Fall 2016

September 13
How Revolutionary – and how Scientific – was the Scientific Revolution?
Dan Cohen, Professor of Philosophy, Colby College
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

122643563The Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries marked a sea change in Western thought about the world and humanity’s place in it. At its start, we located ourselves at the center of a finite, harmonious, purpose-filled cosmos qualitatively defined by the vocabulary of form and matter, essence and accident, and potential and actuality. By its end, the Aristotelian-Ptolemaic complex of theories that had been burnished by centuries of Medieval Arabic and Latin Scholastic “natural philosophers” gave way to a Newtonian universe quantitatively defined by space and time, matter and motion, and mass and momentum. It also gave the world two very powerful ideas: Science and a Scientific Revolution. In retrospect, neither one is a perfect fit in describing that era.

September 17
Harlem String Quartet
Revolutions theme event
7:30pm, Lorimer Chapel

Screen Shot 2016-09-12 at 10.46.15 AMSince its debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the Harlem String Quartet has established itself as one of America’s premier chamber ensembles. Its performances at prestigious classical venues throughout the world have earned critical acclaim. The quartet advances diversity in classical music by engaging new audiences with works by composers from underrepresented groups, and its Colby program does exactly that, with works by Celso Garrido Lecca (Peru), Rafael Hernández (Puerto Rico), and Abelardo Valdés (Cuba), along with Beethoven’s Razumovsky Quartet. Funded by the Robert J. Strider Concert Fund.

September 19
Film Screening: Vision (2009)
German Revolutions Film Series
7pm, Lovejoy 450

Vision_smThe life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman – best known as a composer and religious visionary – whose grand claims often run counter to the patriarchal world around her. The monks and nuns at the convent become a kind of family, offering both confidants and enemies. For example Jutta, struggling with her jealousy of Hildegard’s success, and the young Richardis who worships Hildegard both as an intellectual role model and a mother figure.


September 20
The Tambora Revolution: The 1815 Eruption that Changed the World
Gillen D’Arcy Wood, Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.31.43 AMWhat happens when the world’s climate reaches a sudden tipping point? This year marks the 200th anniversary of the so-called “Year Without a Summer,” 1816, spawned by fallout from the massive eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia. During that global climate emergency, volcanic conditions disrupted monsoons in India that contributed to a devastating new strain of cholera, while crop failure and famine crippled nations from China to Western Europe to New England, precipitating food riots and the mass emigration of refugees. The extreme weather crisis also made waves in the world of art and literature, with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the most notable work of imagination to emerge from “The Year Without a Summer.” This lecture, based on Wood’s award-winning Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World—the first book to present a comprehensive investigation of the environmental calamity of 1816—provides a gripping disaster narrative, with important lessons not only for historians and students, but also local communities and governments tasked with responding to today’s climate crisis.

September 26
Merasi Musicians
4pm, Pugh Center

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 10.06.19 AMThese are marginalized artists, terribly discriminated against by Indian society. Passion from generations of turmoil, and the desire for change combine to create stirring harmonies. Their joyful revolution resonates with folk songs, and with love lyrics from Sufi and Hindu traditions.


September 27
Virtual Revolutions
Khalid A. Ali (Khalid Albaih), Oak Human Rights Fellow, Colby College
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.33.43 AMFrom Facebook pages to Whatsapp forwards, the internet and social media helped pave the way to the Arab Spring ongoing revolutions. Khalid Albaih, a political cartoonist from Sudan, is the 2016 Oak Fellow at Colby. Albaih uses his daring, often biting cartoons to champion freedom of expression and democracy in the Arab world, while criticizing Western Islamophobia and U.S. practices including torture and drone attacks. Albaih draws simple but evocative images that are primarily displayed online. Many of those images have gone viral, earning him international recognition. Huffington Post mentions him first in its list of the world’s leading Arab cartoonists. During the Arab Spring uprising in 2011, Albaih’s images were turned into stencils and reproduced on city walls in Cairo and Sana’a. He acquired thousands of followers on his Facebook site (“Khartoon!”—a play on his artistic medium and his former home in the capital of Sudan). His work also has appeared in exhibitions in Vienna, London, Montreal, Detroit, Bahrain, and The Hague and has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times and Al-Jazeera.

September 29
Doctors as Witnesses: Sacrifice and Revolution in Egypt
Sherine Hamdy, Brown University
4pm, Diamond 122

Tahrir-hospital-AFPGetty (1)This talk highlights the ways in which Egypt’s revolutionary doctors seek to ground their claims in bodily evidence of state-induced torture and injury against the government’s simultaneous denial and erasure of that evidence. In so doing, I raise “evidence” as itself an object of inquiry – as both the grounds for and means of claims-making. While the physicians draw heavily on forensics, medical documentation, and in some cases photography, I focus here on evidence in the form of first-hand witness accounts of the doctors themselves. As witnesses, the physicians merge their roles as (1) objective observers who have access to scientific language, and (2) moral subjects who inhabit the embodied positions of their injured patients. The moral gravity of the physicians’ testimonies is strengthened by their assertion as neutral, objective experts. Yet their ability to access the injured bodies at the site of police violence rests on the protesters’ identifying them as in solidarity with the revolutionary cause. Indeed, the Egyptian revolutionary doctors’ demonstrate, in their very willingness to sacrifice their own lives in their commitment to saving the lives of others, both the high risks of their involvement and the magnitude of their moral commitment to the cause of the protesters.

