began a series of performances across Canada. Johnson developed a dual persona for her performances, wearing the costume of a Native princess for the first half and an English drawing-room gown for the second. She toured widely for 17 years, gaining international recognition with primarily non-Native audiences.

Johnson’s poetry often uses the tone and structure of English poetry to convey Native legends and beliefs, with a dramatic intensity well-matched to the stage. Her first collection of poetry, The White Wampum (1895), includes both poems and tales. Two more collections of poetry followed, as well as three fiction collections.

September 19
Shooting Ghosts: A Combat Photographer and His Journey Back From War
7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Finbarr O’Reilly is the co-author of Shooting Ghosts, a unique joint memoir with retired U.S. Marine Sgt. Thomas James Brennan. Their story about the unpredictability of war and its aftermath explores the things they’ve seen and done, the ways they have been affected, and how they have navigated the psychological aftershocks of war and wrestled with reforming their own identities and moral centers. O’Reilly covered Africa as a Reuters correspondent and staff photographer for 10 years. He won the World Press Photo of the Year in 2006 and has since won numerous industry awards for his multimedia work and photography. Cosponsored by the Oak Center for Human Rights and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

September 20-21
The Prague Spring Fifty Years On: Meaning, Legacy, Future Prospects
Colby College

In early 1968, after two decades of totalitarian dictatorship under Soviet domination, the Czechoslovak state and society experienced a remarkable period of political and economic liberalization that became known as the Prague Spring. Under public pressure, control of the ruling Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ) passed to reformist members led by Alexander Dubček, who began partially decentralizing the economy and administrative authority and relaxing restrictions on the media, speech, and travel. This process took place in the broader context of an extraordinary flowering of the arts, including film, music, literature, and theatre, all of which acted as its catalysts. The Prague Spring abruptly ended in August 1968, when Czechoslovakia was invaded by its Warsaw Pact allies led by the Soviet Union, its reformist leaders were deposed, and pro-Soviet hardliners were reinstalled. The processes of political and economic liberalization and cultural renaissance were reversed, ushering in a period of “normalization” and stasis under Soviet military occupation that would last until the fall of Communism in Europe in 1989.

To read an article about the conference written by The Colby Echo, please click here.

September 26
Poor People’s Campaign/Maine at Colby
5:00 p.m., Brewster Reading Room, Miller Library

In late 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. launched his nonviolent Poor People’s Campaign to bring awareness about poverty and economic injustice in America and to initiate substantial change. Months later, he was assassinated. But in recent years activists across America have revived his campaign, which seeks to address the interrelated crises of “systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality.” Come learn about the Poor People’s Campaign, meet two of its key leaders in Maine, and find out how you can be involved in one of the most important social justice movements of our time.

This event is co-sponsored by African American Studies, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, Colby Libraries Special Collections, the Multi-Faith Council, the Oak Institute for Human Rights, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Office of the President, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Pugh Center.

September 26
The Home that was our Country
7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Journalist and former civil rights lawyer Alia Malek will provide a personal narrative of the Syrian conflict and a reading from her book The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria. Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, Malek worked in the legal field in the U.S., Lebanon, and the West Bank. In April 2011, she moved to Damascus, Syria, and wrote anonymously for several outlets in the country as it began to disintegrate. Her reporting from Syria earned her the Marie Colvin Award in November 2013. Malek served as senior writer at Al Jazeerza America until 2015. In November 2016, she was honored with the 12th annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities. The New York Foundation for the Arts named her a fellow in nonfiction literature in the summer of 2017. She is currently collaborating with 2018 Oak Fellow Bassam Khabieh on a book of photography, vignettes, and essays titled Witnesses to War: The Children of Syria. Sponsored by the Oak Institute for Human Rights and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

September 28-30
Liberal Arts and the Humanities:
Case Studies from Liberal Arts Colleges and Small Universities
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

This conference is structured around four plenary case studies that address the particularity of humanities concepts and questions forged in a liberal arts environment. Each case study will consist of a presentation by a team of faculty, or faculty and students, from a liberal arts college or small university. On Saturday at 9 a.m., the conference will present a conversation with noted scholar and humanities advocate, Dianne Harris, who is a Senior Program Officer at the Mellon Foundation. For the full schedule of events click here. 

October 4
Two Cent Talks: Kate Christensen and Julia Bouwsma
Chace Community Forum, 150 Main Street, Waterville
5:30—7:00 pm.

Kate Christensen is the author of seven novels, including The Great Man, which won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, and The Last Cruise, forthcoming from Doubleday in the summer of 2018. She is also the author of two food-centric memoirs, Blue Plate Special and How to Cook a Moose, which won the 2016 Maine Literary Award for Memoir. Her essays and articles have been published in various magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Bookforum, O, the Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Food and Wine, as well as many anthologies, most recently Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, edited by Meghan Daum, and The Bitch is Back, edited by Cathi Hanauer. She lives in Portland, Maine and the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her husband and dog.

Julia Bouwsma lives off-the-grid in the mountains of western Maine, where she is a poet, farmer, freelance editor, critic, and small-town librarian. She is the author of MIDDEN (Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2018) and Work by Bloodlight (Cider Press Review, 2017). Her poems and book reviews appear in Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, Muzzle, Salamander, RHINO, River Styx, and other journals. She is the recipient of the 2016-17 Poets Out Loud Prize, the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award, and residencies from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. A former Managing Editor for Alice James Books, Bouwsma currently serves as Book Review Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and as Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine.

October 8
Presence of the Past Film Series
Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks and Pathways
6:00 p.m. Opening reception for Titi de Baccarat: With the heart and the reason
7:15 Screening of ‘Black Girl’ with post-screening discussion, Railroad Square Cinema

On October 8, the Maine Film Center will take part in the statewide initiative Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks and Pathways. Events include companion exhibitions, lectures, films, performances, poetry readings, and community conversations. At Railroad Square Cinema, we will host Portland artist Titi de Baccarat‘s work as our “Art in the Lobby” show for the month of October. On October 8 at 6:00 we will hold an opening for his show With the heart and the reason. At 7:15 we will screen the powerful 1966 film Black Girl, and follow that with a community discussion hosted by Mouhamedoul Niang, Associate Professor of French at Colby. ‘Black Girl’ is about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a figurative and literal prison—into a complex, layered critique on the lingering colonialist mindset of a supposedly postcolonial world. Featuring a moving central performance by Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Black Girl is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement—and one of the essential films of the 1960s. Unrated. 59 Min.

