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February 4+5

Cinema Explorations
Unrest (2017)                                                                                                                                            10:00 a.m., Maine Film Center


UNREST came to our attention when its US distributor sent out emails hyping its screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was in the Wavelengths section which features the most avant-garde films in the festival. It defies being pigeonholed to a genre, and a description of the plot would be both needlessly tedious and inadequate in capturing the spirit that imbues the film. A visit to the 1870s watchmaking factory town of St. Imrie in the lush Swiss Jura Mountains reveals how advances in 19th century technology were setting the stage for increasing globalization and the political reverberations of the 20th and 21st centuries. “Precisely balanced between a delicate playfulness and a formal rigor, the historical and the modern, ‘UNREST’ heralds an exciting new talent in Swiss filmmaker Cyril Schäublin.” –Malin Kan, AFI Film Festival.

In Swiss-German, French, and Russian with English subtitles.

Cinema Explorations is a wintertime community-curated film series. Free admission is made possible by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities.

February 13

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Mary Beth Mills: Between Commensality and Coloniality: Cooking Schools and Culinary Tourism in Thailand                                                                                                          7:00 p.m., Lovejoy 215


Mary Beth Mills is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Anthropology at Colby College. She teaches courses on contemporary Asia, gender and sexuality, political ecology, tourism, and food. Her research explores the dynamic effects of globalization in Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia with a focus on rural-urban labor migration, gender, and most recently, culinary tourism. 

She is the author of an award-winning book, Thai Women in the Global Labor Force: Consuming Desires, Contested Selves (Rutgers University Press) as well as articles appearing in American EthnologistIdentitiesSignsCritical Asian StudiesGastronomica, and Food, Culture, and Society, among other journals.

February 18+19

Cinema Explorations
Geographies of Solitude (2022)                                                                                                             10:00 a.m., Maine Film Center


GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE is an immersion into the rich landscapes and biosphere of Nova Scotia’s Sable Island and the life of Zoe Lucas, a naturalist and environmentalist who has lived over 40 years on this once-treacherous shipwreck-strewn remote strip of sand that is home to far more horses than people. This award-winning documentary from Canadian director Jacquelyn Mills shows both how easily the refuse from the mainland befouls this pristine place and the price of being dedicated to spending a lifetime keeping watch and chronicling it all. “A beguiling and poetic film.” –Wendy Ide, Screen Daily.

Cinema Explorations is a wintertime community-curated film series. Free admission is made possible by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities.

February 27

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Amanda  Hilton: Living Landscapes of Loss and Love: Oliviculture in Sicily                    7:00 p.m., Lovejoy 215


Amanda Hilton is a Research Scientist at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) at the University of Arizona. She is an applied environmental anthropologist and political ecologist who works in Sicily, Italy and the US Southwest and Southeast.

March 4+5

Cinema Explorations
Elizabeth (1998)                                                                                                                                 10:00 a.m., Maine Film Center


We’ve never had two classic films in one series. However, Cate Blanchett is a presumptive nominee for the Oscar for Best Actress for TÁR. Twenty-five years ago, Cate’s title role in Shekhar Kapur’s ELIZABETH about young Queen Elizabeth I earned Cate her first Oscar nomination as Best Actress. It also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score as well as winning for Best Make-up. We hope you will join us for a rare big screen opportunity to watch this fabulous film and see a young star beginning her march into becoming a household name.

Cinema Explorations is a wintertime community-curated film series. Free admission is made possible by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Two Cent Talks

March 7

Two Cent Talks Series: Colby Creative Writing Faculty Reading
5:00 p.m., Greene Block + Studios


A reading featuring Colby Creative Writing Faculty, Michael Burke, Adrian Blevins, Sarah Braunstein, Debra Spark, and Arisa White.

Celebrating the verbal arts in Maine. A literary and creative arts series of readings, lectures, and performances sponsored by Colby College’s Office of the President, Center for the Arts and the Humanities, English Department, and Creative Writing Program.


March 7

Alan Magee
5:30 p.m., Maine Film Center


Best known for his captivating realist paintings, artist Alan Magee also creates works that delve into the darkest aspects of human nature. His arresting images which comment on corporate greed, on cruelty and gun violence, and on civilian and military victims of war seem at odds with his serene paintings of nature and found objects, but through his distinctive visual language and interconnected themes, Magee suggests that these dual realms are inseparably interwoven. Shot on location, from Pemaquid Point, Maine to the streets of Berlin, Alan Magee: art is not a solace explores the artist’s subjects, locales, and the historical sources which have sustained his work for five decades. Through his paintings, sculpture, monotypes, music and short films, Magee invites viewers to travel with him through the veiled recesses of human experience—and back into the affirming light of day.

Sponsored by the Art Department, Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colby Museum of Art, and Office of the Arts. 

