The Godfather Part II (1974)
6:30pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies: Cinema Migrations
Monday, January 19

UntitledIn many ways, this is not only Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, but also the high water mark of the wonder years of American cinema, the ‘70s. Has there ever been a film as beautiful, ambitious, uncompromising — and commercially successful! — as Coppola’s legendary, Oscar-sweeping (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro) expansion of his original smash hit? And has there ever been a greater film about the American Immigration experience? In English, and in Italian, Sicilian, Spanish and Latin with English subtitles. 200 Min.

Latcho Drom (2003)
7:00pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies:Cinema Migrations
Monday, February 16

Untitled2This majestic, French-made film wishes viewers a ‘latcho drom’ — a safe journey — as it follows the roots of the Rom, traveling people better known as Gypsies. Stunning and evocative, it transcends language and culture, bringing together the best elements of National Geographic-style documentary and music video in a kind of anthropological MTV. Latcho Drom tells a compelling story of Rom migrations from Northern India to Europe and the rest of the world. 103 min.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Noontime, Colby College Museum
Wednesday, Feburary 18

Bird: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled”, 1992/1993. Print on paper, endless copies 8 in. at ideal height x 48 1/4 x 33 1/4 in. (original paper size). © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation; Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Join the Museum this Wednesday, February 18 at noon for their first noontime art talk of the semester!
Beth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art, and Francisca Moraga Lopez, Mirken Family Postbaccalaureate Fellow in Museum Practice, will discuss the artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres and his two “Untitled” works that will be on view in the Museum’s lobby from February 12 through June 7, 2015 as part of the 2014-15 Humanities Theme of “Migrations.”

Jon Haddow ’83
4:00pm, Olin 1
Tuesday, February 24

Haddow JonJon Haddow, (B.A. Colby, 1983; JD, University of Maine, 1990) has been a practicing attorney in Bangor since 1990. Jon will speak about the immigrant and migrant populations in Maine, what their legal needs are, and what challenges face immigrants, migrant workers, and immigration attorneys in the current political climate.



Early African American Art at Colby
1:00pm, Colby College Museum of Art
Thursday, March 12

Tanner_Street Scene, Paris_ca 1890s_1972.052On Thursday, March 12 at 1pm, the students in “AR256: African American Art” (taught by Professor Tanya Sheehan) will present original research on a selection of early African American artworks at the Colby College Museum of Art. Those artworks include a painted portrait by Joshua Johnson, studio photographs by J. P. Ball, a landscape painting by Edward Bannister, works on paper by Henry O. Tanner, and a hand-sewn doll quilt. The students will present new information about these understudied objects, situate them within existing art-historical narratives, and imagine new ways of writing those narratives. Please join us for an afternoon of exploration, discovery, and discussion. A reception in the lobby of the museum will follow the talks.

7:00pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies:Cinema Migrations
Monday, March 16

Untitled3Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on “walkabout”: a ritual separation from his tribe. Their passage becomes some sort of initiation ritual, a journey towards adulthood on which they are accompanied by a young Aborigine whom they come across one day. Walkabout isn’t a story about a struggle for survival in the scorching desert, although, in some of the shots, the oppressive heat is almost tangible — one can feel the dryness in one’s throat. Nor is it simply a story about the clash of two cultures. It’s about their journey through the desolate timeless terrain, full of wild animals, vegetation and colors, resembles an excursion into a God-forsaken, feral and sensuous primordial world, governed by instinct, and pure emotion and freedom.

Professors and Migrations
7:00pm, Bobby Silberman Lounge (Lopo)
Tuesday, March 17

migrations_2014_9c_rgbThis event is a student-facilitated panel that will complement this year’s humanities theme of migrations. The panel will give professors a chance to share their own personal migration experiences and allow students to learn from and recognize the broad range of cultures present in the Colby community.

Panelist will include: Professor Veronique Plesch (Art), Professor Audrey Brunetaux (French), Professor Mouhamedoul Niang (French), Professor Nikky Singh (Religious Studies), and Professor Fernando Gouvea (Mathematics and Statistics).

