Fall 2019

September 4
Public film screening: Environmental Humanities
Grizzly Man (2005)
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium, Lovejoy 100

Pieced together from Timothy Treadwell’s actual video footage, Werner Herzog’s remarkable documentary examines the calling that drove Treadwell to live among a tribe of wild grizzly bears on an Alaskan reserve. A devoted conservationist with a passion for adventure, Timothy believed he had bridged the gap between human and beast. When one of the bears he loved and protected tragically turns on him, the footage he shot serves as a window into our understanding of nature and its grim realities.

Cookies and Coffee will be provided.

September 9
Energy/Exhaustion Series
Climate Engineering: How a Curious Scientific Idea Became Serious Politics
Julia Schubert, University of Bonn
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

The politics of global climate change mark the many intricate ways, in which modern societies depend on energy. Political attempts at tackling the human causes of climate change concern the generation, distribution, and consumption of energy in society and in doing so, they seem to question the very grounds of how we live. Since the early 2000s, however, a controversial set of techno-scientific schemes has promised to fundamentally alter the politics of climate change: Rather than addressing the societal grounds of climate change, so-called geoengineering approaches entail intervening in its physical and chemical basis. My talk traces the “career” of geoengineering through U.S. politics and demonstrates how shifting alliances between climate science and politics have shaped its particular trajectory.

September 16
Energy/Exhaustion Series
Exhausting Middle English
Megan Cook, Colby College
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

Language is a constant dialectic between energy and exhaustion: as new words and expressions come into use, others pass away. While dynamic is ongoing, few periods in the English language have witnessed as much, and as rapid, change as the early sixteenth century, which saw the demise of what we now term Middle English, and the rise of our modern form of the language. In this talk, I will ask how readers and writers in early modern England understood language change, and how they came to recognize certain kinds of language as archaic or obsolete. While previous studies have traced the ways that Renaissance authors made literary use of archaic language, in this talk I will also emphasize the views of printers, antiquarians, and other readers with extra-literary investments in old texts, and trace the often political and polemical uses to which outdated language was put.

September 23
Energy/Exhaustion Series
Pipelines, Water, Attachment
Tommy Davis, Ohio State University
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

How do we become attached to places, things, and other beings? How might aesthetic objects participate in the formation of attachments between humans and nonhumans, culture and energy? In this talk I address the making and unmaking of attachment in the Anthropocene. I take up artworks from two events—the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests—that seek to cultivate attachments to site-specific environmental crises across geographic and temporal scales. Eco-artist and activist Brandon Ballengée’s oil spill art—the portable museum Crude Life, the haunting prints The Ghosts of the Gulf, and the arresting installation Collapse—memorializes Louisiana’s marine ecologies. I then turn to Standing Rock native Cannupa Hanska Luger’s activist art from the Dakota Access pipeline protests that seeks to, in his words, “re-indigenize” thinking about attachments to land, water, and other life forms. I close with some thoughts on how we might think alongside those artworks that model and enact attachments to more livable and just worlds.

September 30
Energy/Exhaustion Series
What Feeds the Phytoplankton?: Evaluating the Iron Geochemistry of Terrestrial Aerosol Sources to the Subarctic Pacific Ocean
Bess Koffman, Colby College
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

Bess Koffman studies past changes in Earth’s climate system using a combination of field and laboratory approaches. She is interested primarily in understanding how and why the atmospheric circulation has changed through time and the impacts these changes have had on terrestrial and marine environments. Earth’s atmospheric circulation influences large-scale climate variability in several important ways: it affects the transport and delivery of oceanic heat; it exerts a strong influence on the exchange of carbon dioxide (CO2) between the ocean and atmosphere, and it plays a large role in determining global rainfall distribution. Further, because the atmosphere can respond rapidly to climate perturbations, it is central to understanding the mechanisms driving changes in Earth’s climate on a range of timescales.

October 2
“Climate Crisis and Indigenous Resistance” with Tara Houska, Tribal Attorney
7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) is a tribal attorney based in Washington, D.C., the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She advocates on behalf of tribal nations at the local and federal levels on a range of issues impacting indigenous peoples. She will speak about the months she spent in North Dakota fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the concept of nature rights in relation to water.

Cosponsored with the Environmental Studies Program and the Anthropology Department.

Cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the Anthropology Department

October 3
PechaKucha Volume 33
6:20 p.m., Waterville Opera House

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 Center for the Arts and Humanities is the PK Waterville 2018 – 2019 season sponsor.


