A Student of Life

Qiamuddin Amiry '09 came to Colby from Afghanistan, where he spent nights as a translator with soldiers from the British special forces working to secure the streets of Kabul. When he arrived he was hopeful that the fall of the Taliban meant a new beginning for his country. Today, his hope is turning to fear. Read about Amiry in the fall issue of Colby magazine.

Speaking of the Speaker

Much has been written about Speaker of the House-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the weeks since the Democrats' midterm election success. In a recent newspaper column, Goldfarb Center Director L. Sandy Maisel suggests that Pelosi's issues of choice -- like prescription drug prices, the minimum wage, immigration reform, and health insurance for children -- bridge the divide of partisan politics.

President Adams on Rankings

When Colby was named a "New Ivy" by a Kaplan/Newsweek college guide in August, President William Adams received many congratulatory e-mails and phone calls. "It is nice to be included on 'best of the best' lists," he writes in an essay in the latest Colby magazine. "But it is important not to let those lists dazzle us." Read more online.

Sundance on Sunday

Following a screening of The Weather Underground at Waterville's Railroad Square Cinema, Professors Alec Campbell, an expert on political and military sociology, and Robert Weisbrot, a historian who focuses on the 1960s, will discuss the film in a panel discussion (film begins at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 3). The event is part of this weekend's "Sundance Series," a celebration of the film festival's history at the independent theater founded by Ken Eisen '73.

TV Taping

Every Saturday at noon on Portland's Fox 23, students from Maine colleges and universities debate political issues on the show "Youth in Maine." Usually, participants Christopher Appel '07, Henry Beck '09, Joshua Handelman '07, and Ralph Kettell '09 travel to Portland for the taping. But on Wednesday, December 6, the show comes to Colby. Filming -- before a studio audience -- will begin at 4 p.m. in Olin 1.

Albee Demonstrates Improvisation

Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Edward Albee didn't just speak to the crowded auditorium of Colby students and visitors yesterday; he performed. In "Improvisation and the Creative Mind," he showed how he creates characters and becomes them -- developing dialogue, on the spot, behind the podium. The Morning Sentinel reports: "Albee, 78, stayed true to character throughout his nearly 80-minute performance, mixing facts with lies, humor with seriousness, whimsy with realism."

Dan Harris ’93 Named ABC Anchor

ABC News has announced that Dan Harris '93 is the new anchor of "World News Sunday." He will also continue as a New York-based correspondent for ABC News broadcasts on television, radio, and online. A government major at Colby, Harris returned as the commencement speaker in 2005 and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Authors and AAUW

Professor of Education Lyn Mikel Brown, author of Packaging Girlhood, and nature photographer Heather Perry '93 are two of the authors who will take part in a Meet the Authors Book Sale and Gala on Saturday, November 18, at 10 a.m. Sponsored by Waterville's AAUW chapter, the event will be held at The Center in downtown Waterville.

Harvest Dinner in Dana

Colby works hard to bring local foods into its dining halls, and this effort is celebrated tonight with the third Maine harvest dinner this year, this time in Dana. The menu features fresh roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing and gravy along with whipped potatoes, butternut squash, cranberry sauce, and pies all using Maine ingredients. Buying locally is part of a broad effort to support sustainable agriculture and help protect the environment. Dining menus are always online.

Colby Divests from Sudan

On October 21 Colby trustees voted to divest its only direct investment in Sudan and avoid direct investments in companies that could financially support the Sudanese government. The board agreed that there are some countries whose governments have "crossed a bright line" and engaged in activities that the Colby community declares to be so reprehensible that the College must sever any ties that bind it to those places, and Sudan is such a country.

Colby Leads in Study Abroad

Every year the Institute of International Education's "Open Doors" survey tracks the number of American colleges students who study abroad. "Open Doors 2006," released Monday, shows Colby as fifth in the nation for study-abroad participation among colleges, the only NESCAC school in the top 20 baccalaureate institutions. Study abroad is just one area where Colby excels in internationalism.

Watts Weighs In

After an election night appearance on CNN that lasted into the morning, former Republican Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr. made his way to Mayflower Hill on November 8 to deliver a speech about American values. Regardless of race, political affiliation, and other factors, he said, "I believe that most Americans [...] that their values are no different from mine and vice versa." Read more in the Morning Sentinel article.

Making Sense of the Midterns

Wondering what Colby's pundits think about midterm election results? Listen online to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network to hear what Anthony Corrado, a national expert on campaign finance, has to say. Meanwhile, Cal Mackenzie, also a government professor, is quoted in a November 8 Boston Globe column about how a midterm shift of power is more a reflection on what Americans don't want.

Sierra Leone Project Photos

Following a grassroots fund-raising campaign through which they raised $23,000, six Colby students traveled to Sierra Leone in the summer of 2006. They distributed 2,000 bed nets to help fight malaria, organized educational programming -- and took lots of photos. "The Road to Kendeyama," an exhibition in the Colby College Museum of Art, presents 26 of those images along with an explanation of the project.

Alumni Analysts

As voters prepare to cast their ballots, political analysts are making last-minute predictions about Tuesday's midterm election -- Colby alumni among them. In an article in the Saturday, November 4 Washington Post, two of the three analysts quoted are Colby alums: Stuart Rothenberg '70 of The Rothenberg Political Report and Amy Walter '91 of the Cook Political Report both weigh in on how many seats they expect the Democrats to gain.

Gubernatorial Debate Podcast

The candidates for governor met for their final debate November 2 and discussed issues from stem cell research to energy reform, campaign finance to gay marriage. Students and community members packed into Page Commons for the event, sponsored by the Goldfarb Center. For those who couldn't make it, full audio is available online as part of the new Goldfarb Center Lecture Series podcast. An article about the debate in the Morning Sentinel is also online.

Jones of Juneau

The Alaska Federation of Natives awarded Justin Jones '10 the Roger Lang Youth Leadership Award on Saturday, October 28. Jones was honored in part for graduating with a perfect grade point average from Juneau-Douglas High School, and for volunteering with Tlingit elementary students. Roger Lang, the award's namesake, was a leader in a number of native organizations in Alaska. Click here to see a photo in the Anchorage Daily News.

Singh’s Sabbatical

While on sabbatical this year, Crawford Family Professor of Religion Nikki-Guninder Kaur Singh is working on articles and translations, giving lectures -- and in February she will travel to India with a group of Colby alumni. The prominent Sikh scholar and author of The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent, among other books, is profiled in a recent issue of Sikh Sangat News.

iTunes Rates InsideColby

iTunes has labeled Inside Colby, the podcast of Colby students' perspectives, "new and notable," and the series was rated number 18 out of almost 3,000 higher education podcasts. And it's easy to hear why. Now in its eighth episode, it has covered quiet conservatives, Colby-Waterville connections, woodsmen at play, frog in bogs, Poets Rest at Dawn, Cotter Union construction, COOT, and Colby's African community. Find out what the fuss is about.

Goldfarb Center Podcast

From a U.S. Senate debate to discussions of terrorism, torture, and human rights, the Goldfarb Center offers lectures and discussions on relevant global topics all semester long. For those unable to make it to Mayflower Hill, these talks can be heard online. A free subscription to the podcast will download lectures to your iTunes account as soon as they become available.