Spring 2018

January 15
Monday Night Movies: Origins
Mulholland Drive in 35mm
7:00 pm, Waterville Opera House

A love story in the city of dreams. Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other. 2001. R. 146 Min.

January 19
PK WTVL Volume 26
6:15 pm, Thomas College, Waterville

What’s your story? We want to hear from you! Submit a PK WTVL proposal! The deadline for proposals for the January event is December 21. Proposals on the wide gamut of possible topics are encouraged. PK WTVL V26 is a collaboration with the Camden Conference and the Mid-Maine Global Forum! Presentation proposals based on the 2018 Camden Conference New World Disorder and America’s Future theme are also invited.

This event is free and open to the public.

January 21
Community Conversations: Pastoral Approaches to Political Questions
Thought Leaders: Michelle Friedman and Darren Ranco
6:30 pm, Beth Israel Congregation

Michelle Friedman is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice, the chair of Pastoral Counseling at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabinnical School (YCT) and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. A graduate of Barnard College, NYU School of Medicine and The Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Study and Research, Dr. Friedman has been involved in bridging religious life and mental health issues for over 30 years.



Darren J. Ranco, a member of the Penobscot Nation, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine. He has a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. Dr. Ranco’s research focuses on the ways in which indigenous communities in the United States, particularly Maine, resist environmental destruction by using indigenous diplomacies and critiques of liberalism to protect cultural resources. He teaches classes on indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice and tribal governance.

January 30
Haruki Murakami’s Style—How does Haruki write?
Professor Emeritus Seiichi Makino, Princeton University
4:00 pm, Lovejoy 213

Seiichi Makino was born in Tokyo in 1935. During the war years, he spent part of his childhood on the island of Shikoku in the Inland Sea. He received much of his early academic training at two of the finest universities in Japan. He started his undergraduate training in Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1954, earning his B.A. (1958) and an M.A. (1960). He then moved into the field of linguistics at Tokyo University, where he gained a second B.A. (1962) and M.A. (1964). He was accepted into the prestigious Ph.D. program at Tokyo University in 1964, but later that year came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholarship grantee and began Ph.D. research in the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University, and then at the University of Illinois, where he earned his Ph.D. in linguistics in 1968. While researching and writing his dissertation, Seiichi worked as a teaching assistant, instructor and assistant professor of Japanese and linguistics at the University of Illinois. In 1971, he was promoted to associate professor, and in 1984 to professor of Japanese and linguistics. From 1988-89, he was a visiting professor of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Studies at Harvard University. In 1991, he moved to Princeton as a professor in the Department of East Asian Studies.

Cosponosred with East Asian Studies.

February 8
Film Screening: Dead Man Walking
7:30 pm, Lovejoy 100

As death row inmate Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn) nears his execution date, he calls upon Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) to help him with one last appeal, maintaining that he is innocent of the murders of a young couple. Poncelet begins to form a bond with Prejean, and she visits both his family and the relatives of the victims, hoping to learn more about the case. As things begin to look bleak for Poncelet, Prejean does all that she can to comfort and console the hardened convict.

February 12
Sister Helen Prejean
7:00 pm, Lorimer Chapel

Sister Helen Prejean will speak in Lorimer Chapel at Colby College on Monday, February 12th, 7:00 pm in Lorimer Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Sr. Helen has been engaged in prison ministry for over 35 years and became spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier who was sentenced to die by the electric chair by the state of Louisiana. Her experience became the Book Dead Man Walking: AnEyewitness Account of the Death Penalty, an American Library Associates Notable Book which spent 31 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. In 1996, the book was adapted into a major film, starring Susan Sarandon as Helen Prejean. Sister Helen has become one of the world’s foremost advocates for abolition of the death penalty through organizing, writing, and speaking. She has served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Amnesty International Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation, and is presently the Chairperson of Moratorium Campaign.

The occasion is sponsored by the Gerrish Fund, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, Colby College. Sr. Helen will be introduced by a brief performance from Maine Inside Out – which facilitate the creation of original theater in partnership with formerly incarcerated Maine youth – to engage the community in dialogue about issues related to incarceration.

February 19
Monday Night Movies: Origins
Children of Paradise in 35mm
7:00 pm, Waterville Opera House

Poetic realism reached sublime heights with CHILDREN OF PARADISE, widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Paris’s theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman (Arletty) loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic élan, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. And thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever. 1945. Unrated. In French with English subtitles. 190 Min.

February 20
Burnt into Memory: How Brownfield Faced the Fire
Jo Radner
4:30 pm, Pugh Center, Cotter Union

In the space of a few hours on October 23, 1947, a furious wildfire destroyed almost all of the small western Maine town of Brownfield.  Neighbors fought and fled the fire, then returned, determined to rebuild their community as best they could.  Drawing on interviews with townspeople, letters, photographs, and newspaper reports, Radner tells an epic story of terror, courage, generosity, and hope.