October 7
Energy/Exhaustion Series
“Beats Working”: French Moves
Felicia McCarren, Tulane University
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

Imagine a country in which dancing counts as work. In which the state supports its performing artists. In France, the Ministry of Defense commissioned a hip hop choreography to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-day, performed in front of heads of state representing all the Allies, on one of the Normandy beaches. French hip hop pays homage to the US origins of the form in the Afro- and Latin-American neighborhoods of the Bronx. But with local, regional and state support, French hip hop has developed as choreography: recognized around the world not only because of its battle champions but also valorized as work and as art. In French choreographies, on the world’s stages, hip-hoppers dance their modernity, the madness of machines and the freedom of expression that can come from not saying.

October 8
Wabanaki Perspectives on Climate Change
7:00 p.m., Given Auditorium

Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry is an exhibition of contemporary art of the First Nations people of what is now Maine and Maritime Canada currently on view at the Colby Museum of Art. As part of the exhibition’s programming, this panel discussion will focus on how climate change is affecting indigenous artists and indigenous communities in Maine more broadly. This event is sponsored by the Colby Museum, the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Oak Institute for Human Rights. The panelists will include Barry Dana, Suzanne Greenlaw, Prof. Darren Ranco, and Richard Silliboy.

October 8
French Hip Hop Performance: Dans L’Engrenage with Compagnie Dyptik
7:00 p.m., Strider Theater

Find your place, precarious as it may be. You fight for it. Fight to keep it. Beyond the inner workings of society. Beyond conventions. Beyond the common good. Beyond individual liberties. You play around the rules to keep going. Even to the point of transgression. Even if it means doing wrong. Even if those put upon rise up. They believe in something better. They are committed. In the face of all opposition. Against all odds. Single-handedly. They fight. At strength’s end, still, they build. Something different. Differently. A foundation for the new. For their sake. To exist. Caught in the gears, they combine. Blend in with the crowd. Again. For how long?

October 10
Two Cent Talks Series
Jefferson Navicky and Colin Cheney
5:30 p.m., Chace Community Forum, Downtown Waterville

Jefferson Navicky was born in Chicago and grew up in Southeastern Ohio. He earned a B.A. in English Literature from Denison University, and an M.F.A. in writing and poetics from Naropa University. He is the archivist for the Maine Women Writers Collection and teaches English at Southern Maine Community College. While working for the Authors League Fund from 2005-2007, he was the archivist for the Djuna Barnes literary estate. Jefferson’s work has received several acknowledgments and awards, including a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission and a Maine Literary Award in Drama.

Colin Cheney is the author of Here Be Monsters (University of Georgia Press, 2010), a National Poetry Series selection. His essays and articles have appeared in Slate, The Bangkok Post, Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine, and Ellipsis: Dual Vision by Stephen Posen. His poems have appeared in publications such as AGNI, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Cheney has received a Pushcart Prize and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship.


October 14
Energy/Exhaustion Series
The Inexhaustible Dark Energy
Steve Rodney, University of South Carolina
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

What would happen if there was a source of energy that was never exhausted? Our everyday experience (and possibly your high school physics textbook) would suggest it is impossible to have a limitless supply of anything. However, one of the most uncomfortable conclusions in modern astrophysics is that we live in a universe that seems to be suffused with a limitless and ever-growing Dark Energy. This mysterious cosmic ingredient appears to account for almost 3/4 of the entire mass+energy recipe of the universe. Dark energy is now driving an era of cosmic acceleration: the expansion of the universe that started with the Big Bang is growing faster and faster with each passing millennium. We will explore the evidence that has led astronomers to accept this unsettling model, and we’ll look for clues to the nature of Dark Energy in the earliest epochs of cosmic history, where we will see something like this cosmic acceleration may all have happened before.

October 16
Inventing Discipline: Creating a Storied Tradition in the Augustan Age
Dominic Machado, College of the Holy Cross
4:00 p.m., Lovejoy 215

The army of the Roman Republic has been an object of admiration in the modern world. Its successes have enraptured not just the likes of Classics students, but some of the powerful figures of the modern world from Napoleon to Mussolini. To observers, ancient and modern alike, the decisive factor in the success of Roman armies was their unwavering discipline, a tradition that dated back to Rome’s earliest days. In this talk, I will challenge this narrative, arguing that the long-standing tradition of military discipline was a mirage conjured in the Augustan age for political purposes. As a result, we are forced to reimagine what made Roman armies of the Republic so successful and look beyond elite-imposed structures to do so.

