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As part of its ongoing series, the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College is offering two free seminars for the spring semester. Seminars are taught by retired Colby professors and are open to all members of the local community.

The Current Economy
Wednesdays, March 11-25, 4 p.m.
Are you trying to make sense of the economic downturn? Wondering when or if the bad news will end? Join Colby Professor Emeritus Hank Gemery for an economist’s outlook on the financial crisis. Gemery will offer a reasoned, hype-free look at the country’s financial status, with an opportunity for questions and discussion.  In the event of snow, the seminar will be postponed to the next day at 4 p.m. 

Short Novels of Henry James
Tuesdays, March 17-May 5, 4 p.m.
Read and discuss some classic short novels by one of the masters of modern fiction with Professor of English Emeritus Pat Brancaccio. The course will feature such perennial favorites as Daisy Miller, Washington Square, The Turn of the Screw, and The Beast in the Jungle

To register, please send an e-mail to Alice Elliott at the Goldfarb Center,, or call 859-5313. Classes are located on the Colby campus.

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement connects teaching and research with contemporary political, economic and social issues. For more information about the Goldfarb Center, please visit