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Colby College is pleased to announce the following events in March and at the end of February. All are free (except where noted) and open to the public.

Goldfarb Center Event

Convivencia: Why Can’t We All Get Along?

Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Medieval Spain
February 27, 7 p.m.
Room 142, Diamond Building
There was a period of co-existence and cooperation between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Muslim Spain for a few centuries from about 800 to 1050. The lecture will begin with a discussion of this period by Marc Cohen of Princeton University. A discussion of why the three major religions have such conflict in the modern world will follow. Also featuring Colby history faculty members John Turner, Howard Lupovitch, and Larissa Taylor.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Contact: Kate O’Halloran, 859-5319,

Notes from a Gambling Nation: China Bets on its Future
Wednesday, February 28, 7 p.m.
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
We already know what China has become: the world’s largest communist state and fastest growing economy. But what is it becoming? John Pomfret, former Beijing bureau chief for “The Washington Post” and author of “Chinese Lessons,” says China is becoming “a nation consumed by the fast buck and the quick fix — from the boardroom to the bedroom.” This award-winning journalist will talk about the dizzying changes taking place in China today.
Contact: Professor Walter Hatch, 859-5305,

Let’s Die Laughing: Comedian Eliot Chang
Friday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Page Commons, Cotter Union
Eliot Chang has appeared on film and television, including Law & Order and Comedy Central shows. He will perform for an hour and then lead a one-hour diversity workshop called “Asians in the Media.”
Contact: Amy Lu ’09,

Written and adapted by Steve Kidd ’97
March 2-3, 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
Sigh/Omelas is a poignant drama about children who are affected by and afflicted with HIV and AIDS. This powerful play is based upon Kidd’s experiences working with these children in a summer camp. He portrays four characters and the narrator. His original dramatic text is interwoven with Ursula LeGuin’s haunting and provocative story of the fictional utopian city of Omelas, where people live in perpetual happiness and joy . . . but at what cost? (Mature teens and adults. Approximately one hour and 15 minutes.) Tickets: $2 students and seniors, $3 general admission.
Contact: Deb Ward, 859-4520,

Music at Colby

Can You See What I Hear?

An Evening of Compositions by Jonathan Hallstrom
Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Over the last two decades Professor Jonathan Hallstrom has become a significant force in the world of electro-acoustic music-music that seeks to integrate computers with live performers. His explorations have increasingly focused on intermedia, in which the efforts of multiple artistic disciplines are merged into a single composite art form with the computer functioning as moderator/facilitator. Hallstrom’s concert will feature pieces composed since 1992, including works for traditional acoustic instruments, works for live instruments with fixed computer-generated sounds, and works in which the performer and computer interact in real time. Recent video/music compositions and the premiere of a new interactive work for dancer and live video/electronics will also be included.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Bernard Langlais: Abstractions and Reliefs Opening Reception
Sunday, March 4, 2:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
While working in New York during the late 1950s and early ’60s, Maine-born artist Bernard Langlais (1921-1977) began to explore wood relief as a medium. Using found wooden objects and scraps, Langlais developed a unique style of “painting with wood,” creating complex works that are as viscerally stirring as they are familiar and mundane. The Colby College Museum of Art will present 24 of these evocative, early wood reliefs.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Visiting Writers Series

Poet Baron Wormser
Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Robinson Room, Miller Library
Baron Wormser is the author of six books of poetry and one chapbook. He is the co-author of two books about teaching poetry. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. From 2000 to 2005 he served as poet laureate of Maine. His memoir, The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living off the Grid, was released in the fall of 2006.
Contact: Department of English, 859-5251,

Lipman Lecture

In Every Generation They Wish to Destroy Us: Anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism as factors in Jewish history
Wednesday, March 7, 7 p.m.
Pugh Center, Cotter Union
Deborah E. Lipstadt directs the Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, where she is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies. In her book History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving she tells the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right-wing extremist. Lipstadt stands at the front of the fight against Holocaust deniers. She was also an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and helped design a section of the museum.
Contact: Joseph Roisman, 859-4163,

That Takes Ovaries: A Speak Out
Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Mary Low Coffeehouse
Rivka Solomon, author of That Takes Ovaries: Bold Females and their Brazen Acts, will kick off an open mic night for women and girls to share whatever inspires them. Donations will support Waterville’s Hardy Girls Healthy Women and Madre, an organization that benefits women and children in Darfur.
Contact: Patrick Sanders ’07,

Greetings from a Queer Senorita
Friday, March 9, 7 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
Comedian Monica Palacios offers an evening of wholesome “lesbo raunch” and righteous rants of nationality, sexuality, and middle age flab.
Contact: Professor Emma Garcia, 859-4676,

The Sierra Leone Aid Project Benefit Concert
Saturday, March 10, 7 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
A benefit concert featuring various Colby musical ensembles and musicians. Proceeds benefit the Sierra Leone Project, a student initiative to help fight malaria in the African country. Sponsored by Amnesty International. Admission is $3.
Contact: Kirsten Duda ’09, 542-6122,

