Carleton College’s African Drum Ensemble, a student collective that uses indigenous instruments and teaching methods to perform rhythms and songs from West Africa, will show off its talents in a concert on Tuesday, May 29 at 4 p.m. The concert will take place on the College Bald Spot (or, in the event of rain, in the Sayles-Hill Great Space), and is free and open to the public.
Carleton College is one of 47 small colleges and universities nationwide to earn a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant that will enable the schools to work together to create more engaging science classes, bring real-world research experiences to students, and increase the diversity of students who study science. The four-year, $1 million grant will support the project Towards an Integrative STEM Education: Strengthening Transfer and Application of Learning.
Thursday, May 24 is Bob Dylan's 71st birthday and Northfield will celebrate this Minnesota music legend with the 2nd annual Dylan Fest, taking place at The Content Cow in downtown Northfield. Invited to perform this year are Carleton's all-female a cappella ensemble, The Knightingales. "Dylan's music and poetic lyrics carry the ability to touch anyone who listens, whether it's the first or hundredth time he or she has listened to a song," says Isabelle Rivers-McCue '14 (Gates Mills, Ohio), of The Knightingales in a profile published in the Northfield News.
Reverend Ruth Caigoy Janoras, an activist working through the church to protect communities in her native Philippines from environmental destruction and human rights abuses, will speak at Carleton College on Monday, May 28 at 7 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Her presentation, entitled “Environmental Justice in the Philippines: A Faith-based Perspective,” will be followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public.
For the second time in three years, Carleton's Gods of Plastic Ultimate club team captured the Division 3 USA Ultimate championship. GoP dispatched the University of Puget Sound, 14-12, in the finals after rolling through pool play and the semifinals with relative ease. It marked GoP's third national title in four years, as it previously won the 2009 and 2010 crowns before trying its hand at the D1 level in 2011.
Cathryn Manduca, director of Carleton College’s Science Education Research Center (SERC), has co-authored Earth and Mind II, a geology textbook that explores the distinctive ways geoscientists perceive, analyze, and explain the workings of the earth system. The book addresses topics such as thinking about space, time, natural systems, and the importance of fieldwork for teaching and learning.
Carleton College will hold its annual Honors Convocation, held on the last Friday of spring term to recognize faculty and students for their academic accomplishments and community service, on Friday, May 25 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. This year’s Honors Convocation featured speaker will be Jackson Bryce, the Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of Classical Languages and the Liberal Arts. A cherished annual tradition at Carleton, Honors Convocation begins and ends with a full academic procession. During the ceremony, honor students and recipients of awards and grants will be recognized. Honors Convocation is free and open to the public.
The Carleton College Orchestra will celebrate the conclusion of the academic year with a performance in the Concert Hall on Friday, May 25 at 8 p.m. Designed to showcase the many musical talents of the graduating class of 2012, this concert is free and open to the public.
NRC Report: Findings From Discipline-Based Education Research Could Improve Undergraduate Science and Engineering Teaching But Are Not Yet Widely UsedMay 21, 2012
Discipline-based education research (DBER) has generated insights that could help improve undergraduate education in science and engineering, but these findings have not yet prompted widespread changes in teaching practice, says a new report from the National Research Council. Science and engineering faculty, institutions, disciplinary societies, and professional societies should all support high-quality DBER and the adoption of the evidence-based teaching strategies that have emerged from it, the report says. Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton, chaired this research effort
Two of Carleton's club Ultimate teams, Gods of Plastic (GoP) and Eclipse, are representing Carleton at the 2012 USA Ultimate D3 Collegiate Nationals this weekend in Appleton, Wis. Eclipse is the defending women's champion, while GoP attempts to reclaim the title it won in 2010 before moving to D1 in 2011. We have links to each team's Twitter feed and to live scoring on USA Ultimate's website.
On Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m., Carleton College will host a public panel discussion on the ethics of healthcare access in America. Entitled “Healthcare as a Human Right: Access & Barriers,” this event will take place in the College’s Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236, and is free and open to the public.
