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  • Charles Dickens
    October 12, 2012

    Carleton Commemorates Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday with Marathon Reading of "David Copperfield" and Lecture by Dickens Expert James Kincaid

    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.

  • Artist's rendering of Babylon
    October 12, 2012

    Presentation Focuses on World Monuments Fund’s Fight to Restore Ancient Babylon

    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.

  • Baoting Li and Miao Dance Troupe
    October 12, 2012

    China’s Renowned Baoting Li and Miao Dance Troupe to Present Convocation and Evening Performance

    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

    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.

  • Chalk Slam
    October 10, 2012

    Carleton invites the public to go ‘Back to the Blackboard: A Weitz Center Chalk Slam’

    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.  

  • Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan
    October 5, 2012

    Carleton to Present Celebrated Indian Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and Rare Screening of his Documentary Film, ‘Jai Bhim Comrade’

    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.

  • Astronomer and author Phil Plait
    October 5, 2012

    “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait to Speak at Convocation about Death From the Skies

    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. 

  • Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist George Kahumoku Jr.
    October 3, 2012

    Grammy Award-winning Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. to Perform in Concert

    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.

  • Transgender Athlete Kye Allums
    October 3, 2012

    Transgender Athlete Kye Allums to Speak at Carleton College

    Kye Allums, who made history as the first openly transgender athlete to play on an NCAA Division I college basketball team, will present his story, entitled “A Transgender Athlete’s Story,” at Carleton College on Friday, Oct. 12. Sponsored by Carleton’s Gender and Sexuality Center as part of “National Coming Out Week,” this event takes place in the Great Hall beginning at 5:00 p.m., and it is free and open to the public.

  • Jose Antonio Vargas
    September 29, 2012

    Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas to Speak at Carleton

    Jose Antonio Vargas, a noted journalist and activist whose story about his own status as an undocumented immigrant ranks among the most compelling that he has covered, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Oct. 5. 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 can be viewed online at

  • Derek Hoff, Class of 1994
    September 27, 2012

    History Department presents Author and Historian Derek Hoff ‘94

    Carleton is pleased to present author and historian Derek Hoff ’94 on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 304. Titled “The Re-Birth of the Right: The Decline of Malthusianism and the Conservative Ascendancy in Contemporary America,” Hoff’s presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will also be served.

  • Fred Guterl, Scientific American Author & Editor
    Photo: Brian Ach
    September 27, 2012

    Scientific American Editor and Author Fred Guterl to Appear at Carleton

    Fred Guterl, an award-winning journalist who is the executive editor of Scientific American magazine, will appear in the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum on Friday, Oct. 5 at 4:30 p.m. in support of his latest book, “The Fate of the Species: Why the Human Race May Cause Its Own Extinction and How We Can Stop It” (Bloomsbury USA, 2012). The book, which will be available for purchase at the event, describes the current environmental catastrophe caused by human inventions and future threats to our civilization. The event is free and open to the public.

  • September 27, 2012

    Carleton Announces Fritch Scholars Program For Middle-Class Students

    Thanks to a generous gift of $1.5 million from Herb ’73 and Barbara Fritch, Carleton has announced the formation of the Fritch Endowed Scholars Program, aimed at middle class students from rural and non-metro areas of the country. Herb Fritch, president and founder of HealthSpring, which was purchased by Cigna earlier this year, is a part-owner of the NHL’s Nashville Predators. He was born and raised in Duluth, Minn. Barbara Fritch, a native of Yorkshire, England, is a retired financial planner. Married for 11 years, the establishment of the Fritch Scholars program at Carleton affirms the couple’s deep appreciation for the role education plays in individual lives.