Past Events

February 13

Humanities Works: A conversation with Bro Adams, Aaron Hanlon, and Damon Yarnell

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Parker Reed, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

What is the value of academic preparation in the “humanities”? How does one leverage preparation to work in the “real” world? If you are asking these questions as a student, faculty member, or administrator, join us for a lively exchange with Bro Adams, Aaron Hanlon, and Damon Yarnell.

This event is sponsored by the Humanities Division and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

February 9 + 10

Of This Place

Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Of This Place is a community-based performance project that surfaces and celebrates stories of Waterville, Maine, and Colby College, and sheds light on those people and places – past and present – who have shaped our communities in powerful ways. As Waterville-native and retired Dean of the College Earl Smith notes, “the entwined histories [of Waterville and Colby have] bound them in special ways.” Of This Place explores these connections, and weaves together dance, music, text, projection, and participatory community workshops to create an evening-length performance that celebrates the opening of the new Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts and catalyzes continued collaborative activities.

Directed by Matthew Cumbie, this new dance theater work is supported by the Arts Office and the Gordon Center Departments (Music, Cinema Studies, and Performance, Theater, and Dance), as well as the Colby Libraries and the Center for Arts and Humanities, and is being co-created with an interdisciplinary team of Colby faculty, staff, students, and local and visiting artists and scholars. Of This Place is also in collaboration with community organizations throughout Waterville and central Maine, including Waterville Creates and the Albert S. Hall school.

December 13 , 2023

Davis AI DS Training – AI Tools Training Workshop for Faculty & RAs with Computer Vision & OCR

12:00-5:00 p.m.

Davis AI is hosting a tools training workshop focused on Computer Vision & OCR (optical character recognition) designed particularly for Humanities Scholars and those working in archives.

Questions? Please contact the Davis Institute for AI Postdoctoral Fellows: Micheal Yankoski ([email protected]) or Tahiya Chowdhury ([email protected]).

This event is sponsored by the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

Faculty and Staff Wreath-Decorating Workshop

December 12 , 2023

Faculty Wreath Decorating Workshop

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Bobby Silberman  Lounge, Cotter Union

This wine and cheese workshop will be led by Maine-based florist Joshua Steele of The Robin’s Nest. Come get your festive spirit on! Learn more about native plants and foraging in Maine while chatting and relaxing with friends and colleagues. This workshop is sponsored by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and is open to all faculty and staff. The event is limited to 25 attendees.

This event is sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

2023 Wreath Making!

December 2 , 2023

Student Wreath Decorating Workshop

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Bobby Silberman  Lounge, Cotter Union

Join us for a Wreath Decorating Workshop! This workshop will be led by Maine-based florist Jade Noonan of The Robin’s Nest.

Hot chocolate, cider, and cookies will be provided. Come get your festive spirit on.

Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities Student Advisory Board.


November 27 , 2023

PLAY! Seminar

Juan Llamas, ‘Playing ‘the game’ of Migration’

7:00 p.m., Diamond 141

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez is an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, where he researches and teaches global media cultures, digital technologies, border studies, infrastructure studies, and Latin American media. His forthcoming monograph, Border Tunnels (University of Minnesota Press, 2023) examines how media forms and technologies shape perceptions about the borderlands and help reimagine the stakes of border-making practices. His second book analyzes the legacy, popularity, and queer significance of the Mexican film Y Tu Mamá También and is part of the Queer Film Classics series at McGill-Queen’s University Press. He also regularly writes about the class, race, and gender politics of Netflix’s Spanish-language programming. His work has appeared in the journals Feminist Media HistoriesTelevision & New MediaLateralFilm QuarterlyJump Cut, and the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, as well as several edited collections.


November 13 , 2023

PLAY! Seminar

Annie Kloppenberg, ‘Imperfect Unity and Productive Friction in Group Improvisation: A participatory workshop’

7:00 p.m., Studio 1, Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts

Annie Kloppenberg is Associate Professor and Chair of the
Department of Performance, Theater, and Innaugural Director of the Lyons Arts Lab. Described as “a choreographer of nuances” by the Boston Globe, and “a fierce, yet coy force of energy–contained or unleashed” by ThINKing Dance, she is an active choreographer, performer, and scholar who presents work nationally and internationally. Her creative and scholarly research are braided practices that hinge on collaboration and improvisation. For example, her essay Imperfect Unity and Productive Frictions: Ethics and Aesthetics of Play in Dance Improvisation, proposes a relationship between ethical and aesthetic dimensions of group improvisational practice. Choreographic commissions and residencies include The Portland Ballet, The Bates Dance Festival, The Boston Dance Alliance Fellowship at Mass MoCA, Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy & ICA Boston, The Boston Center for the Arts, Dance Theater Workshop’s Outer/Space, Dublin Arts Council with OhioDance and The Ohio State University, and the Taft
School. Annie has performed in works by Lisa Race, Bebe Miller, Headlong Dance Theater, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Rachel Boggia, Sara Pearson & Patrik Widrig, Rebecca Rice, Prometheus Dance, and Heidi Henderson (Colby ’83), among others.