October 10
The American Shakespeare Company Presents: Sophocles’ Antigone
Directed by Doreen Bechtol, Sponsored by Richard B. Smith
7:30 p.m., Strider Theater

Antigone, the ASC’s first foray into Greek tragedy, reaches across 2,500 years to speak to us today with surprising relevancy. Our young heroine, Antigone, intentionally breaks a newly imposed law when she buries her brother’s corpse; a divine ritual that honors the dead, ushers them into the underworld, and is a woman’s domain to perform.

This act earns a death sentence from the recently throned king, yet she faces this terror with a pragmatic resolve to do what she knows is right for her beloved kin and, thus, tells her uncle-king, “And if by chance I seem to you to act in foolishness, it may just be it is a fool himself condemns my foolishness.”

In her unflinching dedication to do what is right rather than buckling under the pressure of what is easy, Antigone reaches across time to invite us to challenge injustice, honor the memories of those we love, and continue speaking up for others even (and especially) when our words are unpopular. -Doreen Bechtol, Director

Presented by American Shakespeare Company with support from the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Classics Department, Government Department, and the Cultural Events Committee.

October 11
Luc Sante
5:00 p.m., Olin 1

Luc Sante will present “The Genius of the System,” a lecture and slide talk concerning the vernacular tradition in American photography. It proposes that regional photographers in the twentieth century, far outside the discussions occurring in major cities, were experimenting with the medium in often radical ways. Many of these photographers were little documented–we may not even know their names–and we can have little idea of what they were thinking. Did they comprise a hidden avant-garde? Or was photography itself the disruptive force?

Luc Sante’s books include Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings and The Other Paris. He began writing for the New York Review of Books in 1981 and has contributed to hundreds of periodicals over the years. His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy (for album notes), an Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography, and Guggenheim and Cullman Fellowships. He teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.

October 11
Freeing the Captive Art Opening
Kifah Abdulla
6:30 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation

Join us at Beth Israel Congregation for an evening of art, food, and community as we host an opening reception for artist, poet, and activist Kifah Abdulla. “Freeing the Captive” depicts Abdulla’s experience as a prisoner of war in Iran, where he was jailed for eight years. Using bold colors, Cubist-inspired human forms, and modern applications of Arabic calligraphy, Abdulla draws inspiration from a myriad of sources and experiments with different styles as vehicles for storytelling.

Free and open to the public, the evening will feature Iraqi food and a talk by the artist. The exhibit will remain up through Thursday, Oct. 25 and can be seen by appointment or at synagogue events. Visit https://www.bethisraelwaterville.org/events for more information or email [email protected]

October 17
Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Lecture: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
6:00 p.m., Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

The Colby Museum is pleased to welcome artist, curator, and educator Jaune Quick-to-See Smith to deliver the 2018 Prentice Lecture. One of the most acclaimed Native American artists working today, Smith considers herself a cultural art worker, underscoring her social activism and her commitment to the preservation of Native American culture.

Smith, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana, is based in New Mexico and creates paintings and prints that combine appropriated imagery from commercial slogans and signage, art history, and personal narratives. Her multifaceted work addresses today’s politics, human rights, and environmental issues with humor, and is grounded in themes of identity.

Cosponsored by the Colby Museum, and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

October 17
Dr. Barbara Bertolani
South Asian Immigrants in Italy: Integration and Conflict
4:00 p.m., Lovejoy 205

Dr. Barbara Bertolani studies the role of ethnic and kin-networks of first generation South Asians in the processes of migration and economic integration in Italy. Her doctoral dissertation in Sociology for the University of Parma, investigated how these networks among South Asians in Italy are rebuilt, how they work for the in-members and the outsiders distributing useful resources to find jobs. Dr. Bertolani has also conducted research on inter-marriages and inter-ethnic couples in Italy. She is currently working on transnational South Asian families, on South Asian women, and on the second-generation Sikh youth in Italy, particularly on the transmission of cultural, religious and caste identity.

In her talk at Colby about the Punjabi Sikh youth in Italy, Dr. Bertolani will focus on issues of gender equality, castes, arranged marriages. Dr. Berolani will also screen her documentary film on young Sikhs in Italy. In this film, she interviews them on their religious identity, visibility in the public space as Sikhs and life expectations. Her documentary explores the dynamics of integration in the local social context and of intergenerational confrontation.

October 19
PK! Volume 29
6:00 p.m., Waterville Opera House

PechaKucha Waterville is a creative networking event centered on storytelling in 20×20. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive journey. PechaKucha Night was started in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architects and has turned into an international phenomenon with events happening in over 1000 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 Night Waterville is presented by a volunteer Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and the Waterville Public Library. The Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities is the PK Waterville 2017-2018 season sponsor.

This event is free and open to the public.

November 1
Dawnland Screening
7:00 p.m., Maine Film Center, Waterville

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity. Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories. In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people.

November 8
An Evening w/ Mo Asumang
Screening of “The Aryans” (2014), Q&A with Mo Asumang
7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium

Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary Die Arier/The Aryans (2014), followed by a conversation and Q&A with acclaimed Afro-German filmmaker Mo Asumang. Following a death threat, Mo Asumang sets out to confront racists face to face. In her documentary about right-wing movements worldwide, Asumang embarks on a journey into the madness of racism and meets German neo-Nazis, America’s most notorious racist Tom Metzger, and members of the KKK in the Midwest.

Cosponsored with the Pugh Center, Jewish Studies, History, Global Studies, Cinema Studies, German and Russian, and the Cultural Events Committee.

November 11
Community Conversations
Thought leaders: Bethashley Cajuste ’20  and Rabbi Erica Asch
6:30 p.m., Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, Waterville

Bethashley Cajuste ’20 has been working intimately with the Pugh Administration for two years and has been serving as a domestic violence advocate for five years. She is an Independent Global Health major at Colby with a focus on Women’s Health. Bethashley is also a QuestBridge scholar and mentor.


Rabbi Erica Asch is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth El in Augusta, and the Hillel advisor and Jewish chaplain at Colby. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2008 and then took a position as a community organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the first rabbi to do so directly out of rabbinical school. After three years with IAF, she served as an assistant rabbi at Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C., before moving to Augusta in 2013.

Cosponsored with the Center for Small Town Jewish Life

November 12
Giovanna Faleschini Lerner
Ghost of the Past, Fears of the Present in Italian Migration Cinema
7:00 p.m., Wormser Room, Miller Library

Since the early 1990s, Italian cinema has grappled with questions of migration, integration, and identity, both reflecting and shaping the broader preoccupations of Italian society at large. In this talk, Giovanna Faleschini Lerner, Associate Professor of Italian and Chair of the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, focuses on two tropes that Italian filmmakers have used to connect current migration flows to past history, and on the ways in which these tropes have helped shape what she calls an aesthetic and ethics of hospitality in their films. This hospitality is not unproblematic, and the work of foreign-born or second-generation filmmakers has helped de-center it as the main theoretical framework in which to situate stories of migration.

