Fall 2014

September 25
From Kiev to Chicago: Gregory Orloff’s “At the Movies” and the International Language of Silent Film
Lauren Lessing, Mirken Curator of Education
Noon, Colby Museum of Art

Gregory Orloff At the Movies, 1928 Oil on canvas Gift of Mary-leigh Call Smart Colby College Museum of Art 1977.018Orloff, a Ukrainian-born, Chicago-based artist, once said, “I do not feel that there is anything in my art that one could call peculiarly American.” Instead, he sought to depict “manifestations of life at it is lived by the great mass of mankind.” When he painted At the Movies in the mid 1920s, sound-on-film technology was still in its infancy. Unrestricted by spoken language, films crossed borders with ease. With its crowd of well dressed theater goers and its posters advertising both European and American films, the movie palace Orloff painted could exist almost anywhere.

October 2
The Migrations of Terry Tempest Williams: Reading and Ruminations
Terry Tempest Williams
7:00pm, Colby Museum of Art

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Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place and other books including An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the FieldThe Open Space of Democracy, and When Women Were Birds. A columnist for the magazine The Progressive, Williams is working on a new book titled My God Has Feet of Earth: Seven Pilgrimages in Seven National Parks, set to be published in the fall of 2015.

Williams is the 2014-15 Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Studies. A reception and book signing will follow her reading.

October 3
The Garifuna Culture Survival Band
8:00pm, Social Hour
9:30pm, Performance
Page Commons

GARIFUNA POSTER-page-001Dance the night away to traditional Garifuna music from Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. Music, Food, Dance!
Sponsored by the Pugh Center, Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity, and Latin American Studies.

October 7
What’s for dinner? Recipes from Renaissance Last Suppers 
Professor Luigi Ballerini
6:30pm, Lovejoy 215

BalleriniWhat was on the menu for Christ’s last supper? What recipes were used? How did different Renaissance artists portray the food, the table, and the utensils? How did the menu change as the meal moved from one location to the next, from one artist to the next, and as ingredients from newly discovered lands were included?

Luigi Ballerini, Professor Emeritus, UCLA, will explore these and other related questions through a visual and culinary tour of some of the best-known masterpieces of Renaissance art by Leonardo, Veronese, Tintoretto, and others.

October 8
Panel on translation
2:30pm, Lovejoy 215

free-online-human-translation-service-takes-on-babelfish-google-translate-13f4116c88Two Colby faculty who have translated works for publication will discuss their theory and practice of translation. What happens when language migrates across linguistic and cultural boundaries? Professor David Suchoff, Department of English, translates from German to English. Professor Artie Greenspan, Department of French and Italian, translates from French to English. Moderator: Professor Julie de Sherbinin, Department of German and Russian.This panel is being held in conjunction with the fall semester course RU397, Russian to English Translation.

October 8-10
Women’s Testimony Conference 
Colby College, University of Maine at Augusta, Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine
9:00am, Parker-Reed

Image-Conference2The conference “Exploring Women’s Testimony: Genocide, War, Revolution, the Holocaust and Human Rights” will examine gendered issues related to human rights abuses, while exploring the works of memory and survival in women’s testimony. These narratives will be analyzed through the lens of contemporary literature, art, film, and new media. Scholars, artists and social activists will present their work while initiating discussions about Afghanistan, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Egypt, England, France, Israel, Rwanda, Uganda and the United States. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Jewish Studies, Oak Institute for International Human Rights, the Goldfarb Center, Government department, Women’s Studies, Religious Studies, Cinema Studies and French & Italian.

October 16
Nick Jans ’77
7:30pm, Robinson Room, Miller Library

25364e_4b6b570644bc448eb1eb8882c063edd6.jpg_srz_187_283_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzNick Jans ‘77 is a prolific writer and conservationist who has lived in remote parts of Alaska since 1979. He has travelled tens of thousands of wilderness miles by canoe, on foot, skis, and snowmobile, often alone. After graduating from Colby College, Jans completed an 800-mile canoe trip, and then worked for a hunting guide, managed a trading post, and became a schoolteacher to Inupiat Eskimo children in a school 200 miles off the road grid. In 1986, inspired by his experience as a teacher and love for the Alaskan wilderness, he took a year off to study writing at University of Washington’s Graduate School of Creative Writing, and began a career as a professional nature photographer and writer. He will read excerpts from A Wolf Called Romeo and take questions from the audience. Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Goldfarb Center, and the Colby Writing Program.

October 18
Brazilian Carnaval Comes to Colby!
Samba New York!
7:30pm, Lorimer Chapel

Samba 3 PixInspired by the escola de samba parade associations of the Rio Carnaval, Samba New York! is one of the foremost samba performance companies in the country. This Family Homecoming Weekend show will feature percussionists and costumed dancers and will include a Brazilian dance lesson, a short lecture, and a Q&A.
This concert is funded by the Robert E.L. Strider Concert Fund with additional funding from the Colby Latin American Studies Program and the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities.

October 20
Bound for Glory 
6:30pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies: Cinema Migrations

UntitledAdapted from Woody Guthrie’s autobiography, Hal Ashby (who’s now largely and unfairly forgotten despite making such tremendous films as COMING HOME. SHAMPOO, THE LAST DETAIL, HAROLD AND MAUDE and BEING THERE) directs a gorgeous, moving biography of a real hero—an extraordinary, ordinary “man of the people.” BOUND FOR GLORY centers on a few pivotal years in the life of the celebrated folk singer and social activist in the Depression 1930s. Midwesterner Guthrie (brilliantly incarnated by a wryly smiling David Carradine) plays music locally but cannot make enough as a sign painter to support his wife (Melinda Dillon) and children. With only his paintbrushes, Woody joins the migration westward from the Dust Bowl to supposedly greener California pastures via boxcar and hitchhiking, accompanied by his guitar… A beyond deserved Oscar winner for Haskell Wexler’s mesmerizing, groundbreaking cinematography and Leonard Rosenman’s Musical Adaptation of Guthrie’s songs, BOUND FOR GLORY was also a Best Picture Oscar nominee—but has gone sadly unseen and unremembered, like most of the great films, a movie ahead of its time. Catch up now! PG. 147 Min.

