Jane Brox portrait photo

Quiet Time

Jane Brox ’78 Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2019) The idea first came to Brox after a visit to the Cistercian abbey of Sénanque in the south of France in 2001: “I was so taken by its architecture and the complex understanding of […]
Women getting ready to pull the chariot of the living goddess Kumari in Kathmandu

Women at the Helm

But I was gripped by a mix of emotions. Nervous at the responsibility shouldered upon me, overwhelmed by the sea of people swarming around, excited about fulfilling a long-held dream, and grateful for the opportunity. The procession was part of Yenyaa, the weeklong Kathmandu festival celebrated by the Newars, the oldest inhabitants of the Kathmandu […]
August Bradley Cenname ’92

Mindful of the Machine

This might seem an unlikely station for the Los Angeles-based Cenname, who majored in economics and studied graphic arts at Colby and later got his M.B.A. from Harvard. Management consulting gave way to a successful career in advertising photography and TV commercials. That eventually led him to an executive role at a virtual reality startup, […]
Josephine Liang '14 of DayOld

Waste Not

In other words, Liang knew that her education at UWC, and later as a Davis Scholar at Colby, came with responsibility. With that handbook statistic still in mind, Liang ’14 eventually started DayOld Eats, an organization that seeks to reduce food waste and food poverty—and in the process make education more attainable for low-income children […]
Rebecca Corbet '74 at the New York Times

Truth and Consequences

On the night of Oct. 4, 2017, reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey huddled with their editor, Rebecca Corbett ’74. At 1 a.m., Kantor and Twohey finally went home, leaving Corbett in their nondescript corner of the Times’ third-floor newsroom. Corbett stayed all night, her critical eye fixed yet again on the Times’ reporting of […]
Students in Freetown, Sierra Leone

The Right Path

Poverty and crime. Fractured families, dysfunctional schools. Homelessness and unemployment. Gangs and prostitution. And everywhere, children. Aimless, bored, hungry—children and teens loitered in his neighborhood of Aberdeen, a peninsula extending from Freetown proper. He wondered—why are so many kids around? “I thought they were on school vacation or something,” said Mami, who had returned to secure […]
Edwin Torres '12 photographing on the streets of New York City

Edwin Torres

Edwin Torres ’12: How I found my true north “Hello everyone. What an incredible short film. Wow. Shout out to Milton Guillén, also a Colby alum. He made this film about my life. I’m honored to be here. Growing up in a single-parent household in the Bronx, always stressed about getting by, I never imagined […]
Miriam Valle-Mancilla ’16

Love at First Sight

To view one painting, the Beaune Altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden, in the 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, Valle-Mancilla said, “you needed a magnifying glass but [the room] was pitch black. And then, when they turned on the lights, it was this huge painting that was covered in gold leaf. I was just so amazed […]