Alex Katz's long-standing commitment to the Colby College Museum of Art and the state of Maine, where he has had a summer home since 1954, is represented in a forthcoming exhibition that showcases recent gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation. Contemporary Art at the Colby College Museum of Art: Gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation is on view July 14 - October 28, 2007. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, July 14, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
John F. Burns, the premier war correspondent of his generation, senior foreign correspondent for The New York Times, and current chief of the newspaper's Baghdad bureau, will receive the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary doctor of laws degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, in September, President William D. Adams announced in June. The 2007 Lovejoy Convocation will take place on September 30 at 8 p.m. in Colby's Lorimer Chapel, and the public is invited to hear Burns's 2007 Lovejoy address that evening.
Colby College President William D. Adams announced today that the Board of Trustees approved an increase in the College's current "Reaching the World" fund-raising campaign to $370 million. The new goal makes Colby's effort the largest fund-raising campaign in Maine history. The previous goal, announced in October 2005, was $235 million in gifts and pledges to be raised by 2010 -- then the most ambitious fund-raising campaign in Colby's history.
The captain of Colby's top-ranked women's woodsmen's team and a Nobel laureate economist will take turns on the stage at Colby's 186th Commencement on Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m. About 475 seniors from throughout the country and the world will receive bachelors' degrees, and five distinguished individuals will receive honorary doctoral degrees. The public is welcome.
To celebrate the life of Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, the 1962 book that sparked the modern environmental movement, Colby College is inviting the public to a series of events on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5. These events are free and range from performances and nature walks to workshops for children and sessions about toxic substances in the home. Registration is requested.
Two Indian musicians who studied together under the legendary Ravi Shankar will reunite on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., for a Music at Colby concert titled Sounds and Rhythms of India. The concert is free and open to the public.
Doing well in business is no longer enough. Companies are now expected to do good within their communities. At the 56th annual Colby Institute for Leadership, the president of TD Banknorth in Maine, David Ott, will deliver the keynote address on this topic. Governor John Baldacci will be on hand to present the Governor's Awards for Business Excellence.
Mabou Mines, a New York-based theater company that has won more than 50 major awards, will perform Lucia's Chapters at Colby on Friday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strider Theater, Runnals Building, on the Waterville campus.
Colby's first-ever solo artist in residence, Aditya Verma, will present an evening of traditional North Indian music on Saturday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. This and all Music at Colby concerts are free, and the public is invited.
Artist and former Buddhist monk Losang Samten made an impression on more than 2,000 museum visitors when he created a sand mandala at Colby in the fall of 2005. He's coming back, and this year his mandala -- an elaborate circular "painting" made by pouring colored sand -- will be larger and more detailed. He will also lead a meditation and speak on a panel with members of the Colby faculty. All events are free and open to the public.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection's (MDEP) placement of Belgrade's Long Pond on the impaired lakes list prompted a semester-long Colby research study of Long Pond North and its watershed. Colby students will present their findings at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, at the Center for All Seasons gymnasium, located south of Belgrade Lakes Village on Route 27. The presentation is open to the public and should last about 90 minutes.
Free tickets for Colby's 37th annual Service of Carols and Lights will be distributed to members of the community on Monday, November 20, at 5 p.m., in the lobby of Roberts Building. Since seating is limited, tickets are required for admission and will be available while supplies last. No phone or mail orders can be accepted.
Lihua Lei, an installation artist who focuses on the condition of the human body, will explore bodily memory in Colby's third annual emerging artist series, currents3. The exhibition opens on Thursday, November 16, with a talk by the artist at 4:30 and an opening reception at 6 p.m.
Colby may be the first college where all of the leaders of the project management team responsible for capital construction are professionally accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.