Seay Quoted in NPR Story on Melania Trump’s Africa Trip

Laura Seay, assistant professor of government, was quoted in an NPR story, posted by Philadelphia affiliate WHYY, about the pith helmet that Melania Trump wore on her recent trip to Africa. Seay, who studies African politics, conflict, and development, told NPR “the pith helmet, a thick form of head protection, also came about because of unscientific...

Plesch Publishes Essay, Has Photo in Exhibition, Gives Museum Tour

Véronique Plesch, professor of art, has one of her photos of early modern graffiti in an interactive database map of world graffiti at the exhibition “Sur les murs, Histoire(s) de graffitis,” organized by the Centre des monuments nationaux, château de Vincennes through Nov. 11, 2018. The database will be available after the exhibition ends. Plesch also...

Howard Essay in Vox; Interview With Salon and Fifteen Minutes

Professor of Education Adam Howard has a first-person essay in Vox about his research on the culture at elite schools and how it relates to the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. “The culture of elite schools encourages sexual assaults and humiliation as well as covering them up,” Howard wrote Sept. 27. “As Kavanaugh himself put it during a speech...

Mazzeo Discusses New Book on NHPR’s The Exchange Podcast

Tilar Mazzeo, the Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English, appeared Sept. 26 on The Exchange, an NHPR podcast, discussing her new biography, Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton. Listen to Mazzeo talk about her book, which “follows Eliza Hamilton through her early years, to the ups and downs of her...

WMTW-TV 8 Covers Downtown Transformation

Portland TV station WMTW traveled to Waterville to report on the transformation of downtown Waterville, focusing on the recently opened Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons. Reporter Tyler Cadorette talked to Douglas Terp, vice president for administration and chief financial officer, and Mike Roy ’74, Waterville city manager, about “the unique partnership between the...

Howard Interviews on NPR, Publishes Paper, Is Nominated for 21st Century Award

Professor of Education Adam Howard was interviewed Sept. 21 on NPR’s Here and Now show in an episode titled “‘Incredible’ Privilege At Elite Prep Schools Like Those Kavanaugh And His Accuser Attended.” Howard, who studies privilege and elite secondary education, commented on the role schools play for elite people. “Part of what elite schools do is teach students...

Blevins Poem “Nope” on Maine Public’s “Poems From Here” Program

Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins’ poem “Nope” was featured Sept. 21 on Maine Public’s weekly series “Poems From Here with Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum.” The poem comes from Blevins’ book Appalachians Run Amok, which, as Kestenbaum read during his intro, are poems that “are an attempt to celebrate rural Appalachians, and to complain also a...

Millard Leads Team on Paper Published in Journal of Chemical Education

Julie Millard, Colby’s Dr. Gerald and Myra Dorros Professor of Chemistry, led a team of students and staff that led to the paper “Genotype and Phenotype of Caffeine Metabolism: A Biochemistry Laboratory Experiment” that appeared in the Journal of Chemical Education Aug. 9. Coauthors include students Tenzin Passang ’19, Jiayu Ye ’18, and Gabriel M. Kline ’19, and staff members Tina M....

Harkett Publishes Essay in Why Art Museums?

Associate Professor of Art Daniel Harkett has published an essay on the innovative German curator and museum director Alexander Dorner. Harkett explores Dorner’s transformative plans for the museum at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1930s and the resistance Dorner encountered from the local elite. The essay, “Tea vs. Beer: Class, Ethnicity, and...

Harkett Reviews Volume of Essays for College Art Association

Daniel Harkett, associate professor of art, wrote an academic review Sept. 7 of the volume Artistes, savants et amateurs: Art et sociabilité au XVIIIe siècle (1715–1815) for the College Art Association. Harkett offers comments on each of the book’s five sections, in the end concluding that “for an art historian of any period, this book offers a...

Gross Reviews Book on Cultural Influences for New York Times

The Sept. 14 New York Times includes a book review by Neil Gross, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology. Gross reviewed Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World by psychologist Michele Gelfand. “Her aim isn’t to guide readers through all the complex elements that make up a culture, but to draw attention to...

Wilson Quoted in Popular Science Article on Shifting Seasons

Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, was quoted in a Sept. 13 Popular Science article titled “Our seasons are out of whack, which is really bad for migratory birds.” Wilson was asked to respond to a recent study in PLOS One on an unevenness in spring’s early arrival across North America and the consequences for migratory...

Gilkes Quoted in CBC Story on Aretha Franklin Eulogy Backlash

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes was quoted in the Sept. 10 CBC story “For black women at church, it’s more than the Aretha Franklin eulogy” about reaction to the eulogy for Aretha Franklin delivered by Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, told the CBC that some male...

Siodla Wins Larry Neal Prize for Best Article in Explorations in Economic History

Jim Siodla, assistant professor of economics, won the 2018 Larry Neal Prize for his article “Clean slate: Land-use changes in San Francisco after the 1906 disaster,” which was published in the July 2017 issue of the journal Explorations in Economic History. The $1,000 prize, awarded by the editors and editorial board of the journal, was presented during the...

Alfond Commons Ribbon Cutting Makes Headlines

The official opening and ribbon cutting of the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons Sept. 6 drew media attention. “About 350 city officials, state legislators, business people, Colby benefactors, students, and staff, as well as area residents, stood outside the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons at 150 Main St. to listen to brief...

Greene Op-Ed on Finding Home in Waterville in Morning Sentinel

President David A. Greene penned an op-ed titled “Finding the essence of home in Waterville” in the Sept. 2 Morning Sentinel. In it, Greene recounts a recent trip to Tipperary, Ireland, for the funeral and burial of his young nephew. Struck by the community’s support of his family, Greene noted that the villagers were “focused on our commonalities,...

Opening of Alfond Commons on Front Page of Morning Sentinel

The headline reads “Colby students living in downtown Waterville dorm look forward to roles in community” on the Aug. 27 front-page story in the Morning Sentinel. The story highlights student residents Matt Reasor ’20 and Moeketsi Justice Mokobocho ’19, both of whom are community advisors (CA) in the residence, and their enthusiasm for the civic engagement requirement of...

Alfonds Commons Readies for Occupancy, Reports Morning Sentinel

The Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons in downtown Waterville will soon see students and faculty moving in, reports the Morning Sentinel Aug. 7.“It’s exciting to think about,” said Brian Clark, vice president of planning at Colby. “One week from today, basically, we’re going to see students living here. And one or two weeks after that,...

Colby Museum of Art Mentioned in USA TODAY Article on the Maine Art Trail

The Colby College Museum of Art was listed in an article titled “10 reasons you need to travel the Maine Art Museum Trail” in USA TODAY July 9. The article highlights Red Tree in High Winter, a painting by Alma Thomas in the museum’s collection. “The first African-American woman honored with a solo exhibition at the Whitney...

Baseball Game and Partnership with The Base Covered in Local Media

The under-15 team from The Base, an organization for youth in Roxbury, Mass., played the Maine Sluggers on Colby’s Coombs Field July 9 to signify a new partnership between Colby and The Base. The game, covered by the Bangor Daily News and by WABI-TV, brought together two organizations that use athletics as a vehicle to empower youth to...