Burke Pens Essay for Appalachian Mountain Club

Professor of English and Creative Writing Michael Burked penned a light-hearted essay that appeared in the Appalachian Mountain Club Outdoors magazine. Titled “A Maine River Guide Reflects on Taking His Grown Kids Paddling,” the essay recounts the author’s feelings at giving his children instructions before rafting a stretch of the Kennebec River in western Maine. “My charges...

O’Neill Article on Creating Space for the Humanities Published in CHCI

Kerill O’Neill, professor of classics and director of the Center for the Arts and Humanities, wrote an article titled “Creating a Space for the Humanities: Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities” published in July by CHCI. The article recounts the formation of the center and its programs and successes to date. Among the lessons...

Hanlon Essay on Humanities Centers Published in Inside Higher Ed

An essay by Aaron Hanlon, assistant professor of English, appeared in Inside Higher Ed Sept. 9. His piece, titled “Centering the Humanities,” discusses how “humanities centers and institutes are key to improving the image of the humanities among the public and policy makers.” Hanlon argues that institutions need to better define what the humanities are and to...

Spark Essays and Stories Appear in Multiple Publications, Wins Residency

Professor of English Debra Spark has had several essays and stories published in the last since May. Spark also won a residency at the artist colony Arteles in Finland. Here are the titles, publications, and links (when available): “Something Had Gone Wrong,” Cincinnati Review  (short story), spring 2019 “A Container for Art,” Decor Maine, May 2019 “Writer Susan...

Robinson Invited to Contribute to Global Climate Change Assessment Report

Stacy-ann Robinson, Colby’s new assistant professor of environmental studies, has been invited to share her expertise on climate change adaptation in small islands by being a contributing author to Chapter 15 (Small Islands) of Working Group II’s contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is the...

Seay Article on Curing Ebola in the Congo Published in Foreign Affairs

Laura Seay, assistant professor of government, wrote the article “To Cure Ebola Will Take More Than a Pill” that appeared in Foreign Affairs Sept. 4. While experimental drugs are helping the country with its latest Ebola outbreak, “eradicating Ebola in Congo will require building public trust among Congolese and working with community organizations in order to reach...

Fleming Essay Finalist for Canopus Award

An essay by Jim Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, titled “Terraforming Planets, Geoengineering Earth” is a finalist for the 100 Year Starship Canopus Award for Excellence in the “original non-fiction” category. The Canopus Awards are administered by the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence with support from the National Aeronautics...

McClenachan and Other Colbians Coauthor Paper in Fish and Fisheries

Fish and Fisheries published the paper “Shifting perceptions of rapid temperature changes’ effects on marine fisheries, 1945–2017” with Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, as lead author. Coauthors include Ben Neal, adjunct assistant professor of environmental studies, Seabird McKeon, former visiting assistant professor of biology, and Madison Marra ’17. The paper “documents...

Gilkes Essay on Red Summer, Trump Summer, Published in Religion News Service

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, has an essay titled “Red Summer, Trump Summer and the politics of hate,” in Religion News Service. “Living memories of terror and exclusion within my family became personal, cultural and social capital, enabling and motivating my parents to resist discrimination...

McClenachan Coauthors Paper in PNAS on Surprising Ocean Temperatures

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, coauthored a paper recently published in PNAS. “Challenges to natural and human communities from surprising ocean temperatures” discusses how individuals and institutions will benefit by betting that trends of increasing temperatures will continue, a “strategy [that] represents a radical shift that will be difficult...

Moland Publishes New Book, Hegel’s Aesthetics

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lydia Moland has a new book out, Hegel’s Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism, published by Oxford University Press. The book “offers the first comprehensive book in English on Hegel’s philosophy of art in thirty years, gives a new, controversial interpretation of Hegel’s notorious ‘end of art’ thesis, and Illuminates the relevance of Hegel’s aesthetics...

Gross Op-Ed in New York Times On New Word in Lexicon: Structural

The latest New York Times op-ed by Neil Gross, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, looks at a new word used by Democratic presidential candidates: structural. “Some of what the candidates are up to by using the term ‘structural’ is merely rhetorical, signaling the boldness of their ideas,” he wrote. “Yet ‘structural’ is also a...

Scheck Coedits Book on Europe in World War II, Writes Introduction and Chapter

Raffael Scheck, the Katz Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, has coedited a new book, German-occupied Europe in the Second World War, just out from Routledge. The book “provides a framework to guide occupation research with a broad comparative angle focusing on human interactions. Overcoming national compartmentalization, it examines Nazi occupations with attention to relations between occupiers and local...

Brown Pens Essay for DownEast Magazine’s Maine Homes

“Notes from the Underground” is the name of the essay by Lyn Mikel Brown, professor of education, that appeared in DownEast magazine’s Maine Homes May-June issue. The essay tells the story of Brown’s father, who recorded daily events on the floor beams of his home in Alexander, Maine. “Each year, my father recorded the first frost, the first...

Plesch Delivers Plenary Lecture, Joins Host Committee at Farnsworth Art Museum

Véronique Plesch, professor of art, was invited to deliver a plenary lecture titled Grafitis y comunidades emocionales (siglos XVI-XVIII) at the 11th conference on the History of Written Culture “Scripta in itinere. Discourse, Practice, and Use of Writing in Public Spaces (16th-21st Centuries),” at the University of Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain, June 18-20. Plesch was...

Mayka Coauthors Vox Article on Brazil Supreme Court Injunction

Lindsay Mayka, assistant professor of government, co-wrote an article titled “Brazil’s Supreme Court pushed back against an attempt to cancel participatory councils” that appeared July 8 on Vox‘s Mischiefs of Faction political science blog. The article discusses Brazil’s participatory councils and a recent Supreme Court injunction that blocked President Jair Bolsonaro’s decree to dismantle them. “The participatory...

Historian Leonard Wins Award for Research and Writing

Elizabeth D. Leonard, the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, has won the Thomas D. Clark Medallion Award for her most recent book, Slaves, Slaveholders, and a Kentucky Community’s Struggle toward Freedom, published by the University Press of Kentucky (UPK).  “Much of what we know about Kentucky history and culture rests on...

Fleming Gives Keynote in Montreal for IAMAS

Jim Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, will be the keynote speaker July 10 in Montreal at the 100th anniversary meeting of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science. His topic is “One Hundred Years of Research Challenges and Accomplishments.” According to the organizers, “the meeting will look back...

Isaacs Writes Letter on Small Town Jewish Life for eJewish Philanthropy

Rabbi Rachel Isaacs wrote a letter titled “Small Town Jewish Life Takes Center Stage” printed in the “Readers Forum” section of eJewish Philanthropy June 11, 2019. In it, she chronicles how she came to settle in Waterville and create Colby’s Center for Small Town Jewish Life. “Our core values of economic accessibility, dynamic learning, and collaboration...