For the sake of our future, Mark Bauerlain hopes he’s wrong. Giving last Friday’s convocation on the effects of technology on adolescents, or “digital natives,” he opened by telling the students and Family Weekend visitors in the audience about the criticism he’s received on his book, "The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future."
“A lot of people now think that all Latinos are like J.Lo,” she said at last Friday’s convocation, “that they’re doing really well.” But Dávila, Professor of Anthropology and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, discussed the opposite side of the spectrum, pointing out the contrasts that exist among representations of the largest minority group in America.
Boiled In Lead performed nine songs and talked about the origins of their band and music in between on a cold, rainy Friday morning where students came in from the gruel to the chapel to hear music one might find in a pub. Drew Miller, a Carleton graduate from 1981 leads the band and plays bass.
This past Friday’s convocation was presented by alumnus John McConnell, a White House speechwriter who served during the entire eight years of the Bush and Cheney administration. McConnell spoke about his passion for politics, which began early in life.
Food was on everyone’s mind at opening convocation, Monday, September 14. Internationally renowned food and farming activist Gary Paul Nabhan spoke at Carleton’s first convocation of the 2009-2010 academic year. Presenting a speech entitled “Renewing America’s Food Traditions,” Nabhan focused on the importance of place-based food production and consumption.
Friday’s convocation speaker, Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, presented his position on the restructuring of medical ethics and explained why this must be of great concern to us all. The speech was one of the many events that took place on campus this past week as part of Carleton’s “Bioethics Week.”
Last Friday, convocation speaker Kip Fulbeck an art professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara who identifies himself as Chinese, English, Irish, and Welsh, spoke of identity and multiraciality.
Does the apple fall far from the tree? That was one of the answers some attempted to discover from Robert Oden III’s convocation last Friday, the son of Carleton President Robert Oden Jr. Oden III’s career field does not deal with admissions but emissions. Ben Barclay ‘09 had a different perspective of Oden III’s job. “Rob Oden III wakes up every morning, gets a cup of coffee, and proceeds to save the world,” he said in his introduction of Oden.
Travel expert Doug Lansky hails from what he calls, “the arctic tundra of Minnesota” and was high school classmates with Julie Thornton, Carleton’s Associate Dean of Students. Now, with ten years of travel experience under his belt, Lansky spoke of his funny travel escapades and misadventures to challenge the way we think about travel.
Daryl Davis spoke on a topic familiar to regular convocation-goers last Friday—race. His presentation, though, had a different spin than previous ones. The author of “Klan-Destine Relationships,” Davis is a black man who dared to delve into the inner workings of the United States’ best-known white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). He used Friday’s convocation to describe his unusual and inspiring experiences.
Convocation speaker Craig Rennebohm ’67 painted a bleak picture of life for future Carleton students last Friday: competing for housing with Oles, living on the streets or in the newly-transformed Burton homeless shelter and eating at the soup kitchen on the Bald Spot.
Wommack, who has worked for the Nature Conservancy since 1982, said that at first, the organization focused on saving individual endangered species. With time, their attention broadened to preserving entire ecosystems and whole migratory bird routes. By the early 1990s, the Nature Conservancy operated the largest system of private nature refuges in the world, growing at a rate of 1000 acres per day.