- November 1, 2012
Carleton's acclaimed Chinese Music Ensemble will celebrate the sights and sounds of China in a public recital on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. in the College's Concert Hall. Directed by world renowned musician and composer Gao Hong, the Chinese Music Ensemble has also been invited to perform at St. Paul's Landmark Center on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. as part of The Schubert Club's "Cocktails with Culture" Concert Series. Both performances are free and open to the public.
- October 30, 2012
Carleton College will host a celebration of the Hmong New Year in the Severance Great Hall on Saturday, Nov. 3, featuring performances of traditional and contemporary Hmong song and dance. The celebration will be hosted by the Coalition of Hmong Students, which promotes awareness of Hmong culture at Carleton, and sponsored by Hmong Culture Outreach at St. Olaf College. Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m.; the event is free and open to the public, and Hmong appetizers will be served.
- October 29, 2012
Carleton College will host a service and celebration on Friday, Nov. 2 in the Severance Great Hall beginning at 6 p.m. to commemorate the ‘Day of the Dead.’ Besides a religious ceremony, the event will feature food and dancing, and members of the community are invited to bring objects symbolizing remembrance of departed loved ones for a special alter display. This annual event is free and open to the public.
Acclaimed Author Peter Geye Returns to Carleton in Support of His Latest Novel, “The Lighthouse Road”October 28, 2012
Carleton College is very pleased to present author Peter Geye on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Currently touring the nation in support of his highly anticipated and already critically acclaimed second novel, “The Lighthouse Road,” Geye’s appearance is free and open to the public. Copies of Geye’s work will be available for purchase at the event and also in advance at the Carleton Bookstore.
Two small exhibitions currently on display at the Carleton College Perlman Teaching Museum in the Weitz Center for Creativity connect curricular work in history and French to art objects from around the globe. Both exhibits are on display in the Kaemmer Family Gallery of the Perlman Teaching Museum through November 14, 2012.
“Visualizing Friends and Enemies in the Socialist World” is an extension of a seminar led by David Tompkins, assistant professor of history and director of European studies. The exhibit analyzes socialist propaganda from Russia, China, Cuba, and elsewhere. And under the guidance of Christine Lac, senior lecturer in French, “People, Places, Things: La culture en deçà des clichés” explores the cultural significance of people, places, and things as represented by French and Francophile artists.
Both exhibits will be discussed by student experts in an art talk on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Commons.
- October 26, 2012
Leslie Harper, a Native American educator and director of a language immersion program for Ojibwe children, will present the Native American Heritage Convocation on Friday, Nov. 2. Harper will discuss her work helping to preserve the Ojibwe language, which she considers integral to her people’s culture. 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 archived and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo.
- October 26, 2012
The Department of Political Science will present Nicol Rae, a professor of politics and international relations at Florida International University, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, a week before Election Day. Rae’s lecture is entitled “Winning Ugly? The 2012 Election and its Consequences for American Government,” and it will explore what the nature of the 2012 campaign, which has been widely derided for its negativity, says about the state of our politics. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 305 of Leighton Hall, and it is free and open to the public.
- October 23, 2012
The Carleton College Symphony Band will present “Of Sailors and Whales,” a performance designed to pay tribute to ships and those who sail them, on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
MIT Social Scientist Sherry Turkle to Present Convocation Addressing Human ‘Relationships’ with Technology and ComputersOctober 23, 2012
Licensed clinical psychologist and MIT professor of social science Sherry Turkle will present the weekly Carleton convocation on Friday, Oct. 26 at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Turkle’s talk, “Necessary Conversations: Technology as an Evocative Object,” will look at the “subjective” side of people’s relationships with technology, in particular computers. This event is free and open to the public and will also be streamed live; view online at http://apps.carleton.edu/events/convocations/.
- October 22, 2012
The Carleton College athletic department, coaches, and varsity student-athletes are pleased to announce the 14th Annual "Halloween 'KNIGHT'" Carnival to be held Sunday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. This year’s event will once again be held at Carleton’s Recreation Center.
- October 22, 2012
The Carleton Players, Carleton’s leading student theater group, will present “Split Seconds,” a new play by Michael Elyanow about the 2008 election in California and the battle over gay rights, at 7:30 nightly on Oct. 25, 26 and 27, along with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 28. Performances take place in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. The event is free but reservations are recommended; tickets can be reserved at https://carleton.tixato.com/buy/.
Carleton’s 27th Annual Chesley Lecture Addresses “Global Warming and the Fate of the Land Carbon Sink”October 22, 2012
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 Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Boliou Hall, room 104. Entitled “Global Warming and the Fate of the Land Carbon Sink,” Pacala’s presentation is free and open to the public.
- October 19, 2012
The Carleton College community lost one of its most cherished members, former political science professor and U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, in a plane crash ten years ago. Carleton will host a series of events on Oct. 25, the tenth anniversary of Wellstone’s death, to commemorate his life, honor his tenure as a Carleton professor, and celebrate his legacy of civic engagement that continues with today’s Carleton students. The main event, “Celebrating the Legacy of Paul Wellstone” begins at 12 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel and will be streamed live via Carleton's website or available for on-demand viewing.
