A City’s Affair with a Loveable Wolf

A Wolf Called Romeo Nick Jans ’77 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2014) Even in Alaska, most people go a lifetime without ever catching a glimpse of a wolf—so when writer, photographer, and wolf aficionado Nick Jans ’77 encounters a lone black wolf near his home on the outskirts of the state capital, he knows it’s big […]

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Adam Howard (Education), Aimee Polimeno ’14, and Brianne Wheeler ’14 Negotiating Privilege and Identity in Educational Contexts Routledge (2014) This book began and was completed as a group project. First Adam Howard’s students, prodded by their professor, began identifying their own socio-economic status and that of their classmates. The idea, to “excavate privilege in order […]

Patrice Franko, Grossman Professor of Economics

My August trip to Brazil for research on its expanding defense industry turned into a Colby gastronomy tour. I was invited to several programs in Brazil and in Chile—and I reunited with Colby friends—and friends of Colby friends— along the way. In Sao Paulo Mark and Sonya Abrams, brother of the late Rick Abrams ’78 and […]

Remembering the March Against Fear

James Meredith, an African-American Air Force veteran from Mississippi, did not perish during the civil rights protests of the 1960s, but it was not for lack of trying. On Oct. 1, 1962, Meredith became the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi at Oxford, a death-defying step that impelled President Kennedy to send […]

Eric Thomas, director of band activities

Later this summer my newest work will have its premiere. The commission is for a string octet, and I’ve decided to combine the sounds of the trains from my father’s hometown of Miles City, Mont., with the sensibilities of the first movement of the Mendelssohn String Octet, the rhythmic content from West African music, harmonic […]

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Ben Bradlee Jr. ’70   The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams  Little Brown (2014)  When a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter sets his sights on an athlete as accomplished and complex as Ted Williams, the hoped-for result would be a rich, detailed, and perceptive retelling of a remarkable life. That’s what Bradlee has delivered after […]

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On Goddesses, Aliens, and Avatars Since her debut novel in 2011, Bloodspell, Amalie Gosine Howard ’97 hasn’t looked back, publishing three additional young-adult novels, including two already this year. The Caribbean-born French and international studies major moves easily from fictional world to fictional world, inventing an undersea princess who fights to save her kind and […]

The Adventures of a Regular Colby Guy, at Home and at War

The odd thing is that Ed Mowry’s formative years, detailed in this fast-moving memoir, weren’t all that unusual for the time. Now a California veterinarian, Mowry ’66 grew up in Seattle and New Jersey, where he had a rambunctious childhood with his oldest brother. He came to Colby intent on playing football, discovered literature, bicycled […]

Slavery Played a Key Role in the War—of 1812

Readers may be familiar with the idea of the War of 1812 as an aftershock of the American Revolution, but they should avoid assuming that historian Alan Taylor’s new book is pro forma. In fact, Taylor’s meticulously researched, compellingly written, and richly illuminating work examines this under-studied conflict from several fascinating, interconnected perspectives. The Internal […]

Another Century, in Real Time

Imagine a country where children and women work long hours in gruesome factories for pennies a day, where food and drugs are produced in unsanitary facilities and marketed unscrupulously, where railroads control state legislatures, tyrannical party bosses dominate elections, and corrupt political machines run nearly every large city. That was America in September of 1901 […]