Music at Colby

Colby Sinfonietta
Jonathan Hallstrom, conductor
Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
The Colby Sinfonietta is a group of players drawn from the full orchestra for the purpose of playing music specifically written for chamber orchestra. This concert will include Gubaidulina’s Concordanza, Stravinsky’s concertino for 12 instruments, and Ibert’s Capriccio and Haydn: Symphony #84 (la Reine).
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Climate Change with Bill Moomaw, Tufts University
Monday, March 12, noon
2nd floor, Roberts Building
Cosponsored with the Mid-Maine Global Forum
Contact: Joan Sanzenbacher, 859-4733,

Goldfarb Lecture

War on Terror
Monday, March 12, 7 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
Christopher Coker, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Contact: Sarah Ward, 859-5300,

Environmental Studies Evening Colloquium

Finite Earth and Our Energy Future
Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
In 1982 David Blittersdorf founded NRG Systems, a company that serves wind farm developers, utilities, government agencies, and wind turbine manufacturers around the world.  Now Blittersdorf is turning his attention to the world of small wind with the start up of Earth Turbines. Blittersdorf is past president for the American Wind Energy Association, and a founding member and past chair of Renewable Energy Vermont, among many other boards and committees.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-4846,
Wai Chee Dimock Lecture
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
Contact: Professor Elizabeth Leonard, 859-5322,

An Evening with Bernice Johnson Reagon — CANCELLED
Friday, March 16, 7 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
Professor Emeritus of History at American University, recipient of the 2003 Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities, a scholar and artist in African-American cultural history and music, and recipient of an honorary doctorate from Colby in 2004, Reagon will give a lecture and sing. Free tickets are required.
Contact: Professor Elizabeth Leonard, 859-5322,

Music at Colby — CANCELLED

A Schubert Evening: Die schöne Müllerin (The Beautiful Miller Maid)
William Hite, tenor; Craig Smith, piano
Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
The Boston Globe has described William Hite as “a breathtaking communicator.” His warm tone and vivid portrayals with early music groups, symphony orchestras, and opera companies have garnered critical acclaim throughout North America. He has appeared as operatic and oratorio soloist with groups including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Washington Bach Consort, New York City Ballet, Handel and Haydn Society, and Boston Baroque. Funded in part by the Freda M. Charles Music Fund.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

2007 Leadership Institute

Civic Leadership: Forging Connections Between Business and Community
March 21, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Diamond Building
The session will feature a keynote address by David Ott, President/CEO of TD Banknorth in Maine, followed by two concurrent panel discussions to engage the audience in discussion on how to make these important civic connections. A printed program will recognize the winners of the Governor’s Awards for Business Excellence, presented during the luncheon at Colby since their inception in 1991.
Contact: Kate O’Halloran, 859-5319,

Knock on Wood Guitarfest ’07
Saturday, March 31
Colby and the Waterville Opera House
The third annual Knock on Wood Guitarfest will feature some of the world’s most innovative and accomplished guitar players in performance and workshop settings.
Workshops at Colby:
1:30 p.m.  Ed Gerhard (slide and fingerstyle)
3:00 p.m.  James Nash and Stevie Coyle of The Waybacks (flat picking and fingerstyle)
4:30 p.m.  Gary Hoey  (surf and rock guitar techniques)

Performance at the Waterville Opera House
7:30 p.m.  Ed Gerhard, The Waybacks, and Gary Hoey in concert

$15.00 admission to the Opera House
$25.00 admission to the Opera House and one workshop
$30.00 admission to the Opera House and all workshops

Tickets can be purchased at the Waterville Opera House or by calling 873-7000.
Ticket required for admission to concert.

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Current Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Bernard Langlais: Abstractions and Reliefs Opening Reception
March 1 – June 17
While working in New York during the late 1950s and early ’60s, Maine-born artist Bernard Langlais (1921-1977) began to explore wood relief as a medium. Using found wooden objects and scraps, Langlais developed a unique style of “painting with wood,” creating complex works that are as viscerally stirring as they are familiar and mundane. The Colby College Museum of Art will present 24 of these evocative, early wood reliefs.

Modern Japanese Prints
January 30 – March 18
Organized by students in the Asian Museum Workshop, this exhibition explores Japan’s struggle to achieve its own identity during the 19th and 20th centuries. The prints in this exhibition illustrate Japanese artists’ willingness to infuse their aesthetic sensibilities with those of the West to find a balance between tradition and modernity.

African-American Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection
February 1 – March 11, 2007
In honor of Black History Month, the museum brings together from the permanent collection a selection of works by important African-American artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Kara Walker. The documentary Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance, which tells the story of this 1920s and ’30s movement and its impact on American art and society, will be played on a loop.

The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information call 207-859-5600 or visit