September 2019 Newsletter

Hello from the Goldfarb Center!

It is a crisp fall day in Maine-the kind of fall foliage visitors cherish. On Mayflower Hill the leaves are starting to change color; in the Goldfarb Center we feel that we’ve made a great start to a fabulous year of change.
Aligned with our Freedom of Expression Symposium launched last year, this year we will focus on the theme of inequality. As you’ll see below, we were very excited to hear from Professor Jamila Michener of Cornell as she engaged us in a masterful conversation about the institutional foundations of racism and exclusion. Bringing this conversation about building an inclusive community to Colby’s campus, Vice President and Dean of the College Karlene Burrell-McRae shared, in a bravely honest voice, her journey from student to a member of senior staff guiding change on Mayflower Hill.
I am pleased to welcome Olivia Benissan to the Goldfarb Team as our communications assistant. Olivia is a Wheaton graduate in Sociology; her interest in communications as a source of change grew through her student leadership experiences in college, including in her role as Student Government President. Olivia grew up in Waterville as  her parents teach at Colby. Her familiarity with the campus and love for Colby and the community make her a great fit for the Goldfarb Center.
We will continue these conversations this fall with programming on different aspects of inequality-and more. Please check out our fall line-up of events-and join us for as many of our programs as possible. We welcome you back for Family/Homecoming weekend or any time you can participate in our programs.
Best wishes in this season of change!
Patrice Franko, Director; Grossman Professor of Economics and Global Studies

Leadership Series

“Engaging Race, Strengthening Community, Sustaining Democracy.”
September 15

To kick off our series of talks within this year’s theme of inequality, the Goldfarb Center welcomed Jamila Michener, PhD., Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University to a packed room of students.

What is race? Dr. Michener engaged us to explore what race factually is-a social construct. Professor Michener emphasized that race is a social classification system based on phenotype without a firm biological basis. As Michener offered simply (followed by some laughter from the audience): “One way of saying it is like, well, you know it when you see it.” As Dr. Michener also pointed out, socially constructed foundations of race matter. Emphasizing the importance of history and the legacy of slavery in the United States, Dr. Michener then guided us to think about the role of the many institutions and policies that perpetuate inequality. She provided longitudinal data that demonstrate how racial disparities in poverty, income, wealth, education, unemployment, and more are consequences of these racially inequitable systems. These disparities compound to what Michener identifies as “cumulative disadvantages,” providing intergenerational obstacles. The data also show that these disparities are growing. Many in the audience were curious to know what they can do to help dismantle the systems that promote inequality. Dr. Michener offered a few important steps: listen, particularly if you are coming from a place of privilege; never stop learning; engage in important conversation; promote change. The Goldfarb Center will continue these important conversations and build dialogue through this year’s theme of inequality. The Goldfarb Center has been utilizing Twitter to ensure that the conversation continues. You can engage in conversation by Tweeting and tagging the Goldfarb Center!

Leadership Series

September 26
To begin our Leadership series, the Goldfarb Center welcomed Dean Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94 to lead our first lunchtime talk. Dean Burrell-McRae candidly highlighted the intersection between her identity and the type of leader she is.
As she addressed the audience she was careful to note that at the end of the day, there are aspects of her identity that are visible and inform the way she moves through the world. She expressed that the duality of being black and female have impacted her throughout her life; the challenges she faced as a student helped her cultivate the leader she has become on senior staff. Dean Burrell-McRae also made sure to address something we all encounter in life: failure. Fear of failure, she cautioned, can cripple us. To provide a new lens through which we might process failure, she offered that failure can be an important learning experience. She provided guests with a quote from Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” She turns to Audre Lorde for inspiration:  “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Dean Burrell-McRae urged the audience to seek out challenges and take risks, and when those efforts result in failure, to learn from those mistakes and grow.
Also important to Dean Burrell-McRae was how her leadership experiences are predicated on social justice. Working in unison over time, and folding new people into the conversation are how we create lasting, impactful change. Leadership for Burrell-McRae, means that it is important to open up spaces for people whose voice may not be heard otherwise. This turned our conversation to the importance of allies and how those who hold positions of power in society need to continue to create those spaces. To help foster strong connections and build community across differences, Dean Burrell-McRae urged everyone to ask questions before making assumptions, enter spaces thoughtfully and with grace, and listen to one another. Thank you Dean Burrell-McRae for sharing these inspiring ideas with the Goldfarb student board———–and for all you have done for Colby!

Our 2019 Lovejoy Event!!!