October 23
“Indigenous Peoples, Climate Justice and the Responsibility of Settler States”
Professor Kyle Powys White, Michigan State University
4:00pm, Lovejoy 215

p1889744651-11The Philosophy Department will welcome Professor Kyle Powys Whyte of Michigan State University, Department of Philosophy, as our second speaker in the 2014-2015 Philosophy Colloquium Series. He will present “Indigenous Peoples, Climate Justice and the Responsibility of Settler States.” Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

November 6
Global Sikh Diaspora: Migrant experiences and responses to Ecology and Human Rights
Dr. Pritam Singh, Oxford-Brookes University
1:00pm, Lovejoy 215

Singh Poster-page-001Sikhism teaches that the natural environment and the survival of all life forms are closely linked in the rhythm of nature. The history of the Gurus is full of stories of their love and special relationship with the natural environment, with animals, birds, vegetation, earth, rivers, mountains and the sky.

November 11
What Wall? 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall – Roundtable Discussion
7:30pm, Diamond 122

Gemälde_9ter_NovemberThis interdisciplinary roundtable discussion will not only look back at the events of November 1989 but also address some of the important questions that we may hear from the post-wall generation. Panelists include: Lydia Moland, associate professor of philosophy; Raffael Scheck, Audrey Wade Hittinger Katz and Sheldon Toby Katz Professor of History; Cyrus Shahan, assistant professor of German; Chiara Walczyk, language assistant in German; Andreas Waldkirch, associate professor of economics; Jen Yoder, Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government and Global Studies; Arne Koch, chair and associate professor of German, will serve as moderator.A reception will follow in the Diamond Atrium.

Co-sponsored by the Department of German and Russian​, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.

November 12
Ethical Photography : Lewis Hines’ Immigrants
Laura Saltz
Noontime, Colby Museum of Art

Hine,Slovak Woman, carrying all her possessions on her back, Ellis Island, 1905. 78.0013√Initially a geography teacher at the progressive Ethical Culture School in New York, Lewis Hine turned to photography at the school’s request. Hine’s approach to his subject—simultaneously “scientific,” humanistic, and aesthetic—came to define the practice of documentary photography in the United States. Showcasing exciting recent loans of Hine’s work by the Colby Museum of Art, this talk focuses on Hine’s images of immigrants at Ellis Island. This work constituted Hine’s first unified photographic project. It set the parameters for his ongoing documentation of the life of American laborers, particularly children, and raised ethical questions about the interaction of photographers with their human subjects.

November 14
Undressing Orlando
6:00-7:15pm, Robinson Room, Miller Library

PRESHOW_FINAL-page-001Join us for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and discussion on Friday November 1​4​th from 6​:00​-7:15pm in the Robinson Room, Miller Library.​ The Center for the Arts and Humanities is hosting this pre-show event as part of ​the Center’s theme: Migrations. Professors Anindyo Roy of​ the​ English​ department​ and Brett White of Spanish will lead a discussion on migration in gender, performance, and Virginia Woolf. There is limited ticketing available for this event​ and reservations must be placed by Monday November 10th. Tickets include admission to the pre-show reception and discussion as well as a ticket for the performance of Orlando in Strider Theater at 7:30pm​ put on by Colby’s Theater & Dance department.

November 13-15
Orlando by Sarah Ruhl 
7:30pm, Runals Theater

ORLANDO_FINAL_POSTER_PRESS-page-001A man named Orlando lives life to the fullest through three centuries, and, after a long sleep, becomes a woman. A romp through the ages, a meditation on time, gender, and sexuality, Woolf’s Orlando was called the longest love letter in literary history. This adaptation by Sarah Ruhl uses narrative and a chorus to enact lyrical, instant, and whimsical transformations, throwing gender, temporality, and geography into a world where fluidity reigns over fixity.

November 15
Migrations: Coming To America
Colby Wind Ensemble and Colby Chorale, Eric Thomas and Nicolás Dosman, conductors
7:30 p.m, Waterville Opera House

2014_1115_migrations coming to america_HRThe Colby Wind Ensemble and Colby Chorale will join forces to perform a concert of works by American composers for wind and chorus including “Jubilate Deo” from Tres Cantus Laudendi by Mack Wilberg, “In Remembrance” by Jeffery Ames, “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre, and “America the Beautiful” by Samuel Ward.

November 15
Community Day: Migrations
10am-1pm, Colby Museum of Art

Community Day MigrationsJoin us for art making, tours, gallery games, and snacks in collaboration with Colby College’s Center for the Arts and Humanities annual theme Migrations. All ages welcome!

November 17
Pilgrimage in a Tourist Age: The Case of Birthright Israel
Shaul Kelner, Vanderbilt University
5:00pm, Parker-Reed, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

KelnerShaul.newheadshotbwcrop.largeSince 1999, hundreds of thousands of young American Jews have visited Israel on an all-expense-paid 10-day pilgrimage-tour known as Birthright Israel. The most elaborate of the state-supported homeland tours that are cropping up all over the world, this half-billion-dollar venture seeks to deepen the ties binding the Jewish Diaspora to Israel. But unlike Jewish pilgrimages of millennia past, Birthright Israel adopts and adapts the practices of modern mass tourism. What happens when a state looks to tourism to create a new pilgrimage ritual for the 21st century?