November 12, 2023

Cinema in Conversation: PLAY!
Edge of tomorrow (2014)                                                                                                                        2:00 p.m., Maine Film Center

Join us for a FREE screening of Edge of Tomorrow, part of our series Cinema in Conversation: PLAY!, sponsored by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities. An alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy!

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November 8 , 2023

Middle Eastern Melodies
MESAFA                                                                                                                                                    7:00 p.m., Greene Block +Studios

Please join us for an evening of Middle Eastern storytelling and song with Mesafa. Mesafa is Alsarah, Sarah FM, and Nahid in a musical conversation exploring the intimate spaces, both small and infinite. #sudanitriphop

We will have a reception starting at 6:00 p.m., with the performance starting at 7:00 p.m.

Cosponsored by the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities, 2021-24 Public Humanistic Inquiry Lab, the Colby Arts office, the Departments of Anthropology, English and Creative Writing, the Global Studies Program, Environmental Studies, Music, and the Performance, Theater and Dance. 

November 6 , 2023

PLAY! Seminar

Gustavo Valdivia, “Glaciated landscapes, planetary processes and sound: Encountering the Andean Anthropocene”

7:00 p.m., Diamond 141

For nearly a decade, Gustavo Valdivia has been ethnographically exploring the worlds emerging in the high Andes of Peru as the Anthropocene unfolds. Based primarily in Quelccaya, the largest tropical glacier on the planet, his work articulates an eclectic set of theories, methods, and practices to provide an ethnographically grounded account of those significant moments when nature challenges human understanding and control. This project, which he began as a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, has led him to conduct long-term fieldwork among indigenous alpaca herders, serve as a field assistant on six scientific expeditions to collect ice cores from the summit of Quelccaya, operate time-lapse cameras for the BBC documentary series Frozen Planet II, and participate as a chapter scientist for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). In 2014, he founded the Sonic Melting collective to begin producing a series of field recordings of the melting ice of Quelccaya. These recordings offer a sonic narrative of his encounter with the Quelccaya that seeks to present an alternative approach to the complexity of the Anthropocene: one that is not limited by visuality. His work with sound includes collaborations with various sound artists including Stuart Hyatt, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Gazelle Twin, Mary Lattimore, Lasse Mark-Riek, David Rothenberg, and Hildegard Westerkamp, and has been featured in Vice, The Wire Magazine, GlacierHub, State of the Planet, and at the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.


November 1, 2023

WGSS Colloquium: The Janes

Documentary screening and discussion with Patty Novick and Heather Booth

7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium

The Janes tells the story of a group of unlikely outlaws. Defying the state legislature that outlawed abortion, the Catholic Church that condemned it, and the Chicago Mob that was profiting from it, the members of Jane risked their personal and professional lives to help women in need. In the pre-Roe v. Wade era –– a time when abortion was a crime in most states and even circulating information about abortion was a felony in Illinois –– the Janes provided low-cost and free abortions to an estimated 11,000 women.

Sponsored with WGSS. 

October 30, 2023

PLAY! Seminar

Farah Qureshi, ‘Games on Tap: The Social Impact of Mobile Phone Gambling Platforms in Kenya’

7:00 p.m., Diamond 141

Farah Qureshi is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Colby. She studies the concept of financial and digital inclusion through technology systems, which are often introduced as a means to advance national development agendas. From her fieldwork and research in Kenya, she’s found that financial technology (fintech) and the systems involved within them are instead exacerbating some inequalities or creating new problems, where people are immobilized through unreliable automated decision-making processes.  Qureshi earned her doctorate in anthropology from the University of California at Irvine.

October 23, 2023

PLAY! Seminar

Poetic Intimacies: Richie Hofmann and Arisa White in Conversation

7:00 p.m., Diamond 141

Having a “good” sense of humor generally means being able to take a joke without getting offended. Laughter is often seen as a way to ease tension in an overly politicized social world. But do the stakes change when the jokes are racist? In The Souls of White Jokes, Raúl Pérez confronts this unsettling question, arguing that doing so is crucial to understanding the persistence of racism and white supremacy in American society. Drawing from W.E.B. Du Bois’ prescient essay “The Souls of White Folk” (1920), Pérez synthesizes scholarship on race, humor, and emotions to uncover how humor can function as a tool for producing racial alienation, dehumanization, and even violence. Pérez tracks this use of humor from blackface minstrelsy to contemporary contexts, including police culture, politics, and far-right extremists. Rather than being harmless fun, a thing of the past, or “just a joke,” Pérez illustrates how the current widespread use of racist humor plays a central role in reinforcing and mobilizing racist ideology, solidarity, and inequality today.

