Leo Chavez, professor of anthropology at the University of California-Irvine, will offer an anthropological view of immigration at Carleton College’s weekly convocation series on Friday, October 11 at 10:50 a.m. in Skinner Memorial Chapel. Chavez’s presentation, entitled “Latinos and Immigration Reform,” will analyze the myths and facts of immigration, in addition to representations and misrepresentations of Latinos in the media. The talk is streamed live and available for on-demand viewing.
- October 5, 2013
Carleton College is pleased to present world-renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, along with pianist Nicola Melville, in a multi-media performance of music, electronics and video on Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall.
As part an ongoing series on censorship, blasphemy and free speech, Carleton College is very pleased to announce the public appearance of award-winning British author Salman Rushdie on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Recreation Center. Rushdie will present the 2013 Lucas Lecture, entitled “Censorship and The Satanic Verses: 25 Years Later.” This event is free and open to the public but reservations are encouraged; please register online at go.carleton.edu/rushdie.
- October 4, 2013
A new exhibit in the Perlman Teaching Museum in the Weitz Center for Creativity takes a look at the iconic "all-American" fruit, the apple. Melding art and science, artist Jessica Rath's "Take Me To The Apple Breeder" explores the seemingly simple apple—genus malus—highlighting the extraordinarily diverse possibilities within a single species of plant. Through ceramic sculptures and photographic portraits of new hybrid trees, Rath's exhibit highlights human intervention in the natural world, inviting mediation on notions of beauty within cultivated, domestic and wild landscapes.
- October 1, 2013
Visual artist Jessica Rath, whose work is currently featured in the Perlman Teaching Museum exhibit “Take Me To The Apple Breeder,” will share her experiences using a Kickstarter fundraising campaign in a public lecture at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum.
- October 1, 2013
Martha Nussbaum, a professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago and a renowned scholar in the fields of social justice, the ethics of development, the role of women in society and theories of emotion, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, October 4 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Nussbaum’s presentation will focus on the new religious intolerance and overcoming the politics of fear.
This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
- September 27, 2013
The public is invited to a performance of historian Howard Zinn's one-man play, "Marx in Soho," on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. First performed in 1999 and now regularly produced around the world, Zinn stated that he wrote the play to "show Marx as few people knew him, as a family man, struggling to support his wife and children." This event is free and open to the public.
- September 24, 2013
Carleton College President Steven G. Poskanzer has joined with nine fellow presidents and chancellors as leading supporters of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) National Challenge for Higher Education: Retaining a 21st Century Workforce. The campaign asks college and university presidents to promote faculty career flexibility on their campuses. Poskanzer is one of 10 presidents and chancellors who are serving as Founding Coalition Partners.
- September 23, 2013
Carleton College is pleased to present a special performance by the international musical duo, ‘2,’ on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Comprised of classical musicians Peter H. Bloom (flute) and Mary Jane Rupert (piano and harp), ‘2’ has been praised world-wide for their “beautiful phrasing, consummate duet passages, and superb technical facility.” This performance is free and open to the public.
- September 23, 2013
Aparna Ramaswamy, artistic director and principal dancer of the world-renowned Ragamala Dance Company, will present a solo performance of her new piece, Sannidhi (Sacred Space), on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. This event is free and open to the public.
- September 22, 2013
Todd Drezner, Carleton Class of 1994, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Sept. 27 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Drezner will share his first-hand experiences as a parent of a child with autism. Drezner’s ground-breaking film, “Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic,” which provides the basis of his presentation, will be screened at Carleton on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Both the film screening and the convocation are free and open to the public.
- September 22, 2013
The Carleton College Humanities Center invites the public to a provocative new series entitled “Censorship, Blasphemy and Free Speech.” The series kicks off with a special appearance by renowned professor of Islamic studies, Omid Safi. Safi will present the 2013 Ira Wender Lecture, “Middle East, Islam & American Empire,” on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236. This event, which will be followed by a reception with light refreshments, is free and open to the public.
- September 20, 2013
The acclaimed dance ensemble Troika Ranch will present a performance of SWARM, a new work-in-progress, tonight at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. The internationally renowned group melds dance, multi-media, and music — and are considered to be pioneers in the field now known as Dance and Technology. Led by choreographer/media artist Dawn Stoppiello and composer/media artist Mark Coniglio,Troika Ranch been in residence on the Carleton campus working on this new piece. This event is free and open to the public.
Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium, the public is invited to a special screening of the award-winning documentary film Kyo o mamoru (Resilience-Protecting Today), chronicling the lives of people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011. This event is free and open to the public.