October 4
Photography and/as Scientific Revolution
Laura Saltz, Associate Professor of American Studies, Colby College
7pm, Kassman Auditorium


Saltz imageEarly photographic experimentation was frequently less concerned with optics—with providing a picture of the world—than with physics. Techniques such as spectroscopy were developed and deployed explicitly to investigate that which was beyond the range of human perception: the nature and behavior of light. Indeed, the invention of photography was deeply implicated in what historians of science have identified as one of the greatest scientific revolutions in history: the articulation and acceptance of the wave theory of light. Yet early techniques for measuring and visualizing light are frequently cordoned off from early photographic practices that produce narrative descriptions of the world. Photography, in other words, is typically understood as part of the history of representation rather than the history of science. This talk asks why it is worth reintegrating scientific discourses about light back into the cultural history of early photography. What might be gained by interrogating common-sense distinctions between representational and non-representational photographs? By drawing on Michel Foucault’s concept of the episteme—the conceptual grid through which a culture establishes what counts as knowledge—this talk explores the revolutionary roles played by the invention(s) of photography in western constructions of scientific knowledge in the early nineteenth century; it turn, it explores the connections between visual modes of knowledge and conventions of visual representation.

October 5
Dissecting Violence: The Humanities Respond, Part I
12pm, Wormser Room, Miller Library

Screen Shot 2016-09-21 at 3.53.54 PMHow do Colby professors use their disciplines to respond when violence convulses our world? When police shoot and are shot, when bombs explode and refugees drown, what can the arts and humanities in particular teach us? Join us as Professors Lisa Arellano (WGSS), Gary Green (Art), and Anindyo Roy (English) explore how to parse the violence all too common in our fragile world. Lunch provided!

October 6
Darwinian Revolution
Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard
7pm, Parker-Reed room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.36.43 AMHistory tells us that Darwin was neither the first nor the only one to think of evolution. This talk takes the opportunity to think carefully about Charles Darwin and the revolution in thought that carries his name. How has this idea of a “Darwinian revolution” become so important? Janet Browne is Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University where she teaches the history of natural history and biology. In 2002 she published a two-volume biography of Charles Darwin. Her interest in Darwin stems from her time as an editor on the Darwin Correspondence Project, Cambridge, England

October 10
Cuba (1979)
Part of Monday Night Movies: Revolutions
7pm, Waterville Opera House

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 9.14.34 AMA problematic romance; a less problematic revolution. Sean Connery (the first James Bond!) and Brooke Adams (a past Railroad Square guest who first rose to prominence in Terrence Malick’s DAYS OF HEAVEN) star in Richard Lester’s (best known for A HARD DAYS NIGHT, THE THREE MUSKETEERS and ROBIN AND MARIAN) knowing, sharp, beautiful, underrated and offbeat anti-romance set against the Cuban revolution. “A political film within which no one speaks about politics and a love story in which no one speaks about love,” as Lester put it, CUBA follows Connery’s mercenary British officer to Cuba to help train Batista’s army against Castro and Guevara’s strengthening guerilla movement while attempting to revivify a lost love affair with Adams’ Alexandra, now married to a corrupt plantation owner.

October 11
Revolutions in Climate
Kerry Emanuel, Cecil & Ida Green, Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
7pm, Kassman Auditorium


Most people today view climate science as a field wholly occupied with the practical problem of global warming. But, as with most scientific endeavors, the field has been driven forward by scientists driven by their own curiosity to meet a series of fascinating intellectual challenges, whether or not they had any practical consequences. In this talk, I will tell the stories of the most important revolutions in climate science, from the discovery of the greenhouse effect to the determination of the cause of ice ages, concluding with how these revolutions inform our current view of climate change.

October 11
Film Screening: Anders als die anderen / Different from the Others (1919)
German Revolutions Film Series
7pm, Lovejoy 450

17DIFFERENT_SPAN-master1050Two male musicians fall in love, but blackmail and scandal makes the affair take a tragic turn.




October 24
Capturing War: Images of Conflict, Upheaval, and Revolution
4pm, Diamond Building Atrium

Photo Exhibit - Poster (1)-page-001In conjunction with the 2016 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism, three award-winning war photographers will display and discuss some of their most compelling work in a transformed Diamond Atrium. Nina Berman, documentary photographer, author, and educator Andrea Bruce, documentary photographer; co-owner and member, NOOR Photo Agency Carol Guzy, American news photographer, the Washington Post.

This event is cosponsored by the Goldfarb Center and Center for the Arts and Humanities.

October 25
Dissecting Violence: The Humanities Respond, Part II
12:30pm, Cellar Theater, Runnals

Screen Shot 2016-09-21 at 3.53.54 PMHow do Colby professors use their disciplines to respond when violence convulses our world? When police shoot and are shot, when bombs explode and refugees drown, what can the arts and humanities in particular teach us? Join us as Professors Carleen Mandolfo (Religious Studies), Aaron Hanlon (English) and visiting artists Brother(hood) Dance! explore how to parse the violence all too common in our fragile world. Lunch provided!