Cosponsored with the Classics department.

October 23
Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Lecture: Carrie Mae Weems
5:30 p.m., Main Film Center

The Colby College Museum of Art and the Lunder Institute for American Art are pleased to welcome Carrie Mae Weems to deliver the 2019 Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Distinguished Lecture. Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. Weems has sustained an ongoing dialogue within contemporary discourse for over thirty years, during which time she has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video. Weems was a 2013 recipient of the MacArthur “genius” grant, was one of the first people to receive a Medal of Arts from the U.S. Department of State, and was conferred with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors.

The Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Distinguished Lecture is cosponsored by the Colby Museum, the Lunder Institute for American Art, and Colby’s Center for Arts and Humanities and Department of Art.

October 23
Energy/Exhaustion Film Series
Run Lola Run (1998)
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

Run Lola Run is a 1998 German thriller film. The film was written and directed by Tom Tykwer, and starring Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni. The story follows a woman who needs to obtain 100,000 Deutsche Mark in twenty minutes to save her boyfriend’s life. Run Lola Run screened at the Venice Film Festival, where it competed for the Golden Lion.[3] Following its release, the film received critical acclaim and several accolades, including the Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics, the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Film at the Seattle International Film Festival, and seven awards at the German Film Awards. It was also selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, though it was not ultimately nominated.

October 25-26
Fall Shabbaton

Join us for the sixth annual Fall Shabbaton—a spirited, joyful gathering celebrating the best of Jewish life in Maine. Together we will experience a Shabbat weekend full of song, learning, meals, prayer, and outdoor exploration. We will be joined by scholar in residence Dr. Ruth Calderon, a former member of Knesset, and by Nefesh Mountain.

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

October 27
Film Screening
Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos
7:00 p.m., Maine Film Center

Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos is the incredibly personal, poignant and political documentary from Inuk filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (whose film ANGRY INUK recently won the Audience Award at Hot Docs 2016). Inuit traditional face tattoos have been forbidden for a century, and almost forgotten. Arnaquq- Baril, together with long-time friend and activist Aaju Peter, is determined to uncover the mystery and meaning behind this beautiful ancient tradition. Together they embark on an adventure through Arctic communities, speaking with elders and recording the stories of a once popularized female art form. Past meets present in this intimate account of one woman’s journey towards self-empowerment and cultural understanding.

Cosponsored with the American Studies Program, Art Department, Anthropology Department, and Colby Museum of Art.

October 28
Energy/Exhaustion Series
Exhausted Images: The Destruction and Renewal of Visual Culture
Marta Ameri, Colby College
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

How do we deal with cultural materials that no longer suit our needs/beliefs/political inclinations? Over the summer, a school board in San Francisco voted to cover up, but not paint over, a series of WPA era murals depicting George Washington which include scenes that some viewers now consider offensive. While the removal of school murals and confederate statues is a very current issue, in truth, human beings have been destroying visual culture for as long as we have been creating it. This lecture presents case studies of destruction from different periods in history. Each instance is seen as a reflection of social, religious, or political changes that alter the relationship between the viewer and the image, leading to an intentional or unintentional devaluation of the image. As the original meaning of the image becomes obscured or exhausted and the image itself is destroyed, new images or meanings arise to take its place, perpetuating the cycle.

October 29
Dr. Craig Santos Perez, Poetry Reading
7:00-8:30 p.m., Robinson Room, Miller Library

Dr. Craig Santos Perez, award-winning poet and professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. In his words, “My work is deeply influenced by Chamorro aesthetics in particular, and indigenous aesthetics in general, in which much art, architecture, weaving, tattooing, etc., employ symmetrical and repeating patterns. The same is true for many indigenous oral narratives. At the same time, there are also moments of variation within the repeating patterns.” “Much of my eco-poetry is engaged with “solastalgia,” which refers to a nostalgia for a place that is being environmentally degraded. So it’s not about desiring an ideal nature, but instead mourning and desire to protect our lands and water from further desecration. In terms of my political poetry, I think it is more so grounded in witness, protest, and resistance. What this work desires is not a past ideal political situation, but instead it longs and advocates for a decolonized, sovereign, and indigenous future.”

