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Faculty Scholarship Showcase

October 20, 2017, 1:00 PM3:00 PM


Listen to three faculty members discuss their current work. The entire showcase runs for two hours, 1-3 p.m.

Paramilitary Politics in Colombia, Winifred Tate, Associate Professor of Anthropology
How to understand paramilitary forces, which came to number more than 30,000 fighters in the early 2000s, is one of the central questions of Colombian political life. Popular histories of these groups, including elite oral histories and narconovela television dramas, portray paramilitaries as heroic saviors who won the country’s counterinsurgency war. My work traces their legacies in the present through opposition to state-sponsored land restitution programs and current peace talks with the guerrillas.
Authorship at the Interstices: Creativity, Spontaneity, and Collaboration, Annie Kloppenberg, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance
Choreographic thought becomes a mechanism for encountering uncertainty, embracing ambiguity, and co-constructing opportunities to expand and revise our understandings of self and other based on visceral, kinesthetic exchange. That work prioritizes both spontaneity and collaboration in process and product. This talk interrogates those methods of engaging in a creative process, unpacking their utility, value, and aesthetic implications.
Modeling Dementia and Circadian Behavior in Fruit Flies, Tariq Ahmad, Associate Professor of Biology
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease. Symptoms of FTD include changes in behavior and personality traits, e.g. depression, apathy, and lack of social tact. To understand the mechanisms of neurodegeneration, using genetic and molecular biology tools, we have expressed a human mutant protein associated with FTD in flies. Neurodegenerative disorders, including FTD, are also associated with disruptions in circadian rhythm–the ability of an organism to maintain a daily rhythm of various fundamental biological functions, e.g. sleep-wake and metabolism. Currently, the Ahmad lab is working on determining the effects of FTD-associated mutation on circadian sleep-wake cycle.

Location: Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville.


October 20, 2017
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Hobby Lobby
130 Elm Plaza
Waterville, ME
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