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Light of the Mind

An original multimedia work by Associate Professor of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner and Associate Professor of Music Jonathan Hallstrom to celebrate 200 years of liberal learning. Performed in Strider Theater at Colby College Feb. 27, 2013, the 200th anniversary of the signing of the College’s charter.

Discovering Miss Runnals

Samantha Eddy ’13 learns that a special Colby woman paved the way.

Colby College 1813-2013: Bicentennial Address

In Lorimer Chapel on Feb. 27, 2013, the 200th anniversary of the College’s original charter signing, Colby President William D. Adams reflected on the institution’s past and asked how we can advance the legacy that the original founders and subsequent generations of Colby women and men established.

President William Adam’s Bicentennial Address transcript may be found here.

Colby Glee Club: A 1951 Choral Tribute to Alma Mater

On Feb. 17 and 25, 1951, the Colby Glee Club performed in Lorimer Chapel for an NBC radio series “Songs from New England Colleges” sponsored by Monsanto. This surviving recording features a six-minute piece that combines Colby’s alma mater with a fight-song motif and other choral arrangements. Emeritus Professor of Music Peter Ré recalls conducting the performance during his first year on the faculty. Ré arranged the piece, which incorporates a soaring melody by the late Professor Emeritus Ermanno Comparetti and text by the late Professor of English Alice Comparetti. Glee Club singers are accompanied by dramatic piano arpeggios and blaring brass fanfares. The Feb. 17 performance “was highly praised by our sponsor as well as our radio announcers and the attending audience,” Ré recalled. Enthusiasm ran so high that tickets to the encore performance a week later had to be rationed, according to an Echo article announcing the event.

Three Presidents Reminisce

On June 22, 2010, three Colby presidents gathered to talk about their experiences leading the College. Emeritus President Robert E.L. Strider II (1960-1979), Emeritus President William R. Cotter (1979-2000), and President William D. Adams (2000-) were interviewed by College Historian and Emeritus Dean of the College Earl H. Smith.

The three men share gratifying moments from their presidencies.

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