Recordings of Convocations
Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, convocation audio files are archived separately from video files. View the audio archives.
Convocation: Colman McCarthy
Created 23 January 2004; Published 3 February 2004
A syndicated columnist and editorial page writer for The Washington Post, Colman McCarthy is also an adjunct professor for Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches a course called "Solutions to Violence," a subject so important to him that he has formed a non-profit organization, The Center for Teaching Peace, which helps schools begin or broaden peace studies programs, inspiring students to become other-centered peacemakers and leaders. The title of his lecture is "How to Be An Effective Peacemaker."
- Real Audio (174 Bytes, 58 Minutes, progressive download)
- Created 2 April 2004; Published 28 April 2004Convocation: Chief Arvol Looking HorseA spiritual leader of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, a part of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Great Sioux Nation, Chief Arvol Looking Horse carries a message of concern for the well-being of the planet and for all living things upon it. Looking Horse has committed his life to working for freedom, peace and the cultural revival and healing of his people. The title of his presentation is "All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer."
- Created 5 March 2004; Published 15 March 2004Convocation: Martha ClarkeDancer and choreographer Martha Clarke specializes in wordless lyric theater, setting a blend of mime and dance to music in pursuit of heady, evocative atmosphere. Essentially, she produces the effect of a poem without writing the poem. Trained at the American Dance Festival and the Julliard School, Clarke has developed her own brand of visionary dance-theater fusions.
- Created 27 February 2004; Published 15 March 2004Convocation: Lawrence LessigPerhaps the leading legal mind in the arena of intellectual property, Lawrence Lessig is the author of The Future of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. Professor of Law at Stanford University Law School, Lessig founded the Stanford Center for the Internet and Society. The title of his lecture is 'Rebuilding the Creative Commons.'
- Created 20 February 2004; Published 15 March 2004Convocation: Jacob Lew '76As Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1998 to 2001, Jacob Lew '76 had lead responsibility for Clinton Administration policies on budget, management and appropriations issues. As a member of the Cabinet and senior member of the economic team, he advised the President on a broad range of domestic and international policies. The title of his lecture is 'Why Budgets Matter: Choosing Between Guns vs. Butter and the Present vs. the Future.'
- Created 13 February 2004; Published 15 March 2004Convocation: David HelvargIn his most recent book, environmental journalist David Helvarg examines the people and institutions that most directly impact our oceans, from the U.S. Navy to the oil industry, industrial developers and fisheries. He also profiles what he calls 'The Seaweed Rebellion,' scientists and activists committed to restoring and sustaining the ocean.
- Created 6 February 2004; Published 15 March 2004Convocation: Ellis CoseEllis Cose was a Chicago newspaper columnist before he was old enough to vote, and from that brilliant beginning has gone on to build successful careers in three related fields. A respected journalist, Cose has worked as reporter and columnist for several major newspapers; he is the author of a number of well-received books; and he has also served with government and university think tanks as an expert in journalism and the politics of energy. The title of his lecture is 'Beyond Expectations: Black Men and American Society'.
- Created 30 January 2004; Published 3 February 2004Convocation: Chris Kratt '92While a student at Carleton, Chris Kratt '92 made use of a fellowship to travel and film animals. After Carleton, he and his brother Martin combined their love of animals with an interest in film to create a series of children's shows. Though their beginnings were quite humble, they have since enjoyed immense success with their very educational and highly entertaining children's shows, Kratts' Creatures and Zaboomafoo.
- Created 23 January 2004; Published 3 February 2004Convocation: Colman McCarthyA syndicated columnist and editorial page writer for The Washington Post, Colman McCarthy is also an adjunct professor for Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches a course called "Solutions to Violence," a subject so important to him that he has formed a non-profit organization, The Center for Teaching Peace, which helps schools begin or broaden peace studies programs, inspiring students to become other-centered peacemakers and leaders. The title of his lecture is "How to Be An Effective Peacemaker."
- Created 16 January 2004; Published 3 February 2004Convocation: Dick GregoryOn the frontline in the 1960s during the Civil Rights era, today Dick Gregory continues to be a drum major for justice and equality. Gregory is an African American comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians. The title of his lecture is "Keeping the Dream Alive."
- 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?"