Recordings of Convocations
Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, convocation audio files are archived separately from video files. View the audio archives.
- Created 30 September 2005; Published 1 November 2005Convocation: Joel BestStartling statistics shape our thinking about social issues, but all too often these numbers are wrong claims Joel Best, professor and chair of the department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. Using examples from the "New York Times," the "Washington Post," and other major newspaper and television programs, Best's address unravels many fascinating examples of the use, misuse, and abuse of statistical information.
- Created 23 September 2005; Published 1 November 2005Convocation: David Strom '87David Strom '87, president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, is among the state's most influential conservatives. Liberals love to hate him, reporters love to quote him, and legislators have to listen to him -- often. Strom has worked for the Taxpayers League since it was founded in 1997, and his address articulates a conservative approach to governmental compassion.
- Created 12 September 2005; Published 6 October 2005Opening Convocation: Raymond McGuire
An address by Raymond McGuire, co-head of global investment banking at Citigroup. Prior to joining Citigroup, McGuire was the global co-head of mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley and one of Morgan Stanley's key facilitators for transactions involving domestic and international mergers and acquisitions.
- Created 26 May 2005; Published 30 May 2006Honors Convocation: Opening Address
- Created 20 May 2005; Published 26 May 2005Convocation: Mike VeeckPresident and part owner of six wildly successful minor league baseball teams, Mike Veeck has a business plan that begins with three simple words: 'Fun is good.' He has been profiled by 60 Minutes, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune, and countless other media outlets. Marketing maven Mike Veeck talks about the serious business of fun in his presentation titled, 'Fun is Good.'
- Created 13 May 2005; Published 17 May 2005Convocation: Alex WellenIn 1996, Alex Wellen invented and patented a unique table-tennis paddle that would take him on a seven-year journey through numerous career fields. His contributions have appeared in print and on various radio and television stations. He is currently an independent television producer and freelance writer at The Writerâ€™s Grotto in San Francisco. The title of his presentation is 'What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?'
- Created 6 May 2005; Published 12 May 2005Convocation: Ronald TakakiThe grandson of Japanese plantation laborers in Hawaii, Ronald Takaki is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving his Ph.D. in American history from Berkeley in 1967, Takaki was hired by UCLA to teach that school's first Black History course. Takaki is a prolific writer with several award winning and Pulitzer Prize nominated books to his credit. The title of his presentation is 'America in a Different Mirror: Re-Visioning Our History.'
- Created 29 April 2005; Published 5 May 2005Convocation: John Jewczyn '69As a cameraman for NBC in New York, John Jewczyn '69 has filmed a variety of celebrities and politicians. With a background in art, psychology, and photography, he credits Carleton for his start in film and was part of Carleton's first film studies program. His presentation, is titled 'Beyond the Ivory Tower: Adventures in the Real World with a Carleton Education.'
- Created 22 April 2005; Published 5 May 2005Convocation: Meg LowmanFor over 25 years, Meg Lowman has designed new methods for exploration of the rain forest canopy. She travels worldwide to 'map' the canopy for biodiversity and to work on conservation of forests. In 2003 she became the Director of Environmental Initiatives and Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida. The title of her presentation is 'Life in the Treetops: Challenges in Tropical Biology.'
- Created 15 April 2005; Published 18 April 2005Convocation: Kate WennerJournalist and former ABC 20/20 TV producer Kate Wenner is also an acclaimed fiction author. Her books include 'Setting Fires' and 'Dancing with Einstein.' Wenner celebrates story telling and its power to transform both the writer and the reader in her presentation titled 'The Passion to Write.'
- Created 8 April 2005; Published 18 April 2005Convocation: Michael MedvedA former Hollywood screenwriter, Michael Medved has reviewed movies for CNN and was chief film critic for the New York Post. He served twelve years as co-host of 'Sneak Previews,' a review show on PBS-TV. Medved is also a successful author. The title of his presentation is 'Hollywood's Three Biggest Lies.'
- Created 1 April 2005; Published 8 April 2005Convocation: Catherine Manegold '77Catherine Manegold '77 worked for twenty years as a reporter and editor with with The New York Times, Newsweek, Philadelphia Inquirer and several smaller papers. She has been a foreign correspondent in numerous countries and a Pulitzer-Prize nominee and winner. She is now a Professor of Journalism at Emory University. Her presentation is titled 'War on Words: Why an Ethical Press is NOT an Oxymoron.'
- Created 25 February 2005; Published 8 March 2005Convocation: David Welna '80David Welna '80 has spent 15 years as a Congressional Correspondent for National Public Radio from overseas and has reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and 'The Times of London.' His photography has appeared in numerous publications and is the recipient of several prestigious awards. His presentation is titled 'Covering the 21st Century Congress: Terror, War and One-Party Rule.'
- Created 5 February 2005; Published 16 February 2005Convocation: Don FederFor nearly two decades, Don Feder was an opinion writer for The Boston Herald and a syndicated columnist who covered numerous important news events. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and National Review. He is the author of several books, is a practicing lawyer, has a media consulting firm, and has served as executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. His presentation is titled 'Does Our Security Require An International Crusade for Democracy?'
- Created 28 January 2005; Published 16 February 2005Convocation: Nikki GiovanniOne of the most widely read American poets, Yolande Cornelia 'Nikki' Giovanni is a strong voice of the Black community. Her book 'Racism 101' includes bold, controversial essays about the situation of Americans on all sides of various race issues. Her three most recent volumes of poetry were winners of the NAACP Image Award. She has received 21 honorary doctorates and a host of other awards. Since 1987, she has been a professor at Virginia Tech. The title of her presentation is 'The Poetics of the Black Experience.'