Navigating dispossession: Gender and agency among Burmese migrants in Thailand’s border economic zones
4:00pm, Diamond 141
Thursday, April 2

AdamSaltsmanThe department of anthropology will welcome back, Adam Saltsman, Colby ’04. Adam is about to complete his Ph.D. at Boston College. He will present his dissertation research with Burmese migrants in Thailand, the culmination of many years of working on refugee and border issues in the region. Adam will also be available during the afternoon of April 2 to discuss his career in human rights advocacy and research with all interested students. Please contact Prof. Mills,, if you would like to meet with Adam.

A reception in the Diamond atrium will follow the talk. All are welcome.

Alexandra Exter and Aelita
5:30pm, Colby Museum of Art
Thursday, April 2

aelita-bograd-1927posterA pioneer of Russian Constructivism, Alexandra Exter (1882-1949) produced work that exemplifies the internationalism of the avant-garde in the 1920’s, and a migration spurred by the shifting political climate in post-revolutionary Russia. Exter received permission to exhibit her drawings for the film Aelita (1924) at the Venice Biennale, and emigrated to Paris shortly afterward where she permanently settled. Visitors are invited to an evening that will begin with an introductory lecture delivered by Colby professors Addis Mason and Elena Monastireva-Ansdell, describing their study of a Constructivist work in the collection of the Colby Museum of Art, followed by a screening of the film.

Migrations: From Spain to Latin America
Nicolás Alberto Dosman, tenor, Yuri Lily Funahashi, piano
Noon, Lower Jetté Gallery
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

565829-9229-25Tenor Nicolás Alberto Dosman, pianist Yuri Lily Funahashi, and guitarist Mark Leighton team up to perform music from Spain and Latin America, including Latin American popular music and folk songs.



Libby Garland
Kingsborough Community College, The City University of New York
4:00pm, Pugh Center, Cotter Union
Wednesday, April 8

Garland-e1423448346930In 1921 and 1924, the United States passed laws to sharply reduce the influx of immigrants into the country. In this talk, Libby Garland will share some of the dramatic tales she has uncovered of Jewish immigrants who came to the United States despite the new laws. Some paid smugglers to sneak them over the border; others entered at major seaports with fake documents purchased abroad. Garland will explore the meanings such illegal immigration had for Jews and others at the time, as well as share some thoughts about how this history provides important perspective on present-day debates around immigration.

Spring Arrivals of Maine Migratory Birds
6:30pm, Waterville City Council Chambers
Wednesday, April 15

djb_02-07-09-0004Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of BioSciences will discuss the impact of temperature on the arrival dates of migratory birds.




Kerouac: The Long Road of French-Canadian Migration
Hassan Melehy, Professor of French, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4:00pm, Robinson Room, Library
Thursday, April 16

picture-393The child of French-Canadian immigrants from Quebec, Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachussetts. He grew up at a time when French-Canadian immigrants were the targets of racist abuse across the United States. Hassan Melehy will give a talk situating Kerouac’s work within Franco-American history. Melehy will examine the themes of migration and racism in Kerouac’s The Town and the City, On the Road, Desolation Angels, and Satori in Paris. Melehy is the author of Writing Cogito: Montaigne, Descartes, and the Institution of the Modern Subject (SUNY Press, 1997), and The Poetics of Literary Transfer in Early Modern France and England (Ashgate, 2010), and also regularly publishes poetry.


Franco-American Dance Party
7:00pm, Page Commons
Thursday, April 16

Gretchen swinging at LPL contra 350dpi 7x10An entertaining evening of music and dancing in the traditional Franco American “kitchen party” style. Maine folk fiddlers will perform a selection of lively jigs-&-reels to which caller Cindy Larock will lead attendees in some old-time contras and circle dances for an experience that will exhilarate veteran dancers and beginners alike. Refreshments will be provided throughout the evening. Open free of charge to all students, faculty and staff as well as members of the local community.