October 25
The Unfinished business of the Darwinian Revolution
Judy Stone, Professor of Biology and Dr. Charles C. and Pamela W. Leighton Research Fellow, Colby College
7pm, Kassman Auditorium


Darwin’s theories on descent with modification and evolution by natural selection revolutionized biology.  Both of these theories rest upon an underlying insight called population thinking, which recognizes that variation among individuals within a species is the key ingredient of evolution and adaptation.  Population thinking is arguably Darwin’s most original insight because it overcomes thousands of years of typological thinking, in which variation is considered to be imperfection around the true type.  Unfortunately, despite Darwin’s brilliant insight, typological thinking persists in biology, medicine, journalism, and the public mind.  Typological thinking can lead to erroneous and even dangerous conclusions, especially when applied to the human species.  Cutting-edge approaches in genomics have the potential to finally complete the Darwinian paradigm shift, so that the complexity of variation is fully appreciated.

October 25
Build your Revolution!
8-10 p.m, Miller Library

Lego poster2Get in the revolutionary spirit and join in for some friendly building competition! Recreate Immortal Moments, Rebellious Places, Legendary Leaders, and Artifacts of Change with LEGO bricks as you enjoy some nostalgic creativity and light refreshments. The most inspired creators will earn a range of awesome LEGO sets to take home, so bring your ingenuity and imagination in equal measure! The judging will take place at the tail end of the event, so the quicker you arrive, the more time you will have to build the coolest entry possible.

Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Colby College Libraries.

October 26
Regina José Galindo
7pm, Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

10-CarnadaGuatemalan poet and performance artist Regina José Galindo will discuss the role of human rights in her art. Frequently using her own body as a canvas, Galindo’s work addresses the atrocities committed by Guatemalan dictatorships, social injustice, and discrimination on the basis of race and gender. Galindo isolates and embodies the vast suffering in Latin America by inflicting direct physical violence on her own body in highly symbolic gestures of resistance.

This talk is organized by the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Center for the Arts and Humanities, and Latin American Studies Program.

November 1
A History of Data, Big and Little
Aaron Hanlon, Assistant Professor of English, Colby College
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.40.52 AMFor many of us, “seeing is believing”; we’re strongly influenced by an empirical understanding of what constitutes proof (“show me the proof,” as opposed to “explain to me the proof,” “tell me the proof,” etc.). Developments in how we understand data and data science, however, complicate our reliance on empiricism by introducing new standards of statistical significance and methodology, as well as new epistemological problems. This talk will trace a long history of the concept of data in the Anglo-American tradition, starting with the introduction of the word “data” into the English language in the 17th century. We will track the development of the concept of data through the British Enlightenment before addressing the ways that recent cultural developments regarding data are changing how we see, read, and interpret knowledge today. Throughout, this talk will explore the ways that literature and philosophy have contributed to debates about what constitutes data, and how reliable is data as a form of knowledge.

November 3
Iman Al Debe
7pm, Diamond 141

308484.500x0What does revolution in the Fashion Industry look like? Iman Aldebe is internationally recognized for her work revolutionizing and stylizing traditional hijabs and turbans with beduin tassels (http://imanaldebe.com/). Join us on Thursday, November 3, at 7pm to explore how Iman’s work helps create a political debate, empowers women to dispel the stereotypes of a Muslim woman being a weak individual, and is revolutionary.

November 7
Uncomfortable (Revolutionary) Monuments
Jeffrey Schnapp, Professor of Romance Literatures and Comparative Literature, Harvard
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.42.55 AMBz ’18-’45: one monument, one city, two dictatorships is an exhibition opened to the public in July 2014. It illustrates the history of the Monument to Victory, erected by the Italian Fascist regime in 1928. ‘Uncomfortable (Revolutionary) Monuments’ recounts the tale of the Monument and its reframing via BZ ’18-’45 as a work of critical contextualization. The exhibition is a commentary on the evolving social and political framework of the second half of the twentieth century to the present day. A three-banded LED ring to the third column of the monument’s façade is intended to reframe and alter the monument’s meaning.The ring unbalances the ideology embedded within the neoclassical symmetries of the façade and marks the difference between the totalitarian then of the monument’s construction and a now characterized by cultural pluralism and tolerance. By unbalancing, the ring rebalances; by defamiliarizing, it refamiliarizes. It performs a symbolic reversal that gives a state monument (and the history that it stands for) back to the local citizenry and renders visitable a site that has been fenced off for over a half-century.

November 14
New Perspectives on the Haitian Revolution
Jeremy D. Popkin, William T. Bryan Chair of History, University of Kentucky
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.46.44 AMAlthough the events it describes occurred over two hundred years ago, the term “Haitian Revolution” has only come into widespread use in the past few decades. By putting the events that led to the western world’s first abolition of slavery on the same level as the American and French revolutions, this new language profoundly changes our understanding of the “age of revolutions.” The explosion of new scholarship on the Haitian Revolution is also changing our understanding of the meaning of this event and its place in world history. Jeremy D. Popkin is the William T. Bryan Chair of History at the University of Kentucky. His books on the Haitian Revolution include Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Uprising (University of Chicago Press, 2007), You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery (Cambridge University Press, 2010), A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution (Blackwell/Wiley, 2012), and Mon Odyssée: L’épopée d’un colon de Saint Domingue (Société française d’étude du dix-huitième siècle, 2015). He has also published on topics including the French Revolution, autobiography, and historiography.

