Recordings of Convocations

  • Created 15 October 2004; Published 23 February 2005
    Convocation: Donald Saari
    The dynamics of voting theory is a research topic of Donald Saari, Director of the Center for Decision Analysis at the University of California, Irvine. Saari explains the underlying structure of various voting systems, including that by which we elect our president, and shows the chaotic nature of these systems. The title of Saari's presentation is 'Elections! But do we elect whom we really want?'
  • Created 8 October 2004; Published 21 February 2005
    Convocation: José E. López
    The community leadership and vision of José E. López, a professor at Northeastern Illinois University, have had a profound impact on the life, thought, and development of Chicago's Puerto Rican and Latino communities. He is also the executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago, which hosts a wide array of community services. The title of his presentation is "Forging Community: Resistance and Renaissance in the Barrio."
  • Created 1 October 2004; Published 21 February 2005
    Convocation: Roger Shimomura
    The paintings, print and theater pieces of Roger Shimomura address socio-political issues of Asian America. His bold, illustration-like artwork deals with Asian stereotypes and prejudices, and often references his family history. A Japanese American, Shimomura was born in Seattle at the start of World War II and spent the first years of his life with his family in an internment camp. He is currently is Distinguished Professor of Performance and Painting at the University of Kansas. The title of his presentation is "The 63 Stages of the Yellow Brick Road."
  • Created 24 September 2004; Published 23 February 2005
    Convocation: Jean Kilbourne
    Visiting scholar at Wellesley College, Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on the image of women in advertising. Kilbourne explores the relationship of media images to various problems in society. The title of Kilbourne's presentation is, 'The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women.'
  • Created 13 September 2004; Published 28 February 2005
    Opening Convocation: John Harrington
    Opening Convocation with an address by John Harrington, a 27-year veteran and Chief of the Saint Paul Police Department. Harrington is a Dartmouth College graduate, has a master's degree in police leadership, administration and education, and is working on a Ph.D. in public administration. The title of his address is 'Acting with Audacity.'
  • Created 28 May 2004; Published 28 February 2005
    Honors Convocation: Perry Mason
    In honor of those students who have completed distinguished work during their undergraduate careers, the Honors Convocation speaker is Perry Mason, Carleton's John E. Sawyer Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Learning. The title of his address is 'In Praise of Honor.'
  • Created 21 May 2004; Published 23 February 2005
    Convocation: David Wee
    As 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 2005
    Convocation: Andrew Sullivan
    One 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 2005
    Convocation: Jaime 'Shaggy' Flores
    An 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 2005
    Convocation: Daniel Lapin
    Rabbi 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 2004
    Convocation: Christopher Schmidt
    Dartmouth 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 2004
    Convocation: Barrie Osborne
    In 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 2004
    Convocation: Juan Williams
    One 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 2004
    Convocation: Chief Arvol Looking Horse
    A 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 2004
    Convocation: Martha Clarke
    Dancer 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.

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