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.


Fed Up: Should the Federal Reserve be responsible for addressing economic inequality?

Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium

The Federal Reserve, one of the nation’s most important institutions, is essential for economic stability. It has held a particularly critical role in protecting our economy during the pandemic. Some feel, though, that recent interventions by the Fed have been too aggressive and politicized and that the central bank mandate should not expand beyond monetary and regulatory policies. The pandemic exacerbated inequalities, especially among more marginalized populations, but is it the role of the Fed to address such inequities? How can this powerful independent institution be best utilized to create economic stability for all Americans? 
The fall Cotter Debate will bring to campus two experts to discuss both sides of this issue. Karen Petrou is the co-founder and managing partner at Federal Financial Analytics and author of Engine of Inequality: The Fed and the Future Wealth of America. Paul Wachtel is a professor of economics in the Stern School of Business at New York University. The debate will be moderated by Rob Lester, associate professor of economics at Colby.
The event is in-person for Colby students, faculty, and staff. 

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

There is a tangible new energy on campus at the beginning of the semester. You can feel the hope and trepidation of Colby’s largest incoming class ever. We are masking up, testing regularly, and navigating how to move forward with the current stage of the pandemic and the perpetual state of uncertainty that has become the norm. We are also already tackling big conversations.