- May 17, 2012
The acclaimed Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble will perform in concert Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The performance will feature Chinese classical, folk, silk and bamboo, percussion and minority music. This year’s spring concert will also feature traditional Temple music. This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton College’s senior studio art majors will present their culminating works in the College’s Senior Art Show opening Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Perlman Teaching Museum at the Weitz Center for Creativity. The art show—entitled “Untitled (for reasons)”—opens with a special reception with the students, who will be on-hand to discuss their work. Admittance to the reception and to the Perlman Teaching Museum is free and open to the public.
Carleton College vocalists will have an opportunity to shine in a concert Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The concert, entitled “Let’s Dance!,” will showcase an eclectic range of music about dance, featuring the Carleton Choir (both the Men’s Chorus and Bella Cantemus) and the Carleton Singers. Lawrence Burnett, a professor of music and choral director at Carleton, will conduct. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting professor and esteemed philosopher Kendall Walton will present “Thoughtwriting – in Poetry and Music” on Tuesday, May 15 at 12 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 305 on the Carleton College campus. This presentation is free and open to the public.
In conjunction with Carleton College’s symposium on Sephardic cultures (the culture of the Jews of Spain who, following their expulsion from the kingdom in 1492, fled to Turkey and Morocco), Isaac Azose, the cantor at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth in Seattle and an expert on Sephardic prayer and song, will give a lecture and demonstration at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 in the Gould Library Athenaeum. This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton College will present a symposium on Sephardic culture—the culture of the Jews of Spain who, following their expulsion from the kingdom in 1492, fled to Turkey and Morocco—from Monday, May 14 through Wednesday, May 16 in the Gould Library Athenaeum. The symposium will feature a variety of lectures, panels discussions, and demonstrations by scholars from Carleton and around the world. The symposium opens on Monday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. with a lecture entitled “Sepharad: Jewish History in Spain,” presented by Carleton professor Stacy Beckwith. All events related to this symposium are free and open to the public.
- May 10, 2012
Tim Ternes, Executive Director of The Saint John’s Bible Project at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, will present “From Inspiration to Illumination: An Introduction to The Saint John’s Bible” on Monday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. This is a wonderful and rare opportunity to learn more about the conception, processes, tools, methods and materials used to make The Saint John’s Bible. Following the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to handle vellum and writing quills and to see full-size, beautifully-bound fine art reproductions of some of the pages of The Saint John’s Bible. This event is free and open to the public.
Renowned writer Uday Prakash, considered one of contemporary Hindi’s most important voices, is visiting Carleton College for the month of May as the Lindesmith Distinguished Lecturer and Writer in Residence. During his residency, Prakash will present a number of public lectures and film screenings; these events are free and open to the public.
Carleton College has announced the purchase of the building at 200 Division Street, formerly known as the Medical Arts Building, in Northfield. The College has been a major tenant in the building since 2005 when the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) relocated there. The acquisition will allow Carleton to use a portion of the building to expand much-needed space for SERC operations, as well as move some additional administrative functions out of core academic buildings on campus.
Carleton College will hold its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Northfield Community Action Center’s Food Shelf on Friday, May 11 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on the campus Bald Spot. Over 600 handmade ceramic bowls, filled with soup, will be available for sale, with a suggested donation of $15 per bowl. This popular annual event is open to the public.
Carleton College’s premier dance and theater groups, the Players and the Semaphore Repertory Dance Company, come together in a new adaptation of Oresteia, Aeschylus’ trilogy of Ancient Greek tragedies, premiering Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Additional performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly on May 12 and 18, along with 2 p.m. matinees on May 13 and 20. Admission is free and open to the public; reservations are strongly encouraged by visiting online at www.carleton.tixato.com/buy.
- May 6, 2012
Peter Ubel, Carleton Class of 1984, a noted physician and behavioral scientist whose work has focused on the idiosyncrasies of human nature that impact our lives, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, May 11. Ubel’s presentation, “Battling Over Health Care: The Weird Clash of Morality and Psychology That Threatens to Bankrupt Us,” will explore the framing of the health care debate in the United States, including such topics as informed consent, shared decision-making and health care rationing. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public.
- May 6, 2012
Carleton College’s Symphony Band, directed by Ronald Rodman, will present its spring performance on Friday, May 11 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The concert—featuring works by Gustav Holst, Richard Rogers, Frank Ticeli, Danny Elfman, Arvo Part, and Antonin Dvorak—is free and open to the public.