Nina Olsen, senior lecturer in clarinet at Carleton College, will commemorate more than 20 years as a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra with a musical performance at Carleton College. The performance, entitled “The Voice and the Clarinet,” will present a variety of works in collaboration with soprano Mary Laymon and pianist Mary Jo Gothmann. The performance will take place at 8:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall on Friday, May 4. This special event is free and open to the public.
Lila Abu Lughod, a member of the Carleton Class of 1974 and an anthropologist well known for her work on gender and postcolonial theory, will present “Authorizing Moral Crusades to Save Muslim Women: Literary Trafficking and Rights-Talk in the Public Sphere” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2 in the Severance Great Hall on the Carleton campus. This event is free and open to the public.
- April 25, 2012
Carleton College’s Ian G. Barbour Lecture Series continues with a presentation by Dr. Larry L. Rasmussen on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Severance Great Hall. Entitled “The Denial of a Diminished Planet: The Challenge of Science and to Religion,” this event is free and open to the public.
Carleton College’s Black Students Alliance will host Step It Up II, a celebration of black expression through various forms of dance, on Sat., April 28 in the Weitz Center for Creativity. This event is free and open to the public.
- April 25, 2012
Carleton College will host its first-ever Reproductive Justice Conference on Saturday, April 28, in the Weitz Center for Creativity. Entitled "Sex, Lies and Things Our Mothers Never Told Us: How Reproductive Justice Fits into Every Aspect of Our Society,” the all-day conference is designed for students, activists, and youth – everyone is welcome.
Indian-American author and community organizer Rinku Sen will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, April 27 at 10:50 a.m. In her presentation, entitled “Building Bridges in a Divided World,” Sen will offer strategies to work towards social, racial, and gender equality. Following her presentation, Sen will sign copies of her books, which will be available for purchase at the event at a 15% discount. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and is free and open to the public.
- April 23, 2012
Souleymane Bachir Diagne, a professor at Columbia University, will present “What is African Philosophy? The Discussion of Orality and Islamic Thought in Francophone Africa” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 in the Severance Great Hall at Carleton College. This event is free and open to the public.
Everyone is invited to participate in a live bird banding demonstration on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum. Part of “Taking Count: Minnesota’s Great Bird Count,” the event offers the chance to join in the live banding of birds and learn how to participate in taking count of Minnesota’s birds through the citizen science project, the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA) with Bonnie Sample, Minnesota Audubon BBA Coordinator. Everyone is invited to participate: those with a new interest in birds are welcome, as well as experienced birders, who will be teamed with those new to birding for the breeding bird count. This is a great family activity and a way to gain new friends while exploring Northfield’s natural areas!
- April 21, 2012
Brother John, from the ecumenical Christian Taize community in France, will visit Carleton College and present a talk about the Taize community movement on Wed., April 25, at 7:30 p.m., in the Skinner Memorial Chapel sanctuary. Brother John will then give a reflection during the College's regular weekly Taize Vespers service at 8:30pm. All are welcome to his talk and to the vespers service of singing, prayer, scripture reading, and silence.
- April 18, 2012
David Zeitlyn, a professor of social anthropology at Oxford University, will speak at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 23 in the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum. Zeitlyn’s presentation, entitled “Cameroonian Studio Photography: Why I Am Obsessed,” complements the Gould Library exhibition “Staging Selves: Cameroonian Portrait Photography,” on display through June 16, 2012. The lecture, as well as access to the exhibit, is free and open to the public.
Carleton College will observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a service and vigil on Sunday, April 22, beginning at 1 p.m. in Skinner Memorial Chapel. As part of the event, Holocaust survivor Dr. Sabina Zimering will speak about her experiences under Nazi rule, and Carleton associate chaplain Rabbi Shosh Dworsky will lead the service. This event is free and open to the public.
One of Northfield's favorite live bands, The Counterfactuals, just happens to be comprised of three Carleton professors, along with a faculty member from nearby St. Olaf College. The popular will band will perform Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. at J. Grundy's Rueb 'N' Stein in downtown Northfield. This is a 21+ older event, with no cover charge.
- April 16, 2012
Carleton College will join hundreds of people in 5,000 cities and towns across the nation—from Key West, Florida to Kodiak, Alaska—to distribute free books to those in need as part of World Book Night on April 23. World Book Night is a nationwide effort to encourage reading by giving away half a million free books to those with limited access to books.
