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October 2015

Wednesday, October 14th


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Wednesday, January 21st

November 2014

Sunday, November 2nd
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October 2014

Friday, October 31st
Thursday, October 30th
Monday, October 27th
Tuesday, October 21st
Monday, October 13th
  • Always Lost: A Meditation on War
    • Exhibition opening event featuring a reading by author Jay Moad. The exhibition runs from October 13 through 24.
    • 7:30 pm, Weitz 148
Wednesday, October 8th
Thursday, October 2nd

September 2014

Monday, September 29th

May 2014

Sunday, May 25th
  • Spring Dance Concert
    • Students from dance classes and Semaphore Repertory Dance Company present a spring concert.
    • 2:00 pm, Weitz Theater
Friday, May 23rd
  • Spring Dance Concert
    • Students in dance classes and Semaphore Repertory Dance Company present a spring concert
    • 7:30 pm, Weitz Theater
Saturday, May 17th

April 2014

Saturday, April 26th
Wednesday, April 23rd
Tuesday, April 22nd
Monday, April 21st
Saturday, April 19th
Wednesday, April 9th

March 2014

Friday, March 7th
  • Ellen Heck, printmaker
    • Ellen Heck, printmaker in the San Francisco area will speak about her work
    • 4:00 pm, Boliou 161
Saturday, March 1st

February 2014

Friday, February 28th
Thursday, February 27th
Tuesday, February 25th
Sunday, February 23rd
Saturday, February 22nd
Friday, February 21st
  • Machinal - Players Winter Production
    • Machinal is a play written by American playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell, inspired by the real life case. Click below for tickets.
    • 7:30 pm, Weitz Theater
Wednesday, February 5th

January 2014

Thursday, January 30th

November 2013

Tuesday, November 12th
  • Close Looks: Books and Films...
    • Close Looks: Books and Films from "Directed: The Intersection between Book, Film and Visual Narrative"
    • 4:00 pm, Gould Library Athenaeum
Monday, November 11th

October 2013

Wednesday, October 30th
Saturday, October 26th
Thursday, October 24th
Thursday, October 17th

May 2013

Sunday, May 26th
Friday, May 24th
Wednesday, May 15th

April 2013

Saturday, April 27th
Friday, April 26th
Monday, April 22nd
Saturday, April 13th
Friday, April 12th
Thursday, April 11th
  • Reflections: What Matters to Me and Why
    • Series continues with talk by Qiguang Zhao, Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese, on "Nature: My God, My Friend and My Healer."
    • 12:00 pm, Library Athenaeum

March 2013

Saturday, March 2nd

February 2013

Saturday, February 23rd
Friday, February 22nd
Wednesday, February 20th
Saturday, February 16th
Friday, February 15th
Thursday, February 14th

January 2013

Wednesday, January 30th
Wednesday, January 16th
Friday, January 11th
  • Opera at the Weitz: LA SERVA PADRONA
    • Opera Workshop. Lawrence E. Burnett, production coordinator, Julian Pozniak '14, student director.
    • 8:00 pm, Weitz Center for Creativity - Theater

November 2012

Thursday, November 8th
Saturday, November 3rd
Friday, November 2nd
  • Semaphore Fall Concert
    • Semaphore Repertory Dance Company will present the Fall Concert.
    • 7:30 pm, Weitz Theater

October 2012

Monday, October 29th
Thursday, October 18th

September 2012

Thursday, September 27th

May 2012

Sunday, May 20th
Tuesday, May 15th
Monday, May 14th
Thursday, May 10th
Tuesday, May 8th
Thursday, May 3rd
Wednesday, May 2nd
Tuesday, May 1st
  • Barbour lecture: Larry L. Rasmussen
    • "The Denial of a Diminished Planet: The Challenge to Science and to Religion" is the title of Professor Rasmussen's talk.
    • 7:00 pm, Great Hall

April 2012

Friday, April 13th
Saturday, April 7th
  • Hula: Free Master dance class
    • A dance class taught by Dietrix Jon Duhaylonsod, Kumu Hula offered - all are welcome! No age or dance experience required!
    • 10:00 am, Weitz Center, Large Dance Studio #165
  • Hula: Performance of Halau Kiawekupono O Ka Ua
    • Hula?? In Northfield?? Yes, and aloha! Come see this "halau" of 8 Hawaiian men dance traditional hula on the Weitz Center stage.
    • 7:30 pm, Weitz Center Theater

November 2011

Thursday, November 3rd
  • 'Seeing is Knowing: the Universe' exhibition tour
    • Tour the large gallery at the Teaching Museum with Joel Weisberg, physics and astronomy; Dan Bruggeman, studio art; Victoria Morse, history
    • 12:00 pm, Teaching Museum, Weitz Center for Creativity