Colby College’s 67th Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award
Friday, October 4, 4 p.m. Lorimer Chapel
Colby will recognize courageous journalism with the Lovejoy Award this Friday, October 4th, at 4pm in the Lorimer Chapel. To elevate the all-college and community participation in the Lovejoy, it will be held in association with Family/Homecoming weekend;  instead of an invitation-only dinner, we welcome all to honor the visiting journalists with a reception in Cotter Union following the ceremony.
The memory of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, America’s first martyr to freedom of the press, will serve to honor the journalists and media workers who lost their lives in 2018 as they strove to bring light to some of the most important issues of our time.
The special 2019 Lovejoy Award, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel, will invoke the sacrifice of the posthumous honorees. The event will feature a discussion with Martin Smith, a veteran filmmaker and journalist who recently produced a FRONTLINE documentary on the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and Hala Al-Dosari, the Washington Post’s inaugural Jamal Khashoggi Fellow and a scholar in residence at New York University School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.
Moderating the conversation will be Quil Lawrence, veterans correspondent for NPR News and formerly NPR’s bureau chief in Baghdad and Kabul.
Lovejoy, Colby Class of 1826 and a native of Albion, Maine, was murdered in Illinois in 1837 as he tried to defend his newspaper from the attack of a mob enraged by his publishing of anti-slavery editorials.
Colby has honored other courageous journalists with the annual Lovejoy Award since 1952. “The story of Elijah Parish Lovejoy is important to the history of Colby College,” said President David A. Greene. “One of our earliest alumni, Lovejoy made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom of the press and his opposition to slavery. As we honor the many journalists who have lost their lives covering critical issues in 2018, we remember Lovejoy’s bravery and his contributions toward creating a more just and equitable world.”
“Over the decades Colby has presented its coveted Lovejoy Award for courage in journalism to a distinguished parade of selfless witnesses to history,” said David Shribman, chair of the Lovejoy selection committee. “These honorees have been both examples and inspirations not only to students on Mayflower Hill but also far beyond Waterville and the frontiers of Maine. But this year’s tribute to not one journalist, but to many-all of them, like Lovejoy, martyrs to the highest ideals of our indispensable craft-is poignant and special.”
“We are delighted to offer this engaging discussion that will both enlighten us on the dangers journalists face and offer insight into the situation in Saudi Arabia and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, who was an inspiration to the selection committee this year,” said Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs Patrice Franko. “From the time of Lovejoy to today, the courage journalists have demonstrated warrants recognition and respect.”
This is free and open to the public; it will be followed by an all-college reception in Cotter Union.
Screening of “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia” introduced by filmmaker Martin Smith
Thursday, October 3, 6:55 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema 
An in-depth documentary about the most-reported death of a journalist in 2018-the murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey. The documentary debuts on PBS Frontline Oct 1, 2019. Reception following the film at Railroad Square.  If you can’t join us for the live conversation at Railroad Square, watch this on your local PBS station-and come to commemorate Khashoggi’s tragic death.

Smith’s “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia” has garnered acclaim.  Reviews can be found by clicking here.

The Toll of Tragedy: Newsrooms Under Stress, Communities Under Attack
Friday, Oct. 4, Lunch at 12 p.m.Panel Discussion at 1 p.m. Robins Room, Roberts Union
Journalists hold deep commitments to serve the communities; in Annapolis, this meant giving their lives when the newsroom was attacked. In Pittsburgh, journalists covering the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting dealt with trauma in the newsroom as it was their neighbors and friends who were slain. How did these newsrooms under enormous stress manage to adapt coverage to extreme violence? How did individuals experiencing the devastating effects of these mass shootings maintain their responsibility to cover the horrific story and its aftermath? What measures were implemented to reduce additional harm to families and communities through reporting? What unintended consequences ensued———–and how might these be mitigated in the future?
Please join us to hear eyewitness accounts of Rick Hutzell, who published a newspaper as a shooter stormed the offices of the Capitol Gazette and killed five of his coworkers, and David Shribman, then editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who covered the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre.These tragic lessons that you might have read about in the recent Atlantic piece resonate with communities around the United States. Please come to honor those who lost their lives, survivors and the incredible journalists holding up a mirror to violence in our towns and cities.
Panelists include:
Rick Hutzell, editor, Capital Gazette, Annapolis Maryland
David Shribman, vice president and executive editor (retired), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Martin Kaiser, editor and senior vice president, retired, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (moderator)
Covering the Campaigns: The Media’s Role in a Chaotic World
Sunday, October 6, 8:30 a.m. Brunch Reception; 9 a.m. Brunch Buffet;  9:30-10:45 a.m. Program; Parker-Reed RoomSchair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

If you would like to join us for brunch, please  register here

How can we make sense of the byzantine world of politics framing the 2020 presidential and congressional elections? Join former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, who served 16 terms in the United States House of Representatives as one of the most outspoken and thoughtful Members of Congress, and Hannah Dineen ’17, weekend anchor and political reporter for NewsCenter Maine, as they discuss the responsibility of journalists to guide us through our electoral maze. Sandy Maisel, who has observed Maine and national politics for almost half a century, will moderate the discussion.
Panelists include:
Former Congressman Barney Frank (MA)
WCSH6 Reporter Hannah Dineen ’17
Professor of American Government Sandy Maisel

Upcoming Fall Goldfarb Events

“Latin America’s Growth Conundrum: A Trade Perspective.”
Augusto de la Torre, Former Chief Economist for Latin America at the World Bank and former Governor of the Central Bank of Ecuador.
Thursday, October 24 | 4:00 p.m. | Diamond 141
Leadership Series
Susan Rice U.S. National Security Advisor (2013 to 2017),  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Brookings Fellow
Friday, October 25 | 4:30 p.m | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond
Cotter Debate
 “Can our Institutions Respond to Current Threats to American Democracy?”
Bruce Cain, Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, and David Brady, Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values at Stanford University
Moderated by Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government Sandy Maisel
Tuesday, October 29 | 7:00 p.m | Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
Leadership Series
“Failing at Life: Reflections from a Serial Social Entrepreneur on How to (Not) Change the World.”
Oliver Sabot ’02, Founder and Managing Director of Spire
Thursday, November 14 | 7:00 p.m. | Diamond 122
Cotter Debate
“How Would Universal Basic Income Affect Inequality in the US?”
Michael Strain, American Enterprise Institute, and Amy Castro Baker, Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Moderated by Economics Professor Rob Lester
Wednesday, November 20 | 4:00 p.m. | TBD
…and more to come.