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Much Ado About Nothing
Thursday and Friday, Feb. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
This enduringly popular romantic comedy is directed by Richard Sewell, Colby professor emeritus and cofounder of The Theater at Monmouth – The Shakespearean Theater of Maine. Sewell breathes new life into this timeless tale of gossip and love. Set in Italy, Much Ado About Nothing is the story of Claudio and Hero, who are about to be married and their conspiracy to get two people who think they hate each other, Beatrice and Benedick, to fall in love. Tickets are available by reservation or at the theater 30 minutes before the performance.
Contact: Deb Ward, 859-4520,

Combating the Financial Crisis
Thursday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Since the onset of the current financial crisis, David Wilcox, deputy director of the division of research and statistics at the Federal Reserve Board, has helped to coordinate the Federal Reserve’s policy response. He assists in preparation of the economic forecast provided to the Federal Open Market Committee for its policy-setting meetings and in preparation of speeches and testimony for the members of the Fed’s board of governors. Before joining the Federal Reserve, Wilcox served at the Department of the Treasury, where he contributed to the department’s efforts on domestic economic issues, including Social Security and Medicare policy. The lecture is a memorial to the late Edward Gramlich, Colby parent, Federal Reserve Board governor, and prophet of the subprime crisis.
Contact: Professor Michael Donihue, 859-4776,

Energy Policy of the Obama Administration and the New Congress
Friday, Feb. 6, noon
Room 141, Diamond Building
Robert Gramlich ’91, policy director at the American Wind Energy Association in Washington, D.C., has been involved in electric industry analysis and policy for 15 years. He was economic advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and held positions in the PJM Market Monitoring Unit, PG&E National Energy Group, the World Resource Institute, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Contact: Professor Michael Donihue, 859-4776,

Confronting the Iraqi Refugee Crisis: From Awareness to Action
Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
This daylong conference will feature presentations by former New York Times interpreter Nour Al-Khal and photojournalist Kael Alford, speeches by advocates and directors from Refugees International and the International Rescue Committee, and workshops to encourage grassroots efforts to help refugees in our communities. Former translator Alaa Rasheed will speak during lunch and journalist and author Laila Al-Arian will give the keynote address at dinner. All are welcome. For more information, visit
Contact: Professor Jason Opal, 859-5332,

African Drumming and Music Concert
Saturday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
Students in Jordan Benissan’s African Drumming Jan Plan course will perform.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Religion, Black Bodies, and the ‘Look’ of Civil Rights Struggle
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Room 141, Diamond Building
Anthony B. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is executive director of the Society for the Study of Black Religion and co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Black Theology Group.
Contact: Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, 859-4715,

Environmental Studies Lunchtime Colloquium
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m.
Fairchild Room, Dana dining hall
Mellon environmental studies interns Louis Seton ’09, Courtney Chilcote ’09, Drew Hill ’09, Sarah Stevens ’09, and Leah Gourlie ’09 share their Jan Plan experiences.
Contact Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Noontime Art Talk
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Associate Professor of Art Bevin Engman will discuss her new work. Free lunch for the first 40 people.
Contact: Lauren Lessing, 859-5609,

Museum Open House
Thursday, Feb. 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Students, faculty, staff, and community members meet to celebrate the opening of Bevin Engman: New Work and Andy Warhol: Screen Tests & Photographs.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Corporate Social Responsibility: The Case of Land O’ Lakes
Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Chris Policinski, CEO of Land O’Lakes, will discuss the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Fundraising and Awareness Run for Maine-based U.S. Marines
Friday, February 13
Players and coaches of Colby’s men’s lacrosse team will run from Colby to Bowdoin and back to raise awareness and money in support of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Division — the only U.S. Marine Corps unit based in Maine. Other interested runners are invited to participate. The Waterville Police Department will provide an escort on the 108-mile round trip.
Contact: Jon Thompson, men’s lacrosse coach, 859-4920,

Children’s Art Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.
Children will learn about prints and patterns at the Colby museum, then go to Freshwater Arts in downtown Waterville to create stamps for printing Valentine’s Day cards. The event is free and open to all ages, but attendance is limited and preregistration is required. To register, call 680-2055.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 14
Lecture and demonstration, 2 p.m.; performance, 7 p.m.
Pugh Center, Cotter Union
In celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Gao Hong, master Pipa musician, will conduct a lecture and demonstration and perform.
Contact: Noel James, 859-4256,

Government Department Lecture
Making Tough Decisions on the Policy Issues that Matter

Monday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Paul C. Light, a professor of public service at New York University, has written 18 books including the award-winning Thickening Government and The Tides of Reform. He is also a coauthor of a best-selling American government textbook, Government by the People. His research interests include bureaucracy, civil service, Congress, entitlement programs, executive branch, government reform, nonprofit effectiveness, organizational change, and the political appointment process. Until joining NYU, Light served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, founding director of its Center for Public Service, and vice president and director of the Governmental Studies Program.  Contact: Sarah Ward, 859-5300,

Rethinking the Way We Address Complex Risks to Human Health and Ecosystems

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
Olin Science Center, Room 01
Joel A. Tickner ’89, associate professor, Department of Community Health and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Contact Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Faculty Panel: The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m.
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
Contact: Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, 859-4715,

Noontime Art Talk
Thursday, Feb. 19, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Associate Professor of Art and East Asian Studies Ankeney Weitz, curator of the Ink Tales exhibition, will deliver a talk. Free lunch for the first 40 people.
Contact: Lauren Lessing, 859-5609,

