On Thursday, April 21, students crowded into a lecture hall in Leighton to hear a debate of the question “How rich is too rich?” Professor Michael Hemesath and mathematics major Isaac Hodes argued that there is no such thing as too rich. Opposing them were Professor Daniel Groll and political science major Kristen Vellinger. No side was declared the winner, but a discussion followed the debate.
Earth Week 2011, planned mainly by the Sustainability Assistants (STA) kicked off this year with a dinner and discussion at WHOA house on Monday, April 18. Martha Larson, Carleton’s Manager of Campus Energy and Sustainability, and Aaron Swoboda, an ENTS and Economics professor, led the discussion about Carleton’s Climate Action Plan, which commits Carleton to developing a carbon-neutral campus by 2050.
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?”
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.
On 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.
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.
Coyote Grace, Seattle’s “radically progressive and unashamedly nostalgic” trio, performed at The Cave on Tuesday for an enthusiastic Carleton audience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday in Cassat’s main lounge, a group of Carleton students passed around a plethora of sex toys as a part of Alicia Steele’s Smitten Kitten workshop. Steele came to Campus with a box full of toys and the passion to explain the nuances of sex toys to the gathered group. The Gender and Sexuality Center brought the workshop to campus as part of Pride Month.