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Colby College is pleased to announce the following events in November. All are open to the public and free.

Twenty Years after the Berlin Wall: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Colby professors will discuss the fall of the Berlin Wall and its implications from a variety of angles, including economics, philosophy, government, history and cultural studies. Panelists will share personal reflections and comment on developments and shifts in their respective disciplines. Participants are Assistant Professor of Philosophy Lydia Moland, Professor of History Raffael Scheck, Assistant Professor of German Cyrus Shahan, Assistant Professor of Economics Andreas Waldkirch, and Associate Professor of Government and International Studies Jennifer Yoder. Moderated by Assistant Professor of German Arne Koch.
Contact: Professor Arne Koch, 859-4449,

Haze, Frog Fungus and Traveling Eels — Local Connections to Regional and Global Environmental Stories
Wednesday, Nov. 4, noon
Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall
Environmental journalist Murray Carpenter, most recently a reporter for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, holds an M.S. in environmental studies and has freelanced for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, and Audubon Magazine. He has produced radio reports for NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition and Public Radio International’s The World and Living on Earth. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch with the speaker.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

The Annual Berger Family Holocaust Lecture
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
Pugh Center, Cotter Union
Professor Joanna Michlic, a scholar of the Holocaust and director of the Families, Children and the Holocaust at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, will discuss the plight of Jewish children in Poland during and after the Holocaust.
Contact: Professor Elisa Narin van Court, 859-5274,

Colby College Chorale “Preview” Concert
Sunday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
The Colby College Chorale, under the direction of visiting conductor Shannon Chase, presents traditional and contemporary world choral music featuring Jordan Benissan and the Colby African Drumming Ensemble. Discover new places, near and far, through a celebration of people and their passion for living as manifested in song. The complete performance of the program “People of Passion: A World in Song” will be presented spring semester. See complete concert schedule at
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5671,

How Race Plays a Role in the News
Monday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Has the color of the president changed the character of media? Boston Globe columnist and Lovejoy Visiting Journalist in Residence Derrick Z. Jackson will discuss race and the media. A columnist since 1988, Jackson has won numerous awards for his commentary, including two from the National Education Writers Association and six for political and sports commentary from the National Association of Black Journalists. Jackson is also a photographer, and his images of Barack Obama on the campaign trail were featured this summer at a gallery on Martha’s Vineyard.
Contact: Barbara Walsh,

Noontime Art Talk
Thursday, Nov. 12, 12:30 p.m.
Lunder Curator of American Art Elizabeth Finch will discuss George Caleb Bingham’s Landscape with Fisherman. Complimentary lunch (served at noon) for the first 40 visitors.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Get Up Downtown
Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m.
Jorgensen’s Cafe, Waterville
Community members and students from all local colleges are invited for free coffee and pastries and an open until open 8 p.m.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

November 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, 7:30 p.m.
November 15, 2 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
With an on-stage swimming pool, a collection of gods and goddesses, some infamous denizens of the underworld, a raft or two, strolling musicians, a psychiatrist, spectacular lighting effects, and a trio of singing and dancing laundresses, this highly theatrical retelling of Ovid’s Metamorphoses takes mythology (and swimming) to a whole new place. Filled with contemporary references and vivid imagery, Metamorphoses bridges myth and modernism and invites us to celebrate the staying power of love in the face of constant and inevitable change. By Mary Zimmerman, directed by Professor Lynne Conner, choreographed by Daphne McCoy, original music by Peter de Klerk. This performance is part of the Metamorphoses Project, a web of programming and course work engaging the Colby and Waterville communities around the theme of myth and its ongoing importance in contemporary life. For more information, please visit
Contact: Deb Ward, 859-4521,

Of the People, By the People, For the People: Composers’ Agendas
Saturday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Each of the composers featured in this Colby Wind Ensemble concert shares the goal of communicating a greater truth to an audience. Their messages, however, are quite dissimilar: Symphony in B Flat by Paul Hindemith, who championed Gebrauschmusik (Music for Use); Aram Khachaturian’s memorial To the Heroes of A Patriotic War; Mozart’s political depiction of royal rights in Le Nozze Di Figaro; and Anne McGinty’s inspirational piece Motivations, based on the liturgy of St. James’s Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. The final piece, Eric Whitacre’s Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, has a secret message that will be revealed on concert day.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5671,

