Recordings of Convocations

Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, convocation audio files are archived separately from video files. View the audio archives.

  • Created 15 September 2003; Published 15 October 2003
    Opening Convocation: MN Govenor Tim Pawlenty
    Opening Convocation with Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota. In 2002, at age 41, Tim Pawlenty was elected Governor of Minnesota. Sworn in on January 6, 2003, Pawlenty challenged Minnesotans to "turn problems into progress."
  • Created 30 May 2003; Published 19 June 2003
    Convocation: Honors Convocation 2003
    The Honors Convocation lecture will be presented by Jerry Mohrig, Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor in the Natural Sciences. In his 36 years at Carleton, Professor Mohrig's teaching has centered on organic and bio-organic chemistry, but he has taught a wide variety of courses, including history and technology and science and society.
  • Created 23 May 2003; Published 18 June 2003
    Convocation: Ronald Green & Rebecca Dresser
    Biomedical Research Cloning: Should We or Shouldn't We? Few public policy issues have been more hotly contested in recent years than cloning. Rebecca Dresser is a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, an entity created by President Bush in 2001 to advise the president on ethical issues related to the advances of biomedical science. Ronald Green is chair of the Ethics Advisory Board of Advanced Cell Technologies (a leader in therapeutic cloning research) and is the former director of the Office of Genome Ethics at the National Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
  • Created 16 May 2003; Published 22 May 2003
    Convocation: Maxine Hong Kingston
    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.
  • Created 9 May 2003; Published 22 May 2003
    Convocation: Richard Hellmich
    As 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 2003
    Convocation: Julia Alvarez
    Through 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 2003
    Convocation: Bob Reiss
    To 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 2003
    Convocation: Wilma Mankiller
    The 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 2003
    Convocation: Images and Music from Vaudeville 1903
    Before 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 2003
    Convocation: 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 2003
    Convocation: "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 2003
    Convocation: William Kristol
    Widely 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 2003
    Convocation: Bill Evans
    Within 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 2003
    Convocation: Beverly Daniel Tatum
    Spelman 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 2003
    Convocation: 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.

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