November 17
Revolutions Keynote Address
LaToya Ruby Frazier
7pm, Page Commons

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 : LaToya Ruby Frazier photographed in Chicago (John D. & Catherine MacArthur Foundation)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 : LaToya Ruby Frazier photographed in Chicago (John D. & Catherine MacArthur Foundation)

For LaToya Ruby Frazier, winner of a 2015 MacArthur “genius grant,” art is a weapon—a catalyst for social justice. Her photographs and videos document today’s America: post-industrial cities riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality, and environmental toxicity. Bridging the personal with the social, her gorgeous and haunting shots amplify the voices of the most vulnerable and transform our sense of place and self.

LaToya Ruby Frazier’s visit to campus, part of Colby’s Artist-in-Residence Series, is cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Colby College Libraries, Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, Pugh Center, Colby Museum of Art, American Studies, Art Department, Environmental Studies Program, and the Office of the President with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

November 19
Behind the Wall (2011)
German Revolutions Film Series
7pm, Lovejoy 450

51ooj6RpM5LBehind The Wall documents what life was like on both sides of The Berlin Wall through the eyes of ordinary citizens from East and West Germany. They give an in-depth and overlooked perspective of life before, during and after The Wall fell. Beginning with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ‘Fall of the Wall’ then through the voices of the people, weaves a true history of what life was like living on both sides of The Wall.


November 21
The Dreamers (2003)
Part of Monday Night Movies: Revolutions
7pm, Waterville Opera House

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 9.16.59 AMBernardo Bertolucci, arguably one of the greatest directors of all time, whose emotional, exuberant style graced masterpieces from THE CONFORMIST to LAST TANGO IN PARIS, from his Oscar Best Picture winner THE LAST EMPEROR to his 5 hour epic, 1900, is more youthful, energetic and cinematically and politically revolutionary than ever in this relatively recent dazzler. “The personal is political” was the litany of the heady days of 1968’s spring in Paris and elsewhere as it felt like everything old and deadly was really about to crumble. While most students take the lead in the May ‘revolution’, a French poet’s twin son Theo and daughter Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. As film buffs they meet and ‘adopt’ modest, conservatively educated California-based student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence.

November 29
We have never been Revolutionary
Keith Peterson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Colby College
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.49.07 AMWhat if science studies theorist Bruno Latour is right that thinking of ourselves as “revolutionary” is one of the central constitutive myths of Modernity? What if, as he asserts, “we have never been Modern”? This talk explores the basis of Latour’s anti-revolutionary claim and considers some responses to these questions and their implications.
Keith Peterson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colby College. His primary areas of interest include philosophies of nature and environment, value theory, philosophical anthropology, and Continental philosophy. He teaches courses in all of these areas, and is currently completing a monograph on environmental philosophy entitled A World not Made for Us: Topics in Critical Environmental Philosophy.

December 6
On being a Revolutionary
Marcos Perez, Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology, Colby College
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.50.06 AMThroughout history, individuals have organized with others to bring about radical social change. What is it like to be on the front lines fighting for social transformation? Why do people risk life and limb to do so? Social science has addressed these questions in many different ways. This talk will focus on three particularly contentious debates.
First, the problem of human agency: what is the role of individuals in the outcome of revolutions? What matters more for social change, the effort of militants or the contradictions of the order they seek to change? Second, the role of rationality. Much of the discussion on revolutions and activism has centered on whether insurgency is a rational decision by individuals and groups, an emotional reaction to a particular environment, or a mix of both. What are the different motivations to become a revolutionary? Third, the location of revolution. What (and where) is the best context for revolutionary change? In more or less developed societies? In urban or rural areas? In the global south or north?

December 7
Bahar, Bahar, Bahar, Bahar, Bahar (Sea, Sea, Sea, Sea,Sea)
5:30pm, Bixler / 106 William D. Adams Gallery, Lobby

untitled-1Every minute eight people are forced to flee war, persecution or terror. More than 2,500 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean in rubber dinghies and rusting fishing boats so far this year, according to the UN’s refugee agency’s report.

In this multimedia/performance piece by the 2016 Oak Fellow @Khalidalbaih, you will live a few moments with these refuges at sea. Dress warmly.

