Past Events

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September 26, 2023

Two Cent Talks

Emerson Whitney and Lauren Saxon

5:00 p.m., Greene Block & Studios

Emerson Whitney is the author of Daddy Boy (McSweeney’s 2023), Heaven (McSweeney’s 2020), and the poetry title, Ghost Box (Timeless Infinite Light, 2014). Emerson’s work has appeared in The Paris Review, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Kirkus, in a starred review, called Heaven “An incisive, nuanced inquiry into gender and body.” The Paris Review called Emerson “…a deft executor of their own unique style… a writer who guides with an intuitive vulnerability and honesty.” 

Lauren Saxon is a queer, Black poet and engineer living in Portland, ME. She loves her cats, her Subaru, and spends way too much time on twitter (@Lsax_235). Lauren is Editor of Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and her work is featured in Flypaper Magazine, Empty Mirror, Homology Lit, Nimrod International Journal and more. Her debut chapbook, “You’re My Favorite” is out now with Thirty West Publishing.

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.


September 25, 2023

PLAY! Seminar

Se Young (Seth) Kim: Never Stop Playing: Labor, Leisure, and Asian Gamer Death

7:00 p.m., Diamond 141

Se Young (Seth) Kim is an assistant professor in the Cinema Studies Department at Colby College. His research interests include contemporary East Asian and US Cinema with a focus on the use of violence, in addition to
digital media such as video games and streaming media. He is currently
working on a book manuscript that tracks the proliferation of violence and its
relationship to economic crisis in South Korean and Japanese cinema from
1998 onward.


September 19, 2023

PLAY! Seminar

Naomi Fitter: Playful Social Robots in Early Interventions and Beyond

7:00 p.m., Parker-Reed, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

Naomi Fitter is an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University. As part of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering and the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CoRIS) Institute, her SHARE research group studies socially assistive robotics, haptics, and robots in the arts.

Previously, she completed her Ph.D. in the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab under Professor Katherine Kuchenbecker and worked as a postdoctoral scholar with Professor Maja Matarić in the Interaction Lab at the University of Southern California. 

This event is in collaboration with Davis AI. 


September 19, 2023

Environmental Studies Evening Lectures Series  

Storytelling to Save the World with Heather Hansman ’05

7:00 p.m., Olin 1

Featuring Heather Hansman ’05 When we’re inundated with news about climate change, resource abuses, and environmental disasters it can be easy to lose the narrative thread and get overwhelmed. That’s why we need stories to carry us through. Environmental journalist and author of Powder Days and Downriver Heather Hansman (’05) will share how she weaves environmental reporting, narrative non-fiction, nature writing, and sports to tell compelling stories about big picture climate and environmental issues, why she thinks storytelling is a crucial tool to address those issues, and how students—and anyonecan use it.

 Cosponsored with the Environmental Studies Program and the Buck Lab.