Three Colors: White (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994)
7:00pm, Maine Film Center
Part of Monday Night Movies: Cinema Migrations
Monday, April 20

Untitled4An expatriate Polish hairdresser whose French wife divorces him after just six months of marriage because of his impotency. Penniless and devoid of his passport, Karol must journey back to Poland by hiding in a trunk. Upon his return, he slowly begins amassing a considerable fortune, ultimately hatch-ing a perverse plot for revenge. Often unjustly dismissed as the weak link in the trilogy, WHITE grows in strength upon repeated viewings. An allegory about equality, the film is mordantly witty, a cynical look at power, marriage, and capitalism.”—New York Film Society. In fact, it’s a sly, brilliant masterpiece about immigration of the heart and the soul, from one of the great filmmakers of all time. R. In Polish, French and Russian with English subtitles. 91 Min.

Migrations: Going to America and Coming to Europe
Collegium Chamber Singers and Players, Todd Borgerding, conductor
7:30 p.m., Lorimer Chapel
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Untitled1-150x150Colby Chamber Singers explore the musical exchange between Europe and the Americas during the Age of Discovery. Renaissance choral works from the New World, instrumental music from 17th-century Europe based on Caribbean dances, and moving songs of exile from 16th-century Spain showcase the rich results of cultural encounters.


Photography and Migration
Thursday-Saturday, April 23-25, Olin 1

SheehanScholars, artists, students, and members of the Waterville community will come together to interrogate the relationship between photography and migration. What does it mean to represent photographically the experiences of immigration, (im)mobility, exile, and diaspora? How do photographs themselves, moreover, migrate across local, regional, national, and global contexts? In addition to formal presentations and roundtable discussions, the conference will include exhibitions of historical photographs and artworks at Colby College, film screenings, and a public event featuring local photographs.

In addition to formal presentations and discussions, the conference will include exhibitions of historical photographs and artworks at Colby College and a screening of the critically acclaimed film Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of People (2014).

My Feet Are a Journey
Exhibit Opening and Artist Reception
3:00pm, Diamond Atrium

Friday April 24

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 9.43.03 AMA unique collaboration between the Alfond Youth Center and Colby students and faculty empowered a group of local fifth-graders to explore their worlds through photography. Inspired by the Colby College 2015 Humanities theme of “Migrations,” these young people produced photographs over two months that address how they imagine “journeys”: through movement, foreignness, travel, transportation. Their pictures and texts describe how they navigate their surroundings now and how they might reimagine them in the future.

Co-sponsored by the Goldfarb Center and Center for the Arts and Humanities.


Migrations to Maine
Sunday, April 26

Maine MigrationsThis one-day conference will address various aspects of migration to Maine past and present. Students, faculty, and various stakeholders from the community will gather to share research, to discuss ideas, and to disseminate information. If you would like more information about the conference, or would like to register, please visit



Christian Marclay, Bollywood in Gstaad
7:00pm, William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby
Monday, April 27

Christian Marclay Bollywood Goes to Gstaad, 2013 video, 17 minutes (color, sound) Edition 3 of 5, 2 AP © Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New YorkOrganized in conjunction with the 2014-2015 humanities theme of “Migrations,” this event will feature a screening of Bollywood Goes to Gstaad (2013), a video by Christian Marclay composed of Bollywood scenes filmed in the Swiss Alps. This short (17 minute) work will be preceded by a presentation of Marclay’s Telephones (1995, 7:30 minutes). Steve Wurtzler, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at Colby College will offer introductory remarks and lead a post-screening discussion.

Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colby Cinema Studies, and the Colby College Museum of Art.

Performance Lab Series
7:30pm, Cellar Theater
Thursday- Saturday, April 30-May 2, 2015

migrations_2014_9c_rgbPLS is an applied laboratory course designed for students who have been cast in the annual Performance Lab Series production. Under the mentorship of theater and dance faculty and staff, students work in a team to collaborate in the practice and creation of new work, to apply problem solving and critical thinking skills to embodied investigations, and to engage in creative exploration in the formation of new performance work. This year Brendan Leonard ’16 and Alexis Atkinson ’15 share the evening. Both students chose to work with migratory themes. Leonard will explore Chuck Mee’s play Big Love and Atkinson will unpack Ragtime.