Cosponsored by the French and Italian Department, the English Department, and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

October 29
Compagna-Sennett Lecture – Safe Space for Politics with Ernesto Cortés, Jr.
7:00 p.m., Diamond 122

To engage the crises of grotesque inequality, social isolation, the demonization of anyone deemed “other,” and the existential threat to democracy itself, we must invest in institutions of the common good. Ernesto Cortés, Jr., will discuss the “hows” and “whys” of building diverse, broad-based relationships and organizations to exercise democratic power.

This lecture is sponsored by Religious Studies, co-sponsored by American Studies, Goldfarb Center, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the Office of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships.

October 30
Foresta Ultra Naturam: Exhausting Translation
Paul Vangelisti
7:00 p.m., Robinson Room, Miller Library

Paul Vangelisti is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, as well as being a noted translator from Italian. In 2010, his translation of Adriano Spatola’s The Position of Things: Collected Poems, 1961-1992 won an Academy of American Poets Prize. From 1971-1982 he was co-editor, with John McBride, of the literary magazine Invisible City and, from 1993-2002, edited Ribot, the annual report of the College of Neglected Science. He worked as a journalist at the Hollywood Reporter (1972-1974), and as Cultural Affairs Director at KPFK Radio (1974-1982). Vangelisti was Founding Chair of the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, and is a professor emeritus at the college.

Cosponsored with the French and Italian department, and the office of Dean for Global Engagement.

October 30
Haunting Without Ghosts, Spectral Realism in Colombia Film
Dr.Juliana Martínez
7:00 p.m., Lovejoy 213

Dr. Juliana Martinez is a Latinamericanist working on the intersection of violence and body politics in the Latin-American and Latinx context, mainly about the representation of historical violence and gender and sexuality (particularly transgender studies). Based on the forthcoming book Spectral Realism, Violence in Colombian Literature, Film and Art, this talk outlines to concept of spectral realism through the analysis of three recent Colombian films: La sirga (William Vega 2012) [The Towrope], Violencia (Jorge Forero 2015) [Violence] and Oscuro animal (Felipe Guerrero 2016) [Dark Animal]. Spectral realism is a mode of storytelling that takes the ghost seriously but not literally. Rather, it assumes formally the disruptive potential of the specter, shifting the focus from what the ghost is, towards what the specter does. The language of the specter is then justified not by the presence of ghosts in these works, but by the use of the ghostly as a means to unpack the complex relation between representational practices, historical violence, and ethical concerns. These films do not speak of ghosts. However, in the disruptive force of spectrality, they all find a way to explore the unresolved absences and truncated histories that haunt them, and the Colombian nation.

Cosponsored with Latin American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Oak Institute for Human Rights,and the Departments of Spanish and Anthropology.

November 4
Energy/Exhaustion Series
Bombay Hustle: Film History as an Ecology of Energy Relations
Debashree Mukherjee, Columbia University
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

Cinema is a powerful assemblage that activates people and things and sets them into motion. The viewer’s body is impacted by the screen: she may be moved to tears, to laughter or lulled into reverie. At the same time, a vast ecology of off-screen practices also participates in cinema’s dynamic logics. As an employer, cinema has the power to put bodies to work. The cine-ecology is at once energized and consumed by practices required to bring filmed images to a commercial screen. Running a camera motor, transporting imported raw stock, waiting for the next lighting set-up, and writing continuity, all depend on energy-intensive encounters between humans, electricity, celluloid, climate, paper, oil, and buildings. Energy transfers, therefore, undergird the existence of movies in the world and are central to the historical status and significance of cinema. By tracking energy relations across the cine-ecology we not only see connections between the image and the labor that produces it, but we can also reconceive cinema’s relation to modernity with attention to the specificities of other places in other times, other bodies in other assemblages of power and practice.

November 11
Energy/Exhaustion Series
“Something’s in the Air: How do natural and man-made emissions interact to shape air quality?”
Karena McKinney, Colby College
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

One visible effect of fossil fuel energy consumption is the emission of gases and particles into the atmosphere. These emissions include not only carbon dioxide, but also a wide range of other reactive gases. But anthropogenic processes are not the only sources of atmospheric emissions. Many natural systems, including the oceans, volcanoes, and plants, also emit chemical compounds into the atmosphere. Once there, these compounds undergo a series of chemical reactions driven by sunlight. The addition of man-made emissions, predominatly from fossil fuel combustion, has altered the chemistry and composition of the lower atmosphere and negatively impacted air quality and climate in ways that are not fully understood. Using results from field and lab measurements of atmospheric composition and reactions we seek to elucidate the complex interplay between naturally occurring emissions and anthropogenic pollutants, and the ways in which human activities have drastically altered the air we breathe.