November 14
Lecture: Artist Talk: Sammy Baloji
7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Sammy Baloji was born in 1978 in Lubumbashi, in the mineral-rich Katanga province of Democratic Republic of Congo. He studied Computer and Information Sciences and Communication at the University of Lubumbashi. With a borrowed camera, he began photographing scenes as sources for his cartoons. He soon enrolled in photography courses in DRC, and continued with photography and video at Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, in Strasbourg, France. Baloji juxtaposes photographic realities, combining past and present, the real and the ideal, to illicit glaring cultural and historical tensions. He explores architecture and the human body as traces of social history, sites of memory, and witnesses to operations of power.

Sponsored with the Oak Institute for Human Rights, and the Colby College Museum of Art.

November 14
Presence of the Past Film Series
Jonah who will be 25 in the year 2000
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

A sweet, smart, hopeful and funny visionary film from our past imagines a future very different than the one we now know has happened. Alain Tanner’s beloved film follows eight casually utopian veterans of the consciousness of the ‘60s as they navigate a new world they themselves are trying to create through their eccentric but very deep idealism. The European equivalent of The Return of the Secaucus 7 (though Jonah came first!), looking at the lives of a group of men and women in their 30s as they confront the slim gains of the “revolutionary” sixties. Max, a dissatisfied copy editor; Myriam, a redhead into tantric sex; and Marie, a supermarket checker who gives unauthorized discounts to the elderly, search for renewed meaning on a communal farm. Director Alain Tanner collaborated with John Berger on a nonpareil screenplay, and a cast of great French actors take flight with their somewhat disillusioned but still very real hopes. In French with English subtitles. Unrated. 116 Min. 1976.

November 20
Dr.Loïc Bourdeau
Strategies of (un)Mothering: Womanhood in the Cinema of Xavier Dolan
4:00 p.m., Olin 1

Loïc Bourdeau received his PhD in French with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis in 2015. While completing his dissertation, titled: “Sons, Mothers, and Lovers: ‘Queer Quebec’ in the Works of Michel Tremblay and Xavier Dolan,” Loic was Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the College of William and Mary. As of Fall 2015, Loic is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where his research and teaching focus on the Quebecois context. More specific interests lie in representations of masculinity, transgression, (homo)sexuality, and motherhood in Quebec’s contemporary, cinematographic, and literary productions. Recent publications on such topics include: “F.O.L.L.E société…” (NEF, 2012) and “Troubles dans la sexualité…” (Cahiers Anne Hébert, 2015).

November 29
The Wonder of the World: Merleau-Ponty, Cézanne, and the Meaning of Painting
William “Bro” Adams
5:00 p.m., Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

Throughout his brief but brilliant career, the French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty maintained an intense interest in painting, and especially in the painting of Paul Cézanne. Merleau-Ponty saw Cézanne as a fellow explorer in the primordial land of perception, a pioneer in the archaeology of the visible world. This talk explores Merleau-Ponty’s philosophical interest in the “mute thinking” of painting against the background of the contemporary explosion of scientific and technical knowledge and the steady erosion of the place of the arts and humanities in the education landscape in the United States and beyond.

Educator William Drea “Bro” Adams, tenth Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and nineteenth President of Colby College, will return to campus to present his scholarship.

This lecture is cosponsored by Colby’s Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Colby Museum, and the Art. Department.

December 1
Colby Symphony Orchestra
Presence of the Past Humanities Theme event
Minji-Ko, violin, 2018 Concerto Competition Winner
Jinwook Park, director
7:30 p.m., Lorimer Chapel

In its second concert of the season, the orchestra explores The Presence of the Past as it performs Mozart’s timeless Jupiter symphony, and, in celebration of the Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Minji Ko ‘21 will also be featured in the first movement of William Walton’s Violin Concerto.




December 5
Presence of the Past Film Series
The Great Dictator
7:15p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

Charlie Chaplin sees the present in 1940…and turns Adolph Hitler into a deeply satirized figure before the full force of World War 2 even happens in this astonishing comedy, forever memorable for the image of Chaplin’s Hitler clone, here named Adenoid Hynkel, literally playing with a world globe, which he bounces off his butt and head. Chaplin plays the part of both Hynkel, dictator of Tomania, and of a humble Jewish barber in this one-of-a-kind classic…with echoes that reverberate still…An Oscar nominee in its day for both Chaplin and Best Picture, it’s now simply seen as among the greatest films ever made, simultaneously funny and chilling. Unrated. 125 min. 1940.

Summer 2019

June 4
SLICE: Big Screen: Behind the Scenes!
3:30 pm-5:30 pm, Railroad Square Cinema

At Railroad Square Cinema, students will be introduced to diverse career paths in the arts and mass media fields. They will have the chance to explore operations at an arthouse cinema, learn about digital projection, and discover volunteer opportunities and more related to one of New England’s premier film festivals, the Maine International Film Festival. Students will also workshop with an instructor in Mass Media Communications from the Mid-Maine Technical Center. Here, they will be introduced to jobs and learning experiences in multimedia journalism and production, videography, and broadcasting.

SLICE (Students Learning Innovative Creative Endeavors) is a pilot program to encourage students ages 13 – 19 to explore the behind-the-scenes operations at an historic opera house, an award-winning public library, a nationally recognized art museum, and an independent arthouse at Railroad Square Cinema. Partnering with arts professionals throughout the city, this program will provide young adults with unique experiences to learn more about career paths in the creative arts. Each afternoon will be packed with interesting programming, inspiration, and pizza! Free but registration is required.

June 11
SLICE: 3D print design and fabrication
3:30 pm-5:30 pm, Common Street Arts

Students will learn how to locate existing 3d designs, discover the basics of 3d printers, and develop a working knowledge of tinkercad software. SLICE (Students Learning Innovative Creative Endeavors) is a pilot program to encourage students ages 13 – 19 to explore the behind-the-scenes operations at a historic opera house, an award-winning public library, a nationally recognized art museum, and an independent arthouse at Railroad Square Cinema. Partnering with arts professionals throughout the city, this program will provide young adults with unique experiences to learn more about career paths in the creative arts. Each afternoon will be packed with interesting programming, inspiration, and pizza!

This is event is free but does require Registration.

SLICE (Students Learning Innovative Creative Endeavors) is a pilot program to encourage students ages 13 – 19 to explore the behind-the-scenes operations at an historic opera house, an award-winning public library, a nationally recognized art museum, and an independent arthouse at Railroad Square Cinema. Partnering with arts professionals throughout the city, this program will provide young adults with unique experiences to learn more about career paths in the creative arts. Each afternoon will be packed with interesting programming, inspiration, and pizza! Free but registration is required.

