WATERVILLE — Colby College announces the following events. All events are open to the public and free.

* Photographer Mitch Epstein, Prentice Distinguished Lecture Series, is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Olin Auditorium, Olin Science Center.

Epstein takes on the visual world with formal precision, open-minded curiosity and compassion.

Internationally recognized for his exhibitions, Epstein has produced eight monographs of his photographic work, including the recent American Power, which considers the paired subjects of energy and power, describing a post-9/11 world that is both frightening and beautiful. Epstein will speak about this project and his work as a whole.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit colby.edu/news_events/_dept_news/events/2664643.

* Tainted Desert: The Navajo People and Uranium Mining, Douglas Brugge will begin at noon Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Fairchild Room, Dana.

The Navajo people of the southwestern United States were caught up in the boom and bust of uranium mining after World War II. Consequences continue to play out in deaths, illnesses, and efforts to address the waste left behind.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit colby.edu/news_events/_dept_news/events/2664634.

* In Their Footsteps — Women at Colby: A Panel Discussion is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Colby College Museum of Art.

Panelists assistant professor of American studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies Lisa Arellano; Dana professor of philosophy Jill P. Gordon; Gibson professor of history Elizabeth Leonard; associate professor of theater and dance Lynne Conner; artist Maggie Libby ’81; special assistant to the president for external affairs Janice Kassman; and Waterville Mayor Karen Heck ’74 reflect on the history and current status of women at Colby.

The event takes place in association with the museum exhibition, Hidden Histories: A Project by Maggie Libby, and the History Department Speakers Series.

For more information, email [email protected], call 859-5600 or visit colby.edu/news_events.

* S.S. St. Louis and the Refugee Crisis — Diane Afoumado, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Lovejoy 100.

In 1939 more than 900 German and Austrian Jews boarded the S.S. St. Louis to escape Nazi persecution. Most had documents to disembark in Havana, but international politics forced them back to Europe. Disembarking in Antwerp, the refugees dispersed to Belgium, the Netherlands, France,and Great Britain.

Afoumado, a 2002-03 fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, presents the dramatic story in the context of the refugee crisis of the late 1930s using archival documents, photos, and artifacts from the Holocaust Museum’s collections.

For more information, email [email protected]

* Colby Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Lorimer Chapel.

Janna Hymes, music director of the Williamsburg Symphony and Maine Pro Musica begins the celebration with a program that includes Rossini’s sparkling overture to “The Barber of Seville,” and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, featuring principal players Michael Albert, Eric Thomas, Angela Capps, and Loren Fields.

The concert concludes with Bizet’s youthfully exuberant Symphony in C.

For more information, email [email protected], call 859-5671 or visit colby.edu/news_events.

* Baratunde Thurston: comedian, author, satirist, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Cotter Union, Page Commons Room.

Thurston, former director of digital for The Onion, is a politically active, technology-loving comedian who cofounded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics. His first book, How to be Black, is a New York Times best-seller.

For more information, email [email protected], call 859-4256 or visit colby.edu/news_events.

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