- February 4, 2015
Syrian instrumentalist Issam Rafea will present a concert of classical and contemporary Arab music on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Rafea is an internationally acclaimed oud player, a pear-shaped stringed instrument commonly used in Middle Eastern music and considered to be an ancestor of the guitar. This event is free and open to the public.
Preeminent Native American poet, novelist, performer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie to speak at CarletonFebruary 4, 2015
Acclaimed award-winning poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie will present the Christopher U. Light Lecture at Carleton College on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Security, Sovereignty, Selfishness: How to be a 21st Century American Nomad,” Alexie’s presentation is open to the public.
On Sunday, Feb. 8 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall, faculty and guest artists Gwen Anderson (horn), Connie Martin (double bass), and David Hagedorn (Xylosynth) will present a program of "eclectic music for unique sonorities."
- February 3, 2015
Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer Tom Hanson will present "The Legacy of World War I" on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 304 on the Carleton College campus. In light of the recent centennial of the war, Hanson's presentation is especially interesting and relevant.
On Friday, Feb. 6 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Carleton College is pleased to present a special appearance by world-renowned musicians Rolf Haas on violin and Miki Aoki on piano. This rare appearance is free and open to the public.
- February 2, 2015
The public is invited to celebrate the launch of a new collaborative project by Carleton art students along with members of the Danish architecture and design collective, N55, on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Perlman Teaching Museum of the Weitz Center for Creativity. This exhibit opening and reception with the artists is free and open to the public.
Spoken word poet Javon Johnson presents convocation merging race and gender theory with comedy and lyricismFebruary 2, 2015
Spoken word poet Javon Johnson will present the weekly Carleton College Convocation address on Friday, Feb. 6 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled, "And, Your Kids Will Be Painted Black!,” Johnson’s presentation merges race and gender theory with comedy and lyricism. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
- January 28, 2015
Renowned composer and pipa master Gao Hong invites the public to an evening of music and storytelling on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Using the pipa, a pear-shaped traditional Chinese lute, Gao Hong will share her own personal adventures, using the versatile instrument to take the audience along a three-part journey beginning in old China and continuing to the musician’s life today. Entitled “Gao Hong on the Highway,” this fun and experimental concert is free and open to the public.
- January 28, 2015
At the annual Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championships of 2014, the Carleton Chess Club came away with a flourish of three awards, having competed against the top schools in the nation. The tournament was held December 27-30, at the Hilton Garden Inn in South Padre Island, Texas.
- January 23, 2015
On Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum, noted professor Peter Lawler will present a lecture entitled, “Is Earth Our True Home? On Walker Percy, Carl Sagan, & ‘Interstellar.’” This event is free and open to the public.
Convocation profiles the Dialogue Arts Project, using creative writing and art to generate dialogue about social identity and differenceJanuary 23, 2015
Adam Falkner, founder and executive director of the Dialogue Arts Project (DAP), will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 30 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “How Can Writing Change the World,” Falkner’s presentation profiles the mission of DAP, an organization dedicated to using creative writing and the arts as tools for generating difficult dialogue across lines of social identity, conflict and difference.
This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.
- January 20, 2015
On Monday, Jan. 26, Carleton College will present Dr. Christine Petersen, Director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases and associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, in a lecture focused on zoonotic and vector borne diseases and how they make a difference in human health. Petersen’s presentation, entitled “Bats, Bugs & Brucella: Why Someone in Emerging Infectious Diseases Pays Attention,” will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Olin Hall Room 141. This event is free and open to the public.
- January 19, 2015
As part of its ongoing public convocation series, Carleton College is pleased to present Dr. Lindsey Thomas, assistant Hennepin County Medical Examiner, on Friday, Jan. 23. Entitled “CSI Minnesota: The True Story of Death Investigation,” Thomas’ presentation will take listeners behind the scenes in her work as a forensic pathologist for Minnesota’s largest and most populated county.
Convocations held from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. They are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Carleton professor shadows Marco Polo’s famous 13th-century journey from Venice to Beijing (and beyond) in the acclaimed mini-series, “Marco Polo: A Very Modern JourneyJanuary 19, 2015
Carleton College is pleased to present a special screening of the acclaimed mini-series, “Marco Polo: A Very Modern Journey,” in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema January 25 and 29. Shot in epic cinematic style, the three-part series explores the philosophical and historical questions about East and West, then and now, as it contemplates the meaning and implications of Marco Polo’s infamous 13th-century journey from Venice to Beijing. The series follows Carleton professor Qiguang Zhao, Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese, as he travels to Venice to chase the shadow of Marco Polo.