June 22-August 18
Summer Reading Program
Waterville Public Library

Readers of all ages are invited to explore our space-related this summer as the Waterville Public Library presents “A Universe of Stories.” Activities will include out of this world crafts, activities, and games during our normally scheduled programs. In addition, Weird Science Wednesdays will begin on June 26th at 1 pm and we will have Story-Times at the Waterville Farmer’s Market, weather permitting, Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:30.

The 2019 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult. This inclusive program makes room for all reading levels: Listeners, Early Readers, and Independent Readers. Recognition awards will be celebrated for three levels of achievement. You can register for “A Universe of Stories” starting on June 24th by filling out a registration form either at the children’s desk or online at www.watervillelibrary.org.

July 11
PK! Volume 32
6:20 p.m., Castonguay Square, Downtown Waterville

PK WTVL Volume 32 will take place on Thursday, July 11, 2019. PechaKucha Night Waterville is a creative networking event centered on storytelling in 20×20. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive journey.

PechaKucha Night Waterville is presented by a volunteer Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and the Waterville Public Library. The Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities is the PK Waterville 2018-2019 season sponsor.



July 12-21
Maine International Film Festival
Downtown Waterville

The Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) showcases 100 premier releases of American independent and international cinema, classic revivals, inspiring performances, exhibitions, and community workshops in Waterville, Maine. Over the course of 10 exciting days, our audiences have the unique opportunity to connect with directors, producers, writers, actors, and musicians who travel to Waterville from across the globe.

For more information about the schedule of events, please visit MIFF.


Spring 2019

January 9
Presence of the Past Film Series
The Visitor
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

It’s the post-9/11 U.S. when Tom McCarthy (who was to go on to make the Oscar-winning Spotlight Movie) made this “heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you” about our fear of immigrants. Richard Jenkins notched a Best Actor Oscar nomination as a nerdy Connecticut professor “who seems to move through life in a trance. We meet Walter as he leaves his safe, dull perch, teaching global economics at a Connecticut college, and travels to Manhattan to present a paper at an academic convention. At a barely used apartment he and his late wife kept in the city, Walter finds a beautiful young woman soaking in his bathtub. She’s Zainab (the wonderous Danai Gurira), from Senegal. Zainab and her boyfriend Tarek (Haaz Sleiman excels), a Syrian musician, aren’t squatters. They rented the place from a scam artist. After a few awkward moments, Walter invites the couple to stay till they find new digs. But it’s Walter who finds something — himself. When Tarek, who gives the uptight Walter lessons on the African drum, is arrested, Walter tries to intercede with U.S. Immigration.” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. PG-13. 104 Min. 2007. FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. All others: regular admission prices apply.

January 20
Multi-Faith Celebration
Part of MLK Commemorative Week 2019 “Repairing the Breach”
6:00 p.m., Lorimer Chapel

A celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the presentation of the Drum Major for Justice Award. The theme for this year’s MLK commemorative program, “Repairing the Breach,” is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s initial mobilization for the Poor People’s Campaign and the recent (2015) revitalization of that movement by the Rev. Dr. William Barber, the founder and president of the non-partisan organization Repairers of the Breach. Taking its name from the book of Isaiah, Repairers of the Breach seeks to reclaim the notion of morality for progressive activism that uplifts our deepest constitutional and moral values of love, justice, and mercy. Rev. Barber calls for us to not simply “recall the martyrs of the movement, but to continue their work,” invoking the call to action from Dr. King’s last writing, “Where Do We Go From Here?” Within our nation and community, as we wrestle with the fractures and unending moments of uncertainty, we are at a particularly powerful moment to be the answer to Dr. King’s question by working together to repair the breach. Cosponsored with the Pugh Center, The MLK Committee and the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, On-campus co-sponsor are: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The Pugh Center, Office of the President, Dean of the College, Office of the Provost, The Office of Civic Engagement, Colby Student Government Association, Center for the Arts and Humanities, Cultural Events Committee, Pugh Community Board, Religious & Spiritual Life, Theater and Dance, and African American Studies Program.

January 25
PK! Volume 30
6:20 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

PK WTVL Volume 30 will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019 (snow date: January 26, 2019). PechaKucha Night Waterville is a creative networking event centered on storytelling in 20×20. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive journey. Submit your proposals by December 19, 2018, to be considered for the volume 30 event. Selected V.30 presenters will be notified via email and are expected to attend a super helpful and fun rehearsal affectionately known as the Jelly on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (snow date: January 23, 2019). To submit a proposal go to https://watervillecreates.submittable.com/submit/129192/pk-wtvl-volume-30-call-for-proposals

PechaKucha Night Waterville is presented by a volunteer Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and the Waterville Public Library. The Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities is the PK Waterville 2018-2019 season sponsor.

January 27
Community Conversations
6:30 p.m., Chace Community Forum, Downtown Waterville

Join Naomi Schaefer Riley (American Enterprise Institute), Beth Cooper Benjamin (Social Responsibility Director at JCC Manhattan), and Adrienne Carmack ’18 (LGBT Center of New York) in a conversation on the role of the American family today: How is the American family changing, and how is the shifting definition of family impacting our nation? Following this public conversation, those in attendance will have the opportunity for further facilitated discussion in smaller groups. Dinner from Portland Pie and desserts by Acadia Cakes will be provided.

Cosponsored with the Center for small town Jewish life.

February 6
Presence of the Past Film Series
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

“To call this movie fascinating is akin to calling the Grand Canyon large” —The Hollywood Reporter. Legendary director Werner Herzog takes us on a literal journey to our past. For over 20,000 years, Chauvet Cave has been completely sealed off by a fallen rock face, its crystal-encrusted interior as large as a football field and strewn with the petrified remains of giant ice age mammals. In 1994, scientists discovered the caverns, and found hundreds of pristine paintings within, spectacular artwork dating back over 30,000 years (almost twice as old as any previous finds) to a time when Neanderthals still roamed the earth and cave bears, mammoths, and ice age lions were the dominant populations of Europe. Since then, only a handful of specialists have stepped foot in the cave, and the true scope of its contents had largely gone unfelt—until legendary director Werner Herzog managed to gain access. Herzog captures the wonder and beauty of one of the most awe-inspiring sites on earth, all the while musing in his inimitable fashion about its original inhabitants, the birth of art, and the curious people surrounding the caves today. G. 89 Min. 2010. FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. All others: regular admission prices apply.

