Dan Shea (Government)
Why Vote? Essential Questions About the Future of Elections in America
Why vote? Dan Shea will tell you why. As one of our country’s leading scholars in parties and elections, Shea is more than qualified to tell us that yes, every vote matters. His book is a compelling and digestible guide to bring awareness to the changing nature of our democracy and just how citizens can help, or not, to make those changes. Each chapter begins with a thought-provoking question: Can a Third Party Save our Democracy? Did Donald Trump Break the Mold? Through these discussions Shea reminds us that voting, the most basic way for citizens to influence their government, remains essential. He urges Americans, especially young people, not to discount this basic truth.
Earl H. Smith, Dean of the College, Emeritus
Water Village: The Story of Waterville, Maine
North Country Press (2018)
It is only natural for Smith to continue his authorial career with a history of his beloved native Waterville. His previous titles, Mayflower Hill, A History of Colby College and With the Help of Friends, The Colby Museum of Art, the First Fifty Years, 1959-2009, also speak to his love for his former institution. His latest, however, opens up a broader discussion of Waterville itself. Presenting the history of Waterville in concise, informative chapters, Smith creates a vivid image of the creation and evolution of the town we have all called home. Historical periods are effectively separated by chapter, and further relevant information comes in the form of short asides, which often feature fascinating primary-source material. The first history of Waterville since 1902, Water Village delivers a digestible page-turner for history buffs and longtime Waterville residents alike.
Roger B. Jeans ’63, editor
The Letters and Diaries of Colonel John Hart Caughey, 1944-1945
Lexington Books (2018)
Jeans’s seventh book, The Letters and Diaries of Colonel John Hart Caughey, 1944-1945, is a compilation of the writings of Colonel John Hart Caughey, War Department planner stationed in Chungking, China, during the last few months of the Second World War. Colonel Caughey writes personal journals as well as notes to his wife. These chronicles paint an animated picture of life in war-era China as well as an image of many recognized American leaders, including China Theater Commander Albert C. Wedemeyer. Jeans’s assembly of these texts provides for a unique perspective of a lesser-known dimension of the tumultuous war years.
Jane Brox ’78
Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Heard Elements of Our Lives
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2019)
Critically acclaimed author Jane Brox ’78 follows up her social history of artificial light with a powerful and compelling history of something we—a gaggle of constantly gossiping, vlogging, and hollering humans—rarely acknowledge: silence. Brox harkens back to her original inspiration for Silence—a Cistercian monastery. Her discussion delves into the monastic vow of silence, the unadorned, balanced spaces in the monastery, and the impact silence had on daily life.
The history is as timely as it is intelligent. In a world where we are never truly alone (thanks, Alexa), Brox claims, “like darkness, silence is disappearing quickly from our world.” We should be thankful that she got it down on paper. Complete review on Colby Magazine.
Douglas Rooks ’76
Rise, Decline and Renewal: The Democratic Party in Maine
Hamilton Books (2018)
An extension of research from Rooks’s previous text, Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible, his latest takes a more general approach, detailing the history of the Democratic party in Maine. With decades of political writing behind him (Rooks served as the editorial page editor at Kennebec Journal and the editor of Maine Times), Rooks adeptly handles the analysis of the history of the Maine Democratic party and its current upward trajectory. He hopes to see a return of “positive government” through his research; he cites a well-functioning two-party system as the key to improving government effectiveness. Rise, Decline and Renewal offers a timely optimism for local and national political unity.
Herb Gottfried ’63,
Colby Winthrop Smith Visiting
Scholar in the Humanities in 1979
Erie Railway Tourist
Transporting Visual Culture
Lehigh University Press (2018)
In this text, Gottfried, professor emeritus at Cornell University, takes the reader through the visual transformation of the 19th-century American landscape, a result of the newfangled Erie Railway: the first railroad to combine transport, service, and social life with the use of visual travel guide, the Erie Railway Tourist. Gottfried analyzes the railway’s control over American landscape as well as American culture, as the experience of riding the Erie drove unprecedented suburban development and tourism along the railway’s rural route. A new drove of family cottages and rural life soon dotted American paintings and photographs, changing not only the physical landscape but also inspiring creative communities across the nation.
Ellie Tomlinson ’62
The Ducklings That Disappeared
With exquisite, meticulous watercolors on every page, The Ducklings That Disappeared, set in quaint Marblehead, Mass., is the heroic story of a policeman who rescues fallen ducklings from a storm grate. Tomlinson’s work of art is as gentle and heart-warming as the story itself. New Englanders are sure to recognize the Atlantic Ocean’s shoreline and the infamous colorful cape houses.
Adrian Blevins (English), “Our Maine Ruinlust,” Decor Maine, February, 2019.