November 17
Sunrise (1927)
7:00pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies: Cinema Migrations

UntitledF.W. Murnau’s (NOSFERATU) American masterpiece is deep in the heart, and follows the country’s and history’s path from rural to urban. One of the last films of the Silent Era, it makes you wish that era had never ended. It’s also often recognized as one of the great films in the history of cinema, though one not often seen. “Subtitled ‘A Song of Two Humans,’ it tells the simple tale of a country farmer who, under the spell of a sophisticated city vamp, plots the murder of his wife. Moving from grim tragedy to delirious farce, SUNRISE presents a fable of love and lust, light and dark, town and city that remains thematically contemporary. SUNRISE is the final and fullest expression of classic silent cinema, combining diverse stylistic elements of the twenties into an integrated whole. Its camera movements are masterfully, breathtakingly choreographed.”– Sundance Institute. Unrated. 94 Min.

November 18
Transgender November Keynote Address: Mara Keisling
8:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMara Keisling, founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), is one of the nation’s leading transgender rights activists. Keisling’s work at NCTE has resulted in numerous victories for the transgender equality movement, including new policies on updating gender on passports and Social Security records, access to transition-related health care, and nondiscrimination in employment, housing, and schools. She has appeared on news outlets such as CNN and C-SPAN and is regularly quoted in hundreds of media including the New York Times and Washington Post.

November 19
And then $h!+ got real: A Night of Racial Parodies and Perspectives
7:00pm, Mary Low Coffee House

and_then_jlopez-page-001This event is centered around providing students a chill and open space to share and discuss our experiences as students of color on or off this campus.The evening will feature videos from popular television shows (Black-ish, Cristela, etc.), discussions around these videos, skits, and narratives.

Sponsored by SOBHU and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

November 20
HI/EA352 Asian Migrations Lab Reception
2:00pm, Special Collections, Miller Library

Asian Migration poster v3-page-001HI/EA352 Asian Migrations, an Arts and Humanities Lab Course, invites you to an open house. In a series of panels, students will present maps of their works in progress on Asian migrations, followed by a reception featuring Colby Special Collection’s Asia related artifacts and refreshments. Please join us for one or all of the panels. All are welcome to the reception.

November 20
Evening of Ekphrasis
7:00pm, Colby Museum of Art

IMG_6467Join faculty and students in Colby’s Creative Writing Program as they read poetry written in response to artworks on view in the Colby Museum. Cosponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

November 22
Musical Migrations
Colby Symphony Orchestra, Stan Renard, conductor
7 p.m. Preconcert talk with Professor Natasha Zelensky, 7:30 p.m. performance, Lorimer Chapel

2014_1122_musical migrations_2The Colby Symphony Orchestra presents a performance focusing on musical migrations. The concert will open with the overture and entr’acte to Carmen by Bizet, with its strong Spanish dance influences. Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances No. 17, which were intended to evince the exoticism of the Middle East will follow. Also included in the concert will be Antonin Dvorak’s well-known Czech Suite, op. 39.

December 4
Migrations: Between Heaven and Hell – The Human Experience
Colby Museum of Art

22rightThe Colby Chamber Choir will take the audience through a musical journey featuring compositions by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries who address the complexities of the human experience.

December 8
AM221 Mapping Waterville Lab Reception
5:30pm, Robinson Room, Miller Library

Mapping waterville (1)-page-001AM221 Mapping Waterville, an Arts and Humanities Lab Course, is hosting an open house. Students will present their research projects on Waterville’s housing and neighborhoods, featuring digital mapping exhibits and archival materials from the Waterville Historical Society and Special Collections. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

December 9
Maine Food: A documentary produced by Colby Students
7:00pm, Railroad Square Cinema

MaineFoodScreeningEach student produced a documentary short about a local food producer in Maine. Subjects range from mussel aquaculture in Casco Bay, to a historical preservation farm in Waldoboro, to an intentional community in Benton. The films cover issues related to sustainability, community-building, and several touch on the difficulties of owning and running a profitable local farm. Not only will you meet the people who produce the food you buy at Barrels and Rosemont, but you will get a sense of the current state of local food production in Maine. The films are a contribution to the Maine Food Map, a online project produced by Maple Razsa and his students in Global Studies. The Maine Food Map is a web-based film focused on local food and craft production. It is collaboratively authored and comprised of dozens of short films which explore questions of food sovereignty. In other words, how are Mainers struggling to gain control over what and how they eat?

December 15
Winged Migration
7:00pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies:Cinema Migrations

Untitled“For eighty million years, birds have ruled the skies, seas and earth. Each spring, they fly vast distances. Each fall, they fly the same route back. This film is the result of four years following their amazing odysseys, in the northern hemisphere and then the south, species by species, flying over seas and continents.”—Jacques Perrin. Five teams of people (more than 450 people, including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers) were necessary to follow a variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and each of the seven continents. The film covers landscapes that range from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and the Amazon. All manner of man-made machines were employed, including planes, gliders, helicopters, and balloons, and numerous innovative techniques and ingeniously designed cameras were utilized to allow the filmmakers to fly alongside, above, below and in front of their subjects. The result is a film of staggering beauty that opens one’s eyes to the ineffable wonders of the natural world. G. 89 Min

Spring 2015

January 19
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
6:30pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies: Cinema Migrations

UntitledIn many ways, this is not only Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, but also the high water mark of the wonder years of American cinema, the ‘70s. Has there ever been a film as beautiful, ambitious, uncompromising — and commercially successful! — as Coppola’s legendary, Oscar-sweeping (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro) expansion of his original smash hit? And has there ever been a greater film about the American Immigration experience? In English, and in Italian, Sicilian, Spanish and Latin with English subtitles. 200 Min.

