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  • Reconstructing The Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War by Michael D. Cohen '02
    January 31, 2013

    Michael D. Cohen '02 to present "How Did The Civil War Affect Colleges"

    Michael D. Cohen, Carleton Class of 2002, will visit on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum to present a talk entitled "How Did The Civil War Affect Colleges?" Cohen's appearance is in support of the publication of his first book, entitled "Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War" (University of Virgina Press, 2012). Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event and refreshments will be served. Cohen will speak at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

  • Thomas Callister '13
    Photo: courtesy of Thomas Callister
    January 29, 2013

    Carleton College’s Callister Earns Churchill Scholarship

    Thomas Callister ’13 has been named one of the 14 Churchill Scholarship winners nationwide. The award gives him a full scholarship to earn his master of philosophy degree at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, focusing on gravitational wave astronomy. Callister, the first Idahoan to win a Churchill Scholarship in the nearly 50-year existence of the program, was one of only two liberal-arts college students among the 14 scholarship winners. This marks the second straight year that Carleton has produced a Churchill Scholarship winner, as fellow physics major and astronomer Michael Coughlin ’12 won the award a year ago. Both were the only student from a Minnesota college or university to win the award.

  • Susan Singer
    Photo: Sara Rubinstein
    January 29, 2013

    Biology Professor Singer Accepts NSF Leadership Role

    Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, will take a leave of absence from the College to serve as the director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). The NSF’s DUE sets undergraduate science education goals to provide leadership, support curriculum development, prepare the workforce and to foster connections. These goals constitute a comprehensive approach to strengthening science, technology and math (STEM) education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.

  • Greetings from Nirthfolde, Minnesota
    January 27, 2013

    Art Professor David Art Professor David Lefkowitz Explains "Nirthfolde" and Other "Quasi-Fictional Places"

    In conjunction with the popular Northfield Arts Guild Gallery exhibit "NRTHFLD: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau," professor of art David Lefkowitz will unravel the mysteries of this "slightly askew" take on Northfield in a public lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Entitled "Quasi-Fictional Places: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau and Other Original Facsimilies," Lefkowitz's talk will introduce audiences to "Nirthfolde...a bucolic, yet bustling burg situated in a parallel universe that neatly overlaps Northfield, Minnesota, and that has existed relatively unnoticed for over a century and a half."

  • Susan Singer
    Photo: Sara Rubinstein
    January 25, 2013

    Carleton College's Singer Wins "Science" Prize for Web-Based Teaching Tool

    Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, has earned a Science prize for her Inquiry-Based Instruction (IBI) teaching tool for her genomics course called Genomics Explorers. Science's IBI Prize was developed to showcase outstanding materials, usable in a wide range of schools and settings, for teaching introductory science courses at the college level. The materials must be designed to encourage students' natural curiosity about how the world works, rather than to deliver facts and principles about what scientists have already discovered. Organized as one free-standing "module," the materials should offer real understanding of the nature of science, as well as providing an experience in generating and evaluating scientific evidence.

  • A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould by Eric Hillemann
    January 25, 2013

    College Archivist Eric Hillemann Publishes "A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould"

    Carleton College archivist Eric Hillemann has published "A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould," chronicling the namesake of the College's library—a man who served for thirty years as a professor of geology and as Carleton's "colorful and charismatic" fourth president. On Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum, Carleton will host a special booksigning event celebrating this new publication. Carleton President Steve Poskanzer will introduce Hillemann, who will give a brief presentation on the new biography. A complimentary lunch will also be provided for the first fifty attendees. Copes of "A Beacon So Bright" are available now at the Carleton Bookstore, located in the Sayles Hill Campus Center, and online at and

  • Cherif Keita
    January 25, 2013

    Professor Cherif Keita’s Documentary Film “Cemetery Stories” Links South Africa to Northfield

    Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity will host a special screening of “Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa,” a film directed by Carleton professor Cherif Keita, which explores an early effort at resistance to white authority in South Africa and its little-known connection with Northfield. The screening, part of the College’s Humanities Center’s Perspectives in Public Humanities series, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center Cinema. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Dr. Ebony Utley
    January 25, 2013

    Black History Month Convocation Connects Religion and Rap Music

    Dr. Ebony Utley, an assistant professor of communication studies at California State University, Long Beach, whose work focuses on popular culture, race and interpersonal relationships, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, Feb. 1. Utley’s address, “The Rap On Rap And Religion,” will look at references to God in rap music and the religious roots prevalent in urban communities. 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

  • Helene York
    January 20, 2013

    Sustainable Food Advocate and Former Bon Appétit Executive Helene York to Present Convocation

    Carleton College will host Helene York, an advocate for sustainable food who directed the purchasing initiatives of the Bon Appétit Management Company (Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges’ food service provider) from 2005 until 2013, on Friday, Jan. 25. York’s presentation, “Beyond Consumer Activism: What Companies Must Do to Fix a Broken Food System,” will discuss how Bon Appétit works to make more sustainable food available to its large network of clients. Carleton’s weekly 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


  • January 16, 2013

    Carleton’s 2013 Lefler Lecture Highlights “Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris”

    Anita Guerrini, a historian of the life sciences and medicine and a professor at Oregon State University, will deliver the Winter 2013 Herbert P. Lefler Lecture in History at Carleton College on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Guerrini’s talk, entitled “Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris,” will explore animals, anatomy and natural history during the reign of Louis XIV (r. 1643-1715). The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in room 305 of Leighton Hall, and it is free and open to the public.

  • January 14, 2013

    Carleton College Presents “All(most) Alone,” An Eclectic Concert Composed for the Trombone

    Carleton College will present “All(most) Alone,” an eclectic concert composed for the trombone, on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. Led by Ronald Rodman, professor of music and director of the Carleton Symphony Band, the performance will pieces for solo trombone with “non-human” accompaniment by instruments such as sympathetically-tuned percussion and electronic sounds. The concert takes place in the atrium of the Weitz Center for Creativity and is free and open to the public.

  • Martin Luther King Jr.
    January 14, 2013

    Public Invited to Carleton Commemoration of the Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Carleton College community will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a candlelight service of remembrance and celebration, to be held in the Skinner Memorial Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 20. Guest speaker Reverend Oliver White will speak at the service about “A Love Ethic Grounded in the Gospel of Jesus,” and the Carleton Jubilee Singers will perform. The service begins at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a soup dinner; all events are free and open to the public.