Renowned Oceanographer to Address Climate Change Oct. 18

Sylvia Earle, a legendary oceanographer, acclaimed environmental scientist, and champion for ocean conservation, will deliver the inaugural F. Russell Cole Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Studies at Colby next week. “The Quest for Sustainable Seas” will demonstrate how the ocean provides the underpinning of our economy, health, security, and the existence of life itself. Once thought...

Colby professor maps stunning decline of Florida coral reefs since the 1770s

Using what can only be considered a perfect blend of centuries-old mapping technology and modern satellite data, a Colby College professor has presented more proof of shrinking coral reefs in the Florida Keys. And Loren McClenachan’s fascinating work on the diminishing coral is getting a lot of media attention as Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean...

Colby’s response to DACA announcement

President David A. Greene sent the following to the Colby community on Sept. 5, 2017, regarding the recent announcement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Dear Campus Community, Last year, as questions about potential changes to federal immigration policy began to surface, I reaffirmed Colby’s commitment to protecting the rights of our...

Helping in Houston: Nile Dixon ’20 is connecting the stranded to shelters

Nile Dixon ’20 should be on Mayflower Hill right now, celebrating the start of the school year with his friends and family. But like tens of thousands of other Houstonians, he is hunkered down, riding out the disaster that is Hurricane Harvey. In true Colby fashion, however, he is engaging to help his community. Dixon...

Shea Interviewed in WCSH-6 Story on Finding Common Ground

Professor of Government Dan Shea contributed to a WCSH-6 story about finding common ground in a divided political climate. “Recent research shows it has gone beyond fundamental disagreements to actual fear of the other party’s policies,” Shea told WCSH Aug. 18. “Each side thinks the other side is dangerous, and that’s something new in American...

Hatch Op-Ed on North Korea in Seattle Times

In a Seattle Times op-ed titled “North Korea is nuclear: Live with it, and help it feel less cornered,” Associate Professor of Government Walter Hatch writes that “the regime in Pyongyang is actually quite rational and is driven toward one simple goal: survival.” Instead of war games and economic sanctions, “Washington could help Pyongyang feel less...

Boston Globe Publishes Op-Ed by Moland on North’s Racial Blindness

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lydia Moland wrote an op-ed in the Aug. 19 Boston Globe titled “The North’s racial blindness.” Based on her recent research on American abolitionist Lydia Maria Child, Moland writes that “Child was the first to publicly diagnose what might be called ‘Boston Blindness’ — an affliction not confined to the city, to be sure,...

Lind ’12 Receives NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

Brianna Lind ’12 received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship and is one of 69 people out of 385 applicants from across the United States to receive the award. Lind, who majored in geology and environmental science at Colby, studies termites and is a doctoral student at New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer,...

Plesch Delivers Keynote at International Conference in Switzerland

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch delivered a keynote address titled “Copies: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” at “La reproduction des images et des textes,” 11e colloque international de l’IAWIS/AIERTI, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, July 10–14. In her lecture, Plesch considered the remarkably heterogeneous and unstable way in which copies and the practice of copying have been...

Plesch Concludes Third Term as President of International Association of Word and Image Studies

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch concluded her third term as president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies. At the association’s triennial conference in July in Lausanne, Switzerland, Plesch stepped down from the position she has fulfilled since 2008. She will continue serving on the association’s advisory board. Founded in July 1987, the International...

Halvorson Contributes Chapter on Religiously Based Aid Work Book

A research publication by Britt Halvorson, faculty fellow in anthropology, is included in a new book of essays, The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian Endeavors (Pp. 65-92, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Halvorson’s chapter is titled ” When God Is a Moral Accountant: Dilemmas and Requests of Accountability in U.S. Medical Relief in Madagascar” and “examines how...

Mazzeo Interviewed on WBUR’s Here & Now

Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English Tilar Mazzeo spoke with Robin Young on WBUR’s Here & Now in a piece titled “Returning ‘Once More to the Lake’ Through Literature.” Mazzeo mentions Colby several times, in reference to its proximity to Maine’s lake district, the Belgrade Lakes, and about her teaching E.B. White’s essay “Once More to...

Colby Hosts ATC Conference, Gets Media Attention

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2017 Conference will be held at Colby Aug. 4-11, and in advance of the conference a team of volunteers from the Maine Appalachian Trail Club held a live demonstration at Colby on how to build a privy, the Morning Sentinel reports July 30. Other media outlets covered the upcoming conference and the advance work....

Kibet ’18 Highlighted in NCAA Champion Magazine

Cross country runner Benard Kibet ’18 was featured in NCAA’s Champion magazine in a story titled “Help for His Homeland.” Kibet has returned twice to his native Kenya to “give back to the villagers who have supported him with two successful projects: a new kindergarten classroom and a project to bring water closer to the village’s schools,...

Finch Discusses Hartley Book on New Books Network

Marsden Hartley’s Maine (Yale University Press, 2017), a book that accompanies the museum exhibit by the same name, was the topic of a podcast on New Books Network. Coauthor Elizabeth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art, conducted a podcast interview July 28 with Kirstin L. Ellsworth and the other coauthors. Listen here.

Leonard Quoted in Washington Post Article on Transgender Soldiers

Elizabeth Leonard, the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, was quoted in a July 27 Washington Post article titled “A history lesson for Trump: Transgender soldiers served in the Civil War.” “They wouldn’t know what in the world you meant by the word transgender, but there have women serving in men’s dress in armies since...

WCSH6 Reports on Allen Island and Colby Connection

WCSH6 Reporter Rob Caldwell visited Allen Island and talked to Colby CAPS students who spent four days on the island to “study art, archeology, climate change and more.” Jamie Wyeth, whose family foundation, Up East, owns Allen Island and is in partnership with Colby, said “islands are unique,” adding “I mean, you come here and it...

Gordon Article on Coates in Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal

An essay by Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy Jill Gordon was published in Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal. In her essay “Black Bodies Matter: A Reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me” Gordon argues the book “provides an anti-idealist argument that violence against the Black body is the cause of, not merely the effect of, various racial...

Mainebiz Calls Allen Island A “Living Lab”

Colby’s partnership with Up East Inc. is bringing to life Betsy Wyeth’s dream of turning 450-acre Allen Island “into a living learning lab and working waterfront,” Mainebiz reports July 24.  “Since the time my mother, Betsy James Wyeth, formed Up East, it has been her goal to create opportunities for fishermen to interact with marine scientists, for archaeologists to...

Guillén and Razsa Film Gets Coverage in Maine Media

A new film by Associate Professor of Anthropology Maple Razsa and Photo and Video Journalist Milton Guillén has caught the attention of Maine media. The Maribor Uprisings, a participatory documentary about the 2012 uprisings in Slovenia, was on the front page of the Portland Phoenix. The July 17 article called the film “a valuable experiential tool for audiences...