Recordings of Convocations
- Created 26 February 2010; Published 5 March 2010Convocation: Patrice Gaines
Patrice Gaines is an award winning journalist and former Washington Post reporter who has proven that you cannot judge a book by its cover. She grew up a self-hating young woman, entering one abusive relationship after another. She became a heroin user, went to prison for possession of the drug and was raped and beaten before she began her long contemplative journey to change. She later began her journalism career at the Miami News, and worked for sixteen years as a reporter with the Washington Post, where she carved a niche for herself focusing on human-interest stories that reflected current issues. During this time she spent six years researching a notorious Washington, D.C. murder for which eight young men remain incarcerated. Her work on the story raised serious doubts about the guilt of the youths and showed readers the absolute power wielded by police and prosecutors. This story plus her own experience with the judicial and penal systems sparked her to begin speaking on the states of those systems today, including the high rate of incarceration among minorities and the poor, questionable police practices, prosecutors with too much power, and the weeding out of bad lawyers. She also offers an engaging look at the power of the press, told from an insider point of view. The title of her presentation was "How We Can All Be Free: Prison Reform in the 21st Century."
- Created 19 February 2010; Published 5 March 2010Convocation: Lisa Dodson
A research professor in Boston College’s Department of Sociology, Dr. Lisa Dodson has spent the last twenty-five years listening to everyday people talk about their lives and their place in the society. She is widely known for her policy research on low-wage families and has testified in U.S. Congressional hearings and to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, arguing for better work and family policies. Her newest book The Moral Underground examines the profound harm of a deeply stratified economy.
- Created 5 February 2010; Published 12 February 2010Convocation: E. Patrick Johnson
E. Patrick Johnson is Professor, Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Performance Studies and Professor in African American Studies at Northwestern University. A scholar and artist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance. His book Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity has won several awards, including the Lilla A. Heston Award, the Errol Hill Book Award, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. The title of his presentation was "In Search of My Roots/Routes: Researching and Performing Sweet Tea."
- Created 29 January 2010; Published 12 February 2010Convocation: Alexandra Jamieson
Alexandra Jamieson is the author of "The Great American Detox Diet" and is perhaps best known for her appearance in the documentary film "Super Size Me." A holistic health counselor and vegan chef, Jamieson works with clients who have been diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, food allergies, infertility, asthma, and chronic fatigue syndrome. She provides nutritional and lifestyle counseling and support in a fun and empowering way.
- Created 22 January 2010; Published 12 February 2010Convocation: Stephanie Kinnunen
Stephanie Kinnunen is CEO and Co-Founder of NEED magazine, the first independent magazine dedicated solely to global and domestic humanitarian issues. NEED magazine creates exposure for humanitarian aid via an educational, artistic, visual narrative of human stories, both around the world and domestically. This exposure offers an innovative and dynamic approach to building awareness and increasing support for relief organizations and Humanitarian Aid. NEED magazine does not have a political agenda, but rather seeks to inspire volunteer work by telling the stories of people currently doing humanitarian work and accompanying those stories with outstanding photography. Their motto is "We are not out to save the world but to tell the stories of those who are."
- Created 15 January 2010; Published 12 February 2010Convocation: Lowell Bergman
Lowell Bergman is a producer/correspondent for the PBS documentary series “Frontline” and contributes investigative reports to The New York Times. As a professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Bergman has for over 15 years taught a seminar dedicated to investigative reporting. His far-ranging projects have included investigations into the war on drugs, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, the credit card and gold industries, Al Qaeda's recent attacks in Europe, and the domestic energy crisis. Additionally, he has worked across the media spectrum – print, broadcast and electronic media – and along the way won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and every major award in broadcasting, including numerous Emmys, Peabodys, and a Writers Guild Award. Bergman has noted that the news business, as is its wont, was ahead of everyone else. It was collapsing long before the stock market went into free fall and the economy teetered on a new Depression. Today the news business is struggling to survive, if not as a profitable business, as a profession that serves the public interest. In his presentation, Bergman offered a look back at how we got here and a prediction about "The Future of News."
- Created 6 November 2009; Published 10 November 2009Convocation: Luci Tapahonso
Luci Tapahonso is an award-winning Navajo poet and short story author. Navajo was her first language but she learned English before starting school at the Navajo Methodist Mission in Farmington, New Mexico. She majored in English at the University of New Mexico, as an undergraduate and a graduate student, and is now Professor of English at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she teaches Poetry Writing and American Indian Literature. She is the author of three children’s books and five books of poetry. She structures prose and poetry that are mixtures of family stories, Navajo culture and legendary tales. Utilizing many of the same storytelling techniques used by many Native American writers, she highlights aspects of her life that are important to her and has shaped the woman she is today. Unlike most Native American writers, however, Tapahonso’s writing is a translation from original work she has created in her tribe’s native tongue. Her work includes original songs and chants designed for performance. For this reason, her English work is strongly rhythmic and uses syntactical structures unusual in English language poetry. The title of her presentation was "A Radiant Curve: Stories and Poems."
- Created 30 October 2009; Published 28 October 2009Convocation: Jonathan Morduch
Jonathan Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His research focuses on international development, poverty and financial access. He is the Managing Director of the Financial Access Initiative, a research consortium of leading development economists that aims to expand access to financial services for low-income individuals in developing countries. He has been chair of the United Nations Committee on Poverty Statistics and a member of the U.N. Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors. He has served as an advisor to the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Pro Mujer, and the Grameen Foundation. He is a member of the editorial boards of the World Bank Economic Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, and Journal of Globalization and Development. Co-author of The Economics of Microfinance and Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day, Morduch has taught on the Economics faculty at Harvard University, and has held fellowships or visiting positions at Stanford, Princeton, and the University of Tokyo. The title of his presentation was "How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day."