December 19
May Fools (1990)
Part of Monday Night Movies: Revolutions
7pm, Waterville Opera House

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 9.21.14 AMThe great French director Louis Malle (ATLANTIC CITY, AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS) deals with the possible coming of revolution obliquely, as a warmly human comedy, in the pastoral, Spring 1968-set MAY FOOLS. “You feel in its images a sense of sunny embrace, a feeling of comfort and leisure and warm sensuality. You absorb it, the way you do the dappled light in the paintings of Renoir, or a clear, vivid day with a blanket laid out in the grass and wine rising in your blood. You bask in it. The film’s spirit is one of affectionate satire, and its style suggests a commingling of Chekhov and Mozart and both Renoirs — the filmmaker, Jean, and his father, Pierre Auguste. The story it tells is projected against the events of May 1968 when, all over France, a wave of radicalism threatened to leave sweeping social changes in its wake. The film’s setting, though, is far away from the strikes and the riots and the free-thinking students who led them. At the rather ramshackle old country estate where the movie takes place, these upheavals are threatening only in a distant, abstract way….But with the mother’s death and the gathering of the clan for her funeral, the world teeters as precariously on the edge of revolution as the rest of the country. Everywhere, change is in the air…For a moment, they all lose their inhibitions. Picnicking under a tree, they drink wine and smoke pot and let their fantasies soar. And in that idyllic instant, something new seems to be dawning. These sun-licked afternoon scenes have a dreamy lyricism and beauty; they’re masterful in a quiet, understated way.

Spring 2017

January 16
Malcolm X
Part of Monday Night Movies: Revolutions
7pm, Waterville Opera House

Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 1.07.05 PMThe much-hyped “Malcolm X” happens to be a spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change — and surely Spike Lee’s most universally appealing film. An engrossing mosaic of history, myth and sheer conjecture, this ambitious epic manages to sustain itself for 3 hours 21 minutes, and also overcomes an early frivolity of tone and Lee’s intrusiveness to achieve a stature befitting its subject. Lee, whose enormous affection for his hero suffuses his work, nevertheless resists the temptation to sanitize Malcolm as Richard Attenborough did Gandhi. The civil rights leader, as eloquently portrayed by Denzel Washington, emerges as an immensely likable human being — a onetime black separatist who overcame his own prejudices.

February 6
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: The Birth of a Nation- Remembering African American Slave Revolts
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

the-birth-of-a-nation-5Nat Turner is an enslaved Baptist preacher who lives on a Virginia plantation owned by Samuel Turner. With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nate should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising. As Nate witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner’s quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County.

February 13
Zero for Conduct – The Red Balloon
Part of Monday Night Movies: Revolutions
7pm, Waterville Opera House

Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 1.19.21 PMRevolution begins young—and can be quiet or loud in this double bill of remarkable, timeless yet timely masterpieces from France. In the legendary Jean Vigo’s Zero for Conduct, four boarding school boys start a surrealist rebellion against their repressive administration and teachers. Initially banned, Zero for Conduct now looks fresher than when it was made in the ‘30s. Paired with it is a film about the interior revolution a child can make internally by refusing to accept the world as imposed on them. Tormented by his cruel classmates, ignored, by adults, Pascal, the young hero of Albert Lamorisse’s truly charming fable, is befriended by a red balloon that starts to follow him around Paris. It is to prove, literally and otherwise, a way out.

February 13
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Amistad—Education and the Seeds of Revolution
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

AmistadIn 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman) wants Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) to help his case. Eventually, John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) also becomes an ally.

February 14-April 30
Anna Jermolaewa: Leninopad
Davis Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art

In the summer of 2015, Anna Jermolaewa traveled throughout Ukraine documenting empty or repurposed pedestals that had once displayed statues of Vladimir Lenin. Leninopad, or “Leninfall”—a term coined to describe the systematic toppling of monuments to the revolutionary leader—was the most visible manifestation of the state-instituted process of “decommunization” introduced in Ukraine by government decree in May of 2015. By the following year, more than thirteen hundred Lenin statues had been removed from civic areas, and nearly one thousand villages and cities had been renamed. This exhibition focuses on the video component of Jermolaewa’s Leninopad project. To locate the pedestals, Jermolaewa relies on directions from the people she meets, whom she urges to reflect on the demise of Ukraine’s communist monuments. “Is it a pity?” she asks. The resulting commentaries range from expressions of bemusement and resignation to resentment and disillusion. One passerby blames Lenin for Holodomor, the 1932–33 famine of genocidal proportions that was caused by Joseph Stalin’s policies. Erected in the post–World War II era, statues of Lenin promoted allegiance to the socialist state by commemorating its revolutionary origins. Most of the older residents whom Jermolaewa encounters are aggrieved by the expunging of their past, although a young woman echoes their frustrations. “History is history,” she protests. “We can’t change it.”

February 15
Build your Revolution: Love and War
7-10pm, Miller Library

Get in the Love and War spirit and join in for some friendly building competition! The most inspired creators will earn a range of awesome LEGO sets to take home, so bring your ingenuity and imagination in equal measure! The judging will take place at the tail end of the event, so the quicker you arrive, the more time you will have to build the coolest entry possible.

Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Colby College Libraries.


February 20

Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Twelve Years a Slave-Living to tell our stories
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon’s life forever.

February 27
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Glory–Rise up! And give us house room!
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

300px-GloryFollowing the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States’ first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior officer Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment fights to be placed in the heat of battle.


March 1
S.H.O.U.T! Keynote Lecture: Janet Mock
7pm, Lorimer Chapel

Every spring the Pugh Community Board hosts SHOUT week, which stands for Speaking, Hearing, and Opening Up Together. It is a week devoted to activism and awareness about a current social issue. Our 2017 SHOUT theme is Writing Revolutions, which focuses on the power of writing in social movements, exploring how writing continues to be an act of defiance and revolution in our personal lives and society. How can we use language to connect ourselves to a larger purpose? In what ways can writing empower us to create a new vision or path? What voices are included in our discourses of social change? Who is left out—and how can we bring those voices to the center?

