- February 21, 2013
The Carleton College Choir, under the direction of Lawrence Burnett, will present selections from George Frederick Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, March 2. The program begins at 7 p.m. with “Messiah Insights,” a pre-performance introduction on the libretto, Handel’s score, and Baroque instruments, followed by “Messiah Highlights” at 8 p.m., performed by the Choir and accompanied by a professional orchestra comprised of period Baroque instruments. This event will be held in the Carleton College Concert Hall and is free and open to the public.
Carleton to Host Exclusive Performance of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Extraordinary Song Cycle, “Penelope”February 20, 2013
Carleton College will host an exclusive performance of composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s beautiful and haunting song cycle, “Penelope,” featuring renowned classical/indie rock vocalist Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and NYC’s most in-demand new music ensemble, yMusic. This rare public performance takes place Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel on the Carleton College campus. Worden will also perform selected music from My Brightest Diamond and Sarah Kirkland Snider will also be in attendance. Following the performance will be a Q & A session with an opportunity for audience members to meet the musicians.
Carleton Symphony Band and Pianist Nicola Melville Team Up for Performance Honoring American ComposersFebruary 19, 2013
Pianist Nicola Melville will join the Carleton College Symphony Band in a special performance honoring the works of renowned American composers on Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Entitled “An American Miscellany,” the program is free and open to the public.
- February 19, 2013
Carleton College will present its annual student-produced and performed production of Even Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. The public is invited and there is a suggested donation of $5 to $15 at the door. All proceeds will benefit The Hope Center in Faribault and the V-Day Spotlight Campaign (www.vday.org), a global movement to end violence against women and girls.
Carleton Presents Screening of Documentary Film, “Souls of Zen: Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan”February 18, 2013
Carleton College will present a special screening of the one-hour documentary film, “Souls of Zen: Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan,” on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Boliou Hall auditorium. Following the screening, filmmaker Tim Graf will lead a Q & A session. Nearly two years after the disaster, Graf is showing the film at colleges around the country in order to spark a dialogue with religion scholars and students. The public is invited to this free screening, with a goal of raising awareness of Japan’s ongoing recovery process, along with supporting area fund-raising activities for disaster victims.
- February 15, 2013
Siri Hustvedt, an acclaimed author whose work has been read worldwide and translated into over thirty languages, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, Feb. 22 at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Hustvedt’s talk, entitled “Reflections on Creativity: Memory, Imagination, Narrative and the Self,” will draw upon her study of psychoanalysis, philosophy and neuroscience in looking at how personal experience and memory become transformed into narrative. Convocation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at http://apps.carleton.edu/events/convocations/.
Acclaimed Authors Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt to Spend Three-Day Residency at Carleton and St. Olaf CollegesFebruary 15, 2013
Literary power couple Siri Hustvedt and her husband Paul Auster will spend a three-day residency in Northfield Feb. 20-22. The residency will include faculty seminars at both Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges, as well as three public appearances. All events are free and open to the public.
- February 15, 2013
Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!
Carleton College and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership in Northfield are hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning April 1 and running through May 15, 2013. Registration is now open and the class is expected to fill up quickly.
Cowling Arboretum Teams Up with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership to Screen Acclaimed Award-Winning Documentary FilmFebruary 13, 2013
Carleton College will present a special public screening of the acclaimed Emmy Award-winning documentary film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The screening is sponsored by Carleton’s Cowling Arboretum and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, a Northfield-based volunteer organization that works toward “protecting and improving the water quality and natural systems of the Cannon River watershed.” This event is free and open to the public.
- February 11, 2013
The Carleton Singers invite the campus community to a special Valentine's Day mini-concert celebrating love in all musical forms -- from tragic laments to bawdy tales. Selections will include compositions by renowned Renaissance composers and be sung in a range of languages. Audience members are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch to eat (or share with a friend) during the performance. It all takes place this Thursday, Feb. 14, beginning at 12:20 pm in Severance Great Hall.
Carleton College to Host Screening of the Groundbreaking Oscar-Nominated Documentary Film, “The Invisible War”February 11, 2013
The Gender and Sexuality Center will host a public screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary film, “The Invisible War,” on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. This groundbreaking investigative film uncovers the prevalence of sexual assault within the U.S. military. This event is free and open to the public.
Brenda Brenner, a violinist and pioneering music educator who is currently an assistant professor of music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, will deliver Carleton’s convocation address on Friday, Feb. 15. Brenner’s talk, entitled “Finding Our Shared Humanity: Cross-Cultural Connections in Music,” will discuss her influential work with underprivileged and underachieving elementary school students in Bloomington, Ind. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at http://apps.carleton.edu/events/convocations/.
- February 8, 2013
For the second consecutive year, Carleton College is a finalist in the Second Nature 2013 Climate Leadership Awards, an annual competition among U.S. colleges and universities that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Carleton, as part of its ACUPCC agreement and its own Climate Action Plan, has an institutional goal of net zero carbon by 2050. The College has incorporated sustainability as a baseline assumption in its Strategic Plan, released this past fall after an 18-month planning process.