- Created 23 October 2009; Published 28 October 2009Convocation: John Harris '85
John Harris (Carleton Class of 1985) stumbled into journalism during his freshman year at Carleton when a friend asked him to write a couple of articles for The Carletonian. He did, and the effect was instantaneous. Suddenly, he was certain what he wanted to do in life. For more than two decades, Harris worked for the Washington Post, serving as White House reporter. In an effort to break the traditional journalism mold, in 2006 he co-founded The Politico (print newspaper) and Politico.com where he now serves as editor-in-chief. The title of his presentation was "Barack Obama v. the Freak Show: Politics and Media on the Wild Frontier."
- Created 16 October 2009; Published 28 October 2009Convocation: Mark Bauerlein
Mark Bauerlein is Professor of English at Emory University where he has taught since 1989, with a two-and-a-half year break in 2003-05 to serve as the Director, Office of Research and Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversaw studies about culture and American life. He earned his doctorate in English at UCLA in 1988. His publications include Whitman and the American Idiom (1991), Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (1997), The Pragmatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief (1997), Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906 (2001), Civil Rights Chronicle: The African American Struggle for Freedom (2003), and A Handbook of Literary Terms (2004). Apart from his scholarly work, he publishes in popular periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. His latest book attracted national buzz even in advance of its publication. Bauerlein’s provocative, deeply researched book finds ignorance in abundance and the Internet an all too enticing web of social networking that further insulates youth from their intellectual development. He contends that the technology that was supposed to make young adults more astute, diversify their tastes, and improve their minds had the opposite effect. The title of the book, and the title of his presentation, is "The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future."
- Created 2 October 2009; Published 28 October 2009Convocation: Drew Miller '81
Drew Miller (Carleton Class of 1981) brings locally grown talent with a global reputation. His Minneapolis-based band Boiled in Lead have for over 26 years been innovators in bringing folk music kicking and screaming to rock audiences (and rock music to screaming folk audiences!) Performing on fiddle, guitars, bass and percussion, the players improvise freely yet stay in sync, playing a vital mix of original and traditional material—a blend of Irish folk, American folk rock, and world music. The group and the individual musicians have won over 20 Minnesota Music Awards, and toured throughout the United States and in Europe. The convocation presentation of lecture-and-demonstration was followed in the evening with a public concert.
- Created 14 September 2009; Published 15 September 2009Opening Convocation: Gary Nabhan
Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD, is an Arab-American writer, lecturer, food and farming advocate, rural lifeways folklorist, and conservationist who has been called the "father of the local food movement." His Opening Convocation address was titled "Renewing America's Food Traditions."
Gary Nabhan has authored more than twenty books on natural and cultural history, conservation, and sustainable agriculture. In addition, he has lectured at universities in Mexico, Lebanon, Peru, Oman, Guatemala, and Italy, including Slow Food’s University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo. For his literary work and his grassroots conservation and community-based ethnobiology projects, Nabhan has been honored with the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing, a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship in Conservation and Environment, and a Quivira Coalition award for excellence in science that contributes to “the radical center.”
Dr. Nabhan recently accepted a tenured professorship as a Research Social Scientist based at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, his alma mater.
- Created 29 May 2009; Published 5 June 2009Honors Convocation: Anne E. Patrick
The Honors Convocation is held each year on the last Friday of spring term to recognize faculty and students for their accomplishments and their service to the community. This year's address was delivered by Anne E. Patrick, William H. Laird Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts. Professor Patrick received her bachelor’s degree from Medaille College, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a PhD from the University of Chicago. Her special interests are in the areas of religion and literature, and Christian feminist theology and ethics. A past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Professor Patrick was also a founding vice-president of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology. She is the author of numerous articles and reviews, and the book Liberating Conscience: Feminist Explorations in Catholic Moral Theology. She is now completing another volume, Conscience in Context: Vocation, Virtue, and History. The title of her convocation address was "On Being Unfinished (De Imperfectione)."
- Created 8 May 2009; Published 14 May 2009Convocation: Edmund Pellegrino
Edmund Pellegrino has played a central role in shaping the fields of bioethics and the philosophy of medicine. His writings encompass original explorations of the healing relationship, the need to place humanism in the medical curriculum, the nature of the patient's good, and the importance of a virtue-based normative ethics for health care. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, he has authored or co-authored twenty books and is the founding editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Pellegrino is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center. In 2004, he was named to the International Bioethics Committee of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is the only advisory body within the United Nations system to engage in reflection on the ethical implications of advances in life sciences. He also serves as Chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics. The title of his presentation was "The Moral Foundation of Medical Practice."
- Created 1 May 2009; Published 5 May 2009Convocation: Kip Fulbeck
Kip Fulbeck is an award-winning artist, slam poet and filmmaker. He is the author of Permanence: Tattoo Portraits, Part Asian, 100% Hapa, and Paper Bullets: A Fictional Autobiography, as well as the director of a dozen short films including Banana Split and Lilo & Me. Fulbeck has been featured on CNN, MTV, and PBS, and has performed and exhibited in over 20 countries. He speaks nationwide on identity, multiraciality and pop culture, mixing together spoken word, stand-up comedy, political activism and personal stories. A challenging and inspirational teacher, Fulbeck is a professor of art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has been named an Outstanding Faculty Member four times. He is also an avid surfer, guitar player, motorcycle rider, ocean lifeguard, and pug enthusiast. A complete overachiever despite being only half Chinese, Kip is also a nationally-ranked Masters swimmer. The title of his presentation was "What Are You? The Changing Face of America."