About The Team - Center for the Arts and Humanities

About The Team

Dean Allbriton

Dean Allbritton

Director, Center for the Arts and Humanities
Chair of Spanish

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Dean Allbritton began work as the Director of the Center in Fall 2021 after previously serving as its Associate Director. A first-generation-to-college professor with strong ties to his Latinx roots, his research is on representations of health, sexuality, and gender in contemporary Spanish culture with particular focus on the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. True to the legacy of the Center, Dean works to support the bold ideas of students and faculty, the inspiring research they carry out, and the collaborative possibilities and life-changing potential of the arts and the humanities at Colby.

Chris Walker

Associate Director, Center for the Arts and Humanities
Assistant Professor of English

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Christopher Allen Walker joined the Colby faculty in 2017 as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities and joined the English Department as an Assistant Professor in 2020. Chris holds a JD from Columbia University and a PhD in English with a certificate in Environment and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his time at Colby, Chris has played a crucial role in inspiring students and faculty alike to engage with the Environmental Humanities. He has also played a key role in developing the EH faculty seminar and the Colby Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities. His research is centrally concerned with how literature, art, and film afford new understandings of environmental change. In his current book project, Narratives of Decay: Environmental Change and Speculative Form, Chris explores an archive of 20th-century of literature, art, and science to argue that the discovery new types of material decay–from radioactive half-life to the breakdown of plastics–prompted the development of new methods for speculating about environmental futures.

Megan Fossa

Megan Fossa

Assistant Director, Center for the Arts and Humanities

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Megan Fossa joined the Center for the Arts and Humanities in 2014 and serves as the Assistant Director. Megan is responsible for providing strategic direction and operational support for the Center, and coordinates and supports all faculty programs and courses that are associated with the Annual Humanities Theme. She is responsible for pre-event planning, on-site execution, and post-event follow-up for social, co-curricular, and community programs. Megan also processes finances, and supervises the student advisory board, along with student interns.

Megan received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Marketing / Public Relations at Thomas College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Portia Hardy

Program Coordinator, Center for the Arts and Humanities

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Portia Hardy has served as the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities Program Coordinator since August 2022.  She handles the Center’s social media and communications. She is responsible for a mix of administrative and creative work. She works closely with both the Environmental Humanities and CAH Student Advisory Board, managing the production of FAUNA Environmental Humanities Literary and Art Magazine and the Center’s Year in Review Magazine. She also helps to plan and run the Colby Summer Institute in the Environmental Humanities. 

Portia holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Science with a minor in Editing and Publishing from the University of Maine at Farmington