Brown’s Latest Book, Powered by Girl, Published

Professor of Education Lyn Mikel Brown has released her sixth book, Powered by Girl: A Field Guide to Supporting Youth Activists (Beacon Press, 2016). An advocate for and mentor to youth activists, Brown interviews girls and women on the frontlines of activism, and her book acts as a field guide for their adult supporters. She argues...

Murtha ’17 Writes Bangor Daily News Op-ed on Keeping Maine Babies Alive

Celeste Murtha ’17 cowrote an op-ed, “Here’s a way Maine can keep more babies alive,” about Maine’s high infant mortality rate. Murtha, a biology major from Natick, Mass., has been an intern at the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center at MaineGeneral Medical Center studying sudden unexpected infant death syndrome (SUIDS). She advocates offering a baby...

Gross Writes New York Times Op-ed on Ferguson Effect

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross responded to the FBI’s recently released crime stats with a New York Times op-ed titled “Is There a ‘Ferguson Effect’?” In it he examines theories about why the crime rate has gone up. Conservatives “claim is that crime rose because the police found themselves hamstrung in a political environment in which...

Mazzeo’s Book Irena’s Children Released

Tilar Mazzeo, Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English, released a new book titled Irena’s Children (Simon & Schuster) that tells the true story of a woman who saved thousands of Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Holocaust. Kirkus Reviews named Irena’s Children one of the 10 most anticipated nonfiction books of fall 2016, and wrote, “Mazzeo chronicles...

Praise for Colby-Curated Zao Wou-Ki Exhibition

Following five years of research In Europe and Asia, the collaborative efforts of Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton and Edith Jetté Professor of Art, and Research Associate Melissa Walt are making headlines in the art world. The two art historians have co-curated the exhibit No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki, the first retrospective of the Sino-French artist’s work in...

Sheehan Edits Grove Art Guide to Photography

Tanya Sheehan, associate professor and chair of art, edited Grove Art Guide to Photography, to be published October 2016 by Oxford University Press. A field guide for students, instructors, and scholars, the Grove Art Guide to Photography provides a thorough overview of photography’s history, from the early 19th century to the present. This wide-ranging volume examines photographic...

Prof Tweets Clickbait and Guess What Happens Next?

As this professor procrastinated preparing her syllabus, her tweets started an academic movement. Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay, who has 22,500 Twitter followers as @texasinafrica, uses social media extensively and got “goofing around” just before the semester began. She started tweeting those irresistible Buzzfeed-style teasers for her fall academic courses using the hashtag #ClickbaitSyllabus....

Colby’s 199th Convocation

Formal academic regalia, pomp, and deep reflections about the College’s venerable purpose provided direct connections from 198 preceding opening-of-school convocations to the Sept. 6 ceremony that launched Colby’s academic year Tuesday. But much was different this year, as students, faculty, and administrators gathered for the serious business of beginning 2016-17 and welcoming the Class of...

Renovations of Colby Athletic Fields Begin

Construction of three new state-of-the-art athletic fields for Colby’s student-athletes begins this week as workers prepare the sites near the Harold Alfond Athletic Center on the northern side of Colby’s Mayflower Hill campus. The field work is the first phase in the development of planned new athletics complex. To accommodate this new center, three fields...

All-College Convocation Launches Academic Year, Welcomes Class of 2020

A reimagined Convocation Sept. 6 will be an all-campus celebration of the academic year and the official community welcome for the Class of 2020. Customarily a first-year-focused ceremony held in Lorimer Chapel, the new tradition will take place on Miller Lawn, feature music and a faculty procession, and include students from all classes as well...

Shea on WGME13 and in Christian Science Monitor about Governor LePage

WGME13 TV spoke with Professor of Government Dan Shea about the strength of the relationship between Maine’s Governor Paul LePage and the legislature. “I think it’s fair to say that the relationship has been on thin ice,” Shea told reporter Gregg Lagerquist Aug. 30. “And this last incident … has raised the question of whether this relationship...

Maisel on Voting and Elections in Op-eds in Three Newspapers

Kenan Professor of Government L. Sandy Maisel has an op-ed in the Aug. 19 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette titled “The Trump Phenomenon,” on Trump’s statements about a rigged system. “The danger is that Mr. Trump will convince his followers that the system defeated him,” Maisel writes. “And that may have serious consequences for our democracy.” On Aug. 21...

World Bank Research Digest Publishes Dissanayake Article on Preventing Deforestation

A World Bank Policy Research working paper authored by Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake and collaborators was published in a special issue of the World Bank Research Digest. Dissanayake’s paper showcases World Bank research on International Development Association countries and was published to coincide with the IDA18 replenishment meetings held in Myanmar. The...

Seay Uses Tweetstorm to Defend Clinton Foundation Work

Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay used a series of tweets to respond to Donald Trump’s call to shut down the Clinton Foundation. An expert on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Seay first tweeted “Surfacing from vacation to throw some knowledge at this nonsense,” and continued “I know teens & young adults who were kids then &...

Strohl Receives Six-Month Writing Fellowship in Germany

David Strohl, assistant professor of anthropology, has received a six-month writing fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen, Germany. From July to December Strohl will complete work on a manuscript for a book project titled Moral projects: social imaginaries of religious revival and civic engagement among the...

Gross Writes New York Times Op-ed on Unions

In a New York Times op-ed titled “The Decline of Unions and the Rise of Trump,” Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross explores why unions are not as effective at pushing their members to “overcome prejudices bearing on politics” as they have been historically. Gross asks why unions haven’t “been able to tamp down the appeal of...

Plesch Gives Plenary Lecture at Symposium in Colombia

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch will deliver the plenary lecture “La pared y la piel: inscripción y reinscripción, cruzando fronteras” at the Second International Symposium in Comparative Literature “Cruzando fronteras: traducción, transposición, transmutación” in  Bogotá, Colombia. The symposium is organized by the Department of Literature of the National University of Colombia, in collaboration with the...

Forward Reviews Book Translated and Coedited by Suchoff

A book that Professor of English David Suchoff translated and coedited, In Those Nightmarish Days: The Ghetto Reportage of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz, was reviewed in Forward June 11. Suchoff translated most of the subjects’ writings from Yiddish in this “compendium that takes its name from the final story, a cri de coeur about the...

Stanley Cup Visit to Colby Captures Media Attention

When the Stanley Cup came to Colby Aug. 2—thanks to Waterville native Andy Saucier, a video coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins—it caused quite a stir. Hundreds lined up to see the trophy and have their photo taken with it, which pleased Saucier, who earned a day with the cup as part of the winning team’s...

Online Networking 2.0

CampusTap, Colby’s new networking platform launched this spring, has already engaged the support of more than 1,500 alumni and parents and almost 300 Colby students. The platform, similar in some ways to the professional network LinkedIn, is aimed at connecting current students and Colbians across multiple industries and fields in the service of student and...