Lovell storyteller Jo Radner spent a year interviewing people who experienced the Brownfield Fire – residents who did and did not lose their homes, as well as others who aided in the rescue and rebuilding effort. From those interviews and from letters and historical photographs and newspaper reports, Radner has created a powerful story of terror, courage, neighborly responsibility, recovery, and – yes – even humor.

February 28
The phantasmagoria of Elephanta: Haunted Stories and Optical Technologies
Dr. Dinkar, Boise State University
4:00 pm, Lovejoy 205

Dr. Dinkar traces the European reception of the oldest of the famous caves at Elephanta through its representations in British satirical prints and German cinema. In quasi-Bollywood fashion, Fritz Lang situated a seductive dance with snakes in the depths of a cave temple in Das Indische Grabmal (1959), following a long line of European artists and writers who imagined India as the land of mysterious caves. How did it emerge as a symbol of Oriental darkness? What have been the efforts to dispel its mystique?

March 11
Community Conversations: Faith and Equality
Thought Leaders: Amy Walter and Steven Jacobson
6:30 pm, Beth Israel Congregation

Amy Walter ’91, Litt.D.’17 is the national editor of The Cook Political Report, a preeminent source of non-partisan political analysis relied on for accurate political forecasting. She provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the political environment. Her weekly column appears at cookpolitical.com. Over the past 19 years, Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News. She is also a regular panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, and CBS’s Face the Nation, and she provides political analysis for the PBS NewsHour. She was named one of DC’s “50 Top Journalists” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009 and honored with the Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award for her spot-on election predictions in 2000. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Colby College, where she graduated summa cum laude. The College awarded her an honorary degree in 2017.

Steven Jacobson is vice president for strategy at the Dorot Foundation and director of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. A lifelong student, and sometime teacher, of the American Jewish experience, he has been Hillel director at the University of Kansas, director of the Curricular Project for International Jewish Communal Service, and instructor of the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University. As part of his work with the Dorot Fellowship, he has led the development of an innovative leadership training curriculum and leads an annual seminar in Budapest about the historical and contemporary Jewish experience of Hungary. He consults to a variety of nascent-stage Jewish initiatives and is currently on the board of Encounter, a non-partisan educational organization cultivating informed and constructive Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jacobson has degrees from the University of Kansas and Brandeis University and was a senior fellow of the Melton Center for Diaspora Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He lives in Providence, R.I., with his family.

March 19
Monday Night Movies: Origins
Pickpocket in 35mm in 35mm
7:00 pm, Waterville Opera House

  This incomparable story of crime and redemption from the French master Robert Bresson follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As his compulsive pursuit of the thrill of stealing grows, however, so does his fear that his luck is about to run out. A cornerstone of the career of this most economical and profoundly spiritual of filmmakers, PICKPOCKET is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace, the work of a director at the height of his powers. 1959. Unrated. In French with English subtitles. 76 Min.

March 21
The Future: Climate, Technology and Society
Kim Stanley Robinson
2018 Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Humanities
7:00 pm, Ostrove Auditorium

Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the most well-known and respected science fiction writers in the world. His work has received 11 major awards from the science fiction field and has been translated into 23 languages. His Mars trilogy was an international bestseller, and continues to be one of the most widely read works of science fiction, a benchmark in discussions of humanity in space. The intensively researched nature of Robinson’s fiction, and the integrated nature of his various interests, ranging from the physical and human sciences to sustainability issues, political economy, urban design and climate change lends a realism to his writing that has been described as “for the future and from the future.” His most recent work, <em>New York 2140</em>, envisions life in New York City after sea levels have risen fifty feet.
Mr. Robinson will speak about themes he explores in his works which often center on the opportunities he sees in future challenges for humanity to build more sustainable and just societies.

March 22
Two Cent Talk Series
Jeffrey Thomson and Justin Tussing
5:30 pm, Redinton Museum, Waterville

Jeffrey Thomson is a poet, memoirist, translator, and editor, and is the author of multiple books including the memoirfragile, The Belfast Notebooks, The Complete Poems of Catullus, and the edited collection From the Fishouse. Half/Life: New and Selected Poems comes out from Alice James Books in 2019. He has been an NEA Fellow, the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow at Brown University. He is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington.

Justin Tussing is Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine. He directs the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of two novels, Vexation Lullaby (Catapult Press) and The Best People in the World (HarperCollins). His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, and Public Space.

April 3
Origins Keynote speaker
Dr. Cornel West
6:30 pm, Lorimer Chapel

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He made his film debut in the Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand. He has produced three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes are featured on productions by Terence Blanchard, The Cornel West Theory, Raheem DeVaughn, and Bootsy Collins.