November 18
Energy/Exhaustion Series
The Illusion of Time: Testing the Bidirectional Relationship Between Belief in Free Will and Temporal Horizons
Elizabeth Seto, Colby College
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

Belief in free will, operationalized as the ability to freely choose one’s own actions and determine one’s own outcomes, is the embodiment of energy and exhaustion. Belief in free will can energize us, instilling the notion that we are active agents in our social world. Disbelief in free will can exhaust us by dampening our experience of action control and highlighting the constraints in our lives. The subjective experience of time, identified as future time perspective by psychologists, is another personification of energy and exhaustion. Time can feel expansive, energizing us to pursue opportunities. Time can feel limited as if we are exhausting one of the most valuable resources in our lives. The current research examines the bidirectional relationship and dynamic interplay between belief in free will and perceptions of time.

November 20
Nobel Peace Prize 2017 co-recipient
Kathleen Sullivan
Workshop: 11:00am to 12:15pm, Miller 205
Lunch: 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Foss

Dr. Sullivan is a consultant to the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs, disarmament educator, author, activist and producer who has been engaged in the nuclear issue for decades. She has worked with young people, community organizers, academics, government representatives and nuclear industry officials in many countries. Her independent research comprises nuclear criticism, environmental ethics, feminist theory, social theory and science studies.

This open-class is generously sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Department of French and Italian.

November 20
Energy/Exhaustion Film Series
Manufactured Landscapes(2007)
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

This documentary reveals the gritty underside of industrial landscapes. Photographer Edward Burtynsky explores the subtle beauty amid the waste generated by slag heaps, dumps and factories. Memorable scenes include a Chinese iron factory where employees are berated to produce faster, and shots of children playing atop piles of dangerous debris. The contrasts between wealth and poverty are most striking in Shanghai, with new high-rises towering above old slums.


November 21
Transgender November Keynote address
Schuyler Bailar
7:00 p.m., Bobby Silberman Lounge

Schuyler Bailar is the first out trans athlete to ever compete on a D1 NCAA men’s sports team (Harvard Swim) and he has traveled the country giving talks about his experiences, LGBTQ policy, education, eating disorders, etc. He is going to speak for 30 minutes then open up the room to an hour-long Q&A. There will be a dessert reception directly following the event.

November 25
Energy/Exhaustion Series
Living with the Damage: Landscapes of Exhaustion in 21st-Century African-American Poetry
Samia Rahimtoola, Bowdoin College
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

This talk reads Dawn Lundy Martin’s Discipline (2011) and Ed Roberson’s City Eclogue (2006) in order to uncover the social and environmental forms of relation that appear under conditions of racialized gentrification. Both books refuse easy narratives of individual overcoming, bodily cure, and environmental repair, instead proposing a catalogue of those who live on beyond hope of repair or reparation. In response to this literary representation of black exhaustion, the talk teases out the political and ethical implications of maintaining relation with what has been abjected. In other words, what can environmentalism learn from the dynamics of vacancy/vagrancy produced by gentrification?

December 2
Energy/Exhaustion Series
Black Holes and Galaxy Exhaustion
Dale Kocevski, Colby College
7:00-8:30 p.m., Lovejoy 100

Dale Kocevski an assistant professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He performed his postdoctoral work at the University of California in Davis and Santa Cruz and graduate work at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Prior to that Dale received his Bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Michigan.

His research focuses on the study of distant galaxies that host actively accreting supermassive black holes, otherwise known as active galactic nuclei (AGN). There is mounting evidence that the evolution of galaxies is closely linked to the growth of their central black holes, but how this connection is established remains one of the key unanswered questions in astrophysics today. Dale is interested in understanding the mechanisms that fuel the growth of supermassive black holes and what role AGN feedback plays in suppressing the star formation activity of massive galaxies. To investigate these issues, his work uses multi-wavelength observations ranging from the infrared to the to study the star formation activity, morphologies, and environments of galaxies undergoing active black hole growth.


Spring 2020

January 8
Energy/Exhaustion Film Series
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

In the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and everyone is fighting for the necessities of life, there are two rebels who just might be able to restore order—Max (Tom Hardy), a man of action and few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos, and Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. R. 2015. 120 Min.

