Associate Professor Adam Howard (education) was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist and will participate in a project titled "Enhancing Social Inclusion in Universities" in Australia in March and April 2013. Currently on sabbatical, Howard studies and writes about educational inequality. He will work with the University of Melbourne and with Monash and Victoria universities to enhance social inclusion practices in an efforty to get more students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to attend universities and to succeed there.
A lecture series beginning in December will focus on the future of the liberal arts tradition from the perspectives of leaders from different areas of the academic spectrum. The series begins with artist and international documentarian Wendy Ewald on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.
Professor Paul Josephson (history) spoke on nuclear power, nature, and politics in Barcelona Nov. 6 and will speak in Vilnius, Lithuania, Nov. 16. His talks at universities there reflect on Fukushima, the shutdown of nuclear reactors as a result of superstorm Sandy, and continued efforts to rejuvenate nuclear power in Russia, the United States, and elsewhere.
Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News, a compendium of reports from that time, was published Nov. 1 with essays by historians including Professor Dan Tortora (history) regarding Native Americans.
Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan (English) became the first transgender person appointed to a national leadership position by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, GLAAD announced Oct. 29. Boylan was named secretary of GLAAD's national board of directors.
MacArthur Professor Cheryl Townsend Gilkes (sociology and African-American studies) discusses the influence of African-American preaching on American politics in an interview with Australia's public radio network.
Dana Professor of Philosophy Jill Gordon's latest book, Plato's Erotic World, is featured on New Books in Philosophy, part of the online New Books Network. The site includes an hour-long interview podcast with the author.
C-SPAN2's Book TV aired interviews with three history professors Oct. 6. All three are online: Elizabeth Leonard on Joseph Holt, Raffael Scheck on Hitler's African victims, and Larissa Taylor on Joan of Arc.
Professor Adrian Blevins, (creative writing) has a poem in The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine. Her poem "How to Cook a Wolf" appears with works by many of the most renowned poets of the last century.
C-SPAN2’s Book TV visits Maine, and three Colby history professors are featured. A series that debuts Saturday, Oct. 6, includes interviews with history professors Elizabeth Leonard, Raffael Scheck, and Larissa Taylor.
Whipple-Coddington Professor Robert Gastaldo is presenting the lead talk in the Triassic Recovery Symposium at the centennial meeting of the Palaeontologische Geselleschaft in Berlin, Germany, in late September. The talk, “Constraining the End-Permian Crisis in the Karoo Basin, South Africa: New Data from the Eastern Cape Province,” is coauthored with colleagues from University of Toronto, University of California–Berkeley, Southern Methodist University, the Council for Geosciences, and Rhodes University in South Africa. Gastaldo returns to South Africa in January under a Fulbright Fellowship to continue his studies at Rhodes.
Professor Gary Green (art) photographed the New York music scene in the 1970s and '80s, and his images appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, and on album covers. An exhibit of his work at Waterville's Common Street Arts runs through October.
Press Herald cites a study by Visiting Assistant Professor Finley Edwards's (economics) showing that starting middle school at 8:30 a.m. rather than 7:30 increased standardized test scores at least two percentage points in math and one point in reading.
Foreigners and Their Food, a groundbreaking book by Professor David Freidenreich, has won the American Academy of Religion's award for excellence in the study of religion in the textual studies category.