February 11
Presence of the Past Lecture Series
The Presence of the Past in Angela Merkel’s Political Discourse
Jennifer Yoder, Colby College
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

When Angela Merkel assumed the German chancellorship in 2005, there was little indication that she would emerge as a leader adept at memory politics. The unassuming physicist was a relative newcomer to politics, lacking media savvy and skill at public speaking. During the early years of her leadership, she was criticized for her cautious style and her indecision, eventually inspiring a new German verb, merkeln, or to dither. In my lecture for the Presence of the Past series, I will explore how and why Chancellor Merkel has invoked the German past, particularly when addressing Germany’s role in Europe and the world. I will suggest that Merkel has drawn upon several pasts – from different points in time and from different configurations of Germany – to present an integrated collective memory for a unified Germany. What is more, she has referenced the past to justify particular policy positions and, occasionally, a particular vision for Germany’s role in European and global affairs.

At Colby since 1996, Jen Yoder is jointly appointed in the government department and the global studies program. Her courses focus on European politics, including this semester’s “Memory and Politics.” Yoder’s research addresses various aspects of post-unification German politics and identity. Her ongoing research project on European memory explores the memory divides that have emerged in recent years between new/eastern and old/western members of the European Union.

February 12
Presence of the Past Music Series
Music of ‘Cello and Theorbo & Guitar
Ensemble ScheckMate: Raffael Scheck, ‘cello & Timothy Burris, theorbo and classical guitar
12:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

17th-century Italy witnessed unparalleled musical experimentation, including the creation of new instruments and the expansion of improvisatory instrumental styles. The ensemble ScheckMate uses historic instruments to recreate—and indeed bring forward—that spirit of invention, making the music of the past a present and living tradition. The Age of Invention focuses on several remarkable talents of the era, including Domenico Gabrielli, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, and Girolamo Frescobaldi. Works of these and other composers bring the Italian style of the 17th century to the present.

February 18
Presence of the Past Lecture Series
Indians on the Reservation: Missionary Priests from India and Catholic Settler Colonialism
Sonja Thomas, Colby College
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

Many Catholic dioceses in rural areas of the US are recruiting and hiring missionary priests from India. The Great-Falls-Billings diocese of central and eastern Montana is one of them. Priests from India are entering into an area of the country that Winona LaDuke has called “the Deep North,” where anti-immigrant sentiments, white supremacy, and anti-Native racism is prevalent. Priests serve not only white parishioners, but on Indian reservations as well and may face a myriad of cultural and racial disconnects—not to mention a history of settler colonial violence perpetrated by the Catholic Church. This (autoethnography?) examines settler colonial history, Catholicism in rural Montana, and the migration of priests from India to the region.

Sonja Thomas grew up in eastern Montana in a devote South Asian American Catholic family. At Colby, she teaches courses on South Asian feminisms, gender and human rights, feminist theory, critical race feminisms, and postcolonial and native feminisms.

February 25
Presence of the Past Lecture Series
Action After Nature: Climate Crisis and the Force of Literature
Nathan Hensley, Georgetown University
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

When Alice falls into Wonderland in Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic, she wonders how anything in the world will ever feel normal again. In this lecture, Hensley draws on the experience of Alice and other 19th century literary figures to sketch how it feels to live at the tail end of a long history of climate crisis. With our upside-down contemporary world in view, the talk will trace our climatic unwinding from its origins in nineteenth century coal extraction to our moment of capital intensive “tight oil” and shale gas fracking. The goal will be to show how poetic and literary thinkers from this long modern period –Lewis Carroll; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; and the Brontë sisters among them– invent new languages, poetic resources by which we might begin to imagine, and then to create, a just and livable future.

Nathan K. Hensley is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University and author of Forms of Empire: The Poetics of Victorian Sovereignty (Oxford 2016). He is also the coeditor of Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire (Fordham 2018), and co-director the 2016-2018 Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, “Approaching the Anthropocene: Global Culture and Planetary Change.”

February 26
The Death of an Immortal Goddess: Sacrifice and Power in Hindu Religious Traditions
Paul B. Courtright, Professor Emeritus, Emory University
4:00 p.m., Robinson Room, Miller Library

The goddess Sati, wife of Shiva, is especially remembered for her self-immolation in her father’s fire sacrifice, protesting his rejection of her husband’s share in its benefits. Since the advent of British colonial rule sati has served as the term for a Hindu wife who is immolated on the cremation fire of her deceased husband. Since the abolition of sati in Bengal in 1829 sati has also figured as an atrocity of a patriarchal regime appropriating religion for its legitimacy. Through the long event of Hindu history, core myths of the goddess Sati’s fiery death and narratives of sati as the terminal event in the lives of some Hindu wives have played an important in marking the margins of ideal action (dharma) for married women. Examining sacred narratives and iconographies this lecture will explore the underlying perspectives which continue to haunt and inspire Hindu understandings of sacrifice, power and gender.

Cosponsored with the Department of Religious Studies, and the English department.

February 27
2019 Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Humanities
Mark Dion
7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Mark Dion is an American conceptual artist whose work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The job of the artist, he says, is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention. Appropriating archaeological, field ecology and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and ‘subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences. Dion also frequently collaborates with museums of natural history, aquariums, zoos and other institutions mandated to produce public knowledge on the topic of nature. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the objectivity and authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society, tracking how pseudo-science, social agendas and ideology creep into public discourse and knowledge production.

His residency is co-sponsored by the Colby College Museum of Art and the Art Department.

March 4
Presence of the Past Lecture Series
Collecting Bodies, Bodily Collectives: Trace Identities in British India, 1918-47
Projit Bihari Mukharji, University of Pennsylvania
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

Roughly, the last three decades of British rule in South Asia produced a host of new scientific ways, such as serology and statistical analysis, for determining the identities of human beings. British administrator-ethnographers, however, were no longer the primary users of these new scientific methods. Rather, South Asian scientists now enthusiastically embraced these techniques. Their objective was to determine both the “racial history” and the “national futures” of subcontinental populations.

Projit Bihari Mukharji is an Associate Professor in History & Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His work explores the intersections between the histories of science and the political and cultural histories of modern South Asia. His articles have appeared in journals such as the Comparative Studies in Society and History, Journal of Asian Studies, Indian Economic and Social History Review, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Social History of Medicine and History of Science.

March 6
Presence of the Past Film Series
The Lady Eve
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

Do you think the movement for women’s equality in movies is a recent development? How about a movie that clearly—and charmingly, and hilariously and wittily—argues casually for her absolute SUPERIORITY in a Hollywood romantic comedy from 1941? The Lady Eve is all that and more as the fantastic Barbara Stanwyck runs comic, erotic and romantic circles around her handsome but befuddled paramour Henry Fonda in Preston Sturges’ masterpiece. Stanwyck plays Jean Harrington, a card shark on an ocean liner who plies her trade on the outclassed rich boy played by Fonda. Featuring one of the great closing lines in cinema history as well as everything else in its treasure trove. What a trove! Unrated. 94 Min. FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. All others: regular admission prices apply.

