Carleton in the Media
- June 17, 2014
Professor of French and director of African/African American studies Chérif Keïta was interviewed by BBC News about his new film, "Remembering Nokutela." The film brings to light the role of Nokutela Dube, the wife of John Dube, the founding president of the group that became today's governing African National Congress. "John's name was always floating around, but in her case she was wiped out and yet she had been there at every stage of the building of these institutions that were ground-breaking in South Africa's history," Keïta told the BBC.
- August 6, 2014
Deborah Appleman, Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies, Chair of Educational Studies, and Director of American Studies, is featured in a recent Star Tribune story, "Writing workshop cultivates prisoners' creative sides" (8/5/2014). The piece highlights the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW), which leads creative writing classes at various state prisons.
Founded in 2011, today the MPWW leads classes in poetry, spoken word, oral storytelling, children’s literature, fantasy, essay and more at six state prisons. Hundreds of incarcerated men have taken courses through the MPWW and twenty-two students also have mentors “on the outside.”
- June 27, 2014
In advance of President Barack Obama's recent visit to Minnesota, the Washington bureau of the Star Tribune reached out to professor of political science Richard Keiser to gauge the President's popularity in Minnesota, in light of Obama's national approval ratings. Minnesota remains a DFL stronghold, but as Keiser notes, “It’s unclear whether Democrats have anything to fear...but they can’t afford to have the loyal troops taking it easy.” The entire article can be found here.
- May 12, 2014
Chérif Keïta, professor of French and director of African/African American studies at Carleton, was interviewed by Marco Werman for Public Radio International's "The World" regarding Keïta's new documentary film, "Remembering Nokutela." The film examines the life of Nokutela Mdima Dube, the wife of John Dube, the first president of the African National Congress of South Africa. Her place in the ANC's history was largely ignored prior to Keïta's efforts, as were her contributions to education and a distinctive singing style later made famous by Miriam Makeba.
- April 23, 2014
Louis Newman, director of advising and associate dean of the college, spoke with Education Week about how difference college and university academic calendars impact students' experience at that school. "You're only juggling three subjects at a time," he said. Carleton students can fit in nine courses a year versus eight for students who take four classes per semester at other colleges, which allows students to explore their interests a little more. "And if you get into a class that turns out not to be what you expected, it's over in 10 weeks," he noted. He added that the shorter "terms" don't allow for much missed class time, though. "The pace is very quick. If you're sick for a week, it's really hard to catch up," Newman said. "If you're a student who's struggling, it can be harder to recover from a slow start or a bad paper early in the term."
- April 4, 2014
Carleton got a bit of a fun shout-out on NBC's popular award-winning comedy program, "Parks and Recreation." In season 6, episode 17, entitled "Prom Planning," character Ben Wyatt (actor Adam Scott) proudly recalls his days as "the king of swing" when he hosted a radio show at Carleton College called "Zoot Suit Wyatt."
- March 30, 2014
Professor Laura Goering is featured in a National Public Radio report (3/29/2014) on the modern-day legacy of Russian literature, calling the politics of Vladimir Putin "right out of a Russian novel." The report uncovers recurring motifs in Russian literature that help to put Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions and beliefs into perspective. Goering, professor of Russian and chair of Russian and German, says "Again and again in Russian literature...we see a claim to a kind of spiritual and moral exceptionalism that is fundamental to Putin's rhetoric. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Putin called the 'biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the century,' it is not surprising that he continues to draw on the myth of a Russia divinely foreordained to stand firm against the corrupting forces of the West."
- February 21, 2014
The New York Times, among many other media outlets, memorialized NBC News icon Garrick Utley '61, who reported from Vietnam and Europe and moderated its influential Sunday-morning show, “Meet the Press,” from 1989-91. Utley succumbed after a long battle with cancer at the age of 74. Utley, whose NBC career started in 1963 in Europe, was perhaps best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War. He later worked for ABC and CNN before his retirement. Utley, a former Carleton Board of Trustee member, presented a May 2001 convocation after the publishing of his memoir, "You Should Have Been Here Yesterday: A Life in Television News."
- February 19, 2014
Carleton was tabbed for a spot on BuzzFeed.com's list of "Top 25 Schools for LGBT Students," published Feb. 19. The list is generated from the annual Campus Pride Index survey, which is based on a set of 50 questions that correspond to eight different LGBT-friendly factors. Carleton was joined on the list by fellow Minnesota schools Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
- February 19, 2014
The New York Times ran a lengthy piece on Rep. Rush Holt '70 (D-N.J) and his announcement that he is retiring from Congress. Holt, a research physicist who became the House of Representatives authority on numerous scientific matters, served eight terms in representing New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. In the interview, he declined to attack the perception that Congress is broken. “Congress, even with its frustrations, is the greatest instrument for justice and human welfare in the world,” he said. “The stories trying to puzzle out why someone would do something else are based on this rather narrow way of thinking that the only purpose for a member of Congress is to be re-elected. I’ve never viewed it that way, and I think everybody who’s worked with me knows that I think there are a lot of things that I can and should be doing.” Holt delivered the College's opening convocation address in September 2011.
- February 6, 2014
Wallet Hub, a blog, spoke with a wide variety of experts for a post entitled "Sochi Olympics By The Numbers," and included professor of economics Mark Kanazawa in its analysis. Kanazawa noted how many Olympic games are poorly planned and spend vast amounts of money, primarily on constructing new facilities that now sit largely unused. He cited the Los Angeles Games of 1984 as an example of a well-planned event that utilized existing facilities. Those games ended up with near a quarter of a billion dollars surplus.
- January 10, 2014
The Counterfactuals, an indie pop band comprised of Carleton professors Daniel Groll (philosophy), Jason Decker (philosophy), and Andy Flory (music)—along with St. Olaf College philosophy professor Mike Fuerstein—were featured on the Jan. 9, 2014 broadcast of Minnesota Public Radio's "Morning Edition." Entitled "Northfield professors moonlight in a band," the segment highlights the band's debut release, "Minimally Decent People," and notes that the four professors "will be taking a break from their academic pursuits for an album release party" in Northfield on Saturday, Jan. 11 at J. Grundy's Rueb-N-Stein.