Myths and Realities: The United States in Latin America
Monday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
Bernard Aronson dealt with wars, revolutions, narco-traffickers and economic crises while serving as assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs under Presidents Bush and Clinton, from 1989 to 1993. He challenges common myths and preconceptions about America’s role in Latin America. Aronson is managing partner at ACON Investments, an international private equity investment firm managing capital through varied investment funds and special-purpose partnerships.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

The Environment in American Art
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12:15
Colby College Museum of Art
From the 19th century to the present, American artists have explored the impact of humans on the environment through pictures and sculptures. Their images convey the ambivalence felt by Americans who, on one hand, celebrated the progress of industry and on the other hand decried its often-devastating consequences and celebrated the beauty of nature. Mirken Curator of Education Lauren Lessing will lead a tour and discussion focused on environmental themes in the exhibition Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art. A buffet lunch, beginning at 11:45, is available to the first 25 who RSVP to
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Noontime Art Talks
Thursday, Nov. 19, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art History Julie Levin Caro will discuss African American artists’ responses to the Civil Rights movement. Complimentary lunch (served at noon) for the first 40 visitors.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Women in the Spotlight: Recent Recipients of Book Awards and Grants
Thursday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m.
Room 215, Lovejoy Building
This session highlights the work of Colby women who, in recent years, have received national or international recognition in the form of external grants (for research, pedagogy, or creative work) and book awards. Presenters are Associate Professor and Chair of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner, Professor of Art/Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator of the Colby College Museum of Art Sharon L. Corwin, Professor and Chair of Anthropology Mary Beth Mills, The J. Warren Merrill Associate Professor of Biology Andrea R. Tilden, and Associate Professor of Art and American Studies Laura Saltz.
Contact: Professor Ankeney Weitz, 859-5642,

Iraqi Refugee Awareness Movement Benefit Concert
Thursday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.
Page Commons, Cotter Union
This live music event aims to benefit Iraqi refugees in Maine and to raise awareness about the challenges they face. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of food and/or clothing.
Contact: Professor John Turner, 859-5333,

Between Government and Humanitarianism: Conflict and Citizenship in the Gaza Strip
Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Current research by Professor Ilana Feldman of George Washington University includes work on policing and security and humanitarianism. In the first project she is examining the impact of policing practices on conceptions of citizenship in Gaza. In the second, she is tracing the Palestinian experience in humanitarianism in the years since 1948 in order to explore both how this dynamic has shaped Palestinian social and political life and how the Palestinian experience has influenced the broader post-war humanitarian regime.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Between Kabbalah and Fiction: Reading the Zohar as Literature
Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.
Pugh Center, Cotter Union
Professor Eitan Fishbane teaches Jewish thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His research focuses on the history and literature of Jewish mysticism, with a primary specialization in medieval Kabbalah and an active interest in later currents — particularly Hasidic spirituality.
Contact: Noel James, 859-4256,

Making Music American-Style: Jazzing the Music
Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
The Colby Jazz Band will explore jazz versions of music not necessarily associated with the style: Gordon Goodwin’s take on “O Tannenbaum,” Duke Ellington’s “Ring Dem Bells,” John La Barbera’s take on “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” and Mercer Ellington’s “Jumpin Punkins” will kick off the concert, followed by “That Old Black Magic” by Harold Arlen, and Peter Green’s “Black Magic Woman,” as popularized by Santana. The bebop group will also be back.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5671,

Ongoing events and exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Story Time in the Museum
Wednesdays, 3 p.m.
Join museum docents for art-related stories, games and discussion in the museum’s galleries.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,


Myths and Metamorphosis
Nov. 3, 2009-Jan. 17, 2010
This exhibition is part of the Metamorphoses Project, a series of programs and courses engaging the Colby and Waterville communities around the theme of myth and its ongoing importance in contemporary life. Works in the exhibition are drawn from the Colby and Bowdoin museum collections. Curated by Julian D. Taylor Associate Professor of Classics Kerill O’Neill.

Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art
July 11, 2009-Feb. 21, 2010
The Colby College Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with a museum-wide exhibition from its collections of American, European, Asian and contemporary art. The exhibition is accompanied by an audio tour sponsored by the Unity Foundation and by a richly illustrated book of collection highlights with essays by a wide range of scholars and artists.

The Colby College Museum of Art is open Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with special evening hours Thursdays until 8 p.m. during the academic year. It is closed on Mondays. More information is at

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