Man holding bundle of mailed letters

All’s Fair in Love—and War

Instead of just rival families, the lovers have warring countries, Nazi laws, spying guards, and essentially an entire society standing between them. “These relationships occurred despite the most hateful, most brutal war in world history,” said Raffael Scheck, the Gibson Professor of History. “And these people defied these enemy categories.” These little-known accounts of defiance […]
Randy Nelson writing on white board

Lights, Camera, … Finance!

Amid the pandemic, Nelson, the Douglas Professor of Economics and Finance, has been redefining the way students learn financial literacy and computation in his Corporate Finance I course. When Colby transitioned to distance learning in March, Nelson recalled, “I rushed out and bought a video camera.” He then quickly converted his basement into a teaching […]
Qifan “Frank” Hu ’23 drawing Chinese characters

Gained in Translation

Initiated by one of Cohen’s students, Qifan “Frank” Hu ’23, a Colby-led team made up of prominent scholars of virtue argumentation theory and students has been translating already-published papers from English to Chinese to carry this work over to China. The team hopes to place these works in Chinese journals, with the overarching goal of […]
Sexual harassment illustration

An Invisible Mental Trap

“You can really see the differences in how people actually drew,” said Goh, whose most recent paper used this method—rarely employed in psychology—to uncover people’s mental images of sexual harassment targets. This experiment was the first of 11 studies carried out by Goh and his coauthors for their article accepted to the Journal of Personality […]

Minus the War

“I’m living through very interesting times, and that has made me much more aware of this precedent,” he said. Putting the two pandemics side by side, Scheck drew out three main similarities—denial, blaming of the “other,” and debate around masks—set against one major difference: the First World War (WWI). In 1918, the war not only […]
Catherine Besteman

Border Crossings

In her new book, Militarized Global Apartheid (Duke University Press, 2020), Catherine Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, explains how and why the mobility of certain groups of people gets restricted—and at times allowed—around the world. She unveils a contemporary worldwide system that dictates it: a militarized global apartheid. […]

Campaigning in the Courts

An expert on presidential elections and election law, he notes that as recently as four presidential elections ago, there were only a dozen legal challenges filed. This election already has seen more than 300 legal challenges since the beginning of the primary election, with more in the offing. This comes as state election officials grapple […]
Jennifer Meredith in plane

Where the Rights Lead

That decision, which can have implications for generations to come, is what Assistant Professor of Economics Jennifer Meredith investigates. “For many people, their attachment to the salmon fishery is their attachment to their culture, to their traditional way of life,” said Meredith, who previously lived in Alaska and studies fisheries economics. But how is that […]

Beyond the Tipping Point

To start off, what is female genital cutting (FGC)? So female genital cutting is, really broadly speaking, just the cutting or modification of women’s genitalia for non-medical reasons. Typically girls are cut at very young ages, so it’s a  decision that’s often made on their behalf, not them making the decision. There are some different […]

High Flyer

In First Woman: Joanne Simpson and the Tropical Atmosphere, we traverse Earth’s icy stratosphere, flirt with hurricanes, and soar among tropical clouds with an inspiring woman piloting her way through a turbulent life until she touches down into the history books. A leader, collaborator, mentor, and pioneering scientist, Simpson (1923-2010) turned an early fascination with […]