- October 18, 2012
Professor Sarah Keller of the University of Washington will present “Using Basic Science to Understand 21st Century Energy Options” on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Carleton College in Olin Hall, room 149. Keller’s lecture will help to garner understanding of the different kinds of energy production available using topics from high school level physics and chemistry. This event is free and open to the public.
Dance away the autumn chill at the 7th annual Northfield Harvest Stomp!, a community contra dance featuring music by Contratopia and led by caller Robin Nelson, on Friday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Northfield Armory, located at 519 Division Street in downtown Northfield.
- October 17, 2012
Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall, the public is invited to a not-to-be-missed Celebration of African Song. "Acoustic Africa: Afropean Woman" features Dobet Gnahoré, the Ivory Coast vocalist and dancer who has garnered a reputation as one of the most vibrant performers in world music. Dobet, who won the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2006 “Best Newcomer," made her North American debut in the fall of 2006 in Putumayo Presents: Acoustic Africa, alongside Habib Koite and Vusi Mahlasela. In 2010 Dobet Gnahoré won the Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the song “Pearls” in collaboration with India.Arie.
- October 17, 2012
Just in time for Election Day, Carleton College’s Humanities Center will present political advertising professional and “ad whiz” Bill Hillsman ‘75, along with Carleton political science professor Barbara Allen, as they discuss “2012 Election Ads: Do the Facts Really Matter? Visuals, Sound, & the Factual Accuracy of Political Advertising” on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity, room 236. Their timely and thought-provoking presentation will highlight the existence (and lack thereof!) of truthfulness, accuracy and transparency in political advertising. This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton Commemorates Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday with Marathon Reading of "David Copperfield" and Lecture by Dickens Expert James KincaidOctober 12, 2012
Carleton College will celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens with a special appearance by James Kincaid, the Aerol Arnold Professor of English at the University of Southern California, on Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium. Kincaid’s lecture, entitled “Great Expectations and Death,” will discuss the work of Charles Dickens as part of a series of events commemorating the bicentennial of the author’s birth.
In advance of Kincaid’s appearance, the College will host a marathon public reading of Dickens’ classic novel, “David Copperfield,” on the north balcony of the Sayles-Hill Great Space. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and continuing until 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, various Carleton faculty members, administrators (including President Steve Poskanzer), and students will take turns reading the novel aloud, chapter-by-chapter.
Gina Haney, co-director of the Future of Babylon Project of the World Monuments Fund, will speak abou the organization’s fight to restore one of the world’s great archaeological treasures—ancient Babylon—on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Haney’s presentation, “Managing Landscapes: The Case of Babylon, Iraq,” looks at the challenge of historic preservation in a region torn apart by war. This event is free and open to the public.
- October 12, 2012
The Baoting Li and Miao Autonomous County Song and Dance Troupe, an award-winning music and dance group from the Chinese island of Hainan, will perform at Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Oct. 19. The group is dedicated to the traditional folk music of the Li and Miao (also known as Hmong outside China) ethnic groups, who live mostly in southern China and Southeast Asia. This special convocation will be held in the Carleton College Concert Hall from 10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., 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/.
Later than same evening, the Baoting Li and Miao Dance Troupe will perform again at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Both morning and evening performances are free and open to the public.
- October 10, 2012
Carleton College and the Northfield community will come together to bring old blackboards to life in a colorful and creative event on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity. The “Chalk Slam” includes live music and refreshments and is free and open to the public. Humble blackboards, an essential feature of classrooms past, will come alive as students, professors, mathematicians, Minnesota artists, and community organizations draw, doodle, and calculate—creating temporary compositions that honor decades of learning by blackboard at the site of the former Northfield Middle School.
Carleton to Present Celebrated Indian Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and Rare Screening of his Documentary Film, ‘Jai Bhim Comrade’October 5, 2012
Noted and celebrated Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan will host a discussion and screening of his groundbreaking film, “Jai Bhim Comrade: The atrocity of caste, a tradition of reason, a song that will be sung,” at the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. This rare appearance is one of only two screenings of the film in Minnesota. Patwardhan’s films document injustice in an attempt to spark dialogue and social change; “Jai Bhim Comrade” provides a harrowing look at the persistent suffering of the “untouchable” caste in Indian society despite attempts to end discrimination. This event, which is free and open to the public, begins with a discussion and reception with Patwardhan at 6 p.m., followed by the screening of the film at 7 p.m.
Phil Plait, an astronomer and author/creator of the “Bad Astronomy” website and blog, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Oct. 12. Titled “Death From the Skies!,” Plait’s presentation is based on his book of the same name, which explores various means of human extinction through astronomical disasters like asteroid impacts and supernovae. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public. This convocation won't be live streamed, nor will an on-demand video be made available.
- October 3, 2012
Carleton College is pleased to present multiple Grammy and Hoku Award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. in concert on Friday, October 5 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Labeled “Hawaii’s Renaissance Man” by Maui Time Weekly, Kahumoku is a songwriter, world-traveling performer, director of the Institute of Hawaiian Music, artist and sculptor, storyteller and writer, farmer and entrepreneur. In concert, he presents his traditional style of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar with vocals and stories of life and culture in Hawaii. This event is free and open to the public.