The Magic of Mediation: Why Mediation is a Better Way to Resolve Disputes
Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Jacques Wood is a mediator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. The agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies, and communities.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Nimble Arts: The Love Show
Friday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
Former members of Cirque du Soleil are featured in this family-friendly combination of circus and vaudeville with a little burlesque thrown in. The Love Show is an aerial, acrobatic and juggling performance with comedy and romanticism: high-flying aerialists who flirt, fiery jugglers who get burned on a date, a wife who stands on her husband’s head, and other interludes of love gone awry. For more information visit Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7 p.m. There are no advance reservations.
Contact: Deb Ward, 859-4520,

Music at Colby Concert Series
The Strider Concert: Handel’s Inheritance

Saturday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Former Chanticleer countertenor Ian Howell joins Michael Albert in a performance of works by George Frideric Handel and other composers who influenced Handel’s music. Arcangelo Corelli, Alessandro Stradella, Johann Mattheson, Reinhard Keiser, and Agostino Steffani, all masters of the Italian florid style, shaped Handel into the composer of famous works that have excited listeners through the centuries. Prepare for an evening of sublime sonorities, fast flourishes, and dramatic cadenzas.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Visiting Writers Series
Graphic Novelist Alison Bechdel
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Alison Bechdel is author of Fun Home, a graphic novel that numerous periodicals — including Time, The New York Times, People, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Los Angeles Times — listed as one of the best books of 2006. Since 1983, her counter-cultural comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For has been syndicated in dozens of outlets. Hailed by Ms. magazine as “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comic genre, period,” Bechdel’s DTWOF is syndicated in more than 50 alternative newspapers and publications, translated into many languages, and collected into a book series with more than 250,000 copies in print.
Contact: Professor Debra Spark, 859-5284,

The Importance of Pursuing Policy Change at the State and Local Level:
A Case Study of Maine’s Efforts to Ban Certain Toxins

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m.
Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall
Speaker of the Main House of Representatives Hannah Pingree
Contact Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Burst the Bubble Panel Discussion: Diversity in Waterville
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Noontime Art Talk
Thursday, Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m.
Assistant Professor of English Sarah Keller will discuss Andy Warhol’s photographs.
Colby College Museum of Art
Free bag lunches to the first 40 people.
Contact: Lauren Lessing, 859-5609,

AIDS PhotoMosaics Exhibit: Gallery Opening for Face-to-Face AIDS
Thursday, Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m.
Atrium, Diamond Building
Through photography, film, educational exhibits, and presentations, the Face-to-Face AIDS Project (F2F) increases understanding of the HIV crisis in Malawi and Cambodia and actively generates funding for a range of projects. Photographs will be on display for two weeks.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Face to Face AIDS in Malawi, Africa, with Kenneth Wong ’83, creator of Face-to-Face AIDS
Thursday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Pianist Yukiko Sekino
Saturday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Yukiko Sekino will offer a program that ranges from Bach to Xenakis. She has performed in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, in venues including New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Recital Hall, and she has appeared with orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Ongoing Events

Story Time in the Museum
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Join museum docents every Sunday for art-related stories, games, and discussion in the museum’s galleries. Story Time in the Museum is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Lauren Lessing, 859-5609,

Guided Museum Tours
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Contact: Lauren Lessing, 859-5609,

Ongoing Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Whistler and the Figure: Prints from the Lunder Collection
Nov. 1, 2008-May 31, 2009
Throughout his career, James McNeill Whistler was preoccupied with portraying the human figure. Though best known for his elegant and enigmatic oil portraits of society notables and — of course — his own mother, he also executed many smaller-scale figural works within the private space of his home and studio as well as the public spaces of the city and countryside. Curated by David P. Becker, this selection from the more than 200 Whistler etchings and lithographs in the Lunder Collection focuses on the artist’s equally keen perception of the figure from near and far.

Bevin Engman: New Work
Jan. 17-March 8, 2009
Associate Professor of Art Bevin Engman presents paintings, collages, and source photographs drawn from her recent explorations of the land, sea and sky. These “quotes” from the environment of Cape Cod, where the artist spent her childhood summers and recently returned to paint, capture the abstraction of the subject through subtle compositions of color and form.

Ink Tales: Chinese Paintings from the Collections of the Museums of Bowdoin and Colby Colleges
Jan. 22-March 8, 2009
Ink Tales, the result of a collaborative project by students at Colby and Bowdoin colleges, features Chinese paintings drawn from the collections of both institutions. The exhibition, held simultaneously on both campuses, explores the variety of stories associated with the images, formats, and functions of Chinese paintings.

Hannah Collins: Current History
Feb. 5-May 31, 2009
A recent purchase and partial gift of the Alex Katz Foundation, Hannah Collins’s video Current History (2007) is an evocative retelling of one day in the life of a family in Beshencevo, a remote village in central Russia. Through a series of interwoven visual fragments, including landscapes and domestic scenes, contrasts emerge between the realities of post-Soviet life and the conventions of a traditional settlement.

Andy Warhol’s Photos
Feb. 12-May 31, 2009
Photography was an integral component of Andy Warhol’s artistic process, yet it has received significantly less critical attention than his paintings and films. This selection of Polaroids and gelatin silver prints has been drawn from 150 Warhol photographs that entered the Colby museum’s collection through the Photographic Legacy Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation. Works included in the exhibition offer a surprisingly intimate perspective on Warhol and the diverse circle of luminaries, socialites, and celebrities he photographed, among them Olympian Dorothy Hamill, developer Steve Wynn, and jetsetter Bianca Jagger.

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