Upcoming Event - Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award

2020 Recipient: Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Virtual Event - 7 p.m. on April 6, 2021

Leonard Pitts Jr. is widely known for his nationally syndicated Miami Herald column that often addresses issues of race and racism, politics, and culture. In a career that spans close to 45 years, Pitts has worked as a columnist, a college professor, a radio producer, and a lecturer. He is also the author of a series of critically acclaimed books, including Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood, and his latest, The Last Thing You Surrender. Pitts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2004.

Mr. Pitts will be joined in conversation by former Miami Herald Editor Mindy Marqués, a member of Colby’s Lovejoy Award Selection Committee. This event will be livestreamed here; no registration is necessary. Closed Captions and ASL will be available.

Upcoming Event - Wrongly Convicted: A Story of Injustice

Virtual Event - 7 p.m. on April 7, 2021

Are you interested in the intersection between criminal and racial justice? Join the Goldfarb Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7 for a virtual talk with Anthony Ray Hinton, one of the longest serving death row prisoners in Alabama history who was freed in 2015 after proving his innocence. Mr. Hinton, now an author and prison reform advocate, will share his story about how he survived 30 years on death row and never gave up on his quest for justice and freedom.

This talk is part of a series of events that look at the U.S. criminal justice system and racial inequalities, the theme for this year’s competitive  Freedom of Expression Policy Symposium. Submit your policy proposal by April 12 and compete to win up to $2,000. Closed Captions and ASL will be available.

A Conversation with United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas P'22

Virtual Event - 7 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 18

This live, virtual event will feature a conversation between United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas P’22 and Associate Professor of Sociology Christel Kesler. Mayorkas will share the opportunities and challenges of his new role as part of President Joe Biden’s cabinet, as well as the experiences that inspired him to make positive changes in areas including immigration policy and national security. The discussion will explore his advice for Colby students as they move toward graduation, his perspective as a Colby parent, and how a liberal arts education best prepares you to be innovative and make an impact on your communities.


Secretary Mayorkas

Student Leadership

About the Goldfarb Center

We connect the Colby community to our nation’s most pressing current events, foster awareness of the role of public policy, and inspire active citizenship. We spark thought-provoking conversations through high-profile public events and create networking opportunities for students interested in public affairs. We believe in a nonpartisan, inclusive approach that welcomes every opinion as part of a healthy discourse.  

Letter from the Executive Director

Welcome to our new website. Our aim is to keep the broader Colby community engaged and informed on the issues that either are the main headlines of the day or that should be. Our programming, which is mostly virtual this academic year, is designed to reach the broader Colby community, including students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as residents in Waterville and beyond.