February 6
Invention on a Child’s Drawing: Art by Abbott Meader
5:00pm, Carnegie Gallery, Waterville Public Library

Abbot Meader WPL-page-001The Waterville Public Library Carnegie Gallery presents an exhibition filled with child wonder and expression infused with that of an experienced artist. Abbott Meader is an artist many know for his wonderful landscape paintings. A former Colby College professor, Mr. Meader shares a selection of his most “honest and heartfelt” works in his Invention on a Child’s Drawing exhibition in the Carnegie Gallery at the Waterville Public Library through February 28, 2015. Mr. Meader shares sixteen bright and colorful paintings that took inspiration and elements directly from drawings done by his own children and grandchildren. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

February 6-March 14
Somewhere Here: Visions from Chinese and Taiwanese Artists in Maine
Common Street Arts

Nanfei Wang Find a Beautiful Place—Kill Acrylic and oil on canvas 2008Somewhere Here: Visions from Chinese and Taiwanese Artists in Maine tells the migration stories of seven incredible artists. Although they share similar paths, the exhibition highlights the individuality of each artist’s experience. The featured artists are: Ni Rong, Brian Chu, Yuan Zuo, Nanfei Wang, Lihua Lei, Shiao-Ping Wang, and Ling-Wen Tsai. Curated by Colby College students, the exhibition will be on view at the Common Street Arts Gallery from Febuary, 4 to March 14, with a reception on Feb. 6, 5:00-7:00 pm.

February 16
Latcho Drom (2003)
7:00pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies: Cinema Migrations

Untitled2This majestic, French-made film wishes viewers a ‘latcho drom’ — a safe journey — as it follows the roots of the Rom, traveling people better known as Gypsies. Stunning and evocative, it transcends language and culture, bringing together the best elements of National Geographic-style documentary and music video in a kind of anthropological MTV. Latcho Drom tells a compelling story of Rom migrations from Northern India to Europe and the rest of the world. 103 min.

February 18
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Noontime, Colby College Museum

Bird: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled”, 1992/1993. Print on paper, endless copies 8 in. at ideal height x 48 1/4 x 33 1/4 in. (original paper size). © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation; Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New YorkJoin the Museum this Wednesday, February 18 at noon for their first noontime art talk of the semester!Beth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art, and Francisca Moraga Lopez, Mirken Family Postbaccalaureate Fellow in Museum Practice, will discuss the artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres and his two “Untitled” works that will be on view in the Museum’s lobby from February 12 through June 7, 2015 as part of the 2014-15 Humanities Theme of “Migrations.”

February 24
Jon Haddow ’83
4:00pm, Olin 1

Haddow JonJon Haddow, (B.A. Colby, 1983; JD, University of Maine, 1990) has been a practicing attorney in Bangor since 1990. Jon will speak about the immigrant and migrant populations in Maine, what their legal needs are, and what challenges face immigrants, migrant workers, and immigration attorneys in the current political climate.

Sponsored by Center for the Arts and Humanities, The Oak Institute, SOBHU, and the Student Amnesty group.

February 26
S.H.O.U.T! Keynote Speaker: George Takei
8:00pm, Lorimer Chapel

2014 Sundance Film Festival - George Takei PortraitsDelivering the keynote address for The Personal is Political will be the renowned actor, social justice activist, and social media star George Takei. Best known for his role as Sulu on “Star Trek,” Takei has become a prominent activist for LGBT rights. He will also star this fall on Broadway in his musical, “Allegiance,” a story inspired by his experiences as a young boy in Japanese internment camps during World War II.

Sponsored by the Cultural Events Committee, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Goldfarb Center, the Dean of Faculty, Colby College Museum of Art, Student Government Association, Student Programming Board, Theater and Dance, Education, American Studies, East Asian Studies, History, Anthropology, and Cinema Studies

March 4
Film Screening: The Man From Oran
Conversation with Director Lyès Salem
7:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium

Affiche2OranaisThe Man from Oran, written, directed, and starring Lyès Salem, shows the betrayal of revolutionary ideals by Algeria’s political leaders after the country gained independence from France in 1962. Djaffar “the man from Oran,” who has no interest in the liberation movement, finds himself involved with his friend Hamid in the murder of a French farmer. They manage to get away, but Djaaffar’s beloved wife is raped by the farmer’s son. She gives birth to a son before dying in despair. All this is kept secret from Djaafar until after the war, when he returns home to a hero’s welcome. He accepts his son but asks everyone to act as if the rape never occurred. His friend Hamid – now a minister in the new government – helps him rewrite the past. But year after year the two friends grow apart, and their deliberate falsification of history has terrible consequences for them, their friends and families, and for the country as well.

March 4
Heartbeat Band
8:00pm, Page Commons

Heartbeat at Middlebury CollegeHeartbeat, the Israeli-Palestinian youth music community, bring their powerful sound and messages to the US in an effort to end violence and promote equality. The ensemble of accomplished Arab and Jewish youth artists (ages 18-24) has toured across Israel, Palestine, Germany and the US including performances and briefings at the US Congress, State Department, and some of the world’s most celebrated universities and music venues. Heartbeat’s performance delivers their dynamic blend of Eastern and Arabic music, Western rock, hip hop, jazz and reggae. Throughout the concert, the musicians share personal stories of growing up amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, highlighting their creative effort to build positive social change from the ground up. Heartbeat’s fourth US tour aims to amplify the voices of the silent majority of peace-seeking Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans to advance dignity and freedom for all people.

Sponsored by PCB, Center for the Arts and Humanities, Goldfarb Center, Government Department, Hillel, Jewish Studies, Music Department, Colby Museum of Art, Oak Institute, and Office of Religious and Spiritual Studies.

March 6 & 7
Entrances & Echoes
Into the Frame of Us
7:30pm, Runnals / Strider Theater

dance-photoThe Department of Theater and Dance with support from The Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Cultural Events Committee is pleased to present an evening of dance featuring Assistant Professor Annie Kloppenberg’s professional company in the premiere of Entrances & Echoes and senior Sara Gibbons Thesis Project Into the Frame of Us. Entrances & Echoes features a celebrated cast of professional dancers visiting Maine from Boston, Washington DC, and New York City, and Maine-based Bates College.

Sara Gibbons’ Senior Honors Thesis Project, Into the Frame of Us, explores the oversaturation and repurposing of disparate, simultaneous, and idiosyncratic events. In process, it pointedly investigated distinct models of creative collaboration as experiential research for her Honors Thesis Essay. The piece will be performed by collaborators: Maggie Bower ’15, Kathryn Butler ’17, Charlie Dupee ’15, Nellie LaValle ’18, Emilie Jensen ’15, Lucy Soucek ’18, Chandler Smith ’18, Lizzie Woodbury ’15,and Sujie Zhu ’15.

