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June 3,2022

On April 26th, Pulitzer-Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones was interviewed by Colby Professor of African American Studies Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, reaching an audience of more than 280. Hannah-Jones was the Keynote Speaker for the 2021-22 Humanities Theme, Freedom and Captivity

Besides creating the world-renowned 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones is also a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, and the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she is founding the Center for Journalism & Democracy. 

February 15th, 2022

We’re pleased to announce the first edition of the Center for the Arts and Humanities Magazine! This edition features beautiful artwork by students and staff members, articles highlighting the achievements of faculty and students, and much more. You can pick up a copy on campus, or read it online by clicking the button below.

February 17, 2022

Sam Onche, a Colby senior and Studio Art major, has been making art for as long as he can remember. Growing up in Nigeria, he began by drawing, then transitioned to watercolor. When he arrived in the US back in 2015, staying with a host family in Northern California while attending high school, he began to create digital art.

Recently, his work has been inspired by Black people as a whole, with a particular focus on culture, music, and fashion. His goal is to ensure that Black people play a central role in the contemporary art scene, and to spread a sense of positivity and self-love. With each piece, he depicts a different emotion, and tells a different story.

February 17, 2022

The Center for the Arts and Humanities is always happy to support any students who are embarking on an ambitious project in the arts and humanities. This was the case with Colby senior Chris Rodiger, a Studio Art major and talented artist who received a “Big Ideas” grant from the Center to create “the Beehive”.

So what is the Beehive? Chris explained that he took an Introduction to Sculpture class with Associate Professor of Art Bradley Borthwick last fall, and the two had a conversation about Californian artists who built artistic camper vans. Chris was inspired to build his own mobile studio, a place where he could keep all of his paints and canvases, and which he could take with him as he travelled throughout Maine.

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