Tortora Addresses Seminar on French and Indian War

Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora presented his research in November at the 27th annual Jumonville French and Indian War Seminar in western Pennsylvania. On Nov. 6 he joined scholars for a tour of French and Indian War sites, including Fort Necessity National Battlefield and the grave of Major General Edward Braddock. On Nov. 7...

Homecoming 2015

Family Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, exceeded expectations, with perfect fall weather, a jam-packed schedule of activities, and more than 1,500 parents, alumni, and friends swarming Mayflower Hill. The energy level was high as students and their families and alumni from across the years took advantage of open classes, world-class museum exhibitions, and tours of...

Blevins Collection Reviewed and Excerpted

Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean—Appalachian Outsiders Tell All, a collection of essays edited by Adrian Blevins (English) and Karen McElmurray, was the subject of an extensive review in The Read on WNC, an online journal. “As 31 authors show, you can’t judge a region by its cover story. For it’s not just outsiders who...

Sheehan Speaks in Zurich on Photography and Race

On Oct. 30, 2015, Tanya Sheehan, associate professor and chair of Colby’s Department of Art, will speak at the international symposium The Colors of Photography at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Sheehan’s talk, “Color Matters: Rethinking Photography and Race,” is derived from her current research on racial thinking in contemporary art photography and the historiography of photography.

Green’s Photographs Purchased by Bates College

The Bates College Museum of Art has announced that it will purchase five photographs by Colby’s Associate Professor of Art Gary Green from his series Terrain Vague. The photographs—chosen from 13 that were part of the museum’s exhibit Points of View—will be added to four previously acquired works from his earlier series Landscape Diary No. 2.

Thomas-Colby Conversation Illuminates Tensions Around Racial Identity

By Abukar Adan ’17   Maine hasn’t had the dramatic manifestations of racial tension seen in other states in the past year. But that doesn’t mean racial identity isn’t an issue or that the issue isn’t worthy of discussion. For the second time in a year, the Colby and Thomas college communities joined for a...

Conner Gives Talk on Generation Z Audiences at Missouri State

Colby Theater and Dance Professor Lynne Conner gave a public talk on cultural participation at Missouri State University Oct. 19. The keynote address was sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters and the Springfield Theatre Alliance and focused on changing expectations among Generation Z (or iGeners) audience members. While at MSU, Professor Conner also...

La Frontera Speakers: Border Issues Demand Empathy

Mexican-American fiction writer Helena Maria Viramontes strives to help her readers understand the harder parts of the Chicano experience. Her first novel, Under the Feet of Jesus, for example, is about the dangerous lives of migrant farm workers in California. Viramontes—one of four speakers participating in an Oct. 17 multidisciplinary symposium organized by the Latin...

Students Present Jewish History Research in Portland

What was it like to be one of the first Jews living in Maine? That’s a question that Colby seniors Kristin Esdale ’16 and Jocelyn Thomas ’16 addressed Sunday, Oct. 18, when they presented their research titled “When Jews Were New Mainers” at the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland. The talk accompanied an art exhibit...

Shea Appointed to Youth Center Board

Dan Shea, director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and professor of government, was appointed for a four-year term to the Alfond Youth Center board of directors. Shea “embodies the spirit of community and brings talent, expertise, and energy to the table,” according to the Oct. 4 Morning Sentinel.

Plesch Contributes to New Book on Graffiti

Véronique Plesch, professor of art, has contributed an article titled “Beyond Art History: Graffiti on Frescoes” to a new book, Understanding Graffiti. Plesch is an expert on the history of European art and culture, 1300-1800, and has written extensively about words and images.

Corrado Gives Keynote Address at Rhode Island Forum

Anthony Corrado, professor of government, will give the keynote address at a public forum hosted by the American Democracy Project at Rhode Island College Oct. 8. Corrado, a campaign finance reform expert, will address the forum’s theme “The Best Government Money Can Buy: Is There a Future for Campaign Finance Reform?”

Seay to Give Talk on Africa at Language School

Laura Seay, assistant professor of government, will speak about the current political climate in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Oct. 23. Seay will join other noted African experts in a panel discussion about the challenges of development in African communities at the Rockland-Penobscot Language School in Rockland, Maine.

Green and Lisle Contribute to Tilted Arc

Professor of Art Gary Green and Ben Lisle, visiting assistant professor of American studies, have collaborated on a contribution to Tilted Arc, a nationally distributed online journal by artists Richard Benari and Lauren Henkin. Read their conversation about Professor Green’s photographic series Terrain Vague here.

Colby’s Lovejoy Award Goes to Katherine Boo Oct. 5

Katherine Boo, an award-winning author and New Yorker writer, will receive Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel. Boo will deliver the 2015 Lovejoy Convocation address at the ceremony, which is open to the public. She will receive an honorary doctoral degree along...

Rodman Addresses World Affairs Council of Maine

Ken Rodman, William R. Cotter Distinguished Teaching Professor of Government, gave a talked titled “After the Debate: What’s Next for America and the Iran Nuclear Deal?” in Portland, Maine, Sept. 29 as part of the World Affairs Council of Maine’s global connections lunchtime series. Rodman’s current research on international criminal justice and conflict resolution has been...

Borthwick featured in 2015 Portland Museum Biennial

Bradley Borthwick, assistant professor of art (sculpture), has been selected to exhibit new work in the 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Borthwick’s studio practice utilizes materials, research, and simple tools to find context and hone craft in his sculptural process. The three sculptures Borthwick includes in this exhibition present a study of Japanese architectural...

Colby Joins Effort to Improve College Admission Process through the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success

A diverse coalition of public and private colleges and universities including Colby College is coming together with the goal of improving the college admission application process for all students. Colleges and universities participating in the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success hope to recast the college admission process from something that is transactional and limited...

Lynne Conner to Give Keynote at Conference in France

Theater and Dance Professor Lynne Conner will give a keynote address for the Resources and Innovations in the Americas conference at the University of Toulouse’s International Institute of the Americas Oct. 15. The conference brings together scholars from around the world to discuss the changing dynamics of innovation in the sciences, health, social welfare, and cultural/arts...

Burke to Judge Ohio Writing Awards

Professor of English Michael Burke has been selected to serve as a judge for the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in Fiction and Nonfiction this December.  He and fellow panelists will read more than 100 submissions and make awards of $5,000 to any of the applicants in fiction or nonfiction they find to be exceptional. Burke...