Adams Cites Social Media, Key Abilities in Baccalaureate Address

In his May 19 baccalaureate address to graduates, President William D. Adams discussed the significance of social media in the lives of the Class of 2012—and the importance of old-fashioned “social knowledge,” which he said seniors learned at Colby. Read more.

Commencement Weekend Arrives

Commencement 2012 has it all: a distinguished class of 465, a stellar weather forecast, and an address from a former world leader. Those who cannot be on campus can follow #ColbyGrad on Twitter for updates and photos.

Debra Spark Publishes New Novel

For characters in The Pretty Girl, a new book by Debra Spark (English), it's the journey not the destination.

A Special Wedding Gift

Lauren Henderson '04 and Brad Seymour '04 met at Colby and rekindled their friendship at Reunion 2009. When wedding bells chime in June, they want guests to celebrate by making a gift to the Colby Fund.

Strong Response from Admitted Students

After receiving a record number of applications for the Class of 2016, Colby saw an increase in the number of admitted students accepting the College’s offer of admission this year—and qualifications of matriculating students are as strong as ever.

The Winning Pitch

Economics major Matthew Boyes-Watson ’12 presents his plan for RentPrefs, a web-based service connecting renters, property managers, and realtors, at the second Colby College Entrepreneurial Alliance business competition. He will receive $15,000 in seed money for his project, courtesy of Colby philanthropists.

A (Real) Virtual Community

Lots of people like Colby. More than 7,000 of them. The Colby Facebook page is attracting followers in droves, as alumni from across the decades join in conversations, comment on campus photos, answer questions from current students, and leave posts for the College community. “It’s a great way for people who can’t be here to...

President Adams as Art Curator

College presidents are expected to have diverse skills. Curating art exhibits isn’t one of them. So when Sharon Corwin, director and chief curator of the Colby College Museum of Art, asked President William D. Adams to curate the second installment of the museum’s Rediscoveries series, he was “surprised, not to say astonished,” he said at...

Show by Mike Daisey Creates Nationwide Controversy

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a monologue by Mike Daisey ’96 that this magazine covered in the winter 2012 issue, captivated audiences, Apple customers, and the media. Daisey’s masterful oratory condemning Chinese factories where Apple products are made, which saw an extended run at the Public Theater in New York, also landed...

Presidential Preview

No need to leave the Colby network to get an inside look at the political questions of the day. At a March 22 alumni event in Washington, D.C., two of Colby’s most prominent alumni in political analysis, Amy Walter ’91 and Stuart Rothenberg ’70, joined Colby parent Geoffrey Garin to share insight on the upcoming...

Spike Lee Does the Colby Thing

Spike Lee’s February 24 speech felt more like a candid conversation—his small frame leaned against the podium rather than standing behind it—focused on the virtues of making a passion into a profession. “A lot of students choose majors based on how much money they’re gonna make. Terrible mistake,” said Lee. “If you don’t love something,...

Green’s Photographs on Display

Photographs taken by Assistant Professor of Art Gary Green in the 1970s and early 1980s are featured in an exhibition at Phantom Gallery in St. Louis. Babylon's Burning: Images from the Punk Rock Era is on view through May 20. More about Green's photography is available at Phantom gallery specializes in contemporary art, contemporary, and vintage photography.

2012 Student Awards Presented

An awards ceremony May 1 in Lorimer Chapel recognized students, faculty, and staff with College-wide and departmental awards for contributions to Colby and for outstanding academic achievement. The full list is online.

Chef Wylie Dufresne ’92 Featured in NYT

Wylie Dufresne '92, "one of the most influential culinary minds on the planet," is profiled in the May 2 New York Times as he revamps the WD-50 menu. A blogpost calls him the Captain Beefheart of cooking.

Dimow Scores Documentary Film

Carl Dimow (music) was commissioned to write original music for a Belgian documentary, Mon noM, a lighthearted film about four guys with the same name. He wrote the score and recorded it with his Klezmer band, the Casco Bay Tummlers. The film will be shown at the Maine International Film Festival (July 13-23), and there will be a performance by the Tummlers. Music development was partially funded by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

Tate Receives Funding for Research on Colombia

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Winifred Tate received funding for her project "Paramilitaries, Citizenship and Political Participation in Colombia" from the Democracy Program of the Social Science Research Council and the Open Society Institute. Her research uses women's oral histories to study the impact of paramilitary groups, political violence, and drug trafficking on political participation in Colombia.

Freidenreich Talks Food in Europe, Israel

Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies David M. Freidenreich is teaching at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as the Richard and Susan Master Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies. His course, Food and Identity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is based on the seminar he offers at Colby and on his 2011 book, Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He has been invited to deliver talks on this subject in Nantes, France; Beer Sheva, Israel; Constance, Germany; and Rome.