Recordings of Convocations

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Convocation: James Loewen '64

Created 12 January 2007; Published 22 January 2007

"History I Never Learned at Carleton - And Why It Matters." Award-winning author and researcher James Loewen '64 shows how the most commonly used history textbooks omit important events, distort others, and bore everyone. His most recent book "Sundown Towns" explores how African-Americans and other minorities were excluded from thousands of towns across the country. "Lies Across America" shows how monuments, museums and other historical landmarks have actually confused the facts about America's history.

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  • Created 13 April 2007; Published 23 April 2007
    Convocation: Benjamin Friedman

    "The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth." Harvard University economist Benjamin Friedman argues that economic growth, far from fostering rapacious materialism, is a prerequisite for the creation of a liberal, open society. He contends that periods of robust economic growth, in which most people see their circumstances palpably improving, foster tolerance, democracy and generous public support for the disadvantaged. Economic stagnation and insecurity, by contrast, usher in distrust, retrenchment and reaction, as well as a tightfisted callousness toward the poor and a scapegoating of immigrants and minorities. Exploring two centuries of historical evidence, Friedman elucidates connections between economic conditions, social attitudes and public policy throughout the world.

  • Created 6 April 2007; Published 16 April 2007
    Convocation: Nancy Baron

    "The Search for Global Responsibility: What Is Our Role?" Offering a voice of hope for children impacted by war and violence, Nancy Baron is an educator and leading consultant on the effects of trauma and conflict. In 1989, after many years working as a family therapist and professor in the United States, Baron decided to make a life change. She first moved to Tokyo, Japan and with colleagues there established the Counseling Center of Tokyo. This was her first humbling immersion into a culture far different than her own. After leaving Tokyo, she entered the world of aid and development in Sri Lanka. Since then, she has become a leading consultant on the mental health effects of trauma and conflict as the Director of Global Psycho-Social Initiatives (GPSI). She now travels the world providing help and new direction for communities seeking to rebuild hope, peace and well-being during and after wars and disasters. Her presentation provides both an inspiring message and practical tools for finding courage, building peace and making a difference in the world.

  • Created 30 March 2007; Published 16 April 2007
    Convocation: Lynn Gottlieb

    "Islam and Judaism: A Rabbi Finds Common Ground." Co-founder with Abdul Rauf Campos Marquetti of the Muslim-Jewish PeaceWalk, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb has co-organized 16 peacewalk gatherings throughout the United States and Canada. She also directs Interfaith Inventions Wilderness Peace Camps, is a national council member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a performing artist, author and peace activist. One of the first ten women in Jewish history to become a rabbi, she has served as a congregational rabbi for 32 years. Throughout her career she has devoted herself to interfaith peacemaking. In addition to her book, "She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of a Renewed Judaism," she has written numerous articles on women’s studies, peacemaking, and interfaith work. Her presentation explores how, in an atmosphere of war and fear, we can create positive relationships that promote peace.

  • Created 23 February 2007; Published 28 February 2007
    Convocation: Byron York

    "Scenes from a Political Trial: Lewis Libby, the Special Prosecutor, and the War over the War." As the White House correspondent for National Review, Byron York has written on topics including the presidential campaign, the battle over the president's judicial nominations, the war on terrorism, the anti-war movement, and the business histories of the president, vice president, and their Democratic critics. His book, "The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy," examines the role that the newly-energized left (exemplified by MoveOn.org, the 527s, Fahrenheit 9/11, the Center for American Progress, Air America, and others) played in the 2004 presidential campaign.

  • Created 16 February 2007; Published 28 February 2007
    Convocation: Minnijean Brown Trickey

    "Return to Little Rock." Minnijean Brown Trickey entered the civil rights movement, and America's consciousness, through the front door of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was one of a group of African-American teenagers known as the "Little Rock Nine." On September 25, 1957, under the gaze of 1,200 armed soldiers and a worldwide audience, Minnijean Brown Trickey faced down an angry mob and helped to desegregate Central High. This seminal event in American history was just the beginning of her long career as a crusader for civil rights. She has spent her life fighting for the rights of minority groups and the dispossessed. For her work, she has received the U.S. Congressional Medal, the Wolf Award, the Spingarn Medal, and many other citations and awards. Under the Clinton administration, she served for a time as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior responsible for diversity.

  • Created 9 February 2007; Published 28 February 2007
    Convocation: Debra Liang-Fenton

    "The Challenge of Human Rights in North Korea." The denial of human rights in North Korea is a terrible injustice that can no longer be ignored. As Executive Director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, Debra Liang-Fenton discusses the politics of famine, the inhumane treatment of political prisoners, and military buildup.

  • Created 26 January 2007; Published 31 January 2007
    Convocation: Sandra Steingraber

    "Contaminated Without Consent: How Exposure to Chemical Pollutants in Air, Food and Water Violates Human Rights." Ecologist, poet and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber is recognized internationally as an expert on environmental links to cancer. Her highly acclaimed book, "Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment," is a personal and scientific exploration of how toxic chemicals contribute to rising cancer rates in various communities, and won her praise as "the new Rachel Carson." Steingraber offers insights into green architecture, campus sustainability, and the future of food in a world short of oil.

