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  • Timothy Raylor, Professor of English.
    April 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Academic Judgement Day: Professors Debate for Survival of Their Disciplines

    Students and professors gathered in Boliou 104 to decide last Wednesday. Five professors from five different disciplines argued for why their discipline should wind up supreme after the apocalypse.

  • Harry McKinley Williams, the Laird Bell Professor of History
    April 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Public Invited to “10 x 16: Snapshots of a Fulbrighter’s Sojourn in the People’s Republic of China”

    Harry McKinley Williams, the Laird Bell Professor of History at Carleton College, will deliver a multimedia retrospective chronicling his recent ten-month Fulbright Lectureship in China on Tuesday, Apr. 23. Williams’ presentation, entitled “10x6: Snapshots of a Fulbrighter’s Sojourn in the People’s Republic of China,” will feature ten selected samples of the tens of thousands of photographs he took during his time in China. This special evening begins with a Chinese green tea and cookies reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by Williams’ presentation at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Danielle Smogard '13
    April 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Smogard '13 Earns Carnegie Junior Fellowship

    Danielle Smogard '13 (Southlake, Texas) has earned a prestigious Carnegie Endowment junior fellowship, and will be working next year on peace issues related to South Asia with a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Smogard, a political science and international relations double major, is one of approximately ten seniors chosen nationwide from applicants from over 400 institutions. 

  • Charlie Bentley
    April 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Watson Fellowships for Two Carleton Seniors

    Awarded to students of “unusual promise,” the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship allows graduating seniors a chance to spend a year traveling the year exploring something meaningful to them. Continuing with Carleton’s legacy of producing two or three Watson Fellows per year, two members of this year’s Class of 2013, Charlie Bentley and Robin Wonsley, have been awarded the prestigious fellowship.

  • Ron Rodman
    April 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Rodman Discusses Television's Musical Pioneers in the Oxford University Press Blog

    Ron Rodman, Dye Family Professor of Music, recently had his article “Dinah Shore’s TV Legacy” featured in the March 28 edition of Oxford University Press Blog. The article comes from Rodman’s recent book, Tuning In: American Television Music published by Oxford University Press in 2010.

  • Gregory Blake Smith, Lloyd P. Johnson Norwest Professor of English and the Liberal Arts
    April 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Professor Gregory Smith to appear at the Northfield Public Library as part of the Minnesota Book Awards Tour

    The Northfield Public Library is pleased to host a reading by local author and Carleton College professor of English Gregory Blake Smith, as part of the Minnesota Book Awards Author tour.

  • Nancy Wilkie
    April 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Wilkie Elected President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

    Nancy Wilkie, William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, has been elected President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of cultural property worldwide during armed conflict, as set forth in the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The International Committee of the Blue Shield and its affiliated national committees work together as the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross, providing emergency response to cultural property at risk from armed conflict. Wilkie has served on the committee since 2003.

  • Alice in Wonderland, presented by the Carleton Players in collaboration with the Flying Foot Forum
    March 29, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Carleton Players and Flying Foot Forum Present Exciting New Theatrical Adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

    The Carleton Players, along with the renowned dance/theater company the Flying Foot Forum, will present an exciting new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. Held in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater, performances will take place nightly at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12 and 13, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on April 14. Performances are free and open to the public; reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online at

  • Hans Memling, detail of Scenes from the Advent and Triumph of Christ
    March 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art publishes 5.1 issue

    Alison Kettering, Editor-in-Chief of the refereed e-journal Historians of Netherlandish Art, has just published another issue of the journal, vol. 5:1.  The issue includes articles on Memling, on a "needle painting" by the court embroiderer to Rudolf II, and on 17th-century Dutch maps of Brazil. This last is written by Carleton grad, Elizabeth Sutton '03.

  • March 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Schier receives Fulbright Chair appointment in Sweden

    Steven Schier, Steven SchierDorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, has received a 2013-2014 award as the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) Fulbright Chair at Uppsala University. The Chair, which is the only one of its kind in the country, is jointly financed by the Swedish Fulbright Commission in Stockholm and Uppsala University. It entails teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in American Studies, broadly defined, along with tutoring students within the grantee's area of research. Schier's appointment is from January to June of 2014. He previously held a Fulbright Senior Lectureship at York University in Toronto, Canada in 2002.

  • March 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Fulbright Fellowship to Justin London

    Justin LondonJustin London, Professor of Music, has received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to spend January through May of 2014 at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research at the University of Jyväskylä. Under the auspices of this fellowship, London will teach a seminar on rhythm and temporality as part of the Centre's Music, Mind, and Technology program; and will collaborate with his Finnish colleagues on his research project, "Dance With Me: The effect of self-motion and observed motion on perceived musical tempo."

  • Abby Han ‘12
    March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Alumni Follow Passions for Photography in Post-Grad Year

    Most students come to college planning to follow a traditional path: attend four years of classes, graduate, and either find a full-time job or attend graduate school. However, for some Carleton students, college leads them down a less-traditional path.