March 9

Ruha Benjamin
6:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Ruha Benjamin is Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just DataLab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. Ruha earned a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Spelman College, MA, and Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA’sInstitute for Society & Genetics and Harvard’s Science, Technology & Society Program. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation 2020 Freedom Scholar Award, and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. 

Sponsored by the Public Humanistic Inquiry Lab, Center for the Arts and Humanities, African American Studies, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence.


March 13

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Alivia Moore: Rematriation: A Framework for Liberation with Land in Wabanaki    7:00 p.m., Lovejoy 215


Alivia Moore (she//they) is co-founder of Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective. They are a two-spirit member of the Penobscot Nation, parent, auntie, and mover&shaker in community. They are committed to restoring balanced relationship with the earth, and they support all aspects of work being done within the Collective in Wabanakiyik– including the coordination of the Wabanaki Community Apothecary, Rematriation School & Indigenous birthwork reclamation. Living in & reconnecting to her traditional territory in so-called Northport, ME she is rebuilding food forests, wild harvesting foods & medicines for community access, and striving to be a conduit for traditional knowledge mobilization. She dreams of living collectively on the land and of building a space for the community apothecary. They also organize with Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance, and serves on the board of Wabanaki REACH. Alivia is dedicated to child welfare system abolition and fosters native children.

March 18+19

Cinema Explorations
In Front of Your Face (2021)                                                                                                                    10:00 a.m., Maine Film Center


IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE doesn’t break that mold. A Korean actress who has worked in the US returns home to reconnect with family–especially her sister. It isn’t long before it’s clear that this isn’t just any visit home. Soon she has a meeting with a young admirer who wants to feature her in his next film. Don’t look for clever camera angles, shoot-outs, explosions, heart-pounding action, and a full palette of special effects. You won’t find them, but if you’re up to facing a gentle (or maybe not-so gentle) challenge to your assumptions about living life then Hong Sangsoo has something intriguing for you. “Intimate and fluid… a serenely passionate deployment of art as resistance to mortality.”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker.

Cinema Explorations is a wintertime community-curated film series. Free admission is made possible by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities.

March 27

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Kelly Brignac and Danae Jacobson: Gumbo, Maize, and Peaches: Slavery and Conquest in American Foodways                                                                                               7:00 p.m., Lovejoy 215


Kelly Brignac, originally from New Orleans, is an Assistant Professor of Atlantic History at Colby College. She received her Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 2021. With the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, Kelly is currently revising her book manuscript, Defining Slavery in the Age of Abolition: The Forced Indenture of Africans in the French Empire. It investigates the forced indenture of Africans in the French empire after the abolition of trans-Atlantic slaving and slavery. Brignac’s most recent article, “The Forced Indenture of Africans in Senegal and Ste. Marie, Madagascar, 1817-1830,” can be found in Slavery and Abolition (volume 43, no. 4, 2022). 


Danae Jacobson is an Assistant Professor of U.S. History at Colby College. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental History from the University of Notre Dame in 2019. Jacobson is currently revising her book manuscript, Habits of Conquest: Nuns and the U.S. Settler Empire, which brings together the Environment, Gender, Religion, and Settler Colonialism. Jacobson’s most recent article, “Reproducing Celibacy: Nuns’ Households in Nineteenth-Century New Mexico Territory,” is in the Western Historical Quarterly (Vol 53, Winter 2022), and she was a 2021-2022 New-York Historical Society Public Fellow in Religion & the American West. 

April 10

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Dr. Ashanté Reese                                                                                                                                Live Zoom Event


Dr. Ashanté Reese is assistant professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at TheUniversity of Texas at Austin. She earned a PhD in Anthropology from American University and a bachelors of arts in History with a minor in African American studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Broadly speaking, Dr. Reese works at the intersection of critical food studies and Black geographies, examining the ways Black people produce and navigate food- related spaces despite anti-Blackness. Animated by the question, who and what survives?, much of Dr. Reese’s work has focused on the everyday strategies Black people employ while navigating inequity. Her first book, Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C., takes up these themes through an ethnographic exploration of anti- Blackness and food access. Black Food Geographies won the 2020 Best Monograph Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society. Her second book, Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice, is a collection co-edited with Hanna Garth that explores the geographic, social, and cultural dimensions of food in Black life across the U.S. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Mellon foundation and has been published in a variety of academic and public venues: Antipode, Human Geography, the Oxford American, and Gravy Magazine among others. 

April 4

Food for Thought: Keynote Speaker
Bryant Terry                                                                                                                                            7:00 p.m., Lorimer Chapel


We are delighted to announce that Bryant Terry is our Food for Thought Keynote speaker. Bryant Terry is a chef, food justice activist, and critically acclaimed author fighting for a more just and sustainable food system. Groundbreaking and rich, his work illuminates the intersections that exist today between poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity, in order to pave a new, better path forward. In his new book Black Food, Bryant offers a stunning and deeply heartfelt tribute to Black culinary ingenuity, capturing the broad and divergent voices of the African Diaspora in a way that’s never been done before.