Carleton Connects Lecture Program

Carleton Connects logoAlumni, do you miss the intellectual life of Carleton, delving into new ideas with your classmates and favorite professors? Rediscover it through Carleton Connects, a monthly series of online presentations featuring both familiar and rising new faculty (and other special guests). 

Each Carleton Connects program is one hour, with 30-40 minutes of presentation by faculty followed by a period of questions and answers.  Because these events are by phone and/or online, you can participate wherever you happen to be! On the first call with Prof. Roy Grow, alumni from seven foreign countries dialed in to participate.


Carleton Connects: Professor Nathan Grawe

  • Wednesday, April 22nd, 11:00 am

Find out what makes a liberal arts education such a springboard to success in economics with Professor Nathan Grawe

What makes a liberal arts education such a springboard to success in economics? Graduates from liberal arts colleges who pursue PhDs in economics are more likely to complete the degree—and do so faster—than graduates of other institution types. In fact, liberal arts colleges (and Carleton in particular) fare well even compared to top research universities. In a recent presentation to the American Economic Association, Carleton economics professors Jenny Bourne and Nathan Grawe offered an explanation based on their research, which Grawe will share during the next Carleton Connects. Because Carleton alumni are part of the "data" in this project, we expect a lively discussion!

About the Speaker

Nathan is a labor economist with particular interests in how family background--from family income to number of siblings--shapes educational and employment outcomes.  Many of his works study whether access to financial resources significantly limit these important measures of success.  Most recently, Nathan has been forecasting the effects of recent demographic changes (an increasing Hispanic population, migration to the Southwest, and a dramatic drop in the birth rate since the onset of the financial crisis of 2008) on the demand for higher education in the US in aggregate and by geographic region to determine what shifts in investments the country must consider to meet that changing demand.

Nathan has participated in the leadership of Carleton's Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (QuIRK) initiative and has shared what Carleton has learned through this initiative through invited talks and led professional development workshops at dozens of colleges and universities across the US and Canada.

Carleton Connects: Professor Liz Raleigh

  • Thursday, May 14th, 12:00 pm