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Friday, February 28

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Hospitality and information table
in Sayles-Hill Great Space.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Discussion with Robert Reich
, professor of social and economic policy at Brandeis University and former U.S. secretary of labor, in the Alumni Guest House meeting room.

10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
Convocation: "The Wellstone Legacy: Grassroots Electoral Politics"
in Skinner Memorial Chapel with introduction by Carleton president Robert Oden, and addresses by Jeff Blodgett '83, Wellstone campaign manager (1990, 1996, 2002), and Robert Reich. This event was webcasted.

12:00 noon
Lunch and discussion - "The Wellstone Legacy Continued: Alumni Staffers"
in West Gym with Jeff Blodgett '83; Pamela Costain '72, Wellstone for Senate 2002 campaign staffer; Dan Cramer '89, cofounder of Grassroots Solutions and former Wellstone campaign staffer; and Rick Kahn '73, Wellstone campaign treasurer. Moderated by Carleton political science professor Barbara Allen. 

1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Recording of stories and reflections about the Wellstones in Sayles-Hill Campus Center rooms 250 and 254.  Recollections can also be shared at any time by going to the Carleton website.

1:15 - 3:30 p.m.
Wellstone videos in Hill Lounge, Sayles-Hill Campus Center.

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Student workshop:  "Mentoring: Leaving a Legacy"
in Severance Great Hall with Lee Roderick Blons '82, executive director for the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation; Kari Davis, executive director of the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota; Katherine Sandberg, coordinator of the Rice County Family Services Collaborative; Brian Wambach '02, AmeriCorps Volunteer with Northfield middle school youth; and Jacob McKnite '03.  Moderated by Northfield mayor Keith Covey.

2:20 - 3:20 p.m.
Student workshop:  "Activism: The Power of One Voice"
in Severance Great Hall with David Bly, lead teacher at the Northfield Alternative Learning Center; Verna Simmons, author, teacher, and president of J. Cameron and Associates; Jane McWilliams, community activist; Emily Lundell of the Youth Organizing Committee on Child Labor and Sweatshops (YO!); and Kate Strathmann '06. Moderated by Northfield mayor Keith Covey.

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Panel presentation:  "The Wellstones' Policy Work"
in Severance Great Hall with Mark Ritchie, president of Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy; David Foster, director of United Steelworkers District #11; Bob Borosage, president of the Institute for America's Future; Michael Noble '77, executive director of Minnesotans for an Energy Efficient Economy; Connie Lewis, state director for Paul Wellstone; and Jim Ramstad, U.S. congressman from Minnesota, discussing agriculture and trade, labor and globalization, economic justice, domestic violence, and mental health care.  Moderated by Carleton political science professor Norm Vig. This event was webcasted.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Buffet dinner in Sayles-Hill Great Space. 


6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Panel presentation:  "Wellstone's Impact on National and Progressive Politics"
in Skinner Memorial Chapel with Frances Fox Piven, professor of political science and sociology at the City University of New York; Tom O'Connell, political science professor at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis; and Winona LaDuke, campaign director for the White Earth Land Recovery Project.  Moderated by Carleton political science professor Roy Grow. This event was webcasted.

Saturday, March 1

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Hospitality and information table
in Sayles-Hill Great Space.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Gathering time
in Skinner Memorial Chapel, with Wellstone video clips.

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Panel presentation:  "Grassroots Organizing"
in Skinner Memorial Chapel with Sarah Anthony '88, fellow at Fair Trial Initiative; Joe Chrastil '78, lead organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation in Spokane and Takoma; Pamela Costain '72, Wellstone for Senate 2002 campaign staffer; Secy Fascione '81, union organizer for Justice for Janitors in the Pacific Northwest; Pakou Hang, organizer with Progressive Minnesota and deputy political director for the Wellstone campaign; and Jonathan Lange '75, IAF community organizer. This event was webcasted.

10:30 - 11:15 a.m. 
Concurrent Workshops

"Putting Principles into Action: Labor and Community Organizing"
in Skinner Memorial Chapel with Andy Calkins '79, Minnesota Nurses Association; Nathan Henderson-James '92, CA-ACORN development director; Tracey Abman '79, AFSCME; Pete Dross '79, Center for Victims of Torture; moderated by Carleton professor emeritus of mathematics Sy Schuster. 

"Carrying it Forward in State and Local Politics: Candidates Inspired by Paul" in Skinner Memorial Chapel room 17 with Ellen Anderson '82, Minnesota state senator; Frank Hornstein, Minnesota state representative; Jim Niland, former Minneapolis City Council member; Lisa Goodman, Minneapolis City Council member; Patti Fritz, state legislative candidate from Faribault; moderated by Carleton political science instructor Bert Johnson '94.

