- September 25, 2012
Violinist and former Carleton College faculty member Brenda Brenner will return to campus Saturday, Sept. 29 for a special performance at 8 p.m. in the College’s Concert Hall. Joining Brenner will be Carleton pianist and long-time collaborator Ken Huber for a program of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Igor Stravinsky and César Franck. This event is free and open to the public.
- September 21, 2012
Michael Duffy, a veteran journalist who is the executive editor and Washington bureau chief for TIME Magazine, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Sept. 28 at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Duffy will speak about his decades of experience covering national politics and his current position overseeing TIME’s coverage of national affairs. Convocation is free and open to the public; the addresses are also streamed live online and available for on-demand viewing after the event.
- September 20, 2012
Julie Neiworth, Carleton College professor of psychology and director of neuroscience, has been awarded an Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grant of $344,204 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her research “Revisiting Challenged Findings to Determine Social and Cognitive Abilities in Tamarins.” Neiworth will test tamarins, a new world monkey species, on several aspects of cognition contested in psychology due to the retraction or correction of work from former Harvard psychologist Marc Hauser. The topics include recognition of human speech, theory of mind, and social learning.
- September 19, 2012
Shawn Otto, an acclaimed author, filmmaker and noted science advocate, whose book “Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America” (Rodale Books, 2011) is the winner of the 2012 Minnesota Book Award for general nonfiction, will appear at the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. The event is part of a state-wide tour featuring Minnesota Book Award winners and is co-sponsored by Carleton’s Gould Library, St. Olaf College’s Rolvaag Library, and the Northfield Public Library. Otto will presentation will discuss his award-winning book, which argues that American society is rejecting science at the very time we most need it. Copies of “Fool Me Twice” will be available for purchase at the event. Otto’s presentation is free and open to the public.
- September 18, 2012
Over the course of two days at the end of September, Carleton College will host an innovative conference entitled “Visual Learning: Transforming the Liberal Arts.” The event brings together leaders from 42 esteemed institutions around the nation—academics representing a variety of disciplines, as well as graduate students, museum curators, photographers, photojournalists, graphic artists, film-makers, technologists, and musicians. What this diverse group of people has in common is the ever-growing realization of the significance of visual learning in the liberal arts.
- September 17, 2012
Memorial Hall, one of two full-scale student residential facilities that opened at Carleton College in 2009, is being renamed Ardis and Robert James Hall in recognition of the financial commitment made to Carleton by the James family, including Board of Trustees member Cathy James Paglia ’74. The new name honors Cathy Paglia’s parents, Ardis and Robert James, who have a long history of generously supporting a number of nonprofits and educational institutions through their family foundation, the Robert and Ardis James Foundation.
- September 14, 2012
Carleton College will present Patty Webster, a longtime volunteer in rural Peru and the founder and president of Amazon Promise, as its weekly convocation speaker on Friday, September 21. Webster, who has devoted her life to bringing medical aid and educational opportunities to the people of the Peruvian Amazon, wiil speak about her path into volunteer work and the benefits of a life of service, as well as her expertise in cultural preservation and charitable program development. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and is free and open to the public. Webster's presentation will also be streamed online and can be found at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/carletonadmin.portal#.
- September 10, 2012
Carleton College’s Perlman Teaching Museum opens the 2012-13 academic year with an exhibit highlighting new works by six studio art faculty members. Ibid. (Referencing Carleton Collections) will be on display in the Braucher Gallery in the Weitz Center for Creativity from September 14 through November 14, 2012. Entry to the exhibit is free and open to the public.
- September 7, 2012
Carleton College is very pleased to present Havana, Cuba’s acclaimed choral music ensemble El Coro Shalom on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. This not-to-be-missed performance is free and open to the public.
- September 5, 2012
Carleton College is pleased to announce that Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will be the featured speaker at its annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year. Opening Convocation will be held on Monday, September 10 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel; this event is free and open to the public. It will also be streamed online, viewable at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/carletonadmin.portal#.
Today, the Huffington Post named Carleton College to its list of the "Top Ten Colleges with the Happiest Students." This latest installment of the 2013 Unigo College Rankings highlights those campuses with students "who overwhelmingly voted that they were as happy as could be!" The ranking also refers to Carleton as "an incredibly well-regarded" liberal arts school. Unigo's complete profile of the College can be found here.
- August 28, 2012
Next week, Carleton College will welcome 531 members of the Class of 2016. Each year, New Student Week at the College includes a variety of activities designed to familiarize incoming freshmen with the campus and with each other. But this year’s New Student Week will feature a unique opportunity—hands-on training for CPR and AED, providing all students with the tools necessary to respond to heart-related medical emergencies. On Wednesday, September 5 from 11 a.m. until noon in the Carleton Recreation Center, the College plans to train the 531 incoming freshmen (along with over another hundred students, Hall Directors, and Resident Assistants) for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and on the use of automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.
