WATERVILLE — Colby College announces October events. The following events are free unless otherwise noted and open to the public.

• Carl Dimow-Jim Lyden Duo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lorimer Chapel.

Guitarist and flutist Carl Dimow, applied music associate at Colby, will perform jazz, acoustic blues, klezmer and Brazilian folk. Featuring music from Scrapper Blackwell, Naftule Brandwein, Yip Harburg and Antonio Carlos Jobim, this concert will also include some of Dimow’s original compositions. Jim Lyden, noted for his soulful improvisations, will join on acoustic bass.

For more information, contact Deb Ward at [email protected] or 859-5670.

• What’s the Story? The Fundamentals of Responsible Journalism for College Editors and Reporters is set for 8 am.-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Diamond Building and Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center.

College newspaper editors, reporters, advisors and those interested in a career in journalism will learn the fundamentals of responsible journalism. This one-day conference will include interactive workshops, lectures, and panel discussions led by award-winning journalists for the New York Times, Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other news outlets. The conference will also feature a keynote luncheon address by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist James Risen of the New York Times. Visit the Goldfarb Center website for more information or to register.

• Watchdog on a Short Leash: The Escalating Conflict between Press Freedoms and National Security Surveillance will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building.

Panelists will discuss how the absence of federal shield law protections, coupled with the escalating number of prosecutions for intelligence-related whistleblower disclosures, has placed enormous pressures on reporters and news outlets while the urgency of providing the public with accurate information about government surveillance practices has intensified. Panelists include Siobhan Gorman, reporter, the Wall Street Journal; Thomas Drake, former senior executive, U.S. National Security Agency, and whistleblower; and Fritz Byers, lecturer in law, University of Toledo, and communications lawyer. Rebecca Corbett ’74, senior enterprise editor for the New York Times, will moderate.

For more information, contact Amanda Cooley at [email protected] or 859-5319.

• 2014 Lovejoy Convocation: James Risen is planned for 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Lorimer Chapel.

New York Times investigative reporter James Risen will receive Colby’s 2014 Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism. Risen is the author of four books including “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration,” a 2006 national bestseller. His refusal to identify the sources of information in the book has led to more than six years of judicial wrangling and put him under threat of incarceration. In 2006 Risen and his New York Times reporting partner Eric Lichtblau won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their “carefully sourced stories on secret domestic eavesdropping that stirred a national debate on the boundary line between fighting terrorism and protecting civil liberty.”

For more information, contact Steve Collins at [email protected] or 859-4352.

• What’s for Dinner? Recipes from Renaissance Last Suppers will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Room 215, Lovejoy Building.

What was on the menu for Christ’s last supper? How did different Renaissance artists portray the food, the table, and the utensils? How did the menu change as the meal moved from one location to the next, from one artist to the next, and as newly discovered ingredients were included? Luigi Ballerini, professor emeritus, UCLA, will explore these and other questions through a visual and culinary tour of some of the best-known masterpieces of Renaissance art, by Leonardo, Veronese, Tintoretto and others.

For more information, contact Megan Fossa at [email protected] or 859-4165.

• Visiting Writers Series: Fiction Reading with Dan Chaon will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Robinson Room, Miller Library.

Chaon’s most recent short story collection, “Stay Awake,” was a finalist for the Story Prize, and his national bestselling “Await Your Reply” was named one of the 10 best books of 2009 by Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Times, among others. He is also the author of the short story collection “Among the Missing,” a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. A finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing and literature at Oberlin College. A book signing and reception will follow the reading.

For more information, contact professor Debra Spark at [email protected], or 859-5284.

• Viewpoints on the War in Ukraine: A Panel of Students from Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Russia will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Room 141, Diamond Building.

This panel will provide a range of perspectives on the conflict in Ukraine directly from individuals who grew up in or near the territories currently contested by Russia and Ukraine. The independent nations of Estonia and Lithuania were once among the 15 republics constituting the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.), as was Ukraine — currently defending its sovereign status as a nation.

For more information, contact Amanda Cooley at [email protected] or 859-5319.

• GIS: A Godsend or a Curse? is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall.

Manny Gimond, Colby’s GIS and quantitative analysis specialist, will demystify the GIS (geographic information system) culture by tracing its history back to the mid-20th century and by highlighting its usage in today’s workplace. In addition to pointing out its virtues, Gimond will also expose the darker side of GIS by discussing hidden costs and pitfalls for the working professional. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. will precede the noontime talk.

For more information, contact Lia Morris at [email protected] or 859-5356,

• Music in the Museum: Stan Renard and Yuri Lily Funahashi will begin at noon Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Colby College Museum of Art.