We are excited to announce writer and trans advocate Janet Mock as our 2017 S.H.O.U.T. keynote speaker. As a journalist, Janet brings issues of gender, race, class, and equity to the forefront of public discourse. Her memoir Redefining Realness debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2014 and she recently produced the HBO Documentary The Trans List (http://janetmock.com/bio/). She is also the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women.

March 6
Film Screening: ¡Palante, Siempre Palante! and Conversation with Director Iris Morales
7pm, Olin 1

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000041_00047]As the female Robin Hood of 21st century in East Harlem, Iris Morales is an inspiring change agent. Since she has been a teenager, Iris Morales dedicated her life to the advancement of the Puerto Rican community, social justice and human rights. During her years at City College of New York, she helped to establish the first Puerto Rican group, called Puerto Ricans in Student Activities. After organizing a tenant movement in East Harlem, she joined the radical Young Lords Party. This movement that originated in Chicago established a branch in Harlem with similar goals and methods like the Black Panthers. They had a 13-Point Program and Platform in which they expressed their goals and convictions. In the beginning, an only male Latino patriarchal organization, she was the first woman to join this group and quickly became a leading member. Furthermore, she brought forward an agenda concerned with feminism and the oppression of women.

March 6
I am Cuba
Part of Monday Night Movies: Revolutions
7pm, Waterville Opera House

When Mikhail Kalatozov’s I Am Cuba—a long-lost, phantasmagoric Cuban-Soviet propaganda film from 1964—was rediscovered and reissued in late 1995 (with the prominent support of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola), critic Terrence Rafferty wrote the following in his New Yorker review: “They’re going to be carrying ravished film students out of the theaters on stretchers.” That’s about right. Personally speaking, I certainly needed medical assistance to reattach my jaw, which had dropped permanently to the floor during one of the film’s famed tracking shots. Though I Am Cuba is fascinating enough as an historical footnote the reason it endures is almost exclusively cinematic: Given the virtually unlimited resources of two countries at their disposal, Russian director Kalatozov (The Cranes Are Flying) and his cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky turned the newly Communist Cuba into a lush playground where they could experiment with wide-angle lenses, whooshing camera moves, and towering crane shots held for minutes at a time. Their assignment was to affirm the revolutionary spirit that had just given birth to a new Cuba, but within those broad parameters, they were free to pull off all the technical wonderments they could dream up.

March 6
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Daughter’s of the Dust-A Meditation on women on the move and the Power of Spirit
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

imagesAt the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina — former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions — suffers a generational split. Young Haagar (Kaycee Moore) wants to move to the mainland away from tradition-bound matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day). Former prostitute Yellow Mary (Barbara-O) gets a cold shoulder when she returns to the island with her female lover, especially from her sister Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce).


March 11
Barber Violin Concerto
Revolutions theme event
Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jinwook Park, Director
7:30pm, Lorimer Chapel

Boston-based violin virtuoso Eunae Koh joins the CSO in the haunting and poetic violin concerto by American composer Samuel Barber. The concert also features the world premiere of an interactive work for computer and orchestra by composer and Colby Music Professor Jonathan Hallstrom. Felix Mendelssohn’s fifth symphony, “Reformation,” closes the program with a tribute to Martin Luther’s well-known chorale “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (“A Mighty Fortress is Our God”).

March 13
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Passage at St. Augustine—Bishops Wives and a Black Community Confront Segregationist Violence
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

529654726“Passage at St. Augustine” establishes America’s Oldest City as home to the most violent Civil Rights campaign of the entire Movement. Viewers are transported back to this unlikely Florida tourist town to hear first-hand from civil rights foot soldiers, Klansmen, journalists, clergy, politicians and the like, who fought on the front lines of the 18-month battle that led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite MLK and LBJ headlining the film’s real-life cast, most come away asking why a campaign so pivotal appears to have been wiped from the hard drive of History.

March 15
Wild blueberries, debt bondage, human trafficking — What do these have in common?!
7pm, Diamond 122

Junya Yimprasert will present her new documentary film “Missa Marjat – Where the Berries Are”, about farmers from Thailand trafficked to work on the wild berry harvest in Finland and who now struggle for justice. Q&A to follow.
Junya is a prominent human rights activist from Thailand and a long-time campaigner for the rights of workers and victims of human trafficking, both in Thailand and beyond. She is the founder of the Thai Labour Campaign and a co-founder of Focus on the Global South. She is currently living in Finland as a political exile: her uncompromising support of free speech, democratic rule, and open criticism of the Thai monarchy and military rule mean that she can no longer safely return to Thailand.

Sponsored by the Anthropology Department, Center for the Arts and Humanities, East Asian Studies, Global Studies, Goldfarb Center, and the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights.