Screened as part of our 2019-20 Energy/Exhaustion Film Series, a new series of screenings held monthly through April 2020 at Railroad Square Cinema. Presented by Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and Colby Cinema Studies. FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. All others: regular admission prices apply.

January 20
MLK Commemorative Week 2020
Multi-Faith Celebration
4:15 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, Love ✴ Anger ✴ Transformation, is inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1957 sermon delivered at both the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel in Washington, D. C. at the conclusion of Howard University School of Religion 41st Annual Convocation and his local congregation. Focusing on the scripture of Matthew 5:43-45, King shared that, “hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe.” King calls us to invoke the “only creative, redemptive, transforming power in the universe,” love, to break the chains of hate and evil. However, King reminders us that the love that he calls for is not simply the beautiful, forgiving, and passive love that may first come to mind.


January 20
MLK Commemorative Week 2020
“Waking Up White” Book Club Discussion
12:00 p.m., SSWAC / 104 Parker-Reed Room

In preparation for “Tell Me the Truth”, we invite members of our community to participate in this year’s MLK Book Club Discussions. This will be in two parts, to provide individuals the opportunity to engage with both speaker’s literary works. The first will discuss Debby Irving’s book Waking Up White, a personal reflection on Debby’s struggle to understand racism and racial tensions. Individuals will have the unique opportunity to engage with Debby Irving herself to unpack and discuss the impact and content of her work. The book discussion will be facilitated by Debby Irving and lunch will be provided. Those who wish to participate can sign up here to receive a free copy of the book and/or compilation to read in advance.

January 22
MLK Commemorative Week 2020
“Blackgirlinmaine” Book Club Discussion
11:00 a.m., SSWAC / 104 Parker-Reed Room

In preparation for “Tell Me the Truth”, we invite members of our community to participate in this year’s MLK Book Club Discussions. This will be in two parts, to provide individuals the opportunity to engage with both speaker’s literary works. The second will discuss a compilation of work by Shay Stewart-Bouley, including many insights into the experience of being a “blackgirlinmaine”. Individuals will have the unique opportunity to engage with Shay Stewart-Bouley herself to unpack and discuss the impact and content of her work. The book discussion will be facilitated by Shay Stewart-Bouley and lunch will be provided. Those who wish to participate can sign up here to receive a free copy of the book and/or compilation to read in advance.

January 24
MLK Commemorative Week 2020
Self-Guided Reflections on MLK Commemorative Week/em>
2:00-5:00 p.m., Pugh Center

The Pugh Center will be available for individuals to join in community with one another to reflect, individually or collectively, on the events of the week. There will be space and materials for individuals to write letters, draw or color, and engage in dialogue.


February 7
PechaKucha Night Waterville V.34
6:20 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

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. Selected presenters will be notified via email. 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 2019-2020, season sponsor.


February 12
Energy/Exhaustion Film Series
Waking Life in 35mm (2001)
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

“The film’s protagonist, played by Wiley Wiggins from director Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, sleepwalks around—sometimes he appears to float—asking essential questions about existence, identity, the nature of the universe and whether it’s a big, stupid risk to make a plotless movie about dreams. That the Texas-based Linklater, celebrated for his 1991 debut Slacker, chose to express his ideas through animation shows he has guts. That he pulls off the innovative feat with hypnotic assurance is nothing short of amazing. This isn’t your dad’s animation, or even Disney’s. Having first shot the film digitally with live actors in Texas and New York, Linklater and art director Bob Sabiston asked 31 artists to computer-paint over that footage in their own distinct styles, assigning different characters and vignettes to each artist.2001. R. 99 Min.

Screened as part of our 2019-20 Energy/Exhaustion Film Series, a new series of screenings held monthly through April 2020 at Railroad Square Cinema. Presented by Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and Colby Cinema Studies. FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. All others: regular admission prices apply.

February 24
Film screening and Q&A with Jana Pareigis
6:30 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium

Jana Pareigis is a journalist and main anchor of the news program “Mittagsmagazin” at ZDF, Germany’s national public television broadcaster. Before that, she was a news anchor of “ZDF-Morgenmagazin”. She is also the director and writer of the television documentary “Afro. Germany” (2017, DW), in which she interviews black people in Germany on racism and empowerment and shares her own personal experiences. In 2010 she completed her journalism traineeship at DW, Germany’s international broadcaster, in Bonn, Berlin, and Brussels and started working as a reporter and TV news anchor for DW’s flagship program “Journal”. She studied political science and African studies in Hamburg, New York, and Berlin and has a Master’s degree from Freie Universität Berlin.