Thanks to a gift from Eric ’66 and Mimi ’66 Carlson P’97, Carleton College has announced the establishment of the Robert E. Will ’50 Endowed Internship Fund in Social Entrepreneurship. Administered by Carleton’s career center, the fund supports 8-10 domestic or international internships per year at up to $5,000 each for students pursuing social entrepreneurship. The fund honors Bob Will, the Raymond Plank Professor of Incentive Economics, Emeritus. A 1950 Carleton graduate, Will earned his PhD at Yale University and taught at Carleton from 1957-93. He championed the importance of a liberal arts education, and each year the Robert E. Will Economics Prize is awarded to the senior economics major or majors who demonstrate excellent academic achievement and breadth of intellectual interests in the best tradition of a liberal arts education. Professor Will remains a resident of Northfield and is very involved in community activities.
- September 9, 2013
On Tuesday, September 10, Carleton College welcomes the Class of 2017 to campus. There are 529 students in the class, selected from a pool of 7,045 applicants. The students represent 45 states and 23 countries, with 92 students coming from Minnesota, followed by California (62), Illinois (54), Wisconsin (28), Washington (23), New York (22) and Massachusetts (21). Twenty new students hail from China.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Television Personality Jonathan Capehart ’89 to Present Carleton College’s Opening Convocation AddressSeptember 9, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and television personality Jonathan Capehart, Class of 1989, will be the featured speaker at Carleton College’s annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year. Opening Convocation will be held Monday, September 16 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and will be preceded by the College’s traditional Academic Procession, including all current and emeriti faculty. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
- September 4, 2013
Peter Franco '14 (Newton, Mass.) has been named the recipient of a prestigious award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. A Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) major, Franco was awarded an undergraduate scholarship in film. Franco is one of 24 winners, who will travel to New York City on October 30, 2013 to receive their awards at the 31st Annual Princess Grace Awards Gala, held in the presence of HSH The Princess of Monaco.
Franco says his films "focus on the forces that compel us to act against our nature, or what we believe to be our nature." His most recent project, which received the 2013 Princess Grace Award, draws on his experiences as a gay athlete to tell a story about a high school football player dealing with his sexuality. The film will be released in 2014.
For more information, visit www.pgfusa.org.
The North Star Cinema Orchestra will present a 1913-style Vaudeville show at the Grand Theater on Sunday, August 4 at 7 p.m. The show re-creates an authentic Vaudeville show complete with songs and authentic jokes of the period, illustrated song slides, silent short films, and even a dog act.
R. Kayeen Thomas, Carleton Class of 2006, was awarded the Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction at the 15th annual Harlem Book Fair on July 19 at the Langston Hughes Auditorium of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. Thomas was honored for his critically-acclaimed novel "Antebellum" (Simon & Schuster/Strebor Books 2012), for which Thomas also received a nomination for a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Debut Author. Past recipients of the Phillis Wheatley Award include Maya Angelou, Gordon Parks, and Terry McMillan.
Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court and the recipient of an honorary degree from Carleton College, passed away Monday, July 22 at the age of 88.
- July 23, 2013
The New York Times reports the passing of Marv Rotblatt, 85, who died July 16 in Evanston, Ill. The New York Times notes that, in addition to being known as one of major league baseball's shortest pitchers (Rotblatt measured in at 5 feet 6 inches tall), he was also the inspiration for Carleton College's annual "Rotblatt" softball game, cited by Sports Illustrated in 1997 as the “longest intramural event” in the nation. According to the New York Times, "Carleton students played a 100-inning, one-day, nine-hour softball game they christened Rotblatt in the spring of 1967, to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival on campus of the college’s first class. The game was an outgrowth of the intramural Marvin J. Rotblatt Memorial Softball League — named, according to college lore, by a student who had a vintage Rotblatt bubble gum trading card."
The obituary can be read in its entirety here.
- July 22, 2013
With deep sorrow Carleton announces the passing of Eleanor "Ele" Hansen, age 92, on Saturday, July 20 in Northfield. Hired by President Gould in 1952, Ele chaired the Women's Physical Education Department, taught PE classes, and coached women's softball and cross-country for 34 years, until her retirement in 1986. She remained such a strong supporter of Carleton and individual members of the college community that many didn't feel she ever really retired. Ele had a joyful approach to life that was infectious and uplifting.
Hansen is the inspiration for The Ele Hansen Award, which annually recognizes two senior female students who bring to their sport the joy of participation and who have positively influenced others through their example, service, and leadership in the athletic or recreation program.
The Star Tribune paid tribute to Ele in its August 2, 2013 edition.
A Carleton memorial service will be held on Homecoming Weekend, Friday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.
Remembrances of Ele may written at the Farewells website:
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ele may be sent to the Northfield Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, Northfield, MN 55057.
Minnesota Public Radio correspondent Molly Bloom features Carleton College in her recent blog post, "5 Things To Do in Northfield." Kicking off the list is the town's commitment to giving "new life to old buildings" -- as an example, Bloom notes the College's Weitz Center for Creativity, the site of Northfield's former middle school and original high school. And wrapping up the list is Carleton's Cowling Arboretum, which Bloom calls "The (literally) hidden gem of Northfield."