Six Minutes To Doomsday: Assessing the State of the Nuclear Threat

Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has monitored “how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction,” adjusting the hands of its doomsday clock closer to or farther away from midnight in response to events making “doomsday” either more or less likely.  The clock has always primarily assessed the threat of nuclear weapons devastation, and...

The Supreme Court and Civil Rights: A Promise Unfulfilled?

Nancy Gertner, winner of the Morton A. Brody Award for Distinguished Judicial Service in 2010, recently left the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to join the faculty of Harvard Law School. Her memoir, In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate, has recently been released to rave reviews. Judge Gertner...

Oak Lecture: One Illness Away – Global Poverty and Human Rights

How do people people “fall” into poverty, and how do they manage to escape what seems, to some, like their predetermined fate? Statistics don’t tell us very much. Prof. Anirudh Krishna, a political scientist at Duke University, has tackled these questions in a fascinating new study of 35,000 households in five countries and four continents.

Waterville Mayoral Debate

The three candidates for mayor of the City of Waterville – Karen Heck (Unenrolled), Andy Roy (Republican), and Dana Sennett (Democrat) – engaged in a lively debate focused on what the city has to offer potential residents and entrepreneurs, what the city is lacking, and how to maintain services and make improvements without raising taxes.

Views on the American Economy

Despite the challenging economy, there is reason for optimism, according to three alumni influential in the financial sector – Bob Diamond ’73, Tom Riley ’79, and Eric Rosengren ’79 – who participated in a panel discussion on Oct. 20.

Personalizing the Classroom in an Era of Standardization

Maine Teachers of the Year Kevin Grover (2010) and Shelly Moody (2011) discuss how they have implemented distinctive teaching methods and focused on incorporating parents in the learning process in an effort to personalize the classroom.

Reflections on the Arab Spring

As part of the Lovejoy Convocation events honoring NPR’s Foreign Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, a panel featuring Assistant Professor of History John Turner (Colby), Assistant Professor of Government Shelley Deane (Bowdoin) and Visiting Associate Professor of History J. Jason Thompson (Bates) offered their insights into the current events related to the Arab Spring, as well...

Overview of the Obesity Epidemic

Dr. Michael Dedekian of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital of Maine Medical Center presented an overview of for the day-long “Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us To Action” conference, which took place at Colby on Friday, October 14. Dr. Dedekian is also assistant professor of pediatrics at Tufts...