Colby Alums Dominate ASIANetwork Profiles

When asianetwork.org recently launched its online feature “I Am ASIANetwork,” it included profiles of six graduates of liberal arts colleges. Three of the six are Colby grads. All three were students of Associate Professor Hong Zhang, and all are former ASIANetwork fellows. ASIANetwork is a consortium to strengthen the role of Asian studies in liberal...

Fleming Publishes Book, Toxic Airs

Jim Fleming, professor of science, technology, and society, is co-editor of a 2014 book titled Toxic Airs: Body, Place, Planet in Historical Perspective. The book of essays, co-edited by Ann Johnson of the University of South Carolina, is an interdisciplinary look at atmospheric issues on scales from body to place to planet. It analyzes airborne...

Pukkila Publishes Study of Student Research Methods

Scholarly Resources and Services Librarian Marilyn R. Pukkila recently published jointly with Ellen Freeman, formerly of Colby’s Academic ITS, the paper “Co-Viewing: Creating Broader Participation Through Ethnographic Library Research” in Participatory Design in Academic Libraries, a publication of the Council on Library and Information Resources. The paper reports on a study that uncovered the remarkably varied (and often surprising)...

Conner to Present at University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center

Professor of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner has been invited to give a talk at the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center on May 20. Offering material from her new book, Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era, Conner will investigate what she terms “social interpretation”—audience-produced meaning making about the arts that...

Webb Publishes The Long Struggle Against Malaria in Tropical Africa

Professor of History James L.A. Webb Jr.’s The Long Struggle Against Malaria in Tropical Africa was released March 31. Published by Cambridge University Press and available April 6 on Amazon, the 275-page book is the first history of malaria control efforts in tropical Africa. Integrating several fields—parasitology, entomology, and biomedicine—the book details the struggle for malaria...

McFadden’s Book The L Word Joins TV Milestones Series

Margaret McFadden (American studies), Colby’s Christian A. Johnson Associate Professor of Integrative Liberal Learning, published a book in February on the TV series The L Word, which debuted on Showtime 10 years ago. The book is part of the Wayne State University TV Milestones Series, which is in turn part of the university’s Contemporary Approaches to Film...

Millones Named Book Review Editor of Journal

In March Luis Millones, Colby’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish and director of the College’s interdisciplinary Latin American Studies Program, was named book review editor of the Colonial Latin American Review. CLAR, founded in 1992 and published three times per year, is the leading academic journal in the field of Latin American colonial studies.

Tortora Publishes Book on Winslow’s Fort Halifax

Twenty-seven years ago, an April 1 flood devastated the Kennebec River valley, washing away among other things the historic Colonial-era blockhouse at Fort Halifax across the river from Colby in Winslow, Maine. On the anniversary of that flood, Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora has published a new book, Fort Halifax: Winslow’s Historic Outpost. Tortora...

Sheehan Writes with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan coauthored with Henry Louis Gates Jr. the essay “Marketing Racism: Popular Imagery in the United States and Europe,” recently published in The Image of the Black in Western Art, Vol. 5: The Twentieth Century, Part I. Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as director of the...

Fallaw Receives NEH Grant for Project on Mexico

Ben Fallaw, associate professor of Latin American studies, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend grant for his project “Between the Maya and the Mexican Revolution: Bartolomé García Correa and Mestizo Ethno-Nationalism.” The grant will enable him to complete a book manuscript under contract with the University of Texas Press. The book’s...

Boylan Is a Judy Grahn Award Finalist

Professor of English Jennifer Finney Boylan is a finalist for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction. Her book Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders was nominated for the award along with Passionate Commitments by Julia M. Allen, Excluded by Julia Serano, and Growing Up Golem by Donna Minkowitz....

McFadden Presents Comedy Research

Margaret McFadden (American studies), Colby’s Christian A. Johnson Associate Professor of Integrative Liberal Learning, will present research on American female comics at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Studies Association in Los Angeles, Nov. 6-9. McFadden’s presentation is titled “Laughter and Performative Utopia in Gilda Radner’s Gilda Live! (1980).” Her talk will be part of a session she organized titled “The...

Todd Coulter Publishes Article on Paul Taylor in Dance Chronicle

Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Todd Coulter recently published the article “Paul Taylor’s Meticulous Musicality: A Choreomusical Investigation” in the journal Dance Chronicle. One of the foremost choreographers of the 20th century, Paul Taylor embraces American folk music and baroque composers as he creates movement that works through the expected meter and phrasing of...

Plesch Participates in Art Symposium

Professor of Art Veronique Plesch was invited to participate in an art history symposium on “Monuments as Palimpsests” held at Wesleyan University Feb. 28-March 1. As president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies, Plesch is also jurying the Max Nänny Prize for Best Essay in Word and Image Studies and is involved...

Mazzeo Publishes The Hotel on Place Vendome

Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English Tilar Mazzeo has a new narrative nonfiction trade book. Published by HarperCollins, The Hotel on Place Vendome chronicles the last days of the Second World War at the Ritz Paris hotel. Mazzeo’s previous book, The Widow Clicquot, was a New York Times bestseller.

Fleming: One Week, Four Countries, Five Lectures

Professor James Fleming (science, technology, and society), a visiting scholar at Columbia University this year, will speak in four countries March 18-25. In Abu Dhabi March 18 and 19 he will present a paper, “The future of technology and its impact on the environment,” at the 19th annual conference of the Emirates Center for Strategic...

Josephson Publishes Conquest of the Russian Arctic

Harvard University Press is publishing The Conquest of the Russian Arctic, by Paul R. Josephson, professor of history and chair of the Science, Technology, and Society Program, with a publication date in June. The 420-page book “details the ambitious attempts, from Soviet times to the present, to control and reshape the Arctic, and the terrible...

Elizabeth Leonard Appears via Video in Texas

Elizabeth Leonard, Colby’s Gibson Professor of History, will appear in April via videoconference as a guest speaker at Angelo State University in Texas. A course there on the Civil War era has her book Men of Color to Arms! Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality (WW Norton, 2010) as assigned reading, and...

Washington Post Taps Seay

Laura Seay, assistant professor of government, was named a regular contributor to the Washington Post‘s political science blog, the Monkey Cage. Seay studies African politics, conflict, and development, with a focus on central Africa. Her contributions will explain political science research on African development and conflict, and they will likely draw on research conducted with...

Lakes Research Continues—Through the Ice

Lake study by Colby faculty and student researchers doesn’t stop for the Maine winter. Colby science students, working with Denise Bruesewitz, assistant professor of environmental studies, recently cut through 32 inches of ice on Great Pond in the Belgrade Lakes at the location where a Colby research buoy is moored when the ice is out....