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Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson has published a paper titled "The dynamics of institutional arrangements for climate change adaptation in small island developing states in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans." Appearing in the journal Sustainability Science, the paper uses semi-structured interview data to construct "networks of action situations." It finds that there are a few strategic actors involved in multiple, mutually reinforcing, and sometimes conflicting arrangements, which are simultaneously being shaped and reshaped at different scales. It also finds varying patterns of power, politics, and participation that act as both drivers of and barriers to adaptation in these countries. D'Arcy Carlson '21 is a coauthor.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson has published an article titled "We are a people": Sovereignty and disposability in the context of Puerto Rico’s post-Hurricane Maria experience." Appearing in the Geographical Journal, the article highlights the impact of historically enduring colonial structures of non-sovereignty on post-hurricane response and recovery in the Caribbean and argues that Puerto Rico’s status as a Commonwealth of the United States influenced the nature and outcome of the U.S. Federal Government’s response to Hurricane Maria in 2017. Tilly Peck '22 is a coauthor.
Obelisks, the latest book by Professor of Art Gary Green and Associate Professor of Italian Gianluca Rizzo, was reviewed in PhotoBook Journal. "In a very real sense Obelisks is indeed a guidebook. But Green and his collaborator, poet Gianluca Rizzo, perform a deft shift in this book by foregrounding not only questions of space, but questions of time as well," reviewer Steve Harps writes of the 4 ½” x 9” softcover book that feels like a guidebook in his hand.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Ayomikun "Ayo" Adeniran has won an AMS-Simons Travel Grant from the American Mathematical Society. The competitive grant supports an early-career mathematician with $2,500 per year for two years to be used for research-related travel. Adeniran joined Colby in 2021 and researches graph theory and combinatorics, a field of mathematics concerned with problems of selection, arrangement, and operation within a finite or discrete system.
A new book, Obelisks, by Professor of Art Gary Green and Associate Professor of Italian Gianluca Rizzo has been released by Danilo Montanari Editore. With poems by Rizzo and photography by Green, the book explores what makes obelisks so irresistible to builders of empires. "Green’s photographs explore the relationship between Rome, its Egyptian obelisks, and the people who move through the city’s piazzas and side streets as part of an ever-changing landscape representing thousands of years of history," while "Rizzo’s poems contemplate the forms this ancient symbol has taken across the United States."
Assistant Professor of Government Carrie LeVan and scholars from the University of Maine have won a research grant from the Maine Chapter of the Scholar Strategy Network to study election protection. Specifically, they're looking at how to mobilize more poll workers and volunteers who help run Maine’s elections. LeVan and her colleagues political scientist Rob Glover and psychologist Jordan LaBouff are preparing the study this summer with plans to implement it this fall.
Catherine Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, was featured on the New Books Network discussing her latest book, Militarized Global Apartheid. "Exploring the different manifestations of global apartheid, Besteman traces how militarization and securitization reconfigure older forms of white supremacy and deploy them in new contexts to maintain this racialized global order," New Books Network writes.    
Professor of Art Véronique Plesch will deliver a lecture titled "Le Grand Siècle: Art at the court of the Sun King" as part of the Blue Hill Bach festival. Plesch's lecture on Friday, July 15, at 1 p.m., will discuss "the magnificent painting, sculpture, architecture, and landscaping of 17th- and early 18th-century France."
The New Yorker has published the poem "A Theory of Human Origin," written by poet Marianne Boruch, the 2022 Jennifer Jahrling Forese Writer-in-Residence at Colby College. "Though she knew no English, / or only little, I could put my small hand into / her leather glove to read," the opening stanza reads.
Assistant Professor of English Dyani Johns Taff wrote a guest blog post titled "Europa into the Waves: John Dee and Meandering Research" for the The Collation, Folger Shakespeare Library's blog. "Research feels nonlinear, like tracing a spiral, or a meandering river, or possibly like following ants’ pheromone trails, squiggly lines that crisscross each other and yet create a navigable chaos central to the ants’ communication," Taff's opening lines read. Taff was the Omohundro Institute-Folger Shakespeare Library Fellow for 2021-2022.