Carleton Connects Lecture Program

Carleton Connects logoAlumni, do you miss the intellectual life of Carleton, delving into new ideas with your classmates and favorite professors? Rediscover it through Carleton Connects, a monthly series of online presentations featuring both familiar and rising new faculty (and other special guests). 

Each Carleton Connects program is one hour, with 30-40 minutes of presentation by faculty followed by a period of questions and answers.  Because these events are by phone and/or online, you can participate wherever you happen to be! On the first call with Prof. Roy Grow, alumni from seven foreign countries dialed in to participate.

Carleton Connects: "Why ISIS?" with Professor Hicham Bou Nassif

  • Thursday, October 15th, 12:00 pm

Join this Carleton Connects webinar to hear Professor Hicham Bou Nassif present on the rise of ISIS.

Professor Hicham Bou Nassif, Political Science, presents "Why ISIS?"  In this talk, he will discuss the grievances and the opportunitites explaining the rise of ISIS.  After the program, jump back in the classroom with us by sharing your own questions and comments.

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Professor Bou Nassif completed his PhD at Indiana University, Bloomington. He also holds a Doctorate of International Law from the Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Lebanon, Law School.  He has taught at Indiana University as well as at the Université Libanaise, Lebanon, Law School and the Université La Sagesse, Lebanon, Department of Political Science. He was a field reporter for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) and has worked as an editorial assistant for The American Political Science Association (APSA) Perspectives on Politics. Professor Bou Nassif is a native speaker of Arabic, is fluent in English and French, and reads and writes Farsi. His research interests include civil-military relations; authoritarian regimes; civil wars and ethnic conflicts; and Middle East politics. He has done field work in Egypt, Tunisia, and Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon.

“Carleton in Context: The Cost of Higher Education" with Fred Rogers

  • Tuesday, November 3rd, 1:00 pm

Find out how Carleton aims to keep institutional costs down & ensures affordability for all students from VP & Treasurer Fred Rogers '72

Keeping institutional costs down and ensuring affordability for students from all backgrounds, while providing a world-class education is at the heart of the College’s strategic plan. V.P. and Treasurer Fred Rogers ’72 discusses how Carleton is addressing these challenges and offers insights about the future.

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Frederick A. Rogers is the Vice President and Treasurer of Carleton College and a graduate of the Class of 1972. Fred oversees all financial and business operations of the college. He regularly hosts “Fridays with Fred” as an opportunity to connect with Faculty, Students, and Staff in a comfortable and casual venue.

Admissions & Financial Aid at Carleton: A Conversation

  • Thursday, November 12th, 1:00 pm

Join Paul Thiboutot, Vice President & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, for a conversation about admissions & financial aid at Carleton.

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Paul Thiboutot is the Dean of Admissions at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.

He has held this position since 1987. A frequent presenter at college planning nights, he has also been quoted in national publications like The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and had articles published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the College Board Newsletter.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Common Application, including as President, helping oversee its transition to the online application process. He is also active in the National Association for College Admission Counseling as a presenter on panels and as faculty for workshops/seminars.

Perhaps his greatest asset is having two daughters who navigated the college selection/admission process successfully, despite his sometime wrong notion of what to expect in terms of thin or fat envelopes from colleges.

Carleton Connects: "Preparation for Life after Carleton" with Kim Betz

  • Wednesday, November 18th, 1:00 pm

Hear exciting updates from Career Center Director Kim Betz '91. Learn about important initiatives, early success, and how alumni can help.

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Betz has 17 years of experience in higher education career development with a strong record of leadership in cultivating relationships with diverse communities, assessing programs, and strategic management. She received a BA and MA in German from Carleton (1991) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994), respectively, and served for a year on a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Austria. She pursued career counseling training from the University of Minnesota before returning to her alma mater from 1996 to 2000, serving in program coordinator, assistant, and associate director roles with Carleton’s Career Center. She went on to serve as director of internships at Oberlin College (Ohio) before assuming her current position at St. Catherine in 2005. In 2010, she was named administrative staff employee of the year at St. Kate’s.