March 11
SHOUT! Keynote
Carolyn Finney
7:00 p.m., Lorimer Chapel

An environmental justice activist, a storyteller, and a cultural geographer, Carolyn Finney wrote Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. Her work challenges us to question whose stories frame or are left out of environmental institutions and issues. The questions she asks and prompts others to ask include: How do stories influence the ways we understand the world? How does representation in organization leadership make a difference in the work that is prioritized? How does race affect the lived experience? Who owns land and occupies space?

She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Canon National Parks Science Scholar, and has received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Studies. Along with public speaking, writing, consulting, and teaching (at Wellesley College, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Kentucky), Carolyn Finney served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for 8 years assisting the National Park Service in engaging in relations of reciprocity with diverse communities.

March 11
Presence of the Past Lecture Series
William Blake and Elizabeth Bishop in the Anthropocene
Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

Reading Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Sandpiper” along with William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence,” the talk makes a case for the continuing resonances of two poets who, writing before climate change was an available term, nonetheless spoke to the vulnerabilities of the planet — of humans and nonhumans — in a way newly meaningful in the climate-endangered twenty-first century..

Wai Chee Dimock is William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. Editor of PMLA, she also writes for Critical Inquiry, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Los Angeles Review of Books, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. She was a consultant for Invitation to World Literature, a 13-part series produced by WGBH and aired on PBS. Her new book, Weak Planet: From Vulnerability to Resilience, is forthcoming from U of Chicago Press. Her lecture, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, is available from Open Yale courses.

March 18
Presence of the Past Lecture Series
The Past that has never been Present: The Changing Role of the a priori in Philosophical Anthropology
Keith Peterson, Colby College
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

The content and function of what has been considered to play a preconscious-determining role in human cognition and experience has changed from Kant to the present. Whether the determining factors are described as concepts and categories, stereotypes and intuitions, or historico-cultural expectations, the view that human experience is shaped by prior determining factors of which individuals are usually entirely unaware has remained an important finding of critical philosophy. After discussing some historical versions of the notion, I consider one current account that attributes our widespread inability to act on knowledge of global climate disruption, at least in part, to certain properties of human cognition that function in an automatic and a priori way.

Keith Peterson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colby College. His primary areas of interest include philosophies of nature and environment, value theory, philosophical anthropology, and Continental philosophy. He teaches courses in all of these areas, and his monograph on environmental philosophy entitled A World not Made for Us: Topics in Critical Environmental Philosophy should appear sometime in 2019.

April 1
Presence of the Past Lecture Series
The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America
Greta LaFleur, Yale University
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

If sexology—the science of sex—came into being sometime in the nineteenth century, then how did statesmen, scientists, and everyday people make meaning out of sex before that point? In this talk, Greta LaFleur explores how eighteenth-century natural history—the study of organic life in its environment—actually provided the intellectual foundations for the later development of the scientific study of sex.”
Greta LaFleur is Assistant Professor of American Studies. Her research and teaching focuses on early North American literary and cultural studies, the history of science, the history of race, the history and historiography of sexuality, and queer studies. Her first book, The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), brings together the history of sexuality and early environmental studies to explore how sexual behaviors were understood in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. She is currently at work on a new book project on the relationship of cultural and legal responses to sexual violence to the history of sexuality. She is also the editor (with Kyla Schuller) of a special issue of American Quarterly, organized around the theme of “Origins of Biopolitics in the Americas” (forthcoming Sept. 2019).

April 2
Film Screening and Q&A with Director Hassane Mezine
Documentary on Frantz Fanon: Fanon Yesterday, Today
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

Who was Frantz Fanon and what is his legacy today? Documentary filmmaker Hassane Mezine gives voice to men and women who knew and shared privileged moments with the «flint warrior », as Aimé Césaire memorably described him. Fanon died in December 1961 but his ideas irrigated numerous revolutionary fields around the world. What do those who continue to fight against injustice make of this thinker and man of action today? The Director takes the viewer on a journey around the world to hear activists talk of their struggle, and reflect on their debt to Frantz Fanon.

Cosponsored with the Oak Institute for Human Rights.


April 3
Film screening and Q&A with Directors Amanda and Aaron Kopp
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft an original fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children’s real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell – in fiction and in their own lives. This inspiring tale of perseverance is a tribute to creativity, the strength of the human spirit, and the healing power storytelling.

Executive produced by Emmy-winner Thandie Newton, and produced by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge, LIYANA features innovative animated artwork by Shofela Coker and an original score by Philip Miller. Critically acclaimed as exquisite, a staggering feature debut, and one of the year’s very best, LIYANA has played at festivals around the world, including the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival and MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, and has won 28 jury and audience awards so far. The Sunday Times describes Aaron & Amanda Kopp’s directorial debut as, part documentary, part animation, and pure magic.

April 8
Presence of the Past Lecture Series
How current genomes are shaped by evolutionary pasts
Suegene Noh, Colby College
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

Lives of organisms are shaped by their social interactions, including those with other individuals of the same species, as well as with individuals of different species. These interactions affect how our genomes evolve so that current patterns of DNA sequence variation from genomes can be used to detect past evolutionary events. Using the social amoeba and its microbial symbiont as an example, I will show how competitive interactions among amoebas has caused certain genes to evolve more rapidly, and how associating with an amoeba host may have caused symbiont genomes to shrink in size. Dr. Suegene Noh is an evolutionary biologist whose research focuses on understanding how social interactions among microbial organisms shape their genomes. Her curiosity for the natural world found a foothold while watching foraging Korean wasps interact with nestmates as an undergraduate. She received her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. Her past research interests include mating signal evolution and cold adaptation, particularly in insects.

April 8
Beyond the Island Shores: Oceans, Memory, and Poetics of Creolization
Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François, Professor of Francophone Studies at PennState
4:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

While colonial imagination has persistently represented islands and archipelagoes of the Global South as vulnerable and fragmented isolates, one needs only consider Creole islands of the Mascarene region and the Antilles to appreciate how ‘insular’ histories and experiences relate more to stories of exchanges and encounters than one would initially imagine. Using the ‘New Thalassology’ and Oceanic Creolization as a relational framework for exploring multipolar connections, minor solidarities, and long-ignored forms of cosmopolitanism, this presentation discusses how the transcolonial and transoceanic imaginaries of two Mauritian authors—Edouard Maunick and Khal Torabully—disrupt the colonial taxonomies that have construed islands as spaces of colonial difference, isolation, and vulnerability. While their “de-insularization” of islands and their rewriting of geographies, temporalities, and epistemologies bridge the gap between landmasses and seas, oceans and archipelagoes, it also configures fluctuating horizons and symbolic spaces of relation from which minority, racialized, and subaltern subjects across multiple sites can interact in fruitful and lateral ways.