In short, Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

Tickets available in Pulver Pavilion, Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3, 9 am- 2 pm, 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

April 7
Music at Colby Series – Dawn
Origins: Annual Humanities theme
7:30 pm, Lorimer Chapel

Throughout history, choral music has moved in tandem with advancements in literature: prose, poetry, and other forms of the published word. Origins II: Dawn highlights the origins of literary styles and movements with musical settings of texts by historic innovators of written language. The Colby College Chorale and the Colby Kennebec Choral Society reach far back to the ancient Greek fables of Aesop, move through time to texts from the Old Testament and first-century Chinese authors, to Shakespeare, Impressionists, and Modernists. Featured works include Soleils Couchants, a gorgeous setting of Verlaine’s famous poem by Quebec composer Robert Ingari, American composer Jay Mobley’s take on beloved 20th-century children’s literature, and Walkers with the Dawn, a stirring work by Francine Trester based on works by the founder of jazz poetry, Langston Hughes. The concert also includes works by American composers Randall Thompson, Emma Lou Diemer, Bob Chilcott, Granville Bantock, and Samuel Barber.

April 10
Reading the verses backward: Recharging poetry for the digital age
Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University
7:00 pm, Robinson Room, Special Collections

Marjorie Perloff is the Sadie D. Patek Professor of Humanities Emerita at Stanford University. and Florence Scott Professor Emerita of English at the University of Southern California. She is the author of many books (and hundreds of articles) on 20th and 21st century Poetry and Poetics, including, Frank O’Hara: Poet among Painters (1977), The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage (1981), The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant-Guerre, and the Language of Rupture (1986, new edition, 1994), Wittgenstein’s Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary (1996), 21st Century Modernism (2002), Unoriginal Genius: Writing by Other Means in the New Century (2011), and Poetics in a New Key (2014), a collection of interviews and essays. Her most recent book (2016), just out in paperback from Chicago, is Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire, which enlarges on the theme of her 2004 memoir The Vienna Paradox.

April 16
Monday Night Movies: Origins
WR: Mysteries of the Organism in 35mm
7:00 pm, Waterville Opera House

Perhaps the most unique (partially) made-in-Maine movie ever produced. What does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Only counterculture filmmaker extraordinaire Dušan Makavejev has the answers (or the questions). His surreal documentary-fiction collision WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM begins as an investigation into the life and work of controversial psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich, centering on his “Orgone accumulator” and work in Rangeley, Maine in the 1950s, and then explodes into a free-form narrative of a beautiful young Slavic woman’s sexual liberation. Banned upon its release in the director’s homeland, the art-house smash WR is both whimsical and bold in its blending of politics and sexuality. 1971. Unrated but not for younger audiences. In English, and in Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. 85 Min.

April 19
The Rhythm Is Gonna Get’cha’: Popular Music, Migration, and Race in Spain
Silvia Bermúdez, Professor of Spanish at the University of California at Santa Barbara
4:00 pm, Diamond 122

Professor Bermúdez’ areas of research and teaching are the cultural productions (especially literature and music) of the Iberian Peninsula, Perú, and Equatorial Guinea. Her critical work focuses on feminism, women’s studies, poetic discourses, and politics. She is the author of Las dinámicas del deseo: subjetividad y lenguaje en la poesía española contemporánea (1997) and La esfinge de la escritura: la poesía ética de Blanca Varela (2005). She was the editor of the Special Issue “La España Constitucional: Democracia y Cultura, 1978-2008” for the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (2010), and co-edited the volume From Stateless Nations to Postnational Spain/De Naciones sin estado a la España Postnacional (2002), the Special Issue on Spanish Popular Music Studies for the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies (2009), and the “Mediterranean Matrix: Memory, Migration, Movement” for the Journal of Mediterranean Studies (2016). Her articles have appeared in critical collections and journals in the U.S. and abroad including Modern Language Notes, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Siglo XX/Twentieth Century, Letras femeninas, and Anuario de Estudios Literarios Galegos. Her current research focuses on Iberian feminisms (with Roberta Johnson). Her third book, Rocking the Boat: Race and Migration in Contemporary Spanish Music, is forthcoming.

April 27
PK WTVL Volume 27
6:15 pm, Waterville Opera House

PechaKucha Waterville is a creative networking event centered on storytelling in 20×20. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive journey. PechaKucha Night was started in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architects and has turned into an international phenomenon with events happening in over 1000 cities around the world. It is a format that makes presentations concise, keeps the evening moving at a rapid pace, and allows for plenty of chit-chat among participants and attendees.

PechaKucha Night Waterville is presented by a volunteer Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and the Waterville Public Library. The Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities is the PK Waterville 2017-2018 season sponsor.

This event is free and open to the public.

April 28
Music at Colby Series – Haydn’s “Schopfungsmesse
Origins: Annual Humanities theme
7:30 pm, Lorimer Chapel

In the final concerts of the season, the Colby Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Colby College Chorale and the Colby Kennebec Chorale to present Haydn’s Mass No. 13 in Bb Major, “Schöpfungsmesse,” also known as “Creation Mass.” Not to be confused with the composer’s most famous oratorio, “The Creation,” this exuberant mass setting for orchestra, choir, and soloists is a masterpiece in its own right – though one may recognize some familiar melodies originated from Haydn’s monumental ‘Creation.’ Also on the program are Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2 and the winner of the Annual Concerto Competition.

April 30
Tarana Burke
7pm, Page Commons

Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist. She created the “Me too” movement in 2006 to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society. She is currently Senior Director at Girls for Gender Equity in New York City.