Raúl Pérez is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of La Verne, and previously an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver. His scholarship has been awarded and supported by the American Sociological Association, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the University of California Center for New Racial Studies, the Working Class Studies Association, and the American Humor Studies Association. His research has been published in scholarly journals such as American Behavioral Scientist, Discourse and Society, Ethnicities, and Sociological Perspectives. His first book, The Souls of White Joke: How Racist Humor Fuels White Supremacy, published by Stanford University Press in 2022, was a Finalist for the 2022 C. Wright Mills Book Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and he received the 2023 Mary Douglas Book Prize from American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Culture. His work has also been featured in various media, such as The Washington Post, TIME, and NBC.

October 16, 2023

PLAY! Seminar

Poetic Intimacies: Richie Hofmann and Arisa White in Conversation

7:00 p.m., Diamond 141

Richie Hofmann’s new book of poems, A HUNDRED LOVERS, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2022. He is the author of SECOND EMPIRE (Alice James Books, 2015), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, among other honors. His poems appear recently in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Yale Review, and the New York Review of Books. A 2017-19 Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is currently Jones Lecturer in Poetry.

Arisa White is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Colby College, and the author of the collections Who’s Your DaddyYou’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, A Penny Saved, and Hurrah’s Nest. She is the co-editor of the anthology Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart and co-author of Biddy Mason Speaks Up, the second book in the Fighting for Justice Series for young readers. Her poetry is widely published and her collections have been nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Lambda Literary Award, and have won the Per Diem Poetry Prize, Maine Literary Award, Nautilus Book Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, and Golden Crown Literary Award. As the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, Arisa curates poetic collaborations that are rooted in Black queer women’s ways of knowing. She is a Cave Canem fellow and serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Currently, in collaboration with the composer Jessica Jones, Arisa is developing Post Pardon: The Opera, which will premiere in 2025.

October 2, 2023

PLAY! Seminar

Michael-Corey F. Hinton, ‘The Creator’s Game: The Indigenous Roots of the Game called “Lacrosse”

7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

The game of Lacrosse is one of the Haudenosaunee most revered traditions, a celebration of health, strength, courage, leadership, and fair play, and spiritually as a “medicine” game. Join Corey Hinton as he discusses the history of the Creator’s Game and how its traditions and values impact indigenous and non-indigenous communities today.

Michael-Corey Francis Hinton is a citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe (Sipayik). Corey is a partner with the law firm of Drummond Woodsum where he leads the firm’s Tribal Nations Practice Group. He earned his undergraduate degree from Colgate University and his law degree from the Arizona State University Sandra Day College of Law with a special certificate in Federal Indian Law. Corey is a former member of the Haudenosaunee Nationals Lacrosse team.

This event is in collaboration with the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Colby Athletics. 


October 1, 2023

Cinema in Conversation: PLAY!
Jumanji (1995)                                                                                                                                        2:00 p.m., Maine Film Center

Join us for a FREE screening of Jumanji, part of our series Cinema in Conversation: PLAY!, sponsored by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities. Jumanji, one of the most unique–and dangerous–board games ever, falls into the hands of the curious teen, Alan Parrish, in 1969. Mysterious and magical, the game strands the unsuspecting boy in the lush, savage forests of a mythical realm. Nearly three decades later, the game releases him before the awed eyes of the young orphaned siblings, Judy and Peter Shepherd. Now, the wild and incessant beat of the jungle’s tribal drums is calling for the now-adult Alan and the other hesitant players, as the one who rolls the dice must never leave undone what the roll has started. Has anyone ever escaped from the game and Jumanji’s formidable foes?

Sponsored by the Colby Center for Arts and Humanities. 


September 28, 2023

Ghetto Gastro Colby College Takeover

Ghetto Gastro is a globally recognized collective of chefs, curators, and cultural practitioners who use food as a tool to tell stories about where we come from and the cultures that inspire us. Their capacious, collaborative practice utilizes the culinary arts but also intersects with design, music, fashion, performance, and entrepreneurship. Their visit to Colby’s campus represents a co-sponsored partnership across multiple areas, including the Arts Office, Campus Dining, Campuslife, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Davis Connects, the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, the Lunder Institute for American Art, the Pugh Center, and Student Affairs.

Ghetto Gastro’s all-day takeover will engage students through a class visit, a panel discussion, and a campus-wide dining “takeover,” inspired by recipes from their Black Power Kitchen cookbook to generate dialogue and community excitement about how food connects us all.

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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.