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Get inspired by the people and stories that shape the Center for Arts and Humanities, from exceptional students and their achievements to new faculty publications and Humanities Labs experiences.

October 5, 2021

As I sit at my new desk in Miller 200, looking out at a campus already humming with signs of energy and life again, it feels like a moment of auspicious beginnings and endings—the beginnings of another semester, yes, but also that of the shared experience of leaping into a Fall with the nerves and excitement of what may come. I know that this feeling is shared by many on campus. At the beginning of the semester, I had the privilege of attending the opening night dinner with the students of the First-Generation and Low-Income program. As I chatted with my table and shared my own experiences of being a first-generation-to-college student, I was thrilled to think of so many students beginning their academic journey at Colby. 

October 5, 2021

There’s a reason that Colby is a destination school for students across the world interested in studying the humanities, and the primary reason is our talented and passionate humanities faculty. The Center for the Arts and Humanities often takes time to highlight some of these exceptional faculty members. Today we are focusing on Assistant Professor of English and award-winning author Sarah Braunstein. Professor Braunstein is the author of the novel The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, published in 2011 and winner of the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Fiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Harvard Review, among other places.

July 1, 2021

The Center for the Arts and Humanities was overjoyed to welcome Emmy-nominated host, writer, and comedian Baratunde Thurston as the Keynote Speaker for this year’s theme, Boundaries and Margins. Thurston is the author of New York Times bestseller How to Be Black, and has advised the Obama White House, worked for The Onion, and produced for The Daily Show. He’s the executive producer and host of How To Citizen with Baratunde, which Apple named one of its favorite podcasts of 2020, and which received the Social Impact Award at the 2021 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards. His 2019 TED talk, “How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time”…

July 1, 2021

After nine years as Founding Director of the Center, I am stepping down and assuming a new role as Special Assistant to the Provost for Humanities Initiatives. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of feelings! Above all, I am thrilled that Dean Allbritton will succeed me as Director, bringing his wit, vision, and Southern charm to the position. The Center is sure to thrive under Dean’s leadership, and I look forward to seeing how it will grow and develop in the years to come.