  • Created 19 January 2007; Published 22 January 2007
    Convocation: Randall Kennedy

    "Race Lines in American Life." Randall Kennedy is professor at Harvard Law School and one of the country's most compelling and bold commentators on race in America. Kennedy's work exploded into popular consciousness with the publication of his book "Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word." This book became an instant national bestseller and brought Kennedy coverage in the pages of The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and a cover story in the New York Times Book Review. With the publication of his most recent book, "Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption" Kennedy has cemented his place as America's most thoughtful and original thinker and writer on racial issues. Combining scholarly rigor and popular appeal Kennedy has become the leading voice of a new generation of academics asking new questions and finding new answers about racial issues.

  • Created 12 January 2007; Published 22 January 2007
    Convocation: James Loewen '64

    "History I Never Learned at Carleton - And Why It Matters." Award-winning author and researcher James Loewen '64 shows how the most commonly used history textbooks omit important events, distort others, and bore everyone. His most recent book "Sundown Towns" explores how African-Americans and other minorities were excluded from thousands of towns across the country. "Lies Across America" shows how monuments, museums and other historical landmarks have actually confused the facts about America's history.

  • Created 5 January 2007; Published 22 January 2007
    Convocation: Anne Fadiman

    "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures." Anne Fadiman's book, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, traces the dramatic conflicts that arose between a refugee family from Laos and their American doctors over the care of their seriously ill child. In her lecture, Fadiman will trace the cross-cultural challenges she faced during her eight years of immersion in Hmong culture.

  • Created 3 November 2006; Published 7 November 2006
    Convocation: John Trudell

    John Trudell is an acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor and activist whose international following reflects the universal language of his words, work and message. Trudell (Santee Sioux) was a spokesperson for the Indian of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971. He then worked with the American Indian Movement (AIM), serving as Chairman of AIM from 1973 to 1979. In February of 1979, a fire of unknown origin killed Trudell's wife, three children and mother-in-law. It was through this horrific tragedy that Trudell began to find his voice as an artist and poet, writing, in his words, "to stay connected to this reality." In addition to his music and literary career, Trudell has played roles in a number of feature films.

  • Created 27 October 2006; Published 31 October 2006
    Convocation: David Hemenway

    "Private Guns, Public Health." Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, David Hemenway also serves as the director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center. The injury center is the coordinating center for the National Violent Injury Statistics System whose goal is to help improve available data on suicide and homicide. In the United States, almost 80 people per day are killed with guns. Yet comparatively little research has been directed toward understanding and reducing gun injuries. Hemenway is studying the effects of gun carrying; how guns are stored and whether training can improve storage practices; the external costs and benefits of gun ownership; the use of guns in self-defense; gun use among adolescents; guns on college campuses; the relationship between gun prevalence and homicide, suicide and unintentional gun deaths; and the effects of changes in the legal drinking age on youth violence. His book "Private Guns, Public Health" demonstrates how research findings on gun accidents, suicides, and crimes can, in a thoughtful and apolitical way, illuminate a significant social issue.

  • Created 13 October 2006; Published 19 October 2006
    Convocation: Joseph Shapiro '75

    "Make What's Important Interesting, Instead of What's Interesting Important: An NPR Correspondent's Thoughts about Soldiers Back from Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and Other Recent Stories." National Public Radio correspondent Joseph Shapiro '75 covers health, aging, disability, and children and family issues. Before joining NPR in 2001, Shapiro spent 19 years at U.S. News & World Report, where he wrote about a variety of social policy issues and also served as the magazine's Rome bureau chief, White House correspondent, and congressional reporter. At NPR he has reported on stories related to disabilities among soldiers serving in and returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. He also filed reports from the New Orleans airport as people with disabilities were evacuated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, some of them forced to leave wheelchairs and other essential devices behind. An award winning journalist, he is also the author of "No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement."

  • Created 6 October 2006; Published 12 February 2009
    Convocation: Anne Fausto-Sterling

    "Born and Raised: Human Sexuality and the Nature/Nurture Debate." Molecular biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling has a unique ability to explain complex biological and sociological topics to the general public, as evidenced by the popularity of her book, "Myths of Gender: Biological Theories About Women and Men." Professor of biology and women's studies at Brown University, Fausto-Sterling is one of the leading theorists on science, sexuality, and gender. She has authored scientific publications in developmental genetics and developmental ecology, and has achieved recognition for works that challenge entrenched scientific beliefs while engaging with the general public.

  • Created 29 September 2006; Published 5 October 2006
    Convocation: Aparna Ramaswamy '97

    Aparna Ramaswamy '97 serves as artistic director, choreographer, and principal dancer with Ragamala Music and Dance Theater. Founded in 1992 by her mother Ranee Ramaswamy, Ragamala is dedicated to preserving the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam while using it as a springboard for innovative choreography. Their work has been presented in prestigious venues throughout the world. Aparna has been performing both nationally and internationally from a very young age and has been awarded several honors, including a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers, a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreography, a Bush Fellowship for Choreography, an Arts and Religion in the Twin Cities grant, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, two Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grants, and an Artist Exploration Fund Grant from Arts International (New York). In 2004, Aparna's choreography was commissioned by Walker Art Center and the Southern Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota) for their series Momentum: New Dance Works. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Lakshmi Vishwanathan Endowment Prize from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India).

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