March 27
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Freedom on My Mind—One Woman’s View of Civil Rights and Personal Change
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Freedom_on_My_Mind_(film)Freedom on My Mind is a 1994 feature documentary film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won that year’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1] It is the first film to chronicle, in depth, the story of Freedom Summer. It was produced and directed by Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford. The film vividly tells the complex and compelling history of the Mississippi voter registration struggles of 1961 to 1964: the interracial nature of the campaign, the tensions and conflicts, the fears and hopes. It is the story of youthful idealism and shared vision, of a generation who believed in and fought for the principles of democracy. Participants interviewed include Robert Parris Moses, Victoria Gray Adams, Endesha Ida Mae Holland, and Freedom Summer volunteers Marshall Ganz, Heather Booth, and Pam Allen.

March 29
The threat of the modern girl: Race, class and gender in a Netherlands Indies newspaper
Tom Hoogervorst
4pm, Miller 014

The rise of the ‘modern girl’, a global phenomenon of the 1920s and 1930s, profoundly influenced notions of race, class and gender in late-colonial Indonesia. This popular female archetype represented a revolutionary new world in which Asian young women could – for the first time – participate in western education and unchaperoned socialising with men. Many men and women alike perceived these freedoms as a challenge to long-established conservative realities. I will explore these contestations through Sin Po, a Malay-language newspaper which catered mostly to Indonesia’s acculturated Chinese community. The majority of its published letters and opinion pieces reproduced the persistent binaries of purity/pollution, virgin/whore, and tradition/modernity. I argue that these representations cannot be attributed solely to culturally-ingrained misogyny, but reflect complex negotiations of racial, class, and gender identities of a community subordinated within a colonial system that privileged white, European men.

April 3
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Neshoba—A documentary on Freedom Summer and its importance.
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

In 1964, three civil rights activists go missing in Mississippi. The bodies of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner are found months later, and the three Klansman accused of murdering them are put on trial. All three are found not guilty, including Edgar Ray Killen who openly flaunts his involvement in the killings for years after the trial. Interviews with local community members and the victim’s families highlight the ongoing effort to bring Killen to trial a second time.


April 5
PK! V24
7:20 pm, Ostrove Auditorium, Colby College

PechaKucha Night Waterville is a fun, creative networking event for the entire community featuring diverse presenters faced with the same dynamic challenge: telling a compelling story in 20×20. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive ride. PechaKucha Night (PKN) began in Tokyo in 2003 and has turned into an international phenomenon with events happening in over 800 cities around the world. It is a format that makes presentations concise, keeps the evening moving at a rapid pace, and allows for plenty of chit-chat among participants and attendees.

This episode of PechaKucha Night Waterville will focus on the theme Revolutions.

PechaKucha Waterville is made possible by a volunteer Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and the Waterville Public Library. The Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities is the 2016-2017 season sponsor.

April 6
Yoko Hiraoka, Master of Biwa, Koto, and Shamisen (Japanese stringed instruments)
Revolutions theme event
7:30pm, Lorimer Chapel

Yoko Hiraoka is a master of Japanese traditional stringed instruments and vocal styles whose performing career spans more than 30 years. Hiraoka returns to Colby to sing and play highlights of famous music for the biwa (four-stringed lute). The Tale of the Heike is a lyrical account of tragic medieval revolutionary battles between rival Samurai (warrior) clans competing to replace the Japanese emperor with their own military rule. With rapturous poetry, soaring vocal lines, and virtuosic technical demands, Tale of the Heike is a true monument of Japanese musical art. Funded in part by the Freda M. Charles Music Fund.

April 10
The Success of Failure/ Revolutions Interrupted in the Mascarene region (18-20th c)
Françoise Lionnet, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
3pm, Lovejoy 215

To commemorate the bicentennial (1989) of the French Revolution in Reunion Island, the Théâtre Vollard (named after the famous art dealer from Reunion who was a friend of Alfred Jarry and many other Paris artists and writers) performed Etuves, a work written as a response to the plays of Olympe de Gouges and staged in the historic space where the Colonial Assembly used to hold its meetings. Part of a grassroots movement that tried, in the late 1980s and early 90s, to represent, mobilize, and reinvest the revolutionary period with new meaning around the all-but-forgotten abolition of 4 February 1794, the performance underscored the brief, but ultimately failed, attempts at emancipation from the imagined perspective of the local population. In her 2001 novel Mutiny, Lindsey Collen also stages, in contemporary globalized Mauritius, a failed revolution that underscores nonetheless the possibility of the impossible, i.e. the transformation of social relations, new affective bonds, and emerging solidarities. In his 2003 novel Revolutions, the Nobel laureate JMG Le Clézio puts a new spin (literally) on the word: his is an interior, philosophical confrontation that leads to a seemingly purposeless flight from and circular return to melancholic attachments. I read these texts together in an attempt to articulate the conditions under which writing can indeed consist in “inventing a people who are missing” (Deleuze).

Cosponsored with the French department and African-American studies.

April 10

Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Malcolm X—Remembering Black Nationalism in an Age of White Nationalism
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 1.07.05 PMThe much-hyped “Malcolm X” happens to be a spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change — and surely Spike Lee’s most universally appealing film. An engrossing mosaic of history, myth and sheer conjecture, this ambitious epic manages to sustain itself for 3 hours 21 minutes, and also overcomes an early frivolity of tone and Lee’s intrusiveness to achieve a stature befitting its subject. Lee, whose enormous affection for his hero suffuses his work, nevertheless resists the temptation to sanitize Malcolm as Richard Attenborough did Gandhi. The civil rights leader, as eloquently portrayed by Denzel Washington, emerges as an immensely likable human being — a onetime black separatist who overcame his own prejudices.

