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Art @ Home Project Premiere: Cassatt Inspirations

June 17, 2021 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ET

This art project is inspired by works of art in the exhibition, Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt. With this project, you’ll spend time thinking about activities in your world and create drawings that show those activities.

Data Science for Social Equality

June 22, 2021 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET

Join Christel Kesler, associate professor of sociology at Colby, in conversation with Emma Pierson, senior researcher at Microsoft Research, as they discuss Pierson’s groundbreaking work using data science to uncover and combat racial and gender disparities in policing and healthcare.

Shaping Colby’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

June 29, 2021 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET

In this event moderated by Dean of the College Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94, Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Tayo Clyburn will highlight the campus-wide initiatives supporting the College’s DEI efforts and explore the ways in which the Colby community can come together to support this work.

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Colby's Statement on Diversity

Colby College is dedicated to the education of humane, thoughtful, and engaged persons prepared to respond to the challenges of an increasingly diverse and global society and to the issues of justice that arise therein. The College also is committed to fostering a fully inclusive campus community, enriched by persons of different races, gender identities, ethnicities, nationalities, economic backgrounds, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, political beliefs, and spiritual values. We strive to confront and overcome actions and attitudes that discourage the widest possible range of participation in our community, and we seek to deepen our understanding of diversity in our daily relationships and in our dealings as an institution. 

What diversity means to us

Colby has adopted the term “diverse” to describe the kind of community we hope to build and maintain on Mayflower Hill. Our definition of what constitutes diversity may—and probably should—change over time, but when we promote diversity now we are expressing our commitment to an inclusive campus community, enriched by persons of different races, genders, ethnicities, nationalities, economic backgrounds, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, and spiritual values; to ensuring equal opportunity for all who work or study here; to sustaining a climate of civility, mutual respect, and tolerance; to promoting the free and open exchange of ideas, including unpopular ideas; to an open and inclusive governing and decision-making process; and to broadly educating students for life in a complex world.

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Creating meaningful connections for Alumni, family and friends of Colby College.

Opening this Thursday, experience Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt, which explores how Cassatt's innovative printmaking captured the spaces and people nearest and dearest to her. Read more and join our opening on FB Live: https://bit.ly/3vNmGXA

Andy Warhol, Diane Arbus, & Lina Pallotta all created photographs to represent & validate overlooked communities in art & our broader culture. Read the essay by Stella Gonzales '22, who explores portraits of LGBTQ subjects: https://bit.ly/3pOYgv8 #Pride2021

The novel coronavirus showed just how many unknowns exist about infectious disease transmission via fluids—a topic Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Jonathon McCoy has been tackling in his Physics of Fluids class for over a decade. http://spr.ly/6017y3G31

The @ColbyOakInst has named Olga Sadovskaya its 2021 Human Rights Fellow. Sadovskaya, a Russian human rights lawyer and vice chair of the Committee Against Torture, was shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. She starts her residency in August. http://spr.ly/6018yMRCY

Hear firsthand from central Maine partners who speak about the impact of Colby students’ civic engagement and the invaluable connection between the College and local community.

“The student experience in the civic engagement program is really focused on a set of broad and challenging ...questions. What is our civic duty in the 21st century? How can we respond to complex community challenges? What is my role and responsibility in this community? And how are we committed to each other and committed to the communities that we want to live in?” - Lawry Director of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships Elizabeth Jabar

The pandemic has prompted us to reconsider the spaces we inhabit & our ties to loved ones. The exhibition Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt, opening June 17th, touches on these very themes of solitude, family life, and introspection, and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQxa0ZG8YV4

Learn about Colby's first-ever regional DataFest event, which brought together 50 students from four colleges in a 72-hour data-deciphering marathon based on the @AmstatNews' annual week-long competition.

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Data Science in Action

At DataFest ’21, students bring liberal arts approach to 72-hour data science sprint.


Tonight, 7 p.m. EDT: Join Assoc. Prof. of Chemistry Kevin Rice '96 in conversation with Dr. Laura Kleiman, founder and CEO of Reboot Rx, as they explore the intersection of AI and cancer research and Colby's emergent role in this important work. Register: http://spr.ly/6019yzERS

Join us tonight to hear from Associate Professor of Chemistry Kevin Rice in conversation with Founder and CEO of Reboot Rx Dr. Laura Kleiman as they discuss how repurposed generic drugs and AI can more quickly bring new and affordable treatments to patients and how Colby students are aiding in the ...research.

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Saving Lives With Repurposed Generic Drugs and AI – TrueNorth

Join Kevin Rice, associate professor of chemistry at Colby, in a conversation with Dr. Laura Kleiman, founder and CEO of Reboot Rx, as they explore...