March 9
Film Screening: Fred Wiseman’s National Gallery
6:00pm, Railroad Square Cinema

NG-Poster-691x1024Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. Steve Wurtzler, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at Colby College will introduce the film.

This film screening is free and open to the public. The event is cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colby Cinema Studies, the Art Department, the Maine Film Center, and the Colby College Museum of Art.

March 12
Early African American Art at Colby
1:00pm, Colby College Museum of Art

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), Street Scene, Paris, ca. 1890s, pastel on paper, 13 in. x 9 3/4 in., Gift of Joseph Coburn Smith, 1972.052On Thursday, March 12 at 1pm, the students in “AR256: African American Art” (taught by Professor Tanya Sheehan) will present original research on a selection of early African American artworks at the Colby College Museum of Art. Those artworks include a painted portrait by Joshua Johnson, studio photographs by J. P. Ball, a landscape painting by Edward Bannister, works on paper by Henry O. Tanner, and a hand-sewn doll quilt. The students will present new information about these understudied objects, situate them within existing art-historical narratives, and imagine new ways of writing those narratives. Please join us for an afternoon of exploration, discovery, and discussion. A reception in the lobby of the museum will follow the talks.

March 13 & 14
Powder & Wig performance of ‘The Red Address’
7:30pm, Colby Museum of Art, Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz

51M5aQSLLEL._SL500_AA300_Colby College’s student-run theatrical group Powder & Wig will stage two performances of The Red Address by David Ives. Before the performance, visitors are invited to view an accompanying installation of works of art that relate to the play in the Landay Teaching Gallery, jointly-curated by Lily Fernald, the director, Rachel Hawkins, the stage manager, the actors, and the Student Advisory Board to the Colby Museum. After the first performance on Friday, March 13, audience members are invited to attend a reception and Q & A with the cast of the play in the Student Lounge.

March 16
7:00pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies: Cinema Migrations

Untitled3Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on “walkabout”: a ritual separation from his tribe. Their passage becomes some sort of initiation ritual, a journey towards adulthood on which they are accompanied by a young Aborigine whom they come across one day. Walkabout isn’t a story about a struggle for survival in the scorching desert, although, in some of the shots, the oppressive heat is almost tangible — one can feel the dryness in one’s throat. Nor is it simply a story about the clash of two cultures. It’s about their journey through the desolate timeless terrain, full of wild animals, vegetation and colors, resembles an excursion into a God-forsaken, feral and sensuous primordial world, governed by instinct, and pure emotion and freedom.

March 17
Professors and Migrations Panel
7:00pm, Bobby Silberman Lounge (Lopo)

migrations_2014_9c_rgbThis event is a student-facilitated panel that will complement this year’s humanities theme of migrations. The panel will give professors a chance to share their own personal migration experiences and allow students to learn from and recognize the broad range of cultures present in the Colby community.

Panelist will include: Professor Veronique Plesch (Art), Professor Audrey Brunetaux (French), Professor Mouhamedoul Niang (French), Professor Nikky Singh
(Religious Studies), and Professor Fernando Gouvea (Mathematics and Statistics).

March 31
America: Nuova Terra Promessa
Italian Jews in the New Promised Land

Gianna Pontecorboli
7:00pm, Lovejoy 215

71ijrbxkeol-_sl1500_After the racial laws severely limiting the rights of the Jewish minority were first passed by Mussolini’s government in 1938, a small group of Italian Jews (less than 2000) made their way to the United States in search of safety. The group included university professors, doctors, lawyers, scientists, journalists, artists and housewives. Many came from well-off families and were forced to completely re-establish themselves when they arrived in the “New World”When she came to the US in the 1970s, the Italian journalist Gianna Pontecorboli, spurred by the memories of her own “American uncle”, began to look into this group of immigrants and to interview all the survivors she could find. Ms. Pontecorboli will discuss her research by presenting several video clips of interviews, followed by a short presentation of the important conclusions of her book, America: Nuova Terra Promessa (America: the New Promised Land), and a question and answer session.

March 31
Red Noses Meet the Red Cross: The Global Aid Work of Clowns Without Borders
Brendon Gawel
7:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium

CWB_PosterGawel will discuss the history of this innovative relief organization, offer personal insights into his journey from college to a humanitarian clown, and present how Clowns Without Borders fits into the psychosocial relief work of other NGOs such as Plan International.

Jo Israelson: Compagna-Sennett Artist in Residence
Colby College

Jo IsraelsonJo Israelson is creating a work of art inspired by a moment in the history of Jewish immigration to Maine. As the Compagna-Sennett Artist in Residence at Colby, Jo will facilitate a collaborative sculpture studio project in which visual arts and religious studies students create artists’ books that engage other facets of this rich history. Students in Professor David Freidenreich’s Religious Studies course on Jews in Maine are contributing research to the artist books. The completed project will be on display at the Maine Jewish Museum / Etz Chaim Synagogue in Portland.

April 1
Dan Harris
7:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium

Dan HarrisMost Americans recognize Dan Harris ’93 as co-anchor of ABC News Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He also files reports for other ABC News shows, but did you know that he is also a author of a New York Times bestseller? Harris’s book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self Help that Actually Works—A True Story, was published in the spring of 2014. It chronicles his career journey and his struggle with anxiety. To this surprise, Harris discovers that meditation can quiet the mind and lead to greater happiness.

