- 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.
- January 25, 2013
Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity will host a special screening of “Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa,” a film directed by Carleton professor Cherif Keita, which explores an early effort at resistance to white authority in South Africa and its little-known connection with Northfield. The screening, part of the College’s Humanities Center’s Perspectives in Public Humanities series, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center Cinema. This event is free and open to the public.
- January 25, 2013
Dr. Ebony Utley, an assistant professor of communication studies at California State University, Long Beach, whose work focuses on popular culture, race and interpersonal relationships, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, Feb. 1. Utley’s address, “The Rap On Rap And Religion,” will look at references to God in rap music and the religious roots prevalent in urban communities. 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/.
- January 20, 2013
Carleton College will host Helene York, an advocate for sustainable food who directed the purchasing initiatives of the Bon Appétit Management Company (Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges’ food service provider) from 2005 until 2013, on Friday, Jan. 25. York’s presentation, “Beyond Consumer Activism: What Companies Must Do to Fix a Broken Food System,” will discuss how Bon Appétit works to make more sustainable food available to its large network of clients. Carleton’s weekly 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/.
- January 16, 2013
Anita Guerrini, a historian of the life sciences and medicine and a professor at Oregon State University, will deliver the Winter 2013 Herbert P. Lefler Lecture in History at Carleton College on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Guerrini’s talk, entitled “Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris,” will explore animals, anatomy and natural history during the reign of Louis XIV (r. 1643-1715). The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in room 305 of Leighton Hall, and it is free and open to the public.
- January 14, 2013
Carleton College will present “All(most) Alone,” an eclectic concert composed for the trombone, on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. Led by Ronald Rodman, professor of music and director of the Carleton Symphony Band, the performance will pieces for solo trombone with “non-human” accompaniment by instruments such as sympathetically-tuned percussion and electronic sounds. The concert takes place in the atrium of the Weitz Center for Creativity and is free and open to the public.
The Carleton College community will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a candlelight service of remembrance and celebration, to be held in the Skinner Memorial Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 20. Guest speaker Reverend Oliver White will speak at the service about “A Love Ethic Grounded in the Gospel of Jesus,” and the Carleton Jubilee Singers will perform. The service begins at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a soup dinner; all events are free and open to the public.
The work of Pittsburgh-based, multi-media artist John Peña's "Daily Geology" is featured in an exhibit in the Kaemmer Family Gallery of Perlman Teaching Museum, located in the Weitz Center for Creativity. Peña's two-year autobiographical project "Daily Geology" depicts one drawing a day to highlight a memorable if unremarkable moment or experience. Aiming to dramatize links between humans and nature, Peña defines his life as a slow accretion of experience; he offers small pencil drawings full of family dynamics, random encounters, personal hungers, and longings, to gradually tell the big story of a life.
Feminist media critic and blogger Anita Sarkeesian will present the weekly Carleton College convocation address on Friday, Jan. 18 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. A renowned popular culture critic and creator of the video blog, “Feminist Frequency,” Sarkeesian will explore the representation of women in pop culture narratives, including television, movies and gaming. Her presentation, entitled, “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters,” is free and open to the public.
Carleton’s 27th Annual Chesley Lecture Addresses “Global Warming and the Fate of the Land Carbon Sink”January 9, 2013
Stephen W. Pacala, Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, will present Carleton College’s 27th Annual Frank G. & Jean M. Chesley Lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Hall Room 149. Entitled “Global Warming and the Fate of the Land Carbon Sink,” Pacala’s presentation is free and open to the public.
Ronald Henkoff ‘76, editor of the award-winning monthly magazine Bloomberg Markets and an executive editor at Bloomberg News, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 11. Henkoff’s presentation, entitled “Money, Power and Trust,” will look at how the economy has been affected by scandals within financial institutions. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at http://apps.carleton.edu/events/convocations/.
- January 2, 2013
When she's not managing the College's campus energy and sustainability initiatives, Martha Larson is also an accomplished jazz cellist and vocalist. This month, Larson is bringing her musical talents to the Northfield community with an eclectic new music series: "Gypsy Jammin' - Django Style."
Carleton’s David Lefkowitz and Doug Bratland present “NRTHFLD: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau,” a new exhibit at the Northfield Arts GuildJanuary 2, 2013
Carleton College professor of art David Lefkowitz, along with web content specialist Doug Bratland, have collaborated on a new exhibit opening at the Northfield Arts Guild. “NRTHFLD: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau” opens Friday, January 11 with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Arts Guild Gallery.