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B. Madley Event Poster (2)

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873

February 23 | Brewster Reading Room| 12:30pm

Please join the departments of History and American Studies, The Center for Arts and Humanities, The Oak Institute for Human Rights, and Dr. Benjamin Madley, for a presentation of his new book An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873. 

Fatimah Tuggar

February 28 | Parker-Reed Room | 7:00 p.m.

Challenging the segregated borders of aesthetics and cultural perceptions and facilitating diverse ways of knowing, making, and contributing is critical to her teaching. She has been teaching in higher education for a decade and a half. Her students have gone on to have productive careers in art and technology.



Youth Art Month

March 1-31, 2024

Youth Art Month is a national initiative designed to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.



‘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.