April 9
Guillermo Gómez-Peña: the most (un) documented Mexican artist
7:00 p.m., Strider Theater

In his latest solo work, Guillermo Gómez-Peña draws from his 30-year-old living archive and combines new and classic performance material to present a unique perspective on the immediate future of the Americas. His-self styled “imaginary activism” invokes performance art as a form of radical democracy and citizenship. Combining spoken word poetry, activist theory, radical storytelling and language experimentation, Gómez-Peña offers critical and humorous commentary about the art world, academia, new technologies, the culture of war and violence in the US, organized crime in Mexico, gender and race politics, and the latest wave of complications surrounding gentrification in the “creative city”. This spoken word performance includes multiple cameos by troupe member and collaborator, Balitronica Gómez.


April 10
Presence of the Past Film Series
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

Kolya lives in a small town near the Barents Sea in North Russia. He has his own auto-repair shop. His shop stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son from a previous marriage. Vadim Shelevyat, the mayor of the town, wants to take away his business, his house and his land. First he tries buying off Kolia, but Kolia cannot stand losing everything he has, not only the land, but also all the beauty that has surrounded him from the day of his birth. So Shelevyat starts being more aggressive.

Screened as part of our 2018-19 Presence of the Past Film Series, a new series of screenings held monthly through April 2019 at Railroad Square Cinema. Presented by Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Maine Film Center.

FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. All others: regular admission prices apply.

April 11
Two Cent Talk Series
Mira Ptacin and Gibson Fay-LeBlanc
5:30 p.m., Chace Community Forum, Downtown Waterville

Mira Maria Ptacin is a Maine-based creative nonfiction and children’s book author (and New York Times bestselling ghostwriter). She’s the author of the award-winning memoir Poor Your Soul (Soho Press 2016) as well as the forthcoming book The In-Betweens (Liveright-W.W. Norton). Her work frequently appears in Lenny Letter, Guernica, Tin House, Vice, New York Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Creative Nonfiction, Poets & Writers, Slice Magazine, and more. She is featured in The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial 2012); Get Out: Twenty-One Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health (Cherry Bomb Books 2013), and the anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC (Seal Press 2013).

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc is a writer and teacher. His first book of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, won the Vassar Miller Prize and was published in 2012. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls the book “a debut that rings out long after Fay-LeBlanc’s lips stop moving.” Poets & Writers included the book as one of twelve in its annual debut poetry feature. PBS NewsHour featured Gibson reading his poem “How to Make Fatherhood Lyrical.” Gibson has recent poems in FIELD, jubilant, The Literary Review, and Slice and served as Portland’s fifth Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2018.


April 11
Everyone is the “Other” to Another: Learnings from Arts and Culture
Ella Baff
6:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond

Ella Baff will give a talk followed by q&a about her experiences and lessons learned from working with a remarkable range of artists, art forms, and cultures around the world. As Program Director of Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley; Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; and Senior Program Officer of Arts and Cultural Heritage at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ella has commissioned, presented, and funded the performing, visual, and interdisciplinary arts from “Burundi to Brooklyn.”

Join us as we “travel” to Kabuki theater; American modern dance, tap, and blues; Afro-pop; Tibetan ritual; and other art forms, to consider cultural context and subtext. How do we enter into cultures and art forms that may be unfamiliar to us? What assumptions and biases do we bring to the experience? How do social, political, and economic hierarchies manifest in the arts? How does art and culture assert identity?

This event is hosted by the Lunder Institute for American Art, in partnership with the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Farnham Writers’ Center/Colby Writing Program, the Department of English, the Colby Museum of Art, DavisConnects, Theater and Dance, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

April 15
Technology Innovation for Eldercare
Dr. Hongtu Chen, Harvard University
4:00 p.m., Lovejoy 215

This talk will focus on changing perspectives of population aging globally and approaches to finding solutions to associated problems, especially how different countries cope with the challenges of eldercare, and how technology has been regarded as one of the promising solutions and its anticipated barriers to the access, acceptance, and adoption of the technological solutions for eldercare. Dr. Hongtu Chen is a senior scientist at the Department of Psychiatry, and Co-Director of the Program of Global Aging and Social Change at the Global Health and Social Medicine Department of Harvard Medical School. His recent research areas focus on the implementation of innovative health interventions in Asian countries and developing innovative technologies to improve eldercare in China.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, East Asian Studies, STS, Anthropology and Global Studies.

April 15
Presence of the Past Lecture Series
Anatomists and the Stolen Statues: Stories of Science, Art, and Religion
Carin Berkowitz, Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

In 1807, the London surgeon and anatomist Charles Bell was called by his friend Thomas Bruce, the Earl of Elgin, to view the friezes of the Parthenon, recently brought to London, having been taken from their original home in Greece. Bell was asked to assess the statues as an anatomist and to analyze their representations of the human form. Why would an anatomist participate in such an activity? The answer, as it turns out, has a great deal to do with the ways in which science, art, and religion were fundamentally related to each other. Those relationships, I will argue, are lasting, and we can find evidence of them in today’s science as well. Carin Berkowitz is the executive director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. She is the author of the book Charles Bell and the Anatomy of Reform, co-editor of Science Museums in Transition: Cultures of Display in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America, and author of several articles on the uses of images and objects in anatomy that have appeared in Bulletin of the History of Medicine, the British Journal for the History of Science, and History of Science.

April 22
The Trento Tunnels Project
Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard University
6:00 p.m., Lovejoy 215

Imagine two 300 meter superhighway tunnels wide enough to accommodate four side-by-side tractor trailers, snaking under the cliff that faces the Northern Italian capital city of Trento. Cut in the 1970s at the expense of the city’s historic Piedicastello district, replaced in October 2007, these literal “galleries” were brought back to life during the summer of 2008 by means of an unprecedented urban reclamation project carried out by the Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino, FilmWork (Trento), Studio Terragni Architetti, and Gruppe Gut (Bolzano), under the curatorial and scholarly direction of Harvard professor Jeffrey Schnapp. The project has been published in some of the world’s leading architectural reviews, received the Italian Oxygen prize from the design magazine Abitare, and has been exhibited at the MAXXI in Rome (where the installation model is part of the museum’s permanent collection). The lecture will tell the story of the Trento Tunnels with particular attention to the challenges faced both by curators and historians as they seek to bring historical records to life.

April 23
Presence of the Past Keynote Speaker
Roxane Gay
7:00 p.m., Lorimer Chapel, Colby College

We are delighted to announce that Roxane Gay will be the keynote speaker for this year’s humanities theme, Presence of the Past. Roxane’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.

