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- Created 21 May 2004; Published 23 February 2005Convocation: David WeeAs one of the founders of the Paracollege, the 'design-your-own-major-parallel college', David Wee has been a member of the St. Olaf English department since 1965. The title of his presentation is 'Sport (Mostly Baseball) in Culture and the Curriculum: Seabiscuit and the Babe, Corked Bats and Teddy Ballgame, Dr. Strangeglove and a Little Chin Music.'
- Created 14 May 2004; Published 21 February 2005Convocation: Andrew SullivanOne of the most provocative political and social commentators writing today, Andrew Sullivan is an essayist for Time magazine and a columnist for the Sunday Times of London. The former editor-in-chief of The New Republic magazine, Sullivan was the youngest editor in its history and was acknowledged for making the magazine more relevant to readers of his generation. His articles have often appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Magazine. The title of his presentation is "American Politics: A View from Home and Abroad."
- Created 7 May 2004; Published 21 February 2005Convocation: Jaime 'Shaggy' FloresAn up and coming cultural worker, Jaime 'Shaggy' Flores believes in using poetry as a means to uplift and educate people. Sharing his original works of Nuyorican poetry as well as anecdotes on history, culture, and politics, he covers issues pertaining to the Black and Latino Diasporas in the United States. The focus is on building bridges between the Black, Latino, and Asian-American communities. The title of his presentation is "Pa'lante, Siempre Pa'lante: Latino Survival in a Changing World."
- Created 30 April 2004; Published 21 February 2005Convocation: Daniel LapinRabbi Daniel Lapin is an unlikely combination of mathematician, physicist and theologian, but this forms the foundation of his assertion that no conflict exists between the physical and spiritual and that God smiles on free-market transactions. Known as a captivating speaker, Lapin addresses questions such as, "Can business and technology eliminate hunger, racism, violence and poverty? Should we expect it to do so?" or "Is technology another step on man's evolutionary path or is it an expression of our groping for the ultimate meaning of life?"
- Created 23 April 2004; Published 28 April 2004Convocation: Christopher SchmidtDartmouth College history instructor Christopher Schmidt is completing his dissertation on the origins of Brown v. Board of Education. The Supreme Court's decision had its roots in numerous developments of the 1940s and early 1950s, including the experience of World War II and the Cold War, the impact of the Great Black Migration, the growth of African American activism, and the emergence of a new generation of liberal activists and policy-makers who were willing to reconsider the role of the government in dealing with the nation's racial dilemma. The title of his presentation is "The Making of Brown v. Board of Education."
- Created 16 April 2004; Published 28 April 2004Convocation: Barrie OsborneIn addition to his work on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Barrie Osborne was executive producer for the worldwide box office blockbuster and groundbreaking special effects award-winner "The Matrix". A 1966 Carleton graduate, Osborne entered the film industry in 1970 as an apprentice editor and assistant production manager. Osborne spoke about the role of special effects in advancing a narrative in his presentation on "Storytelling and Technology."
- Created 9 April 2004; Published 28 April 2004Convocation: Juan WilliamsOne of America's leading political writers and thinkers, Juan Williams is the senior correspondent for NPR and the political analyst for Fox Television. Because of Williams' expertise, the President's Commission chose him as the keynote speaker at the Smithsonian Museum in 2003 to commemorate the Brown anniversary. The title of his presentation is: "Brown v. Board of Education: 50 Years Later."
- 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."