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October 4, 2022

We’ve had an exciting start to a year that is already buzzing with energy. Just two weeks ago, we launched the annual Humanities theme Food for Thought and welcomed over 150 students and faculty to sample the goods of local farmers, restaurants, and businesses. After a dynamic talk by Cherie Scott of Mumbai to Maine, we made our way to the Colby Green for festivities under the big tent. Stocked with food from Winterberry Farm, Proper Pig, 18 Below, the students of the South Asian Society, and other local samplings, it was a thrilling start to the semester and to the theme.

And we have much more in store. Over the academic year, sixteen courses will address the theme with a range of methodologies, offering students a way to study food from anthropological perspectives, literary narratives, historical events, and beyond. The theme co-sponsors of Food for Thought have created a stellar lecture series with a lineup of speakers who explore the politics and pleasures of the food we enjoy…

February 17, 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.

February 17, 2022

I would like to acknowledge that we are on native land. This statement was written on unceded Wabanaki territory on land taken from the Abenaki of western Maine and New Hampshire, and the Wabanaki tribes of Maine and the Maritimes, the people of Dawnland, that is, the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Penobscot, and Passamaquoddy tribes, who have suffered and continue to suffer from violence, pestilence, diaspora, trauma.

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