- April 16, 2012
David Welna, Carleton Class of 1980 and a noted journalist and broadcaster who has been National Public Radio’s congressional correspondent for over ten years, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, April 20. Welna’s presentation, “From Carleton to Covering Congress…An Odyssey on Deadline,” will explore his career in radio journalism at the center of stories from South America to Capitol Hill. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public.
Paul Miller, known world-wide by his stage name “DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid," will come to Carleton College this week as this year’s Christopher U. Light Lecturer in Music. During his two-day residency, Miller will cover his groundbreaking work as an electronic music artist, film producer, and DJ. The visit will culminate in a not-to-be-missed multimedia concert performed with the Carleton Faculty String Quartet, led by professor of music and orchestra director, Hector Valdivia. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Friday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. at the Carleton College Concert Hall.
- April 16, 2012
Noted historian and author Greg Grandin, whose books on Latin America have won praise from figures as diverse as the New York Times Book Review and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, will present the keynote address at Carleton College’s annual Foro Latinoamerico conference. Grandin’s presentation, entitled “American Exceptionalism is Dead, Long Live American Exceptionalism,” will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20 in the Gould Library Athenaeum. This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton College professors Adeeb Khalid and Yaron Klein, along with Dr. William Buffet (Carleton Class of 1955), will present a panel discussion on the Shahnameh, the epic poem written in medieval Persia, in the Gould Library Athenaeum at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. This event is free and open to the public.
The show will go on at Carleton College -- the Carleton Film Society, a student-run organization that promotes arthhouse film, will continue its weekly public screenings on Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Each film is preceded by an introduction from a Carleton professor or other guest speaker, and student-led discussion follow the screenings. Screening are free and open to the public.
Carleton juniors Milan Cvitkovic ’13 (Seattle) and Thomas Callister (Walla Walla, Wash.) have each earned a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. A chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry, Cvitkovic has researched Organocatalysis with professor of chemistry David Alberg and associate professor of chemistry Gretchen Hofmeister. Callister, a physics major, has conducted research in astrophysics, specifically in pulsar astronomy, with professor of physics Joel Weisberg. This past summer he accompanied Weisberg to Australia, where they worked at the Parkes Radio Telescope and collaborated with researchers at the Australia Telescope National Facility in Sydney. Each student earns a scholarship that will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for 2012-13.
- April 11, 2012
The public is invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Trumpeter Swan Restoration Project in Minnesota. Learn the details of the trumpeter swan’s story and how their comeback applies to ongoing wildlife management efforts. Carrol Henderson, Supervisor of Minnesota’s Nongame Wildlife Program, will speak on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm at Carleton College’s Alumni Guest House Meeting Room, located at 100 South College Street in Northfield.
Michael Hemesath, professor of economics and current president of the faculty at Carleton College, has been appointed the 13th president of Saint John’s University (SJU) by the University’s Board of Regents. He will begin his official duties on July 1, 2012. A 1981 SJU graduate, Hemesath is the first lay president in the 155-year history of the private, liberal arts university. “This is incredibly exciting and good news for Saint John’s University and for Mike. And although we will miss our treasured colleague and friend very much, we know this is an exceptional opportunity for him,” Carleton President Steven G. Poskanzer said.
- April 6, 2012
Carleton College will present Gioia De Cari in a performance of “Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze,” a one-woman show about the experience of a professional woman in the male-dominated field of mathematics, on Friday, April 13 in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. The performance, which takes place at 7 p.m. and will be followed by an open discussion, is free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online at www.carleton.tixato/buy.
Renowned Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah to Present Convocation on the Social Power of Honor and MoralityApril 6, 2012
Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor at Princeton University and world-famous philosopher and author, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, April 13. Appiah’s presentation, “The Honor Code: Making Moral Revolutions,” will focus on the social power of honor and shame and how such social norms can spark more moral behavior. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public.
Barbara Fredrickson, Carleton College Class of 1986 and a renowned psychologist and expert on human emotions, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, April 6. Fredrickson’s presentation, “What Good Is It to Feel Good?,” will focus on the power of positive emotions, which she argues have the power to change our lives if properly harnessed. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and is free and open to the public.