February 26
Maude Barlow, Global Water Expert
7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium

Best-selling author of 16 books and an expert on global water, Maude Barlow has just released her latest book, “Whose Water it is Anyway?” Maude is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs Food & Water Watch’s board. She is also an executive member of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. In “Whose Water is it, Anyway?” Barlow explores the urgent need for water protection in a world that is running out of fresh water. Taking water protection into public hands, she explores how the Blue Communities Project gives people tools they can use to protect water.

Cosponsored by the Oak Institute for Human Rights and the Environmental Studies Program.

March 4
BE DAMMED: Art as Resistance to Environmental Destruction
Carolina Caycedo
7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond

Carolina Caycedo is a London-born Colombian artist living in Los Angeles. She participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Her work contributes to the construction of environmental historical memory as a fundamental element for non-repetition of violence against human and non-human entities and generates a debate about the future in relation to common goods, environmental justice, just energy transition, and cultural biodiversity. Join us as Caycedo shares her ongoing project, Be Dammed, which uses Indigenous cosmogonies of the Americas, conceptualizing all bodies of waters as connected. Be Dammed investigates the effects that large dams have on natural and social landscapes in several American bio-regions. Carolina uses aerial and satellite imagery, geo-choreographies, and audio-visual essays to intersect social bodies with bodies of water, exploring public space in rural contexts, and conjuring water as a common good.

Cosponsored by the Oak Insitute for Human Rights, the Colby Art Museum, the Spanish Department, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Environmental Studies Program.

March 4
Energy/Exhaustion Film Series
Eraserhead in 35mm (1977)
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

A dream of dark and troubling things…David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film. Unrated.89 Min.

Screened as part of our 2019-20 Energy/Exhaustion Film Series, a new series of screenings held monthly through April 2020 at Railroad Square Cinema. Presented by Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and Colby Cinema Studies. FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. All others: regular admission prices apply.


March 7
An Energy/Exhaustion Humanities Theme Event
Colby Symphony Orchestra with Guest Narrator Cheryl Townsend Gilkes
7:30 p.m., Lorimer Chapel, Colby College

The Journey to America alternates between energy and exhaustion, between dramatic and sublime. The program begins with works by American masters Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, will narrate Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. The program will conclude in Austria with Beethoven’s electrifying, epochal Fifth Symphony.




March 9
SHOUT Keynote Speaker
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
6:00 p.m., Lorimer Chapel, Colby College
7:30 p.m. Art Crawl

Beginning with a Talk from our SHOUT Keynote Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, the art crawl will be spread around campus so that folks can map out their politics and engage with the mediums in their own way. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Black/Iranian visual artist and Oklahoma City, native. She is a painter whose work ranges from the gallery to the streets, using visual art to address the daily oppressive experiences of marginalized people through beautifully drawn and painted portraits. Her street art series, Stop Telling Women to Smile, can be found on walls across the globe. She is currently the inaugural Public Artist in Residence for the New York City Commission on Human Rights, a year-long residency that will present the experiences of anti-black racism and sexual harassment experienced by New Yorkers through public art. The art crawl will feature a collection of art both traditional and nontraditional to discuss the modes in which we as a community express our politics, beliefs, and identities.

March 12
Andrei Malaev-Babel
4:00 p.m., Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

Andrei Malaev-Babel is the Head of Acting and Professor of Theatre at the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. He served as the Producing Artistic Director for the Stanislavsky Theater Studio, an award-winning company in Washington, DC, where he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as an Outstanding Director. His productions were presented at The Kennedy Center and The National Theater in Washington, DC, where he also appeared as a performer. He has also served on the faculty of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. During the time of Perestroika, he co-founded the Moscow Chamber Forms Theatre, one of the Soviet Union’s first private companies.

March 16
Climate Stories with Jason Davis
4:00 p.m., Diamond 122

Jason Davis, the founder of the organization Climate Stories Project, has traveled the world collecting the stories of individuals personally affected by climate change, and he is here to share them with us. He will also be giving a performance of his unique “Climate Music.” This performance is co-sponsored by the Music Department, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Environmental Humanities Program, and the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment.



