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Whether you're dreaming up a research project abroad, exploring ways to collaborate with friends and partners on campus, or coming up with the next world-changing idea, the Center is here to support and celebrate your vision.



Race Beyond the Color Line: The Case of the Romani in Spain with Martin Repinecz, University of San Diego

April 29 | Lovejoy 215 | 4:00 p.m.

Join us in welcoming Martin Repinecz as he discusses Race Beyond the Color Line: The Case of the Romani in Spain.

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Maine International Film Festival

July 12-21, 2024

MIFF showcases the best of American and international cinema with world premieres, classic revivals, inspiring performances and exhibitions. We highlight some of Maine and New England’s most innovative filmmakers.

ALLEN ISLAND, MAINE – AUGUST 02: Participates explore Allen Island

2024 Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities

July 28-August 4, 2024

The fifth annual Summer Institute seminar leaders will be Marisol de la Cadena, Professor of Anthropology, and Science and Technology Studies, University of California, Davis; Cajetan Iheka, Professor of English at Yale University; Jason W. Moore, Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University; and Astrida Neimanis, Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at The University of British Columbia. 



‘Play’ is a term that spans a gamut of endeavors in the liberal arts without resolving the tensions. Bounding and bouncing across diverse histories and geographies, play connects action and rest, pleasure and exhaustion, young and old, human and nonhuman, and intellect and whimsy. This two-year theme (23-24 and 24-25) invites the campus and its community partners to explore, embody, and enact the complications of the theme. Engaging playful paradoxes as well as the inequalities that surround the theme, we ask: Is it work to intellectualize play? How and when is playing around seen as a subversive and even dangerous act? Who gets to play, and who doesn’t? Play, as practice and concept, challenges the demands of intellectual rigor, offering possibilities for haptic engagement, queer curiosities, happenings and actions, and fun.

The Center By The Numbers

Since 2012, the Center has supported:

Research Grants
Student Internships
Humanities Labs
Environmental Humanities courses

See how Colby Students and making an impact in Maine and across the globe


The Colby Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities

Mark your calendars for the 2024 Colby Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities! If you are an academic, artist, activist, or independent scholar with a passion for the Environmental Humanities, we invite you to join us in beautiful Maine from July 28-August 4, 2024, for a week of seminars, lectures, workshops, field trips, and other events.