Carleton College’s International Festival, a yearly event showcasing the diversity of the student body and featuring food, workshops and events from around the globe, will be held this year on Saturday, May 5. This year’s theme is “Around the World in 80 Minutes.” The festival is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. on the Bald Spot (to be changed to the Sayles-Hill Great Space in case of rain), and it is free and open to the public, although donations to the TORCH program are being greatly encouraged.
Abé Mark Nornes will lecture on the ubiquity of calligraphy in the cinema of East Asia in a presentation entitled “Translating Calligraphy” at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236. This event is free and open to the public.
Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, will give a talk on digitizing library materials. His presentation, entitled “Living with the Real Thing: From the Original to the Digital,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thurs., May 10 in the Carleton College Boliou Hall, Room 141. This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton College will present a faculty performance by piano lecturer Matthew McCright on Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The performance will also feature violinist Tarn Travers and horn player Sarah Schmalenberger, who will join McCright to perform works by Johannes Brahms and Gyorgy Ligeti. This event is free and open to the public.
- May 2, 2012
Lila Abu Lughod, Carleton Class of 1974 and a prominent anthropologist whose studies have focused largely on Egypt, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, May 4 at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Taking Back the Village: Egyptian Youth in Revolution,” this event is free and open to the public.
- April 30, 2012
Dr. Mary Koss of the University of Arizona will present “Justice that Heals: Outcomes of Restorative Approach to Sexual Assault,” at 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 in Olin Hall Room 141 on the Carleton College campus. This event is free and open to the public.
The Tehreema Mitha Dance Company, a pioneering South Asian American dance company renowned for its range of classical and contemporary styles, will perform at Carleton College on Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. This colorful and creative performance is free and open to the public but seating is limited. To reserve seats, visit online at www.carleton.tixato.com/buy/
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.