Carleton Players Announce Revised Premiere Date for Martin Crimp’s Bold and Innovative Play, “Attempts on Her Life”February 7, 2013
The Carleton Players have delayed the premiere of their winter production, Martin Crimp’s groundbreaking play “Attempts on Her Life," in order to accommodate final staging demands. Performances will begin Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. and at 9:00 p.m. in the College’s Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Additional performances will be held nightly on Saturday, Feb. 16 (7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.), Thursday, Feb. 21 (7:30 p.m.), Friday, Feb. 22 (7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 23 (7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.). All performances are free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged and can be made at http://carleton.tixato.com/buy. Audiences should note that this production contains mature subject matter.
- February 6, 2013
Carleton College has once again earned a top 10 ranking on the Peace Corps list of “Top Peace Corps Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities.” This year, the College ranks eighth among small colleges and universities.
- February 6, 2013
Kimberly Betz '91, director of career development at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, has been named director of the career center at Carleton College. She will assume her new, full-time duties on March 4. Betz has 17 years of experience in higher education career development, including a stint at Carleton from 1996-2000 when she held roles as program coordinator, assistant, and associate director with Carleton’s Career Center. She went on to serve as director of internships at Oberlin College (Ohio) before assuming her current position at St. Catherine in 2005. In 2010, she was named administrative staff employee of the year at St. Kate’s.
Carleton to host public screening of acclaimed HBO documentary film, "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia"February 1, 2013
The Carleton College chapter of "Eye to Eye" has partnered with HBO to host a public screening of "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia" at the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema on Monday, February 4 at 7 p.m. Dyslexia is one of the most common learning differences (affecting one in five children) yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. Dyslexics are bright students who happen to struggle with reading. An official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival,"The Big Picture" was directed by James Redford. The New York Times says the film "busts any preconceptions about limits on what people with dyslexia can achieve." This important film screening will be following by a discussion led by members of "Eye to Eye." The public is encouraged to attend this free event.
David Gergen, Political Commentator and Former Presidential Adviser, to Present Carleton ConvocationFebruary 1, 2013
David Gergen, a Harvard University professor and senior political analyst for CNN who served during the administrations of four U.S. presidents, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, Feb. 8. Gergen will talk about his thirty-plus years of experience as a political insider and his views on leadership in American political life. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at http://apps.carleton.edu/events/convocations/.
Michael D. Cohen, Carleton Class of 2002, will visit on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum to present a talk entitled "How Did The Civil War Affect Colleges?" Cohen's appearance is in support of the publication of his first book, entitled "Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War" (University of Virgina Press, 2012). Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event and refreshments will be served. Cohen will speak at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
- January 29, 2013
Thomas Callister ’13 has been named one of the 14 Churchill Scholarship winners nationwide. The award gives him a full scholarship to earn his master of philosophy degree at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, focusing on gravitational wave astronomy. Callister, the first Idahoan to win a Churchill Scholarship in the nearly 50-year existence of the program, was one of only two liberal-arts college students among the 14 scholarship winners. This marks the second straight year that Carleton has produced a Churchill Scholarship winner, as fellow physics major and astronomer Michael Coughlin ’12 won the award a year ago. Both were the only student from a Minnesota college or university to win the award.
- January 29, 2013
Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, will take a leave of absence from the College to serve as the director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). The NSF’s DUE sets undergraduate science education goals to provide leadership, support curriculum development, prepare the workforce and to foster connections. These goals constitute a comprehensive approach to strengthening science, technology and math (STEM) education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.
Art Professor David Art Professor David Lefkowitz Explains "Nirthfolde" and Other "Quasi-Fictional Places"January 27, 2013
In conjunction with the popular Northfield Arts Guild Gallery exhibit "NRTHFLD: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau," professor of art David Lefkowitz will unravel the mysteries of this "slightly askew" take on Northfield in a public lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Entitled "Quasi-Fictional Places: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau and Other Original Facsimilies," Lefkowitz's talk will introduce audiences to "Nirthfolde...a bucolic, yet bustling burg situated in a parallel universe that neatly overlaps Northfield, Minnesota, and that has existed relatively unnoticed for over a century and a half."
Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, has earned a Science prize for her Inquiry-Based Instruction (IBI) teaching tool for her genomics course called Genomics Explorers. Science's IBI Prize was developed to showcase outstanding materials, usable in a wide range of schools and settings, for teaching introductory science courses at the college level. The materials must be designed to encourage students' natural curiosity about how the world works, rather than to deliver facts and principles about what scientists have already discovered. Organized as one free-standing "module," the materials should offer real understanding of the nature of science, as well as providing an experience in generating and evaluating scientific evidence.
College Archivist Eric Hillemann Publishes "A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould"January 25, 2013
Carleton College archivist Eric Hillemann has published "A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould," chronicling the namesake of the College's library—a man who served for thirty years as a professor of geology and as Carleton's "colorful and charismatic" fourth president. On Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum, Carleton will host a special booksigning event celebrating this new publication. Carleton President Steve Poskanzer will introduce Hillemann, who will give a brief presentation on the new biography. A complimentary lunch will also be provided for the first fifty attendees. Copes of "A Beacon So Bright" are available now at the Carleton Bookstore, located in the Sayles Hill Campus Center, and online at www.carletonbookstore.org and www.amazon.com.