"Student Activism and Electoral Politics"
in the Alumni Guest House meeting room with Carleton students.

"Education and Social Change" in Sayles-Hill Campus Center room 251 with Jim McCorkell '90, executive director of Admission Possible; and Joe Nathan '70, director of the Center for School Change at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

"Domestic Violence" in Sayles-Hill Campus Center room 253 with Jan Sinna, Char Thompson, and Marcia Avner.

"Community-Based Participatory Research and the Deaf Community" in Leighton Hall room 304 with Bobbi Cordano, director of disability services at the University of Minnesota, and John Sullivan, political science professor at the University of Minnesota; moderated by Carleton political science professor Barbara Allen.

Wellstone Oral Histories:  "Paul Wellstone's Role as a Teacher at Carleton" in Leighton Hall room 305 with Kathy Riddlebarger '04, Jonathan Munetz '04, Emily Alter '04; "Wellstone and the Formation of the Organization for a Better Rice County" with Alessandra Calvo-Friedman '04, Clara Presler '04, Julia Cummiskey '04, Eric Fure-Slocum, visiting assistant professor of history at St. Olaf College; moderated by Carleton history professor Susannah Ottaway.

11:30 - 12:15 p.m. 
Concurrent Workshops

"Putting Principles into Action: Labor and Community Organizing"
in Skinner Memorial Chapel (continued from the first workshop period).

"Environmental Issues" in Skinner Memorial Chapel room 17 with Michael Noble '77, Alysa Thomas '02, and Jamie Long '04.

"Writing Songs for Social Justice" in the Alumni Guest House meeting room with Larry Long, Smithsonian Folkways recording artist and director of Community Celebration of Place (Larry cowrote Paul Wellstone's campaign song); and the Granary Girls, Patty Kakac and Jodi Ritter, singers and songwriters.

"Teaching About Civic Engagement"
in Sayles-Hill Campus Center room 251 with Kate Van Gundy '03; Katie Newell '03; Nicky González Yuen '81, educator and activist at De Anza College; Elgie Cloutier, former OBRC leader; and Carleton educational studies professor Deborah Appleman. 

"Mental Health Issues" in Sayles-Hill Campus Center room 253 with Sue Abderholden, executive director of the National Association of Mental Illness in Minnesota.

"The Wellstone Center for Community Building"
in Leighton Hall room 304 with Dan Hoxworth '82, president of Neighborhood House; Gilbert de la O, community liaison for Neighborhood House; and Seng Yang, Hmong American Unity group leader.

"Campaign Finance Reform: Taking Back Democracy - Bringing Fair and Clean Elections (FACE) to Minnesota" in Leighton Hall room 305 with Suzanne Murphy and Nick Palumbo, public policy organizers with Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action.

12:15 - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch and Organizations Fair
in Severance Great Hall with representatives from activist organizations.

1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Recording of stories and reflections about the Wellstones in Sayles-Hill Campus Center rooms 250 and 254.  Recollections can also be shared at any time by going to the Carleton website.

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Panel presentation:  "Wellstone's Mentoring and Teaching: Alumni and Teachers"
in the Concert Hall with Bruce Feathers '75, CEO of FeatherLite; Carlos Gonzalez '77, physician; Nicky González Yuen '81, educator and activist at De Anza College; Peter Rachleff, history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul; Lee Roderick Blons '82, executive director for the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation; and Joel Schwartz, public policy professor at the University of North Carolina. Moderated by Susan Singer, Carleton biology professor and coordinator of the Perlman Learning and Teaching Center.  Open microphone opportunity. This event was webcasted.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
in Skinner Memorial Chapel with Jerry Dearly and the Lakota Singers; Khaleel Sayeed '05; Rev. Carolyn Fure-Slocum '82, Carleton chaplain; the Carleton Gospel Choir; Joel Weisberg, Carleton physics and astronomy professor; the monks of the Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery and the Minnesota Sakya Center; Nancy and Mike Casper, Carleton physics professor; Norm Vig, Carleton political science professor; and Rev. Oliver White, Grace Community UCC Church, St. Paul.  Open microphone opportunity.

5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
Buffet dinner in Severance Great Hall.

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Concert in Honor of the Wellstones
in Skinner Memorial Chapel featuring the Carleton African Drum Ensemble, Jay Johnson conducting; a presentation by Wellstone Action; the Accidentals women's a cappella group from Carleton; Mason Jennings, songwriter and folk-pop singer; Larry McDonough, jazz pianist, with Joel Shapira, guitar; Larry Long; and the Granary Girls.  Renee Willette '02 and Paul Dosh '96, activist poet and Carleton political science instructor, served as emcees.