March 17
-CANCELED- Corinna Gould: Film Screening of Beyond Recognition (2014) and discussion, reception following
7:00 p.m., Diamond 122

The American Studies Program’s new interdisciplinary Critical Indigenous Studies Initiative is thrilled to welcome our first guest speaker, Corrina Gould (Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone) from Ohlone Territory/ Oakland, California. Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone and co-founder of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust and Indian People Organizing for Change. About the film: After decades struggling to protect her ancestors’ burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco’s sprawl, a Native woman from a federally unrecognized tribe and her allies occupy a development site to prevent the desecration of sacred ground. When this fails to stop the development, they vow to follow a new path: to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. BEYOND RECOGNITION tells the inspiring story of women creating opportunities to preserve Native culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them.

Hosted by the American Studies program with support from the following departments of study: Anthropology, Art, Environmental Studies, Center for the Arts and Humanities, History, The Oak Institute and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

March 31
Hollis Lecture
Nancy Knowlton
7:00 p.m., Olin 1

Nancy Knowlton is the Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and a scientific leader of the Census of Marine Life. She wrote the book Citizens of the Sea to celebrate the 10 years of the census. Founder of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego. Knowlton has devoted her life to studying, celebrating, and striving to protect the multitude of life-forms that call the sea home.

April 7
Energy/Exhaustion Keynote Speaker
2019-2020 Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Humanities
Naomi Klein
7:00 p.m., Lorimer Chapel, Colby College

We are delighted to announce that Naomi Klein will be the keynote speaker for this year’s humanities theme, Energy/Exhaustion, and also serve as the 2019-2020 Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Humanities. Naomi Klein is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University, and an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and international and New York Times bestselling author of, No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (2017), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000). In 2018, she published The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes On the Disaster Capitalists (2018) reprinted from her feature article for The Intercept with all royalties donated to Puerto Rican organization juntegente.org. On September 17, 2019, her next book: On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal was published worldwide. It was an instant New York Times bestseller and a #1 Canadian bestseller.

Tickets available to Colby Students, Faculty, and Staff in Pulver Pavilion, Wednesday, March 30, Thursday, March 31, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Thursday, April 1, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 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 Thursday, April 1, 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.

April 13
Film screening and Q&A
7:00 p.m., Diamond 153

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations. Dawnland aired on Independent Lens on PBS in November 2018 and received a national Emmy® Award for Outstanding Research in 2019. Esther Anne, a Pasamaquoddy member who worked with the commission, will facilitate the screening and take questions from students.

April 13
Laura Moure Cecchini
7:00 p.m., TBD

In this talk, Laura Moure Cecchini, Assistant Professor of Global Modernism at Colgate University, and Mimmo Cangiano, Lauro de Bosis Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, will illustrate new perspectives on Italian Studies. They will respond to the provocation “Why does Italian culture matter?” by discussing the ways in which their research paths have offered innovative approaches to Italian culture. Topics of discussion will include exploring the artistic and cultural exchanges between Italy and Latin America and retracing the role that intellectuals have played in Italian and European culture, politics, and society.

April 15
Energy/Exhaustion Film Series
Enter the Void (2016)
7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema

A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection… Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void is a visionary cinematic roller-coaster ride that “represents a revolutionary break from ordinary movie storytelling” —Andrew O’Hehir, Salon. Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta star in the visceral journey set against the thumping neon club scene of Tokyo, which hurls the viewer into an astonishing trip through life, death, and the universally wonderful and horrible moments in between. “This is a daring, thrilling, awful and wondrous film… one of the most mind-blowing and ambitious feature films ever made” (O’Hehir). Unrated. In English and in Japanese with English subtitles. 2010. 161 Min.

Screened as part of our 2019-20 Energy/Exhaustion Film Series, a new series of screenings held monthly through April 2020 at Railroad Square Cinema. Presented by Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and Colby Cinema Studies. FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. All others: regular admission prices apply.

April 20
Day of the Western Sunrise Film Screening
Q&A with Filmmaker Keith Reimink
7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium

On March 1st, 1954, the United States detonated the thermonuclear bomb Castle Bravo in the Pacific in the first of several nuclear weapons tests. Castle Bravo was the biggest of the tests, and caught in the blast was the fishing vessel Daigo Gukuryu Maru (Lucky Dragon No. 5). Day of the Western Sunrise is an animated documentary telling the story of the 23 men on board the Lucky Dragon, tracing their lives from before their voyage in post-war Japan, to the blast itself and their subsequent quarantine at a Tokyo hospital, to their gradual reintroduction into a society that didn’t quite understand or know how to handle the trauma they had experienced.

Cosponsored with the History department, East Asian studies, and Cinema Studies.