- August 25, 2012
On Tuesday, September 4, Carleton College welcomes the Class of 2016 to campus. There are 531 students in the class, selected from a pool of 5,856 applicants. The students represent 45 states and 18 countries, with 99 students coming from Minnesota, followed by Illinois (57), California (52), Wisconsin (37), Massachusetts (29), New York (24), Washington (18), Texas (13), and Connecticut and Ohio (10 each).
- August 10, 2012
Carleton College's Perlman Teaching Museum, located in the Weitz Center for Creativity, is featured in a MN Original episode entitled "Museums Creating Community." Produced with the Minnesota Association of Museums, the episode looks at the role and value of museums as they reflect their communities, preserve traditions and inspire generations. Minnesota has over 600 museums, representing a diverse array of perspectives and artistic genres, as well as numerous chapters in the state's history.
Today Newsweek magazine released its list of "2012's Best Colleges for You" and Carleton College is featured twice -- ranking as one of the top five "happiest" campuses in the nation, as well as one of the most "rigorous" colleges academically. The rankings reflect the Carleton's passion for working hard, while appreciating the importance of having fun and enjoying life both in and out of the classroom.
Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges will use a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore how increased institutional collaboration could enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of services provided to students, faculty, and staff. The $50,000 grant will support a number of planning activities beginning this summer, and will enable the two colleges to examine the opportunities and challenges related to expanded collaboration.
- July 10, 2012
Six Carleton students, including five members of the class of 2012, have been awarded highly competitive Fulbright Fellowships to pursue graduate work abroad. The recipients include: Katie Deeg ’12 (Zionsville, Ind.), Elizabeth Durham ’12 (Ottawa Hills, Ohio), Zach Hyman ’08 (East Hampton, N.Y.), Grace Ogilby ’12 (Belmont, Mass.), Jesse Pittman ‘12 (Annapolis, Md.), and Jake Reznick ‘12 (New York). Fulbright Fellowship award winners are selected on the basis of personal qualifications, academic record, and the value of the proposed project or study.
In collaboration with the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, Carleton College is pleased to announce the first annual Northfield Summer Film Festival, running for four consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning July 10 and running through July 31. The theme of the series is "awakenings" and featured films include "Groundhog Day," "After Life," "The Crying Game," and "Local Hero." Screenings will be presented each Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema and are free and open to the public.
Emmitt C. House, Carleton Class of 1971, will present the keynote address for the Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) commencement on Friday, July 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. House will address the 52 CLAE scholars and the Carleton community, speaking about his life experiences including navigating the college search process, his undergraduate education, graduate education, and his career as a lawyer.
- June 11, 2012
Muira McCammon ‘13 (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) has earned an esteemed Beinecke Scholarship. Each Beinecke Scholar receives $4,000 to use for visiting potential graduate schools and another $30,000 to apply towards graduate school tuition. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships, and research grants. McCammon’s research and coursework at Carleton has taken her to the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Latvia, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and throughout the United States. She received the International Center for Academic Integrity’s Donald McCabe award for her research on British undergraduate judiciaries at Oxford, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics.
- May 30, 2012
The Carleton College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of two faculty members, effective September 1, 2012. Jackson Bryce, Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of Classical Languages and the Liberal Arts, will be promoted from Professor to Professor Emeritus; and María Elena Doleman, Senior Lecturer in Spanish, will be promoted from Senior Lecturer to Senior Lecturer Emeritus.
Meera Sury ’14 (Roseville, Minn.), a sophomore biology and religion double major, recently was awarded a Davis Project for Peace Grant from the Davis United World Scholars. With the support of the grant, Sury will work with women of the South Indian village of Karasanur to expand their small-scale sewing enterprise. Sury will provide the women with power sewing machines; teach marketing strategies, as well as computer and camera skills.
As the academic year draws to a close, some Carleton students are lightening up, and that means great bargains for area residents.
Each spring Carleton College students donate unwanted possessions to the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) for its annual Lighten Up sale, held during the College’s reunion weekend. This year’s Lighten Up sale will be held at West Gym on Friday, June 15 from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 16 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The CCCE advises shoppers that the best bargains can often be found early in the sale.
Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to 466 graduating seniors at the 138th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at 9:30 a.m. on the Bald Spot, the lawn west of Hulings Hall on the Carleton campus. A celebratory picnic on the Bald Spot will follow. In the event of severe weather, commencement will be held indoors at the Recreation Center. Seating is available to accommodate all guests, whether outdoors or indoors, and no tickets are required.