Violinist Stan Renard, founding member of the Bohemian Quartet and conductor of the Colby Symphony Orchestra, will join pianist Yuri Lily Funahashi, assistant professor of music, for a program inspired by Romani (Gypsy) music.

For more information, contact Colby College Museum of Art at [email protected] or 859-5600.

• Exploring Women’s Testimony: Genocide, War, Revolution, the Holocaust, and Human Rights is set for Wednesday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Oct. 10 at Colby College and the University of Maine at Augusta.

This conference will examine gendered issues in relation to human rights abuses while exploring the works of memory and survival through women’s testimony. Presenters will share their perspectives and analyze a variety of narratives through the lenses of contemporary literature, art, film and new media. Scholars, artists and social activists will initiate conversation about Afghanistan, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Egypt, England, France, Rwanda, Uganda, and the U.S.

For more information, contact Professor Audrey Brunetaux at [email protected] or 859-4664.

• Screening: Art in the Twenty-First Century will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, and Thursday, Oct. 16, at Mirken Education Center, Colby College Museum of Ar.t

Produced by and screened in collaboration with Art21, Art in the Twenty-First Century is a Peabody Award-winning series in its seventh season on PBS. Art21 is a nonprofit dedicated to making contemporary art more accessible.

For more information, contact Colby College Museum of Art at [email protected] or 859-5600.

• Fisheries Economics and Population Diversity is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall.

The classic depiction of the “tragedy of the commons” in fisheries is that there will be too many boats chasing after too few fish. This illustration focuses on fishermen’s effort decisions, but new research highlights the fact that fishermen make decisions along multiple margins. Sunny Jardine, assistant professor at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, will provide an overview of the field of fisheries economics and then focus on biodiversity, with examples including the impact of seafood markets on salmon biodiversity. Jardine’s talk will begin at noon following an 11:30 a.m. lunch.

For more information, contact Lia Morris at [email protected] or 859-5356.

• Noontime Art Talk featuring Bryce Beemer will begin at noon Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Colby College Museum of Art.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History Bryce Beemer will present a talk titled “Using Art to Narrate Histories of Slavery and Cultural Exchange: Images of the Ramayana Dance-Drama in Thailand and Myanmar.”

For more information, contact Colby College Museum of Art at [email protected] or 859-5600.

• Screening: “God Loves Uganda,” will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams will introduce this screening of his latest documentary, God Loves Uganda, which the New York Times calls “a searing look at the role of American evangelical missionaries in the persecution of gay Africans.”

For more information, contact Amanda Cooley at [email protected] or 859-5319.

• Noontime Art Talk featuring Dana Byrd is set for Thursday, Oct. 16, at Colby College Museum of Art.

Byrd, assistant professor of art history at Bowdoin College, will present a talk titled “A Militia Parade.”

For more information, contact Colby College Museum of Art at [email protected] or 859-5600.

• Family Homecoming Weekend is planned for Friday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 19, at Colby College.

More than 1,000 alumni, parents and friends of Colby return to Mayflower Hill for Family Homecoming Weekend each year. The weekend offers academic events, athletic games and performances. Most events are free, check the alumni website for more information.

For more information, contact Karin Weston at [email protected] or 859-4315.

• Science, Technology and Society Talk featuring Jim Fleming and Lou McNally is set for 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in Room 100, Lovejoy Building.

Fleming and Emmy-winning broadcast meteorologist Lou McNally will give a lecture “Anne Louise Beck (1896-1982): Bringing Bergen Weather Forecasting to the United States.” McNally and Fleming tout Beck as “the most important and dynamic meteorologist you have never heard about.”

For more information, contact Fleming at [email protected] or 859-5881,

• Verge Fall Tour will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in Wadsworth Gymnasium, Alfond Athletic Center.

Featuring Chance the Rapper, this concert also includes special guests Young & Sick and Sweater Beats. Tickets are available at colby.eventbrite.com and cost $25 for general admission and $15 with a Colby ID.

For more information, contact Sam Helm at [email protected] or 859-4283.

• Samba New York!: Brazilian Carnaval will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Lorimer Chapel.

Inspired by the escola de samba parade associations of the Rio Carnaval, Samba New York! is one of the foremost samba performance companies in the country. This Family Homecoming Weekend show will feature percussionists and costumed dancers and will include a Brazilian dance lesson, a short lecture, and a Q&A. Earlier in the day director Philip Galinsky and the Samba New York! drummers will hold a samba percussion master class (time and location to be announced).

For more information, contact Deb Ward at [email protected] or 859-5670.

• Colby on Stage is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Strider Theater, Runnals Building.

