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2011 Spring Issue 3 (April 22, 2011)

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  • Slam poet Gibson packs punch, emotion at The Cave

    Andrea GibsonOn Tuesday, award winning and critically acclaimed poet Andrea Gibson performed a selection of her poetry at The Cave. Many Carleton students turned out to hear Gibson’s verse, which challenged political opinions, gender normative roles in society, and patriarchal values.

  • Professor Louis Menand combined history and educational philosophy to challenge people’s fears of using the word “practical” to describe a liberal arts education.

    Harvard prof Louis Menand speaks on the origins and practicality of liberal education

    Harvard professor of English and American literature and language delivered a talk titled “Why the Case for Liberal Education is Hard to Make.” In establishing the American cultural view that all those who are qualified should go to college, Menand asked of the process:  “How much is selection and how much is treatment?”

  • The $10,000 Davis Peace Prize will take Sana Rafiq ‘13 and Yoni Blumberg ‘13 to Lahore, Pakistan, where they will volunter with university students and impoverished children in efforts to bridge the city’s class gap.

    Carleton duo honored with prestigious Davis Peace Grant Rafiq ‘13 and Blumberg ‘13 hope to bridge ‘class gap’ in Pakistan

    Carleton sophomores Sana Rafiq and Yoni Blumberg have received a $10,000 Davis Peace Grant for their service project “Volunteer for Lahore.” This is the fifth time that Carls have been received the prestigious grant from the philanthropist Kathyrn Davis.

  • Eight Carleton seniors have been awarded Fulbright fellowships.

    Four students named Fulbright scholars for upcoming year

    As of April 21, 2011, four seniors at the college have received Fulbright Scholarships for the upcoming year. Jimmy Dreese, Eric Reich, Michael Knudson and Francesca Chubb-Confer were announced as recipients of the prestigious award.

  • French Professor Cherif Keita has published a new book.

    Keita releases new book about prominent Malian musician

    French Professor Cherif Keita has published a new book. Titled Outcast to Ambassador: The Musical Odyssey of Salif Keita, Professor Keita’s book treats the life of the Grammy-nominated musician, who was also his cousin and childhood friend.  He has published numerous books and articles on both social and literary problems in modern Africa.

  • Emily Foster ‘12 and Ben Stroup ‘14 act out their show in Little Nourse theater.

    A day full of theater: The 24-Hour Show Hits Carleton

    This past weekend, four student producers, four directors,  twenty actors, and twenty writers put on four theater performances for Carleton’s 24 Hour Show.

  • Casey Markenson ‘12, Forrest McKnight ‘13, and Lizbee Collins-Wildman ‘11 discuss the upcoming MPIRG agenda.

    MPIRG fights for college students’ voting rights

    Should voters be required to have a specific type of photo ID in order to vote in Minnesota? Ben Hellerstein ’12, co-chair of Carleton’s chapter of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), strongly believes that the answer is no. He recently travelled to the Minnesota state capitol to argue against the new SF049 bill.

  • The S/Cr/Nc policy allows students to take classes on a pass/fail grading basis.

    ECC weighing changes to SC/RN/C policy

    The S/CR/NC (“scrunch”) policy, Carleton’s version of taking classes pass/fail, is currently under review. The Education and Curriculum Committee has been discussing changes in the policy and will meet to determine a final proposal next Tuesday. According to Patrick Burke ’14, an ECC liaison to the CSA, the committee is considering three major changes to the process that will affect the way students designate classes they want to take pass/fail and whether professors know who is just taking their classes for ungraded credit.

  • Mark Hansell

    Hansell discusses writing ‘universals’ in Linguistics dept. talk

    On April 15, Mark Hansell, Carleton College’s Professor of Chinese and Director of East Asian Studies, presented “Writing as Tool Use: Are There ‘Practical Universals’ of Writing?” as part of this spring’s Carleton Linguistics Colloquium Series. The seats in Goodsell were filled with more than twenty eager audience members.

  • Joe Sjoberg '10

    Community mourns passing of recent alum Joe Sjoberg ‘10

    Authorities have identified the remains of missing 2010 graduate Joe Sjoberg.  His car and body were found badly burned near a farm outside of Madison. Missing since late November, Sjoberg was a staple of Carleton social life in the four years that he was a student.

  • Coyote Grace performs bluegrass at The Cave

    Coyote Grace performs bluegrass at The Cave

    Coyote Grace, Seattle’s “radically progressive and unashamedly nostalgic” trio, performed at The Cave on Tuesday for an enthusiastic Carleton audience.

  • Mark Kanazawa, Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences and Director of Environmental Studies at Carleton, discussed his upcoming book on the subject of the California Gold Rush.

    Gold Rush wasn’t so frenzied, according to Kanazawa

    Mark Kanazawa, Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences and Director of Environmental Studies at Carleton, discussed his upcoming book on the subject of the California Gold Rush. The lecture, which took place on April 12 in the Alumni Guest House, was well attended by students and colleagues.

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