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Convocation: Ghafar Lakanwal
Created 7 November 2003; Published 29 January 2004
War can bring big changes. Ghafar Lakanwal speaks five languages and holds a Ph.D. He served as Afghanistan's U.N. delegate, then went to washing dishes in a Twin Cities pizza restaurant. He is currently the Executive Director of the MultiCultural Development Center in the Twin Cities. The title of his presentation is "Sharing Diversity: The Story of an Afghan Immigrant."
- Created 9 January 2004; Published 3 February 2004Convocation: William LindesayThe Great Wall of China has survived hundreds of years of damage and destruction, but it is now facing its greatest threat: modern development. William Lindesay, author of Alone on the Great Wall and founder of International Friends of the Great Wall is a recognized expert on the subject. The title of his multimedia presentation is "The Great Wall: Adventure, Research and Conservation."
- Created 7 November 2003; Published 29 January 2004Convocation: Ghafar LakanwalWar can bring big changes. Ghafar Lakanwal speaks five languages and holds a Ph.D. He served as Afghanistan's U.N. delegate, then went to washing dishes in a Twin Cities pizza restaurant. He is currently the Executive Director of the MultiCultural Development Center in the Twin Cities. The title of his presentation is "Sharing Diversity: The Story of an Afghan Immigrant."
- Created 31 October 2003; Published 29 January 2004Convocation: Kevin Pettit and Stephanie CunninghamLife changed radically for Kevin Pettit, Carleton Research Associate in Physics, as the result of a traumatic brain injury. He will share his experience and lessons learned along with Stephanie Cunningham, who was born with a mobility impairment and lives with chronic pain. The title of their presentation is "Why I Hit Bruce with a Rock: Lessons We've Learned about Disability, Accessibility and the ADA Law."
- Created 10 October 2003; Published 15 October 2003Convocation: George CrumbThe music of the award winning contemporary composer George Crumb is a rich blend of new and innovative techniques. His scores often call for unusual instrumental combinations.
- Created 3 October 2003; Published 15 October 2003Convocation: Noel MalcolmOne of the most remarkable and versatile scholar-journalists currently at work, Noel Malcolm is the author of several books on the Balkans. He discusses the development of Western ideas about the Islamic-Ottoman world in his lecture, "Islam in Western Thought: An Historical Approach."
- Created 26 September 2003; Published 29 January 2004Convocation: Richard RodriguezHunger of Memory is the story of a Mexican-American Richard Rodriguez, who begins his schooling in Sacramento, California knowing just 50 words of English and concludes his university studies in the stately quiet of the reading room of the British Museum. The title of his presentation is "Has Anyone Seen a Hispanic?"
- Created 15 September 2003; Published 15 October 2003Opening Convocation: MN Govenor Tim PawlentyOpening Convocation with Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota. In 2002, at age 41, Tim Pawlenty was elected Governor of Minnesota. Sworn in on January 6, 2003, Pawlenty challenged Minnesotans to "turn problems into progress."
- Created 30 May 2003; Published 19 June 2003Convocation: Honors Convocation 2003The Honors Convocation lecture will be presented by Jerry Mohrig, Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor in the Natural Sciences. In his 36 years at Carleton, Professor Mohrig's teaching has centered on organic and bio-organic chemistry, but he has taught a wide variety of courses, including history and technology and science and society.
- Created 23 May 2003; Published 18 June 2003Convocation: Ronald Green & Rebecca DresserBiomedical Research Cloning: Should We or Shouldn't We? Few public policy issues have been more hotly contested in recent years than cloning. Rebecca Dresser is a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, an entity created by President Bush in 2001 to advise the president on ethical issues related to the advances of biomedical science. Ronald Green is chair of the Ethics Advisory Board of Advanced Cell Technologies (a leader in therapeutic cloning research) and is the former director of the Office of Genome Ethics at the National Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
- Created 16 May 2003; Published 22 May 2003Convocation: Maxine Hong KingstonAward-winning author Maxine Hong Kingston presents an historical overview of Chinese immigration to the United States and assimilation into American life and culture. Kingston has received numerous fellowships and other honors for her work, ranging from being named as a Living Treasure of Hawaii to winning an American Academy and Institute Award in Literature.
- Created 9 May 2003; Published 22 May 2003Convocation: Richard HellmichAs a research entomologist with the USDA, Richard Hellmich speaks to the need for allowing good science to guide decision-making in such controversial domains as environmental protection, global food production, and integration of technology into traditional agricultural practices.
- Created 2 May 2003; Published 22 May 2003Convocation: Julia AlvarezThrough the mediums of poetry and prose, Julia Alvarez recreates the feelings of loss she experienced after her immigration to the United States, when she was ten years old. Although born in New York City, she spent her early years in the Dominican Republic until political insurrection forced the Alvarez family to flee the country.
- Created 25 April 2003; Published 30 April 2003Convocation: Bob ReissTo write his new book, "The Coming Storm," Bob Reiss traveled the world, talking to scientists researching global warming and the politicians debating the issue. He also talked to victims of the extreme weather that has marked the last decade: from a college student killed in Nashville to a president in the Indian Ocean watching his capitol go underwater, to the Cook County coroner handling 750 dead during a recent heat wave.
- Created 18 April 2003; Published 23 April 2003Convocation: Wilma MankillerThe first woman to serve as principal chief of the Cherokee nation, Wilma Mankiller compares her job to "running a small country, a medium-size corporation and being a social worker."
- Created 11 April 2003; Published 23 April 2003Convocation: Images and Music from Vaudeville 1903Before the internet, before television and radio, even before movies, Vaudeville was the great American entertainment pastime. Ronald Rodman, associate professor of music, and the North Star Cinema Orchestra demonstrate the components of a typical Vaudeville show of 1903, with the visual spectacles of illustrated song slides and silent films, all accompanied by popular music of the time.