This high-energy variety show features performances by a variety of student clubs, a preview of coming attractions from the Theater and Dance Department’s main-stage season, and First-Year Dance, choreographed by Sara Gibbons ’15 and featuring members of the Class of 2018.

For more information, contact Shannon Hodgdon at [email protected] or 859-4520.

• Monday Night Movies featuring “Bound for Glory” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Waterville Opera House.

Adapted from celebrated folk singer and social activist Woody Guthrie’s autobiography, Bound for Glory centers on a few pivotal years during the Great Depression. Midwesterner Guthrie plays music locally but can’t earn enough as a sign painter to support his wife and children. With only his paintbrushes and guitar, Guthrie joins the migration westward from the Dust Bowl to supposedly greener California pastures via boxcar and hitchhiking. Winner of Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Music, the film was nominated for four additional Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Cost is $9 for the general public and $5 for Colby students. A full pass (admits one to all screenings in the Monday Night Movies series) may be purchased for $50. For additional movies in the series, see the Center for the Arts and Humanities website.

For more information, contact Megan Fossa at [email protected] or 859-4165.

• The Long and Winding Road: The Cape Wind Offshore Wind Project in Nantucket Sound will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Room 1, Olin Science Center.

In 2001 EMI Energy began efforts to construct the first offshore wind project in U.S. coastal waters. With a proposed location in Nantucket Sound about six miles from Hyannis, nine miles from Martha’s Vineyard, and 13 miles from Nantucket Island, the 468-megawatt Cape Wind project is one of the most disputed wind projects in history. In 2010, following nine years of administrative battles, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior issued a decision that ended a National Historic Preservation Act dispute and approved the Cape Wind project lease. Although litigation continues, the project is slated to begin installation in 2015. In this presentation Jeremy Firestone, director of the Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration at the University of Delaware, will consider the social, cultural, environmental, legal, regulatory, and economic hurdles the project has faced, place it in the context of comparative energy development, and suggest what these considerations mean for the future.

For more information, contact Lia Morris at [email protected] or 859-5356.

• Local Wood Works: Conserving Land in Central Maine is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall.

Matt Silverman ’12 is a conservation assistant with Kennebec Land Trust, working on KLT’s Local Wood and Conservation Initiative as well as on other land-trust duties. Following lunch at 11:30 a.m., Silverman will speak at noon about land conservation in central Maine.

For more information, contact Lia Morris at [email protected] or 859-5356.

• Making Faces Workshop will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Colby College Museum of Art.

Take a tour of the museum’s collection to view depictions of faces in art, and then create your own mask in the Mirken Education Center. This free event is open to all ages, but attendance is limited and preregistration is required. To register, call 207-859-5613.

For more information, contact Colby College Museum of Art at [email protected] or 859-5600.

• Fairy Tales will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Messalonskee High School Auditorium, Oakland.

With Stan Renard conducting, the Colby Symphony Orchestra will open with the overture to Mozart’s Magic Flute, followed by the legend of Night on Bald Mountain by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky. The concert will conclude with Prokofiev’s beloved Peter and the Wolf.

For more information, contact Deb Ward at [email protected] or 859-5670.

• Remaking the World: The Artist as Environment Builder will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center.

Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will discuss the ways in which Bernard Langlais and other artists engaged in the practice of environment building.

For more information, contact Colby College Museum of Art at [email protected] or 859-5600.

• Can Health-Care Quality Measures Avoid Rewarding Unethical Behavior? will be the topic at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Room 122, Diamond Building.

Frank Chessa, director of clinical ethics at Maine Medical Center, will discuss quality measures, which he says are indispensable in current attempts to achieve higher-quality health care at lower cost. According to Chessa, however, these measures create incentives at odds with ethical principles. Measuring the effectiveness of a kidney transplant program on the basis of survival rates, for example, encourages transplant programs to reject higher-risk patients for whom a transplant is warranted. What can bioethicists do to ensure that the laudable aims of health-care reform are not inadvertently undercut by its own measures of success?

For more information, contact Amanda Cooley at [email protected] or 859-5319.

• Noontime Art Talk featuring Daniel Harkett is set for Thursday, Oct. 30, at Colby College Museum of Art.

Harkett, associate professor of art history at Rhode Island School of Design, will discuss French painter Horace Vernet.

For more information, contact Colby College Museum of Art at [email protected] or 859-5600.

• An Artful Halloween: Museum Costume Party is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Colby College Museum of Art.

Celebrate Halloween in artful style with food, drink, music, and trick-or-treating through Colby’s museum galleries. Art-inspired costumes are encouraged.

For more information, contact Colby College Museum of Art at [email protected] or 859-5600.

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