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The weekly convocation series is a shared experience that is at the foundation of Carleton values. Students, faculty and staff from across campus gather for one hour for a speech or performance from specialists in a variety of disciplines. The goal of the convocation series is to provoke thinking and promote discussion outside the classroom on a broad range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.

  • Josh Meltzer '95
    Award-winning photojournalist Josh Meltzer '95 delivers a convocation address.
  • James Watson
    James Watson, professor of anthropology at Harvard University and an ethnographer, speaks during convocation at Carleton's Skinner Memorial Chapel on Friday, Sept. 26, 2008.


    Nate Ryan '10
  • Josh Meltzer
    Josh Meltzer shows slides of photographs he has taken


    Michelle Hesterberg
  • Economist Steven Levitt
    Author and economist Steven Levitt signs copies of his book, Freakonomics, at Carleton College on May 11, 2007.


    Doug Bratland
  • Stephen Levitt
    Economist Steven Levitt signs copies of his book, Freakonomics, after his convocation address.
  • Barack Obama
    Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, delivered a convocation address to kick off Black History Month in 1999.
  • Skinner Memorial Chapel

    Convocation takes place at Skinner Memorial Chapel

    The Chapel is the heart of religious and spiritual life at Carleton, serving as a place of worship and interfaith dialogue for both campus and community. In a typical week, the chapel may host a centering prayer and meditation, a Torah study group, a Christian vespers service, Buddhist meditation, a Labyrinth walk, and an interfaith social justice meeting.

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