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Revilusion, or the Battle of Utopias

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

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 […]

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Yoko Hiraoka, Master of Biwa, Koto, and Shamisen

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

With a performance career spanning more than 30 years, Yoko Hiraoka is widely recognized as a master performer and teacher of Japanese traditional string instruments and vocal styles. 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 […]

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Marketing Sustainability to the Masses

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Marketing sustainable products to a mass consumer audience has had ups and downs the past two decades. Many sustainable products have failed to gain mass appeal. Why? Doug Sweeney, chief marketing officer at Nest and VP marketing at Google, will share his experience leading marketing for big global brands and also smaller start-ups. From the […]

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Understanding Food Access in Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Low-income and minority communities are often characterized by lack of access to healthy and affordable foods. Large grocery stores are sometimes scarce while food outlets such as gas stations, corner stores, and pharmacies abound. Though terms like “food desert” have been used to describe this phenomenon, this talk by Dorceta Taylor will examine the problematic […]

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New Perspectives on the Haitian Revolution

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Although the events it describes occurred more than 200 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 […]

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Film Screening: Maji

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Benard Kibet ’18 used his $10,000 Project for Peace award to bring running water to his village in Kenya. This film by Milton Guillén ’15 tells Kibet’s story and its effect on his community. Shot entirely on location, the 12-minute film is an exploration of what’s possible when one individual decides to give back to […]

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Bend It Like Beckham

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

The hit film Bend It Like Beckman, an inspiring comedy about a young Sikh girl in England who rebels against her orthodox parents to chase her dream as a soccer player, will be shown in anticipation of a lecture by the film’s director, Gurinder Chadha. Chadha will give the 2016 Compagna-Sennett Religious Studies Lecture Oct. […]

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Lecture and Panel Discussion: Picasso’s Vollard Suite

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

A keynote lecture by noted Picasso scholar and art historian from California State University at Long Beach Karen L. Kleinfelder, followed by a panel discussing the role of gender, historically and culturally today, in Pablo Picasso’s Vollard Suite.

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Reconciling the Needs of People and Elephants in Asia

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Shermin de Silva will discuss Asian elephants, the sole survivors of the genus Elephas. This six-million-year-old, evolutionarily unique species must now make a living alongside its historic predator — humans — on the most densely populated continent on the planet. More than half the human population lives in Asia, and development is accelerating. With large herbivores […]

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Slavery and Colonization in Early America

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Wendy Warren, an assistant professor at Princeton University, will discuss the impact of the Atlantic slave trade on the culture of New England in the 17th century based on her new book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (Liveright, 2016).

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Nitrogen Cycling in Eutrophic Systems

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Silvia Newell, assistant professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, will discuss cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Taihu and western Lake Erie, which are driven largely by agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus. Cyanobacterial community dominance and HAB development may depend on ammonium (NH4+) availability, and increased NH4+ has been linked to increased toxin […]

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Studio Artist Lecture: Elizabeth Jabar

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Associate Professor at the Maine College of Art and printmaker Elizabeth A. Jabar creates hybrid works on paper that explore ideas of ethnicity and heritage.

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America’s “Best Idea”

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Sean Mahoney, executive vice president, director of programs, and director of Conservation Law Foundation’s Maine Advocacy Center, discusses the Antiquities Act. Writer Wallace Stegner called National Parks the “best idea ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” The National Park Service celebrates its centennial this year but […]

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Talk and Discussion with Painter Susan Jane Walp

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

American painter Susan Jane Walp studied at the NY Studio School, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the M.F.A. program at Brooklyn College. Her solo exhibitions include those at Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco; Fischbach Gallery, NYC; ISA Gallery, Monte Castello di Vibio, Italy; and Tibor De Nagy Gallery, NYC, where she’s currently represented. Walp […]

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The Pigeon and the Grid: Animal Locomotion, Comparative Biology, and the Genesis of Ecological Consciousness

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Professor of art history at James Madison University John Ott will speak on Eadweard Muybridge’s 1887 Animal Locomotion, a series of stop-motion photographs of humans and animals. Ott is the author of Manufacturing the Modern Patron in Victorian California: Cultural Philanthropy, Industrial Capital, and Social Authority (2014) and has published essays on art auctions, combat artists, comic books, and motoring […]

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Avoiding Random Acts of Conservation: Setting Priorities for People and Landscapes

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Whether the goal is protecting land for wildlife habitat, working lands, recreation areas, or watersheds, how can you evaluate which land is most important to conserve, protect, or restore? How are demographic changes, market forces, and a changing climate pushing us to do more than commit random acts of conservation? Learn from Ole Amundsen ’90, […]

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Eye of Newt and Lizard’s Leg: Our Perceptions of Amphibians and Reptiles

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

As a tropical ecologist, Marty Crump studies behavior, ecology, and conservation of amphibians. Much of her research has involved frog reproduction and parental care, as well as declining amphibian populations. She has worked mainly in Latin America, especially Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Crump is currently studying Darwin’s frogs in Chile. She has […]

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Green Jobs Alumni Panel

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Meet Colby alumni, learn about their careers, and how their liberal arts education helped them. The panelists will share their backgrounds, answer questions about their views on making a difference in the world, and interact with students to answer questions and give advice. Panelists include Luke Penney ’97, founder and director, LEAP Organics; Kerry Whitakker […]

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Arsenic in Water and Food: What Might it Mean for You?

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Arsenic is a known carcinogen that can also affect the cardiac, respiratory, neurological and immune systems. Private wells in New Hampshire and Maine can contain elevated levels of arsenic due to natural geological deposits. Dartmouth professor and chair of the department of biological sciences Dr. Kathy Cottingham will review current scientific understanding of low-level arsenic […]

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Studio Artist Lecture: Jackie Brown

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Artist and educator Jackie Brown focuses on sculpture installation, working to create immersive environments that invite the viewer into imagined biological systems. An assistant professor of art at Bowdoin College, Brown encourages viewers to consider the shifting nature of the world around them. Organized by the Department of Art.

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Socio-Ecological Resilience, Sustainable Local Food Systems, and Agro-Biodiversity in the Global South

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Gloria Otieno, head of Biodiversity International in East Africa, is charged with promoting the conservation and use of agro-biodiversity among small and large farmers, particularly in Uganda and Kenya. Otieno works as a Ph.D. academic as well as an on-the-ground practitioner. Otieno will address food sovereignty, food justice, and food security from a human rights […]

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Be a Gift to the World

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Mama Dolfine Gumba Dawa Oliech is the founder of Korando Educational Center in western Kenya. She will present pictures and stories from Kenya about this orphanage and educational center and the farm that sustains it.

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Museum: Studio Artist Lecture by Photographer Emmet Gowin

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Photographer Emmet Gowin will speak about his recent work capturing living moths in Ecuador, Panama, and Bolivia, which has earned him fellowships, endowments, and awards. His photographs have been exhibited extensively with permanent installations in numerous museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Environmental Studies Program Evening Lecture Series: Tim Glidden

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Tim Glidden '74 has been president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a nonprofit land trust in Topsham, since 2011. Prior to that he served as director of the state's Land for Maine's Future program for 10 years.

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Migrations: Immigration Attorney Jon Haddow

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Jon Haddow '83 has been a practicing attorney in Bangor, Maine, since 1990. He will speak about the immigrant and migrant populations in Maine, their legal needs, and the challenges facing immigrants, migrant workers, and immigration attorneys in the current political climate.

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