October 2011

Thursday, October 20th
  • Reflections: What Matters to Me and Why
    • Reflections series of talks on life, work and meaning continues with talk "Thank God Dinosaurs aren't around any more!" by Matt Rand, Associate Professor of Biology. Lunch will be provided. Cosponsored with EthIC.
    • 12:00 pm, Library Athenaeum
Monday, October 17th
  • "Art and Science as Parallel and Divergent Ways of Knowing"
    • The presentation is entitled "Art and Science as Parallel and Divergent Ways of Knowing" Nowadays, artists and scientists tend to think of their ways of probing the world as distinctly different. But such was not always the case (in fact the divide is only a few centuries old; think of Leonardo, think of the wonder cabinets of the seventeenth century). Lunch provided for 45
    • 12:00 pm, Weitz 236
  • The Uncanny Valley: The Digital Animation of the Face:
    • The Carleton Art and Art History department, CAMS and Viz are pleased to announce the upcoming lecture of Lawrence Weschler, who will be speaking in ( Weitz Center 230/ Boliou 104) at 7:30 pm Monday, October 17
    • 7:30 pm, Boliou 161 (handicapped accessible)
Thursday, October 6th
  • Reflections: What Matters to Me and Why
    • The Reflections series of talks on life, work and meaning continues this fall with a talk by Professor Seth Greenberg. Lunch will be provided. Cosponsored with EthIC.
    • 12:00 pm, Library Athenaeum
Tuesday, October 4th
  • Seeing is Knowing: a Dialogue with Trevor Paglen, Joel Weisberg, & Laurel Bradley
    • Perspectives from an artist, an astronomer and a curator, with audience participation. The notion that “Seeing is Knowing” frames a free-ranging conversation around technologies of vision, ethical dimensions of enhanced “seeing,” and artists and scientists as social critics. (10/4 is the 54th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite)
    • 12:00 pm, Gould Library Athenaeum
Monday, October 3rd
  • 'The Other Night Sky', followed by skygazing in Central Park
    • Artist, writer, experimental geographer Trevor Paglen has been exposing the secret activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies over the last eight years in books and large-scale landscape photographs. These 'Other Night Sky' images reveal secret spy satellites and other covert military operations.
    • 6:00 pm, Cinema, Weitz Center for Creativity; Central Park

September 2011

Tuesday, September 27th
  • A Demonstration and Conversation with artist Anil Chaitya Vangad of Ganjad Village, India
    • The Life and Art of the Indigenous Warli People of India: A Demonstration and Conversation with artist Anil Chaitya Vangad of Ganjad Village, India. The indigenous Warli people of rural western India revere the land as the infinitely creative energy of nature. Their dynamic folk paintings - traditionally done in rice paste on the mud walls of their homes - use a richly textured pictorial language to celebrate the divine balance of a life lived in meaningful coexistence with the natural world.
    • 12:00 pm, Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 148

May 2011

Wednesday, May 18th
  • Ragamala performance of Sthree
    • Inspired by Silappatikaram (The Anklet), the national epic of the Tamil people of southeastern India, Ragamala Dance presents Sthree, a stunning convergence of dance, music and text that brings to the present the beauty of the Sangam Period of history.
    • 7:00 pm, Chapel
Friday, May 6th
  • “Transnational/Transcultural/Transgender Performances of Identity” with 2Fik and Denis M. Provencher, Phd.
    • Act 1. 2fik “Shooting identity: writing a new self” Act 2. Denis Provencher “Coming out à l'oriental : Maghrebi-French performances of gender, sexuality and religion” 2Fik is a Moroccan-French performance artist based in Montreal. He is an interdisciplinary artist that works in photography, video, and live performance in order to capture the tension of various identities. Provencher is an Associate Professor of French Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and author of Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Civilization.
    • 6:00 pm, Boliou 104

April 2011

Friday, April 15th
  • Convocation: Louis Menand
    • Harvard University professor of English and American literature and language, Louis Menand is widely considered to be the foremost modern scholar of American studies. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning The Metaphysical Club, a detailed history of American intellectual and philosophical life in the 19th and 20th centuries. His recent book The Marketplace of Ideas, has sparked a debate about the future of American education. Has American higher education become a dinosaur? Why do professors all tend to think alike? What makes it so hard for colleges to decide which subjects should be required? Why do teachers and scholars find it so difficult to transcend the limits of their disciplines? Why, in short, are problems that should be easy for universities to solve so intractable? The answer, Menand argues, is that the institutional structure and the educational philosophy of higher education have remained the same for one hundred years, while faculties and student bodies have radically changed and technology has drastically transformed the way people produce and disseminate knowledge. Sponsored by the Fred W. and Margaret C. Schuster Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Literature Fund, the title of his presentation is "Why the Case for Liberal Education is Hard to Make."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Monday, April 11th

