- February 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm
Professor of French Chérif Keita had his film "Oberlin-Inanda: The Life and Times of John L. Dube" shown in French on Mali's national television TM2 on Thursday, January 10. The documentary weaves together the life of John Dube, first President-General of the African National Congress, an 82-year old movement that brought about freedom and multiracial democracy in South Africa. The documentary not only shows the incredible vision and energy Dube had but also the various transnational and trans-racial links that made his work so important to South Africa's cultural and political history.
- February 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm
Gao Hong, Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, recently received the 2013 Sorel Medallion in Recording grant from the Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization, Inc. to support her recording of Lutes Around the World CD. The international grant is awarded to only one female a year to keep musical excellence alive and to help stretch the boundaries for women in music.
- January 29, 2013 at 10:58 am
Thomas Callister ’13 has been named one of the 14 Churchill Scholarship winners nationwide. The award gives him a full scholarship to earn his master of philosophy degree at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, focusing on gravitational wave astronomy. Callister, the first Idahoan to win a Churchill Scholarship in the nearly 50-year existence of the program, was one of only two liberal-arts college students among the 14 scholarship winners. This marks the second straight year that Carleton has produced a Churchill Scholarship winner, as fellow physics major and astronomer Michael Coughlin ’12 won the award a year ago. Both were the only student from a Minnesota college or university to win the award.
- January 29, 2013 at 10:44 am
Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, will take a leave of absence from the College to serve as the director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). The NSF’s DUE sets undergraduate science education goals to provide leadership, support curriculum development, prepare the workforce and to foster connections. These goals constitute a comprehensive approach to strengthening science, technology and math (STEM) education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.
- January 28, 2013 at 11:13 am
Professor of English Timothy Raylor has published an article, "Fertility, Mortality, and Anxiety in Waller’s ‘To my Young Lady Lucy Sidney’ and Marvell’s ‘The Picture of Little T.C. in a Prospect of Flowers,’” in Explorations in Renaissance Culture. The article attempts to rehabilitate a much-loved lyric by the seventeenth-century poet, Andrew Marvell, which in recent years has come under suspicion of a not-so-heavily disguised pedophilia.
- January 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm
Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, has earned a Science prize for her Inquiry-Based Instruction (IBI) teaching tool for her genomics course called Genomics Explorers. Science's IBI Prize was developed to showcase outstanding materials, usable in a wide range of schools and settings, for teaching introductory science courses at the college level. The materials must be designed to encourage students' natural curiosity about how the world works, rather than to deliver facts and principles about what scientists have already discovered. Organized as one free-standing "module," the materials should offer real understanding of the nature of science, as well as providing an experience in generating and evaluating scientific evidence.
- January 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm
Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity will host a special screening of “Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa,” a film directed by Carleton professor Cherif Keita, which explores an early effort at resistance to white authority in South Africa and its little-known connection with Northfield. The screening, part of the College’s Humanities Center’s Perspectives in Public Humanities series, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center Cinema. This event is free and open to the public.
- January 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm
Melinda Russell, Professor of Music, presented "Visualizing Music: Helping Undergraduate Non-Majors Show What They Hear," in November at the College Music Society Meeting in San Diego. The talk showed how an assignment where students draw a 'map' of a piece can help undergraduates demonstrate their understanding of the structure and features of a piece of music. The work grew out of a VIZ grant to explore musical mapping.
- January 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm
Helena Kaufman, Director of Off-Campus Studies, and Éva Pósfay, Professor of French, presented "De-Familiarizing Europe: Study Curriculum for the Flat World," with colleagues from Paris and Copenhagen, at the December Forum on Education Abroad meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The session focused on program design in the dynamically changing European context. The panelists, representing U.S. colleges and European study abroad organizations, shared best practices in holistic design of curriculum that situates in national, regional, and European contexts but also de-familiarizes Europe as a destination.
- January 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm
Cathy Yandell, W.I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French Literature, Language, and Culture, delivered a paper, "Learning through the Body in the Blasons anatomiques du corps féminin," at the Modern Language Association conference in Boston. In her paper, Yandell argues that this famous collection of anatomical poems, known for its humor and bawdiness, had an important heuristic function in Renaissance France. Not only did it teach readers about sex, gender, and the symbolic body, but it also revealed the political and religious preoccupations of the moment.
- January 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm
French Professor Scott Carpenter was recently interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio for his newest book titled, "This Jealous Earth." The collection of 16 stories focuses on the stories of men, women, and children of various backgrounds who encounter a choice that will alter the course of their life. Although Carpenter has written about literature for over 20 years, this is his first book of fiction.
- January 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm
Liz Raleigh, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Carleton College, and her colleague Grace Kao (University of Pennsylvania), recently published a paper, "Is there a (transracial) adoption achievement gap?: A national longitudinal analysis of adopted children's educational performance" in Children and Youth Services Review. Although much of the social sciences literature consistently finds that adopted children do not, on average, perform academically as well as children in biological families, Raleigh and Kao's research is one of the first studies to dig a little deeper by disaggregating adopted children by their type of adoption.