Student Audio Performances

Problems the planet and its population are expected to face in the coming centuries are vast in terms of their spatial and temporal scales. For example, in the next century, the warming climate is likely to cause sea rise, which in turn will make some currently inhabited locations uninhabitable. In some parts of the world, this may trigger mass migrations between countries, which will raise interesting political and economic issues. The wide-ranging consequences of these problems are hard to conceive in their entirety, and while they are often the subject of debate in academic journals, they are rarely put into a form that has significant public impact. In Views of a Changing Planet, we asked students to imagine the future, but to do so in a form that could be accessible to a wide audience. Inspired by To the Best of Our Knowledge’s Three Minute Future Competition, and in conjunction with the Language Resource Center (LRC) at Colby, we asked students to produce an audio performance of their short stories. To accomplish this, students learned how to edit audio digitally in Colby’s LRC. Though they only had two weeks to learn the software, record, and edit, we’re sure you’ll agree that the results are impressive.

I’ve never felt more alone…

Abby Hatch, a major in biology and a minor in mathematics, imagines a world where people have been removed from healthcare.

The Last War

Alex Kohn, an American Studies Major and STS minor, takes a satirical look at the future where the United States will stop at nothing to contain any information regarding global warming.

Deep and Blue

Julia Butler, who majors in sociology and psychology, personifies environmental change in her story.


Lily Crane, who studies anthropology and the environment, imagines how those dedicated to environmentalism cope with the slow pace of change.

Food or Family?

Nolan Dumont, a biology major, imagines a future where sustenance is scarce.

GBN’s Special Report: InterCamp’s Dark Secret

Rich Jeong, an anthropology and science, technology, and society double major, imagines the tension that might arise when aiding environmental refugees becomes big business.

Boiling Point

A train and pressure to be efficient causes tension between romantic partners in this story by creative writing major Sarah Leathe.

I’ve always liked numbers

Statistics and humanity clash in this future imagined by music major Tommy Webel.

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