April 12
Luis Camnitzer
7pm, Olin 1

Artist and educator Luis Camnitzer, whose conceptual artwork, The Museum Is a School, occupies the façade of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, will combine a personal reflection on revolution with a prescription for renewal without complacency in the overlapping realms of art and education. Having come of age in Uruguay during a period of widespread revolution in Latin America, Camnitzer grew to distrust immediate, totalizing shifts in the social sphere. Instead, he will explore the potential for “micro-revolutions” based on the idea of the artist as an agent of empowerment and communication, like the best of teachers. A demonstration of critical thinking by a lifelong skeptic, provocateur, and idealist, this lecture will counter the narrative of exceptionalism by reiterating the essential human right of education, which Camnitzer sees as gradually freeing the collective mind and spirit, one person at a time.

This lecture has been commissioned for the 2016–17 Humanities theme of Revolutions. It is cosponsored by Art, Philosophy, Education, and the Colby Museum.

April 14-15
Powder and Wig: Spring Awakening
7:30pm, Page Commons

Spring Awakening is a rock musical set in Germany in 1891 and tells the story of a group of teenagers fighting against a world dominated by adults. The main character, Wendla, comes to discover what it means to fall in love and to explore the meaning of her body when she finds herself falling for one of her classmates, Melchior Gabor. As Wendla’s naivety slips away and she learns that some of her friends are abused by their fathers, Wendla craves to feel and experience more so that she might understand the harsh realities of the world in which she lives.

April 17
Duck, you Sucker!
Part of Monday Night Movies: Revolutions
7pm, Waterville Opera House

p1249_d_v8_acAt the beginning of the Mexican Revolution in 1913, greedy bandit Juan Miranda (Rod Steiger) and idealist John H. Mallory (James Coburn), an Irish Republican Army explosives expert on the lam from the British, fall in with a band of revolutionaries plotting to strike a national bank. When it turns out that the government has been using the bank as a hiding place for illegally detained political prisoners — who are freed by the blast — Miranda becomes a revolutionary hero against his will.


April 17
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Selma—From Ballots to Black Lives Matter
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

selma-movie-posterAlthough the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


April 20
The Surrealist Revolution
Kim Grant, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art Department, University of Southern Maine
5pm, Given Auditorium

La Révolution SurréalisteBeginning in the 1920s, the Surrealists sought to instigate a revolution that was both mental and material. Art making was central to this endeavor. As a concrete manifestation of poetic thought, visual art was proof that it was possible to remake reality to accord with the unrestrained inventions of the creative mind. This talk will discuss the multiple strategies used by Surrealist writers and artists in the 1920s to undermine accepted reality and foment revolution through the creation and presentation of art.

Cosponsored with the Art Department, Colby College Museum of Art, Phi Beta Kappa Phi Beta Kappa (Beta Chapter of Maine), and Department of French and Italian.

April 24
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice and The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords-Why the Black Press still matters!
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 12.45.00 PMIda B. Wells: A Passion for Justice documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison reads selections from Wells’ memoirs and other writings in this winner of more than 20 film festival awards.


Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 12.44.38 PMThe Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords is the first film to chronicle the history of the Black press, including its central role in the construction of modern African American identity. It recounts the largely forgotten stories of generations of Black journalists who risked life and livelihood so African Americans could represent themselves in their own words and images.


May 1
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Say Amen, Somebody—Still Working the Spirit: Sacred Music and Its Revolutionary Connections
7pm, Kassman Auditorium

p6843_d_v8_aaGospel music is the subject of this lively film, which explores the history of the faith-rooted musical style. While the documentary features a number of gospel musicians, it spends the most time looking into the considerable contributions of Thomas A. Dorsey, a pioneering songwriter and pianist, and his popular associate, singer “Mother” Willie Mae Ford Smith. Also included are numerous concert performances by the Barrett Sisters, Sallie Martin and other gospel luminaries.


May 4

Maine Wood(s)
Opening Reception
5:30pm, L.C. Bates Museum

This beautiful exhibition is the result of a collaborative effort between the L.C. Bates Museum staff and Ariana Finger ‘17 and Ellis Grubman ‘17, working under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch.

A lovely way to say farewell to the 2016/17 Revolutions theme: art, wine, and some tasty appetizers!



May 23-24
MCFLAC Symposium 2: Revolutions
Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

Faculty from a diverse range of Small Liberal Arts Colleges programs will gather to compare curricular models, discuss the challenges and opportunities of teaching media in the liberal-arts context, and explore establishing an association of liberal arts college programs in media, film, and communication. Through papers, presentations, and workshops, participants will consider the following: challenges of teaching revolutions; revolutionary pedagogy as/and revolutionary praxis; the revolutionary potential of institutional assessment strategies; and much more. Within this space, and in the virtual space that MCFLAC occupies, lies the revolutionary potential to nurture connections between and among our all-too-often-siloed disciplines through our shared commitment to the liberal arts. Full schedule available here.