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Notre-Dame Cathedral

Colby Faculty Reflect on the Power of Notre-Dame

As flames consumed parts of the iconic medieval Notre-Dame Cathedral, Professor of History Larissa Taylor felt a deep connection to the global catastrophe and common grief.

Marion Thompson Osborne, Colby Class of 1900 (Mrs. Duncan Matheson) with speculative voiceprint. 2004-5. Mixed media (charcoal, monoprinted oil paint) on paper. 44 x 30”

Ground Breaker

Marion Osborne Matheson, Class of 1900) was the first African-American woman to graduate from Colby.

Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage, 1907


Sometimes an iconic image is misunderstood.

Slaves, Slaveholders, and a Kentucky Community’s Struggle toward Freedom

Separate but not Equal

Different paths led slave and master to fight against the Confederacy, writes Elizabeth Leonard

Leadership: In Turbulent Times

For Turbulent Times, Lessons from History

These presidents modeled leadership, says historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

Biddy Mason Speaks Up cover

Past-Place and Present Moment

Arisa White on telling a slave’s story to the next generation

Alumni Gift Expands Student Opportunities in Fine Arts, Politics

The path from Mayflower Hill to important careers in fine arts or politics just got wider.

Bassam Khabieh in action photographing

Q&A/ Bassam Khabieh

Bassam Khabieh is a Syrian freelance photojournalist who for five years chronicled the siege of his home city of Douma. His photographs have been featured in some of the world’s most prestigious publications. Khabieh was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal for photographic reporting requiring exceptional courage and enterprise. At…

Julia Endicott '18 on the Greek island of Lesvos

No Going Back

Ground-breaking lab sends students to Balkan Route to learn about refugees—and themselves

Jinyan Zeng

Oak Human Rights Fellow Jinyan Zeng interviews artist, activist Ai Weiwei

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei During her semester at Colby, the 2017 Oak Human Rights Fellow Jinyan Zeng, a Chinese filmmaker, blogger, activist, and scholar, interviewed the renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei to discuss art, politics and exile. This interview was conducted and transcribed in Mandarin and…