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Humanities Theme 2014-2015


The annual humanities theme for 2014-15, is a year-long, campus-wide initiative designed to foster interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration.

Migration Homepage - Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities


Luigi Ballerini, What’s for Dinner? Recipes from Renaissance Last Suppers
Leonardo, Veronese, Tintoretto.
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Brazilian Carnaval Comes to Colby!
Samba New York!

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m. 
Lorimer Chapel

ara Ruhl

Thursday to Saturday, November 13-15
Runnals Theater

Migrations: Coming To America
Colby Wind Ensemble and Colby Chorale.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Waterville Opera House

Musical Migrations
Colby Symphony Orchestra

Preconcert Talk with Professor Natasha Zelensky (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

Migrations: Between Heaven and Hell – The Human Experience
Colby Chamber Choir

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Colby Museum of Art Lobby

“Queering the Nation from the Other Side. Juan Gabriel, Performance, and the Margins of Mexicanidad”
Alejandro Madrid
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Lorimer Chapel

Migrations: From Spain to Latin America
Nicolás Alberto Dosman, tenor, Yuri Lily Funahashi, piano

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Noon
Lower Jetté Gallery

Migrations: Going to America and Coming to Europe
Collegium Chamber Singers and Players

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

Photography and Migration

Friday-Saturday, April 24-25
Olin 1

Migrations to Maine Sunday, April 26th
Performance Lab Series Thursday- Saturday, April 30-May 2, 2015.



Migration as defined in the Oxford English Dictionary -


 a. The movement of a person or people from one country, locality, place of residence, etc., to settle in another; an instance of this.

c1527   W. More Jrnl. (1914) 265   Item this wyck dan thomas Astley departed to Abburgeyny with a migracion......
1646   Sir T. Browne Pseudodoxia Epidemica vi. vi. 302   The first man ranged farre before the Flood, and laid his bones many miles from that place, where its presumed he received them: And this migration was the greater, if..he was cast out of the East-side of Paradise.
1720   Pope in tr. Homer Iliad V. xx. Observ. 1563   After the Ionic Migration, which happen'd about 140 Years after the taking of Troy, the Ionians of Asia assembled in the Fields of Priene.
1766   W. Blackstone Comm. Laws Eng. II. 17   The right of migration, or sending colonies to find out new habitations.....
1891   S. C. Scrivener Our Fields & Cities 49   The poverty of the majority is the cause of the continual migration to London.
3. Biol.

 a. The movement of an animal from one region, location, or habitat to another in order to breed, grow, or find food; an instance of this; esp. (of a bird, mammal, or fish) the periodic travel to and from a region at a particular season and along a well-established route.

a1633   F. Godwin Man in Moone (1638) 112   My Birds began to droope, for want of their wonted migration.
1646   Sir T. Browne Pseudodoxia Epidemica iv. xiii. 223   By this way Aristotle through all his bookes of Animals, distinguisheth their times of generation, Latitancy, migration, sanity and venation.......
1880   A. Günther Introd. Study of Fishes 648   Comparatively few are subject to periodical migrations to the sea, like Salmo.

 5. Chem. (An instance of) movement of an atom or molecule from one region or position to another or in a particular direction; spec.  (a) that of an ion, molecule, etc., towards an electrode during electrolysis or electrophoresis;  (b) that of an atom or group within a molecule, as part of a rearrangement of its structure.

1898   Jrnl. Chem. Soc. 73 i. 456   One of the following initial changes may occur. (1) Migration of the OH group. (2) Migration of the O·SO3H group as a whole. (3) Migration of a hydrogen atom of the ring, in the meta-position with regard to the side group.....

1992   Analyt. Chem. 64 196/2   The small amount of salt added to the buffer did not have a significant effect on DNA migration under continuous-field electrophoresis.


6. Computing. The process of changing from the use of one platform, environment, IT system, etc., to another

Image Locations

Images at top (left to right): People walk along the main road to Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after fleeing fighting in Kibumba, October 27, 2008 Somaliland Times Issue 404 (24-30 Oct., 2009;  Eurasian Cranes migrating to Meyghan Salt Lake, Markazi Province of Iran, from a photo by Hamid Hajihusseini; Migrating wildebeest on the Masai Mara, from a photo by Christopher Michel; Salmon jumping a fall, from the Wikipedia page on "Salmon Run," photographer unknown; The Emigrants by Frederic Remington, currently housed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, image from the Google Arts Project.

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