LeVan Joins Webinar on Maine’s First Use of Ranked-choice Voting

Assistant Professor of Government Carrie LeVan joined a webinar, organized by FairVote as part of its series called “The Future of American Elections,” to discuss Maine’s historic first use of ranked-choice voting (RCV) in a presidential general election. The conversation was moderated by FairVote Senior Policy Coordinator Pedro Hernandez and the panelists included LeVan, Executive...

Koch Receives National Teaching Award

Associate Professor of German Arne Koch has been selected as one of the seven recipients of the Goethe‐Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit, given by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) to recognize achievements in furthering the teaching of German. Koch said the selection is a tremendous honor. “A big thank you has to go...

Soto Publishes Paper on the Link Between Gender and Extraversion

Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto has published a new paper, exploring the link between gender and extraversion, in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. “The Big Five personality traits have been linked with a broad range of consequential life outcomes,” writes Soto in the abstract. “The present research systematically tested whether such trait–outcome...

MacKenzie Coauthors Paper in Conservation Letters

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie has coauthored a paper, “Recurrent neural network reveals overwhelming sentiment against 2017 review of US monuments from humans and bots,” published in the journal Conservation Letters. “US federal agencies solicit public comments to scope for ideas, solve problems, and use the best available science for policy‐making,...

Niang Publishes New Paper on Of Dreams and Assassins

Associate Professor of French Mouhamédoul Niang published a new paper, “In defense of secular modernity: Politicizing the body and space in Malika Mokeddem’s Of Dreams and Assassins,” in the Journal of the African Literature Association. “This paper argues that Malika Mokeddem champions secular modernity through Kenza, the female protagonist in Of Dreams and Assassins,” according...

New Book by Rizzo Focuses on Neo-Avant-Garde Italian Theatre

Associate Professor of Italian Gianluca Rizzo has published a new book titled Poetry on Stage: The Theatre of the Italian Neo-Avant-Garde. “The book sheds light on a forgotten chapter of twentieth-century Italian literature, arguing that the theatre was the ideal incubator for stylistic and linguistic experiments.”

Niang Article Quoted in Routledge Handbook of African Literature

An article by Associate Professor of French Mouhamedoul Amine Niang was quoted in the recently released Routledge Handbook of African Literature (2019). The article, titled “Croisées narratives ou nouvelle translation du vécu spatial de l’immigré. Le post-épistolaire et le mémoriel dans Le Ventre de l’Atlantique de Fatou Diome,” appeared as a book chapter in the collected volume Frictions et...

Besteman’s New Book Uncovers System of Global Apartheid

Catherine Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, has published a new book titled Militarized Global Apartheid (Duke University Press, 2020). The book “offers a sweeping theorization of the ways in which countries from the global north are reproducing South Africa’s apartheid system on a worldwide scale to control the mobility...

Scheck Explores Forbidden Relationships during WWII in New Book

Raffael Scheck, the Audrey Wade Hittinger Katz and Sheldon Toby Katz Professor of History, has published a new book titled Love between Enemies: Western Prisoners of War and German Women in World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2020). His latest work “explores the forbidden relationships which formed between foreign prisoners of war and German women during...

New Book by Fleming on Life of Meteorologist Joanne Simpson

The latest book by James R. Fleming, Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, First Woman: Joanne Simpson and the Tropical Atmosphere (Oxford University Press, 2020), details the life of pioneering meteorologist Joanne Simpson (1923-2010). Fleming, the first to write a comprehensive biography of Simpson, spent five years mining her archive at Harvard’s Radcliffe...

Duff Publishes New Paper on South Africa

Assistant Professor of History Sarah Duff published a new article, “‘Dear Mrs Brown’: social purity, sex education and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in early twentieth-century South Africa” in a special edition of Social History, focusing on South Africa. “The South African Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was a significant source of sex education for white youth...

Vox Populi Runs Essay by Blevins

An essay by Professor of Creative Writing Adrian Blevins appeared on the website Vox Populi on Oct. 12, 2020. Blevins writes about her poetry book Appalachians Run AmokI. The essay begins:  Another thing the Appalachians don’t like to talk about is the creepy extent to which they adore the way they talk alone in the shower & just...

Plesch in Conversation with Artist Shahn for SPEEDWELL Live!

The video of a conversation between Professor of Art Véronique Plesch and painter and multimedia artist Abby Shahn has just been released online. The original conversation took place April 19, 2020, as part of the SPEEDWELL LIVE! event. Plesch’s conversation was held in conjunction with Shahn’s exhibition at SPEEDWELL projects, a gallery in Portland, Maine, commemorating...

Plesch Contributes to Podcast Series “Canto per Canto: Conversations with Dante in our Time”

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch has recorded a conversation as part of the podcast series “Canto per Canto: Conversations with Dante in our time,” produced by members of the Dante Society of America in collaboration with the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the Department of Italian Studies at New York University. Plesch’s conversation with Binghamton University’s Olivia Holmes is now available online. “Canto per Canto” was...

Fall Maine Arts Journal Runs Article by Editor Plesch, Piece by Libby

The Fall 2020 issue of the Maine Arts Journal, edited by Professor of Art Véronique Plesch, contains articles by two members of the Colby community. Plesch wrote the introduction to the issue—Where Are We? You Are Here/Now—as well as the article “Conversation with Abby Shahn.”  Artist Maggie Libby ’81, Colby’s curator of digital discovery and engagement, also...

Coane and O’Brien Coauthor Paper on Memory

Associate Professor of Psychology Jennifer Coane and Professor of Statistics Liam M. O’Brien coauthored the paper “Mapping the Time Course of Semantic Activation in Mediated False Memory: Immediate Classification, Naming, and Recognition,” which was published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. “We evaluated the time course of persistent automatic spreading activation from a mediated...

Neal Coauthors Paper on Coral Reef Stressors in Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Ben Neal has coauthored a paper recently published in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. The paper, “Coral Reef Community Changes in Karimunjawa National Park, Indonesia: Assessing the Efficacy of Management in the Face of Local and Global Stressors,” discusses the study’s exploration “of drivers of community change at...

Photographs by Green Included in Italian Exhibition

Photographs by Professor of Art Gary Green are included in the exhibition Brevi storie sull’animale strumentale, on view in the gallery Lab 27 in Treviso, Italy. The images come from Green’s forthcoming book, The River is Moving/The Blackbird Must be Flying. Lab 27 is a cultural and exhibition space that encourages dialogue and makes space for discussion, study, training,...