Tony Award nominee Calvin Levels will perform James Baldwin - Down from the Mountaintop tonight at Colby as part of the College's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. The one-man play tells the story of James Baldwin (1924-1987), the author and civil rights activist. Earlier in the day students can watch films about King and the civil rights movement in the Pugh Center, Colby's hub for programs and activities that promote intercultural communication and understanding.
William Fong '08, an American studies major from Glendale, N.Y., has been granted a Freeman Award for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA). The $5,000 grant from the Freeman Foundation will support his studies this spring in Beijing, China, on the Associated Colleges in China Program. According to Freeman-ASIA, "awardees are expected to share their experiences with their home campuses .... and to spread greater understanding of Asian peoples and cultures within their home communities."
At December's national meeting of the Modern Language Association (MLA), Cedric Gael Bryant, the Lee Professor of English, received the 2006 Joe Weiximann Award for the year's best essay in 20th-century African-American literature published in the African American Review. His essay was titled "The Soul Has Bandaged Moments: Reading the Gothic in Wright's 'Big Boy Leaves Home,' Morrison's Beloved, and Gomez's 'Gilda.'"
Fernando Gouvea, Colby's Carter Professor of Mathematics, and William Berlinghoff, who taught math at Colby in the past, received the Beckenbach Book Prize on January 6 at the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) joint meeting in New Orleans. Math Through the Ages: A Gentle History for Teachers and Others, which the pair co-wrote, was cited as a distinguished and innovative book.
Colby's men's soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the sixth straight year. The only NESCAC men's team on the list, the Colby team posted a 3.26 composite GPA in 2005-06 and was one of 81 men's teams in the country to earn the distinction, which requires at least a 3.0 composite GPA. For a list of teams, visit the NSCAA Web site.
Professor Jim Fleming's new book, The Callendar Effect, about the scientist who established the carbon dioxide theory of climate change, will receive the 2006 Atmospheric Science Librarians International Choice Award at the American Meteorological Society meeting in San Antonio on January 17. Fleming, a leading historian of meteorology, is a professor in Colby's Science, Technology, and Society program. For information on the book, go to the American Meteorological Society Web site.
The National Wildlife Federation has awarded Colby a special recognition for campus ecology in 2006. Among the reasons for this distinction was the award of silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center. Other factors listed were the commitment of Colby's dining services to buy locally produced foods and the College's waste reduction through the RESCUE program.
Students who spent the fall semester abroad are returning from 29 countries this month and preparing to reintegrate into the Colby community. While some programs included many Colby students, others had just one: Solo Colbians studied in the Czech Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and more. To help with their transition home, they've been directed to an article written by Colby's director of Off-Campus Study, and they will gather as a group in February.
Noah Charney '02 may still be earning his Ph.D., but his scholarly work has caught the attention of The New York Times Magazine, not to mention the F.B.I. and the Italian Carabinieri. The December 17 issue explores Charney's study of the world's third-largest black market -- art theft -- "a field he appears to have invented: the use of art history, combined with the more conventional tools of criminology, psychology and deductive logic, to help solve modern-day art thefts and to prevent future art crimes."
A recent University of California, Berkeley, study, led by Jessica Porter '00, has found that humans use both nostrils, in stereo, to determine the origin of a scent. The subjects of the research -- undergraduate students -- crawled across a meadow to track the scent of chocolate, according to The New York Times. Porter, a physics major at Colby, is finishing the biophysics Ph.D. program at Berkeley. Hear more on National Public Radio.
Mark Wylie '88 works for a nonprofit organization called Best Buddies, which pairs young, intellectually disabled people with mentors. But that's not how he came to fame. As a contestant on the NBC show "The Biggest Loser," Wylie became the third-biggest "loser" on December 13 when his total weight loss of 129 pounds was announced during the show's finale.
The January Program, a.k.a. "Jan Plan," is a month-long term for focused or independent study. Students may choose from among some 80 courses offered or can plan an internship or an independent academic project anywhere in the world. More than 400 other colleges have adopted a Jan Plan-type calendar since Colby pioneered the program in 1961-62.
A feature story in the December 11 New Yorker tells of Somali refugees landing in Lewiston, Maine, and the social implications. In it Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman, author of Unraveling Somalia (1999), shares a remarkable story. After years of trying to track down the Somali Bantu people she met in the Middle Jubba valley, she found them in a most unlikely place -- as co-participants in a panel discussion in Lewiston, 50 miles from her home.
Colby ground out a four-overtime 10-7 victory at Bates on Oct. 28. And now, for all of their wet and muddy efforts, the Mules find themselves in the Dec. 4 issue of Sports Illustrated. Windy and rainy game conditions turned Garcelon Field into a quagmire -- but it was not enough to deter the intrepid Daryn Slover, a staff shooter for the Lewiston Sun-Journal on a freelance assignment for Bates.
Students gathered on December 6 to watch classmates discuss pressing issues for the Fox 23 (Portland, Maine) television program "Youth in Politics," filmed at Colby thanks to the Goldfarb Center. Moderated by Josh Handelman '07, Republicans Ralph Kettell III '09 and Jacob Roundtree '10 and Democrats Chris Appel '08, Merle Eisenberg '07, and Henry Beck '09 shared knowledge of domestic and world issues -- and got into some heated debates. The first of the two episodes will air Saturday, December 9, at noon.
Poet Wesley McNair, who has taught at Colby and whose papers Special Collections recently acquired, has been awarded a fellowship to support his work. McNair was one of nine writers nationwide to receive the honor from United States Artists, a new organization founded by the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Prudential Foundation, and the Rasmuson Foundation to foster creativity in the United States.
Every year, students in the biology course "Problems in Environmental Science" spend the fall semester studying a local body of water to determine the factors that threaten water quality, among other things. They develop a detailed report to present publicly and share with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. This year students focused on the north basin of Long Pond in Belgrade, a popular destination in Maine's lakes region. The public presentation is Thursday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. Read more in the Morning Sentinel.
"Whistler as Printmaker" is an exhibit at the Colby College Museum of Art showing some 200 etchings and lithographs by the 19th-century artist, who is best known for his paintings. The show of his highly influential impressions has attracted attention from Maine to New York -- it was featured in the New York Times "Datebook" section, most recently on December 1.
All five members of Colby's project management team responsible for construction projects have been accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. The LEED green building rating system is the national benchmark for sustainable construction, and certification requires experience and testing. "It's one of the College's goals to build sustainable buildings and we need to be looking at renovations and other projects in a green way," said Patricia Murphy, director of physical plant.
The Public Theater in Manhattan's East Village has announced that Mike Daisey '96 will present his one-man-show "Invincible Summer" as part of the theater's "Under the Radar" festival, January 17-28. Daisey, whose 2001 show "21 Dog Years" catapulted him into the spotlight, tells unscripted stories. Last January he taught students at Colby who later performed solo in "Rough Magic: Three Nights of Terribly True Stories."