A Miller Library cake the size of a refrigerator. So many birthday greetings that Twitter shut down the special bicentennial account. And a surprise greeting and citation from President Barack Obama. Those were just a few highlights during Colby's all-day 200th birthday celebration Feb. 27.
It was a dream come true. For Inocente filmmakers Andrea Nix Fine '91 and Sean Fine, perhaps. For Professor of English Phyllis Mannocchi, definitely. “My dream has been that, before I died, I’d see a kid from my class win an Oscar,” said Mannocchi.
Professor Joseph Roisman (classics) received the Association of American Publishers' Prose Awards honorable mention in the category Classics and Ancient History for his groundbreaking book Alexander's Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors (University of Texas Press, 2012).
The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts presents "Terrain Vague," photos of abandoned, ambiguous, or marginalized urban land, Feb. 7-May 31 at USM's Glickman Family Library in Portland. Green offers an artist's talk at 2 p.m. March 15.
One of Colby’s favorite seasons—WINTER—just got even better. Waterville’s Quarry Road Recreation Area, on the site of the old Colby ski slope, now has an International Ski Federation-certified Nordic racing trail and snowmaking.
"We have a moral obligation to make our country and our world better," Tashia Bradley, associate dean of students, told the Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast in Waterville. The Sentinel and Bangor Daily News each covered her talk.
Professor James R. Fleming (STS) was elected to chair the section on societal impacts of science and engineering of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014-15. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society. Fleming chaired the AAAS section on history and philosophy of science 2006-09.
Associate Professor Adam Howard (education) was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist and will participate in a project titled "Enhancing Social Inclusion in Universities" in Australia in March and April 2013. Currently on sabbatical, Howard studies and writes about educational inequality. He will work with the University of Melbourne and with Monash and Victoria universities to enhance social inclusion practices in an efforty to get more students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to attend universities and to succeed there.
In Colby’s inaugural bicentennial lecture, Dec. 6, artist Wendy Ewald advocated making the visual arts central to a liberal arts education—and challenged the message on Colby’s official seal. Read more.