Each spring more than 600 Colby students present their scholarship at the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium. Last year Ellen Evangelides '14 shared her poster "Sacrificing the Sacred: Land-Use Changes and Moral Shifts in Northern Ethiopian Church Forests," with the campus community.

Each spring more than 600 Colby students present their scholarship at the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium. Last year Ellen Evangelides ’14 shared her poster, “Sacrificing the Sacred: Land-Use Changes and Moral Shifts in Northern Ethiopian Church Forests,” with the campus community.

 

More than 600 Colby students will present their research, creative, and scholarly projects at the second Colby Liberal Arts Symposium April 30. An annual celebration of student scholarship, CLAS represents all academic disciplines through poster presentations, oral presentations, visual art, performance art, and other displays.

“The Colby Liberal Arts Symposium is an exciting extension of Colby’s long commitment to student research,” said Assistant Dean of Faculty for Academic Development Jim Sloat. “From the arts to the sciences, from disciplinary honors projects to interdisciplinary posters, from first-years to seniors, CLAS puts on display the kind of engaged learning that our students do year-round.”

Classes will be suspended Thursday to give students the entire day to present their work and to attend presentations by their peers. To kick off the symposium, students in the arts and humanities will present poetry, dance, and music at the First CLAS celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Bixler Art and Music Center and the Colby College Museum of Art.

Presentations on Thursday will explore hundreds of topics, among them:

  • Lyric conciliations in John Donne’s Holy Sonnets
  • Managing the invasive green crab’s impact on Maine’s coastal ecosystem
  • Applying computational genomics to investigate the dual diagnosis of mental disorders
  • Land reform and the use of violence through a Zimbabwean case study
  • A Theater and Dance Department production, Down the Rabbit Hole

Students will also participate in musical performances, a speech contest sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, and other expressions of intellectual engagement.

A Top of the CLAS culminating event at 4 p.m. Thursday in Page Commons, Cotter Union, will feature a reception with four exceptional student presentations representing the four academic divisions. After-CLAS activities continue into the evening

For a look at what to expect, including schedules of events and a list of presentation abstracts, visit the CLAS website, colby.edu/clas.

 

The Phi Beta Kappa Speech Contest is a popular event CLAS.

Omari Matthew ’14 delivers his winning speech at the Phi Beta Kappa speech contest in 2014.

 

Dance and improv performances put the arts at center stage at CLAS.

CLAS features scholarly work in all academic disciplines, including theater and dance.