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  • April 11, 2013

    Jimsen Premiers Latest Work at Ann Arbor Film Festival

    Laska Jimsen, assistant professor of cinema and media studies, was invited to premiere her film, Beaver Creek Yard, at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in March 2013. Each year, the festival showcases avant-garde and experimental, story-based narratives, and documentaries and is internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers. Jimsen’s film premiered on opening night of the festival and told the story of a Christmas tree processing facility on Beaver Creek Road. The film looks at the human impulse to control, exploit, and profit from the natural world.

  • Julia Strand
    April 11, 2013

    Strand Presents Research Conducted with Carleton Students

    Julia Strand, visiting assistant professor of psychology, recently gave an invited talk to the University of California, Berkeley linguistics department colloquium, titled "Recognizing words by sight and sound: Lexical competition and the mental lexicon." Strand’s work focuses on how people perceive spoken language and is based on researched conducted with Carleton students over the past year. The project focused specifically on the use of contextual information to make the task of processing speech easier.

  • Laura Riehle-Merrill
    April 9, 2013

    Riehle-Merrill Accepted into James P. Shannon Leadership Institute

    Laura Riehle-Merrill, Acting in the Community Together director, has been accepted into the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute. The organization is a structured, challenging and supportive opportunity for personal and professional renewal for experienced leaders of philanthropic, civic and community service organizations. Shannon participants must have at least five years of experience in community service and demonstrated leadership in nonprofit or community-serving organizations. Over the next year, Riehle-Merrill will meet quarterly with a group of 20 people from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations.


  • Alison Kettering
    April 9, 2013

    Netherlandish Art Journal Features the Work of Former Carleton Student

    Alison Kettering, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Art History, has published Vol. 5:1 of Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art. Kettering serves as the editor of the journal, which publishes issues of peer-reviewed articles that focus on art produced in the Netherlands during the early modern period. The issue includes articles on Memling, on needlework "paintings," and on dutch maps of Brazil, the last by Carleton graduate Elizabeth Sutton '03. Sutton's article analyzes how maps of Brazil published under Dutch Republican rule convey Dutch ownership.JHNA is an open access journal on early modern, northern European art. 

  • Chérif Keita
    April 9, 2013

    Keïta's Work Featured by Northfield Historical Society

    Chérif Keita, professor of French, was the featured speaker at the annual banquet of the Northfield Historical Society on March 22 in the Great Hall at Carleton College. He spoke about his recent documentary, “Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa.” The film traces the involvement of Northfield native Ida Belle Wilcox and her husband, William, both missionaries, with the struggle against white rule in South Africa. Creating the documentary involved 12 years of research documenting the connections between Northfield and the early days of the struggle for racial equality and social justice in South Africa in the late 19th century.

  • April 9, 2013

    Bailey Participates in Cinema and Media Studies Conference

    Matt Bailey, media librarian and reference & instruction librarian for the arts, recently participated in a panel, "Librarian‑Faculty Collaborations for Teaching Research Methods in Cinema and Media Studies," at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference. Bailey talked about his work supporting students in Carleton's cinema and media studies department, conducting research with primary sources in film history, and working with faculty to build the library's collection of film history resources.

  • Arjendu Pattanayak
    April 4, 2013

    Pattanayak Presents at Southwest Quantum Information and Technology Meeting

    Arjendu Pattanayak, professor of physics, recently attended the Southwest Quantum Information and Technology Fifteenth Annual Meeting with research students Peter Duggins '13 and Henry Luo '13. Pattanayak gave a talk on "Chaos and Lyapunov exponents across the quantum-classical transition" which discussed work done with Duggins, Kevin Hallmann '12, Dustin Anderson '12, and a collaborator, Arie Kapulkin. This work was partially funded by support from the Howard Hughes Medical Fund through Carleton College.

  • Nancy Wilkie
    April 4, 2013

    Wilkie Elected President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

    Nancy Wilkie, William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, has been elected President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of cultural property worldwide during armed conflict, as set forth in the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The International Committee of the Blue Shield and its affiliated national committees work together as the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross, providing emergency response to cultural property at risk from armed conflict. Wilkie has served on the committee since 2003.

  • Fred Hagstrom
    April 4, 2013

    "Print Profs" Exhibition Showcases Hagstrom's Work

    Fred Hagstrom, Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art, has his work included in the "Print Profs" exhibition at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis. The work includes prints of various faculty members from Minnesota colleges and universities who work and teach in printmaking. Hagstrom’s work features several silk screen panels printed on wood and uses found images of the slave trade.  The show is on exhibit through April 6.

  • Justin London
    April 4, 2013

    Fulbright Fellowship Awarded to Justin London

    Justin London, professor of music, has received a Fulbright Fellowship to spend January through June of 2014 at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research at the University of Jyväskylä. Under the auspices of this fellowship, London will teach a seminar on rhythm and temporality as part of the Centre's Music, Mind, and Technology program, and he will collaborate with his Finnish colleagues on his research project, "Dance With Me: The effect of self-motion and observed motion on perceived musical tempo."

  • Steve Schier
    April 4, 2013

    Schier Receives Fulbright Chair Appointment in Sweden

    Steven Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, has received a 2013-2014 award as the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) Fulbright Chair at Uppsala University. The Chair, which is the only one of its kind in the country, is jointly financed by the Swedish Fulbright Commission in Stockholm and Uppsala University. It entails teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in American Studies, broadly defined, along with tutoring students within the grantee's area of research. Schier's appointment is from January to June of 2014. He previously held a Fulbright Senior Lectureship at York University in Toronto, Canada in 2002.

  • Justin London
    March 8, 2013

    London's Article Featured by 'Music Perception'


    Justin London, Professor of music, recently co-authored the article, "Systematic Distortions in Musicians' Reproduction of Cyclic Three-Interval Rhythms,” with Bruno Repp (Haskins Labs, New Haven) and Peter Keller (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig). The article appeared in Music Perception and examines musicians’ ability to produce and synchronize with complex rhythms. They found that musicians could, so long as the music is not too slow.  Their findings also support dynamic systems models of rhythm perception and production.