October 2010

Thursday, October 7th
  • Visiting artist Ben Katchor: "Great Museum Cafeterias of the World"
    • An illustrated lecture on the design and culture of museum cafeterias. And examination of the work of Claude Curcilio, whose theory of the "veracious peek" was the first to explain the mysterious connection between art and museum cafeterias. The lecture includes an anecdotal survey and slide presentation of great museum cafeterias, past and present.
    • 7:30 pm, Boliou 104 (handicapped accessible)
Tuesday, October 5th
  • Haiti - After the Earthquake
    • Rea Dol, Founder and Director of the SOPUDEP School near Port-au-Prince, will speak about the current situation in Haiti. Featured in the New York times as "The Mother Figure of Morne Lazarre," Ms. Dol has been leading Haitian efforts to reestablish normalcy after the earthquake. Hamline professor Max Adrien, also a Haitian native, will speak briefly about Haitian culture today, and student leaders of Haiti Relief will propose ways to help. Sponsored by the Humanities Center, Haitian Relief, and the Haiti Justice Alliance.
    • 4:00 pm, Boliou 104

September 2010

Monday, September 27th
  • Pierre Bayard: "Whodunnit? Shakespearean Murders and Detective Criticism"
    • Pierre Bayard, professor of French literature from Paris VIII, author of How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read, and inventor of "detective criticism" takes Shakespeare to task. Remember that rotten smell in Denmark? It may be the odor of red herrings. Pierre Bayard is the Fred W. and Margaret C. Schuster Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Literature, sponsored by the Department of French & Francophone Studies and the Department of English, with additional support from the Humanities Center at Carleton College and the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Chicago.
    • 4:30 pm, Boliou 104
  • Pierre Bayard Booksigning
    • Author Pierre Bayard will be signing copies of his book "How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read" following his presentation and discussion. Copies of his book will be available at the event as well as prior to the event in the Bookstore.
    • 5:30 pm, Boliou Hall, Room 104

May 2010

Tuesday, May 11th
Saturday, May 8th
Friday, May 7th
  • Christopher U. Light Lectureship Concert: Nicolas Collins, composer
    • Composer Nicolas Collins will present a concert of various works for slightly misused technology. Some of the pieces will employ musicians from the Carleton community. New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins studied composition with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, worked for many years with David Tudor, and has collaborated with numerous soloist and ensembles around the world. He lived most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. Since 1997 he has been editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and since 1999 a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The second edition of his book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking, was published by Routledge in 2009. Collins has the dubious distinction of having played at both CBGBs and the Concertgebouw.
    • 8:00 pm, Concert Hall

February 2010

Thursday, February 25th
  • Post- Katrina Symposium---New Orleans, Katrina, and the Road to Recovery: Three Perspectives
    • On Thursday, February 25 from 5-6:45 p.m. in Boliou 104, Carleton College, three speakers—Rosanne Adderley, Associate Professor of History, Tulane University; John Bardes, '08 (history), teacher, Arthur Ashe Charter School, New Orleans; and Kimberly Smith, Associate Professor, Political Science and Environmental Studies, Carleton College— reflect on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the city's road to recovery. Michael Hemesath, professor of economics, and organizer of two post-Katrina Carleton service trips to the Gulf Coast, will be the moderator.
    • 5:00 pm, Boliou 104

January 2010

Tuesday, January 26th
  • Lucia, a film by Humberto Solas
    • This 1968 film charts women’s roles during three periods in Cuban history. It will be introduced by Carol Donelan, associate professor of Cinema and Media Studies and Yansi Perez, assistant professor of Spanish.
    • 7:00 pm, Boliou Hall, room 104

May 2009

Friday, May 8th
  • European identity: reality, fiction... or both?
    • José Ovejero will be on campus to do a Creative Writing Workshop as well as this talk. He is a prestigious Spanish Writer and the Headley House Distinguished Visitor-in Residence.
    • 4:30 pm, Gould Library Atheaneum
  • Teatro del Pueblo's "Help Wanted"
    • Teatro del Pueblo, a Latino company based in Saint Paul, will present a short play "Help Wanted," depicting a landmark case in which the human rights of undocumented workers were trampled on and eventually redeemed. In English with some Spanish. Discussion with cast members will follow. The event is free, and the general public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Cathy Yandell at 507.222.4245 or
    • 8:00 pm, Great Hall

April 2009

Friday, April 24th
  • Christopher U. Light Lectureship Concert "The String Quartets of Jefferson Friedman" Chiara Quartet
    • Playing "Chamber Music in Any Chamber," the Chiara Quartet expands the spaces for quartet music, reaching from the concert hall into clubs, bars, and galleries, but always returning chamber music to its roots. Described by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as "vastly talented, vastly resourceful, and vastly committed to the music of their time," the quartet is also continually searching for new meaning within the well-established quartet canon. Their style is best described as a nonstop journey along the edges of expressive possibility: "luminous," "searing," (New York Times) "soulful," "biting," and possessing a "potent collective force" (Strings Magazine).
    • 8:00 pm, Concert Hall

January 2009

Thursday, January 15th

October 2008

Friday, October 17th
  • Aquila Theatre Company presents The Iliad
    • Homer's epic story of Achilles and the Trojan War is one of the greatest works in world literature. Aquila's innovative production, under Peter Meineck, Producing Artistic Director, tells the main parts of the story in an action packed performance. Free and open to the public.
    • 7:30 pm, Concert Hall