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  • Todd Drezner '94 with his son, Sam
    September 22, 2013

    Carleton Convocation Provides Ground-Breaking Insights on Autism

    Todd Drezner, Carleton Class of 1994, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Sept. 27 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Drezner will share his first-hand experiences as a parent of a child with autism. Drezner’s ground-breaking film, “Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic,” which provides the basis of his presentation, will be screened at Carleton on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Both the film screening and the convocation are free and open to the public.

  • Professor of Islamic Studies, Omid Safi
    September 22, 2013

    Carleton College Humanities Center Series Discusses "Censorship, Blasphemy and Free Speech”

    The Carleton College Humanities Center invites the public to a provocative new series entitled “Censorship, Blasphemy and Free Speech.” The series kicks off with a special appearance by renowned professor of Islamic studies, Omid Safi. Safi will present the 2013 Ira Wender Lecture, “Middle East, Islam & American Empire,” on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236. This event, which will be followed by a reception with light refreshments, is free and open to the public.

  • Troika Ranch
    September 20, 2013

    Acclaimed eclectic dance company Troika Ranch to perform SWARM, a work-in-progress; public invited

    The acclaimed dance ensemble Troika Ranch will present a performance of SWARM, a new work-in-progress, tonight at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. The internationally renowned group melds dance, multi-media, and music — and are considered to be pioneers in the field now known as Dance and Technology. Led by choreographer/media artist Dawn Stoppiello and composer/media artist Mark Coniglio,Troika Ranch been in residence on the Carleton campus working on this new piece. This event is free and open to the public.

  • September 18, 2013

    Documentary film chronicles 2011's Great East Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

    Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium, the public is invited to a special screening of the award-winning documentary film Kyo o mamoru (Resilience-Protecting Today), chronicling the lives of people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Bob Will '50 (center) with Mimi '66 and Eric '66 Carlson P'97
    September 17, 2013

    Carleton Receives Gift To Create Will Internship Fund in Social Entrepreneurship

    Thanks to a gift from Eric ’66 and Mimi ’66 Carlson P’97, Carleton College has announced the establishment of the Robert E. Will ’50 Endowed Internship Fund in Social Entrepreneurship. Administered by Carleton’s career center, the fund supports 8-10 domestic or international internships per year at up to $5,000 each for students pursuing social entrepreneurship. The fund honors Bob Will, the Raymond Plank Professor of Incentive Economics, Emeritus. A 1950 Carleton graduate, Will earned his PhD at Yale University and taught at Carleton from 1957-93. He championed the importance of a liberal arts education, and each year the Robert E. Will Economics Prize is awarded to the senior economics major or majors who demonstrate excellent academic achievement and breadth of intellectual interests in the best tradition of a liberal arts education. Professor Will remains a resident of Northfield and is very involved in community activities.

  • September 9, 2013

    Carleton College Welcomes Class of 2017; 529 Students Hail From 45 States and 23 Countries

    On Tuesday, September 10, Carleton College welcomes the Class of 2017 to campus. There are 529 students in the class, selected from a pool of 7,045 applicants. The students represent 45 states and 23 countries, with 92 students coming from Minnesota, followed by California (62), Illinois (54), Wisconsin (28), Washington (23), New York (22) and Massachusetts (21). Twenty new students hail from China.

  • Jonathan Capehart '89
    September 9, 2013

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Television Personality Jonathan Capehart ’89 to Present Carleton College’s Opening Convocation Address

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and television personality Jonathan Capehart, Class of 1989, will be the featured speaker at Carleton College’s annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year. Opening Convocation will be held Monday, September 16 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and will be preceded by the College’s traditional Academic Procession, including all current and emeriti faculty. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

  • Peter Franco '14
    September 4, 2013

    Peter Franco '14 Awarded Prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Award

    Peter Franco '14 (Newton, Mass.) has been named the recipient of a prestigious award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. A Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) major, Franco was awarded an undergraduate scholarship in film. Franco is one of 24 winners, who will travel to New York City on October 30, 2013 to receive their awards at the 31st Annual Princess Grace Awards Gala, held in the presence of HSH The Princess of Monaco.

    Franco says his films "focus on the forces that compel us to act against our nature, or what we believe to be our nature." His most recent project, which received the 2013 Princess Grace Award, draws on his experiences as a gay athlete to tell a story about a high school football player dealing with his sexuality. The film will be released in 2014.

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  • North Star Orchestra Vaudeville Show
    August 1, 2013

    Vaudeville Show at The Grand Caps Off Northfield’s Vintage Band Festival

    The North Star Cinema Orchestra will present a 1913-style Vaudeville show at the Grand Theater on Sunday, August 4 at 7 p.m.  The show re-creates an authentic Vaudeville show complete with songs and authentic jokes of the period, illustrated song slides, silent short films, and even a dog act.

  • R. Kayeen Thomas, Class of 2006
    Photo: Arantes Stephen
    July 24, 2013

    R. Kayeen Thomas '06 wins Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction

    R. Kayeen Thomas, Carleton Class of 2006, was awarded the Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction at the 15th annual Harlem Book Fair on July 19 at the Langston Hughes Auditorium of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. Thomas was honored for his critically-acclaimed novel "Antebellum" (Simon & Schuster/Strebor Books 2012), for which Thomas also received a nomination for a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Debut Author. Past recipients of the Phillis Wheatley Award include Maya Angelou, Gordon Parks, and Terry McMillan.

  • July 23, 2013

    Rosalie Wahl, first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court, passes away at age 88

    Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court and the recipient of an honorary degree from Carleton College, passed away Monday, July 22 at the age of 88.

  • Marv Rotblatt trading card
    Photo: Baseball Almanac
    July 23, 2013

    New York Times reports passing of Marv Rotblatt, namesake of Carleton's annual marathon game

    The New York Times reports the passing of Marv Rotblatt, 85, who died July 16 in Evanston, Ill. The New York Times notes that, in addition to being known as one of major league baseball's shortest pitchers (Rotblatt measured in at 5 feet 6 inches tall), he was also the inspiration for Carleton College's annual "Rotblatt" softball game, cited by Sports Illustrated in 1997 as the “longest intramural event” in the nation. According to the New York Times, "Carleton students played a 100-inning, one-day, nine-hour softball game they christened Rotblatt in the spring of 1967, to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival on campus of the college’s first class. The game was an outgrowth of the intramural Marvin J. Rotblatt Memorial Softball League — named, according to college lore, by a student who had a vintage Rotblatt bubble gum trading card."

    The obituary can be read in its entirety here.