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...

Carlson Receives Romeo and Martha Paganucci Volunteerism Award from Alfond Youth Center

Waterville’s Alfond Youth Center honored Gail Carlson with its Romeo and Martha Paganucci Volunteerism Award at the center’s Annual Appeal event June 12. Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, was given the award for her “great work in coordinating volunteer services for our youth in the Growing Dome and beyond.” Carlson was instrumental in starting Colby students volunteering in...

Martin Coauthors Paper in Journal of Experimental Biology

Assistant Professor of Biology Josh Martin coauthored the paper “Predatory behavior changes with satiety or increased insulin levels in the praying mantis (Tenodera sinensis)” published June 3 in the Journal of Experimental Biology. The paper discusses how animal behavior is controlled “by a combination of external stimuli and an animal’s internal state,” the abstract says. The authors...

New Book by Zelensky Out from Indiana University Press

Associate Professor of Music Natalie Zelensky has a new book out. Performing Tsarist Russia in New York: Music, Émigrés, and the American Imagination (Indiana University Press, 2019) offers a “rare look at the musical life of Russia abroad as it unfolded in New York City” by examining “the popular music culture of the post-Bolshevik Russian emigration and...

Plesch Organizes Session at CAA Annual Conference; Conducts Review of Trinity College’s Art History Program

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch was active off campus during the spring semester. On Feb. 15 she was the organizer, chair, and respondent of the session “Beyond the Mirror: Specularity and Its Uses” at the 107th CAA Annual Conference in New York City. And in April she was invited to conduct a review of Trinity College’s Art History Program, which she undertook...

Mayka and Lovón ’21 Coauthor Article in Washington Post

An article by Assistant Professor of Government Lindsay Mayka and government and economics major Andrés Lovón ’21 was published in the May 23 Washington Post. Titled “How one company’s deep web of corruption took down governments across Latin America,” the article breaks down a large bribery scandal that played out across several Latin American countries, including...

Plesch Delivered Public Lecture at Bates College

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch delivered a public lecture at Bates College May 15. Her lecture, “’Desiring Italy’ and Taking Her Home,” took place in the context of the short-term course “Desiring Italy,” taught by Rebecca Corrie, the Phillips Professor of Art and Visual Culture.

Reisert Completes Term as President of the New England Political Science Association

Christian A. Johnson Professor of Liberal Integrated Study Joe Reisert just completed his term as president of the New England Political Science Association by chairing the group’s 2019 annual meeting in Portland. Political scientists have gathered annually under the NEPSA banner since 1949, and this year’s NEPSA gathering broke the association’s record for attendance and conference papers....

Sheehan Coauthors Smithsonian Book on African-American Photography

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan coauthored the latest installment in the Smithsonian’s “Double Exposure” book series. Pictures with Purpose: Early African American Photography (2019) examines photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Sheehan’s contribution to the book focuses on vernacular, or everyday, photos and what they can tell us about the African-American...

Howard Awarded Visiting Fellowship at University of Copenhagen

Professor of Education Adam Howard has been awarded a visiting fellowship in the Department of Sociology at University of Copenhagen for the fall 2019 term. The fellowship is designed to “attract world-leading social scientists who spend three months collaborating with members of the faculty” according to the university.  During the fellowship, Howard will mainly work...

Gross Reviews Book Biased in New York Times

Neil Gross, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, reviewed Biased, a new book by Jennifer Eberhardt, in the Sunday New York Times. Gross called the book an “unexpectedly poignant overview of the research on cognitive biases and stereotypes, especially racial bias in criminal justice.”