Sarah Braunstein (English), “The Modern Era,” Playboy Magazine, 65th Anniversary Issue, 2019.
Lyn Mikel Brown (Education) and Jenny Flaumenhaft ’19, “Student-empowered curricular change,” Phi Delta Kappan, Volume 100, Issue 6, 13-19, 2019.
Greg Drozd (Chemistry) coauthor, “Detailed Speciation of Intermediate Volatility and Semivolatile Organic Compound Emissions from Gasoline Vehicles: Effects of Cold-Starts and Implications for Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation,” Environmental Science and Technology, Volume 53, Issue 3, 1706-1714, 2019.
“Reducing secondary organic aerosol formation from gasoline vehicle exhaust,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Volume 117, Number 27, July 3, 2017.
Patrice Franko (Economics), “The Global Financial Crisis and Latin America,” Latin American Research Review, Volume 54, Issue 1, 1-8, 2019.
Coauthor, “Defense Industrialization in Latin America,” Comparative Strategy, Volume 37, Issue 4, 331-345, 2019.
Laura Sachiko Fugikawa (American Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), “‘To Get Here?’: Vulnerabilities and Biopolitics in Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River,” Critical Ethnic Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, 2018.
Robert Gastaldo (Geology), “Plants escaped the end-Permian mass extinction,” Nature, Volume 567, 38-39, March 1, 2019.
Neil Gross (Sociology), “Is Environmentalism Just for Rich People?” New York Times, Dec. 14, 2018.
Britt Halvorson (Anthropology), coauthor, “What is the Midwest Thinking? U.S. Regionalism and Nationalism,” Society for Cultural Anthropology, March 7, 2019.
Aaron Hanlon (English), “Find Genres of Revolution in the Classroom,” Age of Revolutions, Jan. 21, 2019.
“Lies About the Humanities—and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them,” Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 7, 2018.
Walter Hatch (Government), “Why conservative think tanks thrive in liberal WA,” Crosscut, 2018.
Annie Kloppenberg (Theater and Dance), performance in “Coldness & Lightness” at the Kennedy Center, March 8, 2019.
Carrie LeVan (Government), “What Mainers really think of ranked-choice voting,” Bangor Daily News, March 12, 2019.
Leticia Mercado (Spanish), “Sepulchral Space in Villamediana and Vaenius,” Emblematica: Essays in Word and Image, Volume 2, 185-220, 2018.
Loren McClenachan (Environmental Studies) coauthor, “Factors influencing ‘Sea to School’ purchases of local seafood products,” Marine Policy, Volume 100, 76-82, 2019.
Coauthor, “Views from the dock: Warming waters, adaptation, and the future of Maine’s lobster fishery,” Ambio, March 2019.
Christopher Moore (Biology) coauthor, “The mismatch in distributions of vertebrates and the plants that they disperse,” Ecography, Volume 42, Issue 4, 621-631, 2019.
Philip Nyhus (Environmental Studies) consigner, “Keep our graduates here: Build A Robust Offshore Wind Industry,” Lowell Sun, March 4, 2019.
Ron Peck (Biology), Serena Graham (Biology), and Abby M. Gregory ’19, “Species Widely Distributed in Halophilic Archaea Exhibit Opsin-Mediated Inhibition of Bacterioruberin Biosynthesis,” Journal of Bacteriology, Volume 201, Issue 2, 2019.
Maple Razsa (Global Studies) and Nadia El-Shaarawi (Global Studies), “Movements upon Movements: Refugee and Activist Struggles to Open the Balkan Route to Europe,” History and Anthropology, Oct. 10, 2018.
Kenneth Rodman (Government), “When Justice Leads, Does Politics Follow?: The Realist Agency in Marginalizing War Criminals,” Journal of International Criminal Justice, March 11, 2019.
Laura Saltz (American Studies), “Making Sense of Eureka,” The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe, February 2019.
Daniel Shea (Government), “Can average citizens rise to the occasion in response to Mueller’s findings?” Portland Press Herald, Jan. 18, 2019.
Duncan Tate (Physics), with Ethan V. Crockett ’13, Ryan C. Newell ’14, and F. Robicheaux, “Heating and cooling of electrons in an ultracold neutral plasma using Rydberg atoms,” Physical Review A, Volume 98, Issue 4, 2018.
Sonja Thomas (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), “Educated Feet: Tap Dancing and Embodied Feminist Pedagogies at a Small Liberal Arts College,” Feminist Teacher, Volume 27, Issue 2, 196-210, 2017.
“Cowboys and Indians: Indian Priests in Rural Montana,” Women’s Studies Quarterly, Volume 47, Issues 1 and 2, 2019.