April 2
Alexandra Exter and Aelita
Lecture and Film Screening
5:30pm, Colby Museum of Art and Olin 1

aelita-bograd-1927posterA pioneer of Russian Constructivism, Alexandra Exter (1882-1949) produced work that exemplifies the internationalism of the avant-garde in the 1920’s, and a migration spurred by the shifting political climate in post-revolutionary Russia. Exter received permission to exhibit her drawings for the film Aelita (1924) at the Venice Biennale, and emigrated to Paris shortly afterward where she permanently settled. Visitors are invited to an evening that will begin with an introductory lecture delivered by Colby professors Addis Mason and Elena Monastireva-Ansdell, describing their study of a Constructivist work in the collection of the Colby Museum of Art, followed by a screening of the film in Olin 1.

April 2
Maine Poetry Express
6:00pm, Hathaway Creative Center

MainePoetryExpressWaterville_2015_RFP-page-001The Maine Poetry Express is returning to Waterville, ME! Mid-Maine poets of all ages are invited to submit their original poems to Maine Poetry Express Waterville 2015. The division categories are grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, college, and adult. The deadline for the submission of poems is Monday, March 2, 2015. Three poets from each division will have poems selected by a blind review of independent judges to ensure fair and consistent selection.The authors of chosen poems will be invited to read their original work to the community at the Maine Poetry Express Waterville stop. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

The purpose of Maine Poetry Express Waterville is to shine a light of awareness on poetry in the Mid-Maine region, to come together as a diverse community to celebrate poetic thoughts, and to bring recognition to our area poets of all ages. Maine Poetry Express is an initiative of Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, who will be our honored guest, and is supported by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

April 3
Film screening and discussion: Flags are merely symbols
Gordon Fischer ’13
4:00pm, Olin 1

Image5x11Flags Are Merely Symbols is a documentary about history and education in Tanzania. It emphasizes the importance of studying African history and is designed to spark dialogue and discussion about the legacy of colonialism. The film was made by Gordon Fischer ’13, who majored in Art & Social Justice. A reception will take place after the film.

April 7
Maine Humanities Summit
5:00-7:30 p.m. State and Embassy Rooms, Senator Inn
284 Western Avenue, Augusta, Maine

MPR_v23n1_cover 3, smaller-page-001Join us for conversation, hors d’oeuvres and dinner to celebrate the forthcoming issue of Maine Policy Review about the dynamic intersection of the humanities and public policy in Maine. Co-hosted by the Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities, Maine Humanities Council, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, and the University of Maine Humanities Center.

April 8
Migrations: From Spain to Latin America
Nicolás Alberto Dosman, tenor, Yuri Lily Funahashi, piano and guitarist, Mark Leighton
Noon, Lower Jetté Gallery

565829-9229-25Tenor Nicolás Alberto Dosman, pianist Yuri Lily Funahashi, and guitarist Mark Leighton team up to perform music from Spain and Latin American, including Latin American popular music and folk songs.

April 8
Libby Garland , Kingsborough Community College, The City University of New York
4:00pm, Pugh Center, Cotter Union

Garland-e1423448346930In 1921 and 1924, the United States passed laws to sharply reduce the influx of immigrants into the country. In this talk, Libby Garland will share some of the dramatic tales she has uncovered of Jewish immigrants who came to the United States despite the new laws. Some paid smugglers to sneak them over the border; others entered at major seaports with fake documents purchased abroad. Garland will explore the meanings such illegal immigration had for Jews and others at the time, as well as share some thoughts about how this history provides important perspective on present-day debates around immigration.

April 12
Dark Matter
4:30pm, Activism Poetry Workshop, Diamond 145
8:30pm,Poetry Performance, Bobby Silberman Lounge (LoPo)

BitterBannerDarkMatter is a trans South Asian art and activist collaboration comprised of Janani Balasubramanian and Alok Vaid-Menon. Spoken word poetry is DarkMatter’s primary tool for achieving gender, sexuality, and racial justice. In addition to their performances, DarkMatter leads workshops on political organizing around gender issues, the academic industrial-complex/student activism, colonialism & imperialism, and the queer diaspora.Their creative and political work has been featured in Black Girl Dangerous, Racialicious, The New York Times, Model View Culture, MSNBC, Colorlines, TEDx, Autostraddle, MTV, Upworthy, and Best Sex Writing 2015. Vaid-Menon is a staff member of the Audre Lorde Project, a grassroots organizing center for LGBT people of color.

April 13
Film Screening: On the Road
7:00pm, Olin 1

unnamedIt’s Jack Kerouac week! In preparation for the lecture on Kerouac on April 16th, come and see ‘On the Road’! Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles and based on Kerouac’s iconic novel, ‘On the Road’ tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise, a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty, a free-spirited, fearless, fast talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou. Traveling cross-country, Sal and Dean venture out on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of “it” — the pure essence of experience. Starring Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortesen, Amy Adams, Sam Riley, and Kirsten Dunst.

April 14
The History, Necessity, and Process of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare TRC
7:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium

Colby Flyer-page-001During the 2014-15 Annual Humanities Theme, “Migrations”, it’s important to remember that most citizens of the United States descend from immigrants. But what effect did (and does) this mass migration have on indigenous peoples who originally lived here? Sadly, the effects have often been disastrous. One long-lasting trauma has been the displacement of native children into non-native foster care situations that robbed them of their communities and heritage. This displacement continued in Maine into the 1950s. In February 2013, The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission convened to uncover these stories in order to promote community healing and institutional change. Esther Attean, a member of the TRC convening group, will speak about the history of the Wabanaki peoples, the impact of European settlement, the intergenerational trauma still in evidence, and native communities’ success in dealing with that trauma.

Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and the Humanities, the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, the Pugh Center, and the Department of Education.

April 15
Film Screening: Chasing Ice
7:00pm, Olin 1

6a00d834f4a66953ef016760a4329b970b-800wiIn Environmental Studies ‘Exploring the Anthropocene’ (ES276), the class is exploring the idea of migrations by exploring how human activities have altered global movement of elements, such as carbon and nitrogen, and resources, such as freshwater. Human activities have drastically, and perhaps permanently, altered these elemental migrations and the result is changing the way that global ecosystems function. ‘Chasing Ice’ follows the work of acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog as he was in assignment for National Geographic in the Artic. Balog and his team deployed cameras across the Artic to create a time-lapse record of the migrations of glacial ice, and the result is a combination of stunning images and a powerful story documenting the results of climate change. The film has received over 30 awards, including Sundance Film Festival awards and the Environmental Media Award.

