Recordings of Convocations
Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, convocation audio files are archived separately from video files. View the audio archives.
Convocation: Maxine Hong Kingston
Created 16 May 2003; Published 22 May 2003
Award-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.
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- 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.
- Created 4 April 2003; Published 15 April 2003Convocation: Charles Umbanhowar Sr."Civil Liberties During the War on Terrorism" is the title of this lecture by Charles Umbanhowar Sr., associate professor of political thought at St. Olaf College.
- Created 28 February 2003; Published 28 February 2003Convocation: "The Wellstone Legacy: Grassroots Electoral Politics"in Skinner Memorial Chapel with introduction by Carleton president Robert Oden, and addresses by Jeff Blodgett '83, Wellstone campaign manager (1990, 1996, 2002), and Robert Reich.
See also Wellstone Symposium
- Created 21 February 2003; Published 27 February 2003Convocation: William KristolWidely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators, William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, regularly appears on all the major television public affairs shows.
- Created 14 February 2003; Published 27 February 2003Convocation: Bill EvansWithin the bluegrass music community, Bill Evans is well-known not only as a musician, but also as a teacher, writer and scholar. "The Banjo in America: A Musical and Cultural History" brings together these interests in a unique presentation designed for the concert and lecture stage.
- Created 7 February 2003; Published 27 February 2003Convocation: Beverly Daniel TatumSpelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum, a clinical psychologist who focuses her teaching and research on the psychology of racism, presents the Black History Month Convocation. She is the author of the groundbreaking book "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
- Created 31 January 2003; Published 27 February 2003Convocation: Norman Ornstein"What's so funny about Washington?" is the question Norman Ornstein addresses. A member of USA Today's board of contributors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a columnist for Roll Call, Ornstein not only comments on the political process but gets right down in the thick of it.
- Created 24 January 2003; Published 27 February 2003Convocation: Benjamin CarsonBenjamin Carson went from a frustrated, bad tempered inner-city youth to a world-renowned surgeon who revolutionized pediatric surgery and saved countless lives. The director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
- Created 17 January 2003; Published 31 January 2003Martin Luther King ConvocationSpeaker: Mary Frances Berry, Chairperson of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and lifelong activist for education, gender, equity and civil rights.
- Created 10 January 2003; Published 27 February 2003Convocation: Alex KotlowitzBest known for his award-winning nonfiction book, "There Are No Children Here," Alex Kotlowitz has made writing about issues of poverty, race and children the focus of his literary career.