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.
Author and Waterville native Rhea Côté Robbins will deliver the keynote address for Colby's third Burst the Bubble, Build a Bridge week, October 23 through 28, which is aimed at fostering the connection between Colby students and the local community. Robbins's talk is one of many events both on the Colby campus and in downtown Waterville.
Just as the results of the midterm election are becoming clear on Wednesday, November 8, J.C. Watts, a former Congressman and chair of the House Republican Conference, will deliver the Gerrish Lecture at Colby College. The event, held at 7 p.m. in Page Commons of the Cotter Union, is free and open to the public.
As part of its commitment to students from Maine, Colby will hold its annual Maine Event—a day for Maine high school students and their families to become familiar with the College—on Monday, October 23.
Less than two weeks after President Bush signed a controversial bill about how to define and treat enemy combatants, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson will give a talk at Colby College titled "The Challenge of Human Rights in the 21st Century."
Family Homecoming Weekend will be held at Colby College in Waterville Friday, October 6, through Sunday, October 8. The Alumni Relations Office reports that 1,400 visitors—alumni and families of current students—are registered to participate in weekend activities.
Joan Omaming Carling, a human rights activist who lost two colleagues from her organization to assassination this summer and is herself a target of political violence, has arrived in Waterville, Maine, to spend a semester as the 2006 Oak Fellow at The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College.
Edward Albee, arguably America's most distinguished living playwright, will speak at Colby as part of the fall 2006-07 Visiting Writers Series. He will discuss improvisation and the creative mind. Also slated for this fall is poet Steve Orlen, author of six collections of poetry, who will read from his latest book, The Elephant's Child: New and Selected Poems 1978-2005.
For his efforts leading to the convictions of criminals from the Civil Rights era, including the murderer of NAACP worker Medgar Evers, as documented in the film Ghosts of Mississippi, investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell will receive the 2006 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award from Colby College.
For museum visitors who wonder what artists were contemplating when they created their artwork, an upcoming exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art promises a glimpse. Titled The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 60 Years, the show, on view July 22 through October 29, also offers an overview of American art from the post-World War II era to the present.