Humanities News

  • Alison Kettering

    Midwestern Arcadia is a recently launched "Festschrift," a volume of essays published in celebration of Alison Kettering’s rich contributions to the teaching and practice of art history. The Midwestern Arcadia website was launched in coordination with a retirement event held for Alison on May 17.

  • Sunday, May 18, Weitz Center 236 ~ EVERYONE WELCOME!

    This event took place on Sunday, May 18th, 2014, 4-6 pm, at the Carleton Weitz Center, Room 236, 320 East 3rd St (old Northfield Jr High School, 3rd St entrance). It was a community reading project featuring literature written by war veterans, about their war experiences. Many war veterans, Carleton students and faculty, and members of the Northfield community attended the event. Many said afterwards that they were very eager to participate in the future events that are already being planned to discuss veterans' experiences and wider issues, sponsored by the Northfield Human Rights Commission, the League of Women Voters, the Arcadia Charter School, the Carleton Humanities Center, the Northfield Public Library, and Northfield's Eugene H. Truax VFW Post 4393. Please click this line for details and available readings.

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 11 3:45, Athenaeum, REFRESHMENTS!

    Serena Zabin (History), Nancy Cho (English), and Kelly Connole (Studio Art)

    "We explainED why thinking about the relationship of the humanities and the public mattered to our work, what we learned from an interdisciplinary faculty seminar, and how participating in this seminar reshaped and revitalized our creative and scholarly projects."

    Gould Library Athenaeum, Friday, April 11, 3:45-5:00 pm

    Refreshments event.

    Serena Zabin    Nancy Cho    Kelly Connole     

  • Lina Feuerstein '12

    Recently, an alum wrote and reflected on the value of her education in the humanities: "Humanistic inquiry has the power to nourish the elasticity of the individual and social mind, as it facilitates our capacity to develop out of ourselves in our own way—to transform and incorporate into ourselves what is past and foreign to heal wounds, replace what has been lost, recreate broken molds. It liberates us from the confines of our individuality and, through the imaginative experience of another’s musings, humor, or deep pangs of the heart, it helps us cultivate a new sense of vision, as we begin to perceive, through the smallness of our existence, a universality of the human condition." — Lina Feuerstein '12

  • Saturday Feb 22, 2 pm, Weitz Center Theater Free and open to the public!

    The Telling Project

    February 22, 2014

    The Telling Project is a powerful performance about veterans' experiences. Part of the MHC's Veterans' Voices Initiative. Guided discussion will follow the performance. This performance is free and open to the public, but please reserve your free ticket(s) here. Contact Susannah Ottaway or Steve Richardson with any questions.

  • 2014 Winter HC DIALOGOS & LUNCHEON 2/6/2014, 12-1 pm, Everyone welcome!

    Common Time, 12-1 p.m., Thurs., Feb 6, Weitz Center 236 (Larson Meeting Room).

    Michael McNally (Religion), Andy Flory (Music), Adrienne Falcon (Academic Civic Engagement/Sociology), Eva Posfay (French and Francophone Studies).  Sponsors: Humanities Center, LTC. Contact Susannah Ottaway. Sponsored by the Humanities Center and LTC, includes Common Time lunch.

    Everyone welcome - open to the public!

    See the event listing for full details.


  • Since 2012, Carleton has been engaged in a collaborative planning grant on the digital humanities, with St. Olaf and Macalester Colleges. Although this initiative has shown us that the landscape of digital tools is immensely fluid, there is some emerging consensus, and a lot of excitement about several key technologies.

  • With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation, and the Teagle Foundation, AAC&U and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) have published a new report on earnings and long-term career paths for college graduates with different undergraduate majors.

  • Remembering Nokutela [uKukhumbula uNokutela in Zulu] is the 4-year long journey of Mali-born film director, Professor Chérif Keita of Carleton College, to rescue Nokutela Dube (1873-1917), a forgotten woman pioneer of the liberation movement in South Africa, from the purgatory of history, almost a century after her death at the age of 44. Woven into this deeply emotional and eerily serendipitous journey are the little-known connections between the director’s hometown of Northfield and the birth of the African National Congress in the early 20th century. 

    IFF Film Premiere: "Remembering Nokutela, Chérif Keita's new film

  • Deborah Shuger is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Political Theologies in Shakespeare's England. Professor Shuger will continue the campus wide conversation about censorship by speaking on material related to her book, Censorship & Cultural Sensibility: The Regulation of Language in Tudor-Stuart England.


    Schuster Lecture by Deborah Shuger

  • A few months ago, Iris Jastram gave a wonderful presentation on copyright at one of our workshops, and she has now published a version of it! You can view it on her blog, Pegasus Librarian.

    Iris's presentation was a major help to me in working with my students last term on fair use issues for their web design projects, and I know other faculty and students here and elsewhere will find this publication really helpful. Congratulations, Iris!

  • Laura McGrane, Associate Professor of English and the Koshland Director of the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College recently visited Carleton. She presented two public talks.

    Her first talk, 'a pumkin and a pine-apple': The Transatlantic Incarnate in William Dunlap's Comedy," was hosted by the Carleton English Department, and took place on Wednesday, April 24th in Leighton 304.

    Her second talk, "The User Paradox in the Classroom," was hosted by the Humanities Center on Thursday, April 25th, in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Professor McGrane, a leader in the Tri-College Digital Humanities collaborative initiative, explored changes to ways of reading and absorbing text (among other things) in the digital age in her talk.