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Turning Back the Clock on Ocean Declines

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Historical marine ecology has revealed long-term, and previously unknown, changes to marine species and ecosystems, providing information vital for managing and conserving marine resources. This talk will use examples from diverse taxonomic groups to demonstrate the ways that historical data can be mobilized to better assess long-term ecological change and the ways in which historical […]

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The Chill Before the Cold War: The Roots of Anti-Communism in the Interwar Period

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Heather Streets-Salter’s (Northeastern University) research focuses on world history, the structure of empires and colonial relationships, and the scholarship of pedagogy. She is the author of World War One in Southeast Asia: Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism in an Era of Global Conflict (2017), Empires and Colonies in the Modern World (2010) with Trevor Getz, Martial Races: […]

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Anatomists and the Stolen Statues: Stories of Science, Art, and Religion

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

In 1807 the London surgeon and anatomist Charles Bell was called by his friend Thomas Bruce, the Earl of Elgin, to view the friezes of the Parthenon, recently brought to London, having been taken from their original home in Greece. Bell was asked to assess the statues as an anatomist and to analyze their representations […]

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How Current Genomes are Shaped by Evolutionary Pasts

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Lives of organisms are shaped by their social interactions, including those with other individuals of the same species, as well as with individuals of different species. These interactions affect how our genomes evolve so that current patterns of DNA sequence variation from genomes can be used to detect past evolutionary events. Using the social amoeba […]

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The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

If sexology, the science of sex, came into being sometime in the 19th century, then how did statesmen, scientists, and everyday people make meaning out of sex before that point? In this talk, Greta LaFleur, assistant professor of American studies at Yale University, explores how 18th-century natural history — the study of organic life in […]

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The Past that has Never Been Present: The Changing Role of the a priori in Philosophical Anthropology

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

The content and function of what has been considered to play a preconscious-determining role in human cognition and experience has changed from Kant to the present. Whether the determining factors are described as concepts and categories, stereotypes and intuitions, or historico-cultural expectations, the view that human experience is shaped by prior determining factors of which […]

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William Blake and Elizabeth Bishop in the Anthropocene

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Reading Elizabeth Bishop’s The Sandpiper along with William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence, this talk by Wai Chee Dimock makes a case for the continuing resonances of two poets who, writing before climate change was an available term, nonetheless spoke to the vulnerabilities of the planet — of humans and nonhumans — in a way newly meaningful […]

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Collecting Bodies, Bodily Collectives: Trace Identities in British India, 1918-47

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Roughly the last three decades of British rule in South Asia produced a host of new scientific ways, such as serology and statistical analysis, for determining the identities of humans. British administrator-ethnographers, however, were no longer the primary users of these new scientific methods. Rather, South Asian scientists now enthusiastically embraced these techniques. Their objective […]

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Action After Nature: Climate Crisis and the Force of Literature

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

A lecture in the “Presence of the Past Series” with Nathan Hensley, associate professor of English at Georgetown University. When Alice falls into Wonderland in Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic, she wonders how anything in the world will ever feel normal again. In this lecture, Hensley draws on the experience of Alice and other 19th-century literary […]

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Indians on the Reservation: Missionary Priests from India and Catholic Settler Colonialism

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

A lecture in the Presence of the Past Series with Sonja Thomas, associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Many Catholic dioceses in rural areas of the U.S. are recruiting and hiring missionary priests from India. The Great-Falls-Billings diocese of central and eastern Montana is one of them. Priests from India are entering into an […]

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The Presence of the Past in Angela Merkel’s Political Discourse

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

A lecture in the “Presence of the Past Series” with Jennifer Yoder, jointly appointed in the Government Department and the Global Studies Program. When Angela Merkel assumed the German chancellorship in 2005, there was little indication that she would emerge as a leader adept at memory politics. The unassuming physicist was a relative newcomer to politics. Yoder […]

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Dead Man Walking

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

This screening of the classic 1996 film comes in advance of the Gerrish Lecture with Sister Helen Prejean, who wrote the book on which the movie is based. Sister Helen will speak Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel. Sponsored by the Gerrish Fund and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

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Origins: Order vs. Chaos | Aaron Hanlon

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

When we think about the factors that led to the creation of the novel as a literary form in English, we might not think of the rise and institutionalization of experimental science. Yet the chartering of the Royal Society for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge in 1662 had a profound impact on what novels and […]

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Origins: Order vs Chaos | David Bercovici

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Although our existence on a habitable planet can largely be taken for granted, how Earth arrived at this state of “habitability” is far from obvious. How the planets even formed is still not well understood. Once a terrestrial planet is created, its evolution is controlled by how it slowly cools, which drives its internal motion […]

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Origins: Order vs. Chaos

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Does our universe have a finite origin or has it existed unchanged for all eternity? Either answer has profound implications about the nature of our reality. Dale Kocevski, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, will discuss how astronomers came to the conclusion that the universe, and time itself, had a beginning in the Big Bang about […]

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Say Amen, Somebody

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Gospel 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 […]

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Screenings of Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice and The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Ida 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. The Black Press: Soldiers […]

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Selma Film Screening

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Although 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 […]

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Malcolm X

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

The 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 three hours and 21 minutes and overcomes an early frivolity of tone and […]

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Neshoba: The Price of Freedom

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

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 […]

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Thigh-High Politics: The Importance of Accessible News

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

The Oak Student Committee welcomes Lauren Duca as the keynote speaker for their spring programming series on issues of access, “Breaking Down Barriers.” Duca, contributing editor at Teen Vogue, will speak about the importance of making the news accessible to every audience, including groups like teenage women. Duca will share her insights on the state of journalism […]

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Freedom on My Mind

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Freedom on My Mind is a 1994 documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning that year’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It’s the first film to chronicle, in depth, the story of Freedom Summer. The film tells the complex […]

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Passage at St. Augustine

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

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 firsthand from civil rights foot soldiers, Klansmen, journalists, clergy, politicians, and the like who fought on the front lines of the 18-month battle […]

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Daughters of the Dust

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

At the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community—former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions—of coastal South Carolina 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 […]

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Glory

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Following 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 […]

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