April 15
Spring Arrivals of Maine Migratory Birds
6:30pm, Waterville City Council Chambers

djb_02-07-09-0004Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of BioSciences will discuss the impact of temperature on the arrival dates of migratory birds.

April 16
Kerouac: The Long Road of French-Canadian Migration
Hassan Melehy, Professor of French, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4:00pm, Robinson Room, Library

picture-393The child of French-Canadian immigrants from Quebec, Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He grew up at a time when French-Canadian immigrants were the targets of racist abuse across the United States. Hassan Melehy will give a talk situating Kerouac’s work within Franco-American history. Melehy will examine the themes of migration and racism in Kerouac’s The Town and the CityOn the RoadDesolation Angels, and Satori in Paris. Melehy is the author of Writing Cogito: Montaigne, Descartes, and the Institution of the Modern Subject (SUNY Press, 1997), and The Poetics of Literary Transfer in Early Modern France and England (Ashgate, 2010), and also regularly publishes poetry.

April 16
Envisioning Commedias
6:00pm, Colby College Museum of Art

Jacques_Callot,_Balli_di_Sfessania,_Cap._Cardoni_and_MaramaoJoin us for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and discussion on Thursday, April 16th in the Museum of Art. The commedia dell’arte and Venice have long fascinated artists from a variety of backgrounds. Work in the Colby Museum of Art and Theater and Dance’s production of The Servant of Two Masters take part in the long tradition of reworking these iconic images. Before the opening night performance of The Servant of Two Masters, please join us in the Colby Museum where students will share their experiences with using works by James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Jacques Callot to help conceptualize and create the Theater and Dance production. There is limited ticketing available for this event​ and reservations must be placed by Monday April 13th. Tickets include admission to the pre-show reception and discussion as well as a ticket for the performance of The Servant of Two Masters in Strider Theater at 7:30pm​ put on by Colby’s Theater & Dance department.

April 16
Franco-American Dance Party
7:00pm, Page Commons

Gretchen swinging at LPL contra 350dpi 7x10 An entertaining evening of music and dancing in the traditional Franco American “kitchen party” style. Maine folk fiddlers will perform a selection of lively jigs-&-reels to which caller Cindy Larock will lead attendees in some old-time contras and circle dances for an experience that will exhilarate veteran dancers and beginners alike. Refreshments will be provided throughout the evening. Open free of charge to all students, faculty and staff as well as members of the local community.

April 20
Three Colors: White (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994)
7:00pm, Maine Film Center
Part of Monday Night Movies: Cinema Migrations

Untitled4Three Colors: White is about an expatriate Polish hairdresser whose French wife divorces him after just six months of marriage because of his impotency. Penniless and devoid of his passport, Karol must journey back to Poland by hiding in a trunk. Upon his return, he slowly begins amassing a considerable fortune, ultimately hatch-ing a perverse plot for revenge. Often unjustly dismissed as the weak link in the trilogy, WHITE grows in strength upon repeated viewings. An allegory about equality, the film is mordantly witty, a cynical look at power, marriage, and capitalism.”—New York Film Society. In fact, it’s a sly, brilliant masterpiece about immigration of the heart and the soul, from one of the great filmmakers of all time. R. In Polish, French and Russian with English subtitles. 91 Min.

April 20
Border Identities
EN237 Postcolonial Pastoral: Ecology, Travel, and Writing: Student Presentations
7:00pm, Olin 1

74760015Northern India is a coming together of myriad religions, languages, foods, and peoples. Some influences come from just across the Himalayas, some come from across oceans. This talk will explore students’ experiences with the syncretism that is inherent in the daily movement of Kalimpong, a city that rests in India between the borders of Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

April 21
Stereotyping Italian Immigrants: Baretti v. Sharp
Massimo Ciavolella
7:00pm, Lovejoy 215

prof-Massimo-CiavolellaGiuseppe Baretti (1719-1789) was a rather peculiar type of migrant. At a very early age he left Turin and travelled throughout Italy and Europe, eventually ending up in London at the end of January 1751. Here he published, among other things, The Italian Library (1757), a catalogue of the lives and works of several Italian writers. He eventually became secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts, and befriended the most prominent intellectuals of his time. When in 1766 Samuel Sharp – a well-established physician, fellow of the Royal Society of London – published his Letters from Italy, suggesting that his travels through the Bel Paese had been less than pleasurable, and that its inhabitants were less than gracious hosts, Baretti took it upon himself to vindicate the national honor on behalf of his countrymen. The controversy that ensued occupied the press for the following years.

Massimo Ciavolella studied at the Universities of Bologna, Rome, and British Columbia, where he received his Ph.D. in classical, medieval and Renaissance studies. He taught for many years at Carleton University (Ottawa) and at the University of Toronto before coming to his present positions as Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature and the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

April 22
Celebration of Humanistic Faculty Achievements
4:00pm, Colby College Museum of Art, William D. Adams Gallery

We_WonThe Center for the Arts and Humanities is saluting recent, noteworthy achievements by the humanistic faculty at Colby. In addition to a book display, there will be a slide show honoring performances, gallery shows, article publications, election to important offices, etc. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

April 23-25
Photography and Migration Conference
Olin 1

Sheehan-300x212Scholars, artists, students, and members of the Waterville community will come together to interrogate the relationship between photography and migration. What does it mean to represent photographically the experiences of immigration, (im) mobility, exile, and diaspora? How do photographs themselves, moreover, migrate across local, regional, national, and global contexts? In addition to formal presentations and roundtable discussions, the conference will include exhibitions of historical photographs and artworks at Colby College, film screenings, and a public event featuring local photographs.