- January 16, 2015
On Sunday, Jan. 25 from 10 am to 12:30 p.m., the public is invited to celebrate the 132nd birthday of Dacie Moses—and pay tribute to the memory and legacy of Carleton alumnus and Northfield City Council member Dixon Bond.
Carleton College will present a special screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary film “Above All Else” on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Directed by John Fiege, Carleton Class of 1997, and produced by Daryl Hannah, “Above All Else” reveals the hidden story of how the Keystone XL pipeline battle in East Texas has built a community of resistance to the climate crisis in Amerca. Winner of the Best North American Documentary at the Global Visions Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter called the film “an inspiring, dramatic, and very timely eco-doc.” This screening is free and open to the public.
- January 12, 2015
Acclaimed composer and pianist Nicola Melville will perform Sunday, Jan. 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Melville’s performance will include an eclectic mix of old and new compositions: Schubert’s German Dances, Chopin’s Mazurkas, and Debussy’s Estampes will rub shoulders with ragtime pieces by William Albright and Jacob TV’s humorous Body of Your Dreams for piano and boombox. A special feature will be the world premiere of three new miniatures by New Zealand composers Gareth Farr, Eve de Castro-Robinson, and Ross Harris.
- January 12, 2015
Carleton will host a service in celebration and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. The event will include a sermon, entitled “I Can’t Breathe,” delivered by Reverend Oliver White, with music performed by the Carleton Gospel Brunch Singers. A soup supper follows the service. Everyone is welcome to attend.
- January 12, 2015
In solidarity with the growing national movement #BlackLivesMatter, Carleton College invites the public to a campus dialogue on racial justice in America. On Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton will host “BlackLivesMatter: Conversations for Change,” a panel discussion with faculty and guest speakers followed by a Q&A session.
Dawn Porter, an attorney, civil justice crusader and award-winning documentary filmmaker, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 16 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Porter is the founder of Trilogy Films and the director of the acclaimed documentary, “Gideon’s Army,” which portrays the lives of three young public defenders working in the Deep South. Following the personal stories of their clients, the film shows first-hand the realities of—and inequalities in—the American criminal justice system. The Hollywood Reporter called the film “an eye-opening insight into a judicial hellhole world that ordinary citizens can never imagine” and Village Voice called it “HBO’s most illuminating crime drama since ‘The Wire.’”
Entitled “Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” Porter’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.
Former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses brings his passion for cooking and nutrition, along with his culinary expertise, to CarletonJanuary 7, 2015
Bill Yosses, the official executive pastry chef at the White House from 2007 to 2014 and coauthor of the book “Desserts for Dummies,” will visit Carleton College January 15-18 to participate in a residency with the College’s Firebellies Cooking Club and to present a variety of workshops for students and community members.
Carleton’s Perlman Teaching Museum opens 2015 with “A Collection Embodied,” featuring recent acquisitions to the College’s Art CollectionDecember 18, 2014
Carleton College opens 2015 with a new exhibit in the Weitz Center for Creativity’s Perlman Teaching Museum. “A Collection Embodied” is a student-curated exhibit featuring recent acquisitions to the College’s Art Collection, offering over forty prints, photographs, ceramics and other works. The exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 9 with a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and the reception, as well as other related events, is free and open to the public.
Carleton brings internationally acclaimed Danish design collective N55 to campus for a five-week residencyDecember 18, 2014
Carleton College will host the internationally acclaimed Danish art, architecture and design collective N55 for an arts residency focused public space from January 9 to February 5, 2015. N55 members Ion Sørvin, Till Wolfer, and Anne Roome will collaborate with Carleton students to set up a design laboratory focused on public space by imaging a hypothetical new building complex for the College’s Cowling Arboretum. The residency will include public lectures and events, culminating in an exhibition in the Braucher Gallery of the Perlman Teaching Museum.
Science historian and psychologist Michael Shermer examines why people believe weird things in Carleton ConvocationDecember 18, 2014
Dr. Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and the executive director of the Skeptics Society, will present Carleton’s first convocation address of 2015 on Friday, Jan. 9 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, when many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory and alien abduction, Shermer’s presentation will wage a no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, debunking nonsensical claims and exploring the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.
Entitled “Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time,” Shermer’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.