Tickets available to Colby Students, Faculty, and Staff in Pulver Pavilion, Wednesday, April 17, Thursday, April 18, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Monday, April 229 a.m.- 4 p.m. or as long as tickets last. or as long as tickets last.

Students: One ticket per person. Faculty and Staff: Two tickets per person. Colby ID required to obtain tickets. Students may pick up tickets for others with multiple Colby IDs.

A limited number of tickets will be available to the public Monday, April 22, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. or until tickets are gone. Members of the public can pick up tickets on campus in Pulver Pavilion (in Cotter Union). Two tickets per person, please.

The event will be live streamed on campus with overflow seating in Kassman Auditorium.

April 24
Pride Week Keynote Speaker
Elle Hearns
7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Elle Hearns is an organizer, speaker, strategist, and writer. Elle’s voice as a community organizer and speaker were formed from her upbringing in Columbus, Ohio as a youth organizer. Ms. Elle is a co-founding member of the Black Lives Matter network an organization formed with multiple local chapters as a political project in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin in order to explicitly combat implicit bias and anti-black racism and to protect and affirm the beauty and dignity of all Black lives. In her role before stepping down, she was formerly a strategic partner to BLM co-founders Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi and to local chapters of the organization as the former interim Organizing Director advocating for Collaborative Solidarity across the network and Black Liberation movement. Elle has been honored with the Young Women’s Achievement Award for Advocacy and Organizing by the Women’s Information Network, the Black Feminist Human Rights Defender award by Black Women’s Blueprint, and as a Woke 100 honoree by Essence Magazine.

April 25
Contract-Based Sexual Labor in Japan’s Adult Video Industry
Akiko Takeyama
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas
4:00 p.m., Lovejoy 215

Increasing numbers of young Japanese women allegedly volunteer to perform in pornography; and yet, the numbers of women, who seek legal support for their forced performance, have been also increasing. Despite the tension, there is neither a clearly designated administrative office nor regulation beyond legal clauses of obscenity and child protection from sexual commerce. Virtually no labor union or advocacy group exists, either. Based on my ethnographic fieldwork, this presentation explores the tension between consent and coercion in the making of adult entertainment videos. What does it mean for these women to be recruited to perform in adult videos? What do they commodify and do they withhold themselves as free individuals? This presentation will shed light on the intersection of gender, labor, and subjectivity in the age of the internet.

Cosponsored with East Asian Studies, Religious Studies, and Anthropology.

April 29
Presence of the Past Lecture Series
Turning Back the Clock on Ocean Declines: Using Historical Ecology in Marine Conservation
Loren McClenachan, Colby College
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

Historical marine ecology has revealed long-term, and previously unknown, changes to marine species and ecosystems, providing information vital for managing and conserving marine resources. This talk will use examples from diverse taxonomic groups to demonstrate the ways that historical data can be mobilized to better assess long-term ecological change, and the ways in which historical data can improve management, particularly for species in the early stages of population recovery. Loren McClenachan is a marine ecologist interested in long term changes to marine animal populations. Her research focuses on historical ecology and the applied use of baselines, fisheries conservation, and marine extinction risk and consequences. Loren aims to quantify ecological change and identify conservation success over centuries and across large geographic areas in order to halt declines and promote recovery of marine animals and ecosystems.

May 2
Community Conversations
Who Calls Waterville Home?
6:30 p.m., Colby Chace Community Forum

Community Conversations brings together Waterville faith and community institutions with Colby faculty and students to consider major issues of common concern. For our third and final conversation in this series, we will delve into the question: who calls Waterville home? David Greene, president of Colby College, Michael Roy, Waterville city manager, and Rachel Isaacs, rabbi of Beth Israel Congregation will lead an hourlong discussion followed by the opportunity for a community roundtable debate and discussion over coffee, tea, and dessert.

May 3
PK Voume 31!
6:20 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

PK WTVL Volume 31 will take place on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at Colby College, Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium. PechaKucha Night Waterville is a creative networking event centered on storytelling in 20×20. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive journey.
PechaKucha Night Waterville is presented by a volunteer Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and the Waterville Public Library. The Colby College

Center for the Arts & Humanities is the PK Waterville 2018-2019 season sponsor.

May 6
Presence of the Past Lecture Series
Using Distant Galaxies as Cosmic Time Machines
Elizabeth McGrath, Colby College
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium

The night sky is filled with stars and galaxies whose light was emitted at different times throughout the entire 13.6 billion year history of the Universe. Each one provides us with a snapshot in time, which we can use collectively to gain insight into some of the most fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe. When did the first stars and galaxies form? How do galaxies and their stars evolve with time? What causes galaxies to stop forming stars and die? The answers to these questions will help us understand our own Milky Way galaxy’s past, present, and future, including the fate of the stars and planets within it. In this talk, I will discuss what images from the Hubble Space Telescope are revealing about the early history of galaxies, and how our current theories of galaxy formation and evolution may need to be modified to properly account for recent observational results. Elizabeth McGrath is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Colby College. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2007 from the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. After leaving Hawaii, she was a researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she worked on designing new adaptive optics technologies to improve the image quality of ground-based telescopes. McGrath is a leader in the Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS), which is the largest sky imaging survey ever carried out by the Hubble Space Telescope.

May 9
A multimedia exhibit
7:00-9:00 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

John Ignatius Salemi (1952-2015) was born in Washington DC and spent his youth painting murals in Roman Catholic Churches, and went on to serve in the US Navy for two years during the Vietnam War, where he developed heart problems and post-traumatic stress disorder. After returning from Vietnam, John became a conscientious objector and began hitchhiking his way North to Canada, eventually settling in Waterville, Maine around 1972. For the rest of his life, John spent his days reading, meditating, and painting on the porch of his tiny apartment at 10 Gray Street in Waterville’s South End.

Aaron Canter and Tom Crisp are now partnering with Colby College’s Center for the Arts and Humanities to present IGNATIUS a multimedia exhibit (and the culmination of three years of research into the artist’s life) that includes never-before-seen paintings and prints by the late artist, as well as a political video installation and the premiere of For You, At Least, an anti-documentary focused on the artist’s daily experiences.

May 10
L.C. Bates Museum Exhibition Opening: Atmospheric Water
5:30-7:00 p.m., L.C. Bates Museum

Please join us for the L.C. Bates Museum Exhibition Opening: Atmospheric Water on May 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be a short program with artists’ talks at 6 p.m.This exhibition is co-curated by Colby students Alison Obstler ’19 and Sarah Rossien ’19 under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch. Organized with generous support from the Colby College Center for the Arts and Humanities.

This exhibition is on view through October 15.