In addition to formal presentations and discussions, the conference will include exhibitions of historical photographs and artworks at Colby College and a screening of the critically acclaimed film Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014).

April 24
My Feet Are a Journey
Exhibit Opening and Artist Reception
3:00pm, Diamond Atrium

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 9.43.03 AMA unique collaboration between the Alfond Youth Center and Colby students and faculty empowered a group of local fifth-graders to explore their worlds through photography. Inspired by the Colby College 2015 Humanities theme of “Migrations,” these young people produced photographs over two months that address how they imagine “journeys”: through movement, foreignness, travel, transportation. Their pictures and texts describe how they navigate their surroundings now and how they might reimagine them in the future.

Co-sponsored by the Goldfarb Center and Center for the Arts and Humanities.

April 25
Migrations: Going to America and Coming to Europe
7:30 pm, Lorimer Chapel
Collegium Chamber Singers and Players, Todd Borgerding, conductor

UntitledColby Chamber Singers explore the musical exchange between Europe and the Americas during the Age of Discovery. Renaissance choral works from the New World, instrumental music from 17th-century Europe based on Caribbean dances, and moving songs of exile from 16th-century Spain showcase the rich results of cultural encounters.

April 26
Migrations to Maine Conference
Diamond Building

Maine-Migrations-300x300This one-day conference will address various aspects of migration to Maine past and present. Students, faculty, and various stakeholders from the community will gather to share research, to discuss ideas, and to disseminate information.

April 27
Christian Marclay, Bollywood in Gstaad
7:00pm, 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 YorkOrganized in conjunction with the 2014-2015 humanities theme of “Migrations,” 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.

April 30
Maine Food Documentary Screening
7:00pm, Railroad Square Cinema

docstillPosterSPRINGStudents from the Fall 2014 CI297: Documentary Video Production: An Editor’s Perspective course are screening their final documentary films at Railroad Square on Thursday, April 30th. The reception starts at 7pm with the screening at 7:30. Both are free and open to the public. Each student produced a documentary short about a local food producer in Maine. Subjects range from mussel aquaculture in Casco Bay, to a historical preservation farm in Waldoboro, to an intentional community in Benton. The films cover issues related to sustainability, community-building, and several touch on the difficulties of owning and running a profitable local farm. Not only will you meet the people who produce the food you buy at Barrels and Rosemont, but you will get a sense of the current state of local food production in Maine.
The films are a contribution to the Maine Food Map, a online project produced by Maple Razsa and his students in Global Studies. The Maine Food Map is a web-based film focused on local food and craft production. It is collaboratively authored and comprised of dozens of short films which explore questions of food sovereignty. In other words, how are Mainers struggling to gain control over what and how they eat?

The films are sponsored by Colby Cinema Studies and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

April 30-May 2
Performance Lab Series
7:30pm, Cellar Theater

migrations_2014_9c_rgbPLS is an applied laboratory course designed for students who have been cast in the annual Performance Lab Series production. Under the mentorship of theater and dance faculty and staff, students work in a team to collaborate in the practice and creation of new work, to apply problem solving and critical thinking skills to embodied investigations, and to engage in creative exploration in the formation of new performance work. This year Brendan Leonard ’16 and Alexis Atkinson ’15 share the evening. Both students chose to work with migratory themes. Leonard will explore Chuck Mee’s play Big Love and Atkinson will unpack Ragtime.

The Maribor Uprising: A Live Interactive Documentary
4:30pm, Olin 1

Image from the interactive documentary in a collaboration with the Gremo Gor project. Painting/Photograph by: Gregor Pratneker

Two years ago the people of Slovenia had had enough: they organized a popular uprising against public corruption that brought down the government. This film, produced at the intersection of video gaming and documentary, puts you right in the streets–and requires you to decide how to participate. Directed by Maple Razsa and Milton Guillen.

May 8
Seasonal Scenes: The Beauty of Rural Maine
5:00pm, L.C. Bates Museum

Frankfort Marsh IV 150dpiThe L.C. Bates Museum is proud to announce its new exhibition Seasonal Scenes: The Beauty of Rural Maine, opening on May 8th 2015. The show aims at exploring the beauty of Maine’s seasons and the many ways artists have responded to them. The show is a collaborative effort between the L.C. Bates Museum staff and two Colby College students under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch.”

May 8
Film Screening: MU222: Maine’s Musical Soundscapes: Ethnography of Maine
7:00pm, Given Auditorium

Fiddleicious_DonRoyStudents from Natasha Zelenksy’s course, MU222: Maine’s Musical Soundscapes: Ethnography of Maine will be screening their final documentaries on Friday, May 8th in Given Auditorium (Bixler Building) from 7 to 8:30pm.

In the course, students worked in groups to conduct ethnographic fieldwork on Franco-American music in Maine. On Friday, students will screen their final documentaries about their subjects. These six short films showcase some of the most talented Franco-American musicians in Maine.Come and learn about the Franco-American music tradition and support Colby Student filmmakers. Light refreshments will be served.

Shirel Horovitz
Artist in residency

Sittin inside -Dinner- video installationShirel Horovitz is an artist, activist, and Jewish educator from South Tel Aviv. She will be spending two and a half months in Waterville, teaching at Colby College in both formal and informal settings, working with teens in downtown Waterville through Common Street Arts, and serving as a scholar in residence for synagogues throughout the State of Maine. She will also offer several sessions at the second annual Maine Conference for Jewish Life. Shirel will work with Colby students in exploring the intersection between art and activism, the nuances of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Israel’s political landscape as understood through graffiti, brokenness and wholeness in the Jewish tradition, slavery and liberation in Jewish thought and literature, and the origins of religious Zionism. You can keep on on Shirel’s journey in Waterville on her blog: http://outsiderinwaterville.tumblr.com/

Summer 2015

July 10-19, 2015
Maine International Film Festival
Waterville, Maine

MIFF Poster 2015_12x18MIFF 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.