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The final issue of The East Laird Times is September 2, 2009. The East Laird Times and Currently@Carleton are merging into one publication, Carleton Weekly, for all faculty and staff. To submit news items for Carleton Weekly, please use the Carleton Weekly submission form.

    • Final Edition of the East Laird Times

      Today is our final edition of the East Laird Times.  Beginning next week, a new newsletter, Carleton Weekly, will replace both Currently@Carleton and The East Laird TimesCarleton Weekly will be distributed to all faculty and staff (and retirees who wish to receive it) and will continue to include news and information for and about faculty and staff.  Please continue to send us news of your professional engagements.  Submissions should be sent to, or you can find a link to the submission form from the Dean of the College Web site.

      Dean of the College Office
    • Carleton Trivia

      Q: When was Carleton College founded and by whom?  Which colleges or universities in Minnesota are older than Carleton?

      Dean of the College Office
    • Faculty Leaves and Grant Deadlines Reminder

      This is a reminder that it's time to think about leaves of absence and grant opportunities for 2010-11.  Please click on the link above for more information about requesting leaves and faculty grant application deadlines.

      Bev Nagel, Dean of the College
    • Faculty and Staff Scholarship Celebration on Monday, October 26, 2009

      On Monday, October 26, Sam Demas and I will host the Faculty and Staff Scholarship Celebration for those who have recently published books or major peer-reviewed journal articles, or produced significant creative works.  Continue reading for further details.

      Bev Nagel, Dean of the College
    • Staff Changes in the Dean of the College Office

      Charlene Hamblin has accepted new responsibilities during the academic year as Administrative Assistant to the Coordinator of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching and as Headley House Coordinator.  In the summer months, she will serve as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Summer Academic Programs along with her Headley House duties.  You can find Charlene in Willis 213 or at x4192.  Becky Krogh has moved into Charlene’s previous position supporting Associate Dean Éva Pósfay and Danette DeMann will provide support for Associate Dean Nathan Grawe.

      Dean of the College Office
    • Disruption in Great Space on Tuesday, September 8

      Please note that the Snack Bar will be closed on the morning of Tuesday, September 8. As it has been in the past, the Faculty Retreat will be held in Sayles-Hill Great Space until about 10:30 a.m. The Bookstore will, however, remain open and can be accessed through the downstairs entrance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

      Dean of the College Office
    • Donald Schier Dedication

      Donald Schier, recently deceased Mellon Professor of the Humanities, had the Summer 2009 number of the Sewanee Review dedicated to him. The dedication reads: "This issue of the Sewanee Review is dedicated to the memory of Donald S. Schier (1914-2009), teacher, scholar and critic, a valued contributor since 1981."

    • Trish Ferrett

      Professor of Chemistry, Co-Director of the Carleton Interdisciplinary Science Initiative (CISMI), and Senior Research Fellow at SERC, designed and participated in a faculty workshop at Carleton in June funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The workshop is the first of several in 2009-10 involving a small cohort of nine faculty from five colleges who are doing scholarly classroom inquiry into interdisciplinary science learning. The workshop was facilitated by Whitney Schlegel of Indiana University, Professor of Biology and Director of Human Biology.

    • Michael Flynn

      Professor of Linguistics, recently gave two talks "Ideogram and Morpheme in Kanji" at Kyoto University and "Kanji from a Linguistic Point of View" at Chuo University.

    • Alex Freeman

      Assistant Professor of Music, will have his Sonata for Piano (2000) featured on an alumni recital at Wheaton College, in September. Alex's composition will be performed by Brian Lee, who recorded the work this summer, thanks to a targeted opportunity grant from Carleton, and who visited Carleton College in 2008 as part of the Christopher U. Light Lectureship in Music.

    • Alex Freeman

      Assistant Professor of Music, will have his chamber composition “Blueshift” performed by The Society for New Music in Syracuse in conjunction with Syracuse University's Syracuse Symposium celebrating light in October.  Information about the Syracuse Symposium can be found at and The Society for New Music Web page:

    • Cherif Keïta

      Professor of French, had his films reviewed in France and South Africa. Continue reading for a complete listing of the reviews.  His film making activity in South Africa was also recognized by Durban Mayor, Mr. Obed Mlaba, during a ceremony commemorating the opening of the city's first movie theater 100 years ago.

    • Kara Lloyd

      Accounting and Purchasing Assistant, recently passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. This examination culminates years of academic study and is reflective of her commitment to bring professionalism and excellence to her accounting position here at Carleton. Please join the Business Office in congratulating Kara!

    • Neil Lutsky

      William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, gave the keynote address at Spelman College's opening faculty retreat, August 13. His talk was titled "Curricular Sudoku: Quantitative Reasoning across the Curriculum." He also served as the consultant for Spelman and Smith Colleges' collaborative workshop at Spelman, August 12, on ePortfolios and QR Assessment.

    • Steven Schier

      Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, has published a new edited volume from the University of Pittsburgh Press, entitled Ambition and Division: Legacies of the George W. Bush Presidency, available here:

    • Grant-Program Announcements

      Corporate and Foundation Relations has recently begun posting grant-program announcements to a new section of the CFR Web site:

      Funding opportunities listed here will tend to be those which could appeal to a number of Carleton faculty. Each item listed here will also be cross-posted to the new Carleton Weekly publication.

      Christopher Tassava, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
    • Guggenheim Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation - Deadline September 15

      Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Click the above link for more information.
      Christopher Tassava, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
    • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships - Deadline September 30

      The American Council of Learned Societies offers fellowships and grants to support research in the humanities and related social sciences. Four key fellowship programs - the flagship ACLS Fellowships, the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships, the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships, and the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships - share a due date of September 30, 2009.

      For more information:

      Christopher Tassava, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
    • Ucross Foundation Residency Program - Deadline October 1

      With its Residency Program, the Ucross Foundation actively supports and participates in the process by which a society is strengthened and emboldened by its most forward-looking arts: painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, installation, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, music composition, choreography, dance/performance art, writing, film/video, or new genre. The residency program aims to encourage fresh and innovative thinking in the arts and literature by providing residencies and work space for individual artists and writers whose work indicates both involvement in individual creative exploration and significant future accomplishments. More information:

      Christopher Tassava, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
    • NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants - Deadline October 9

      The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Click the above link for more information.

      Christopher Tassava, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
    • 2010-11 American Studies Faculty Fellowship - Internal Deadline October 9

      The Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) is pleased to announce the American Studies Faculty Fellowship opportunities for 2010-11.  Fellows may teach a course of 1-4 credits in the Graduate Program over the course of part or all of a semester.  Applicants should have a strong background in teaching and research in the area of American Studies.  Specialists in all disciplines are encouraged to apply, as long as the proposed course is one that could be considered part of an American Studies program.  All teaching and related duties are conducted in English, and fluency in Japanese language is not required. For more information go to

      Bev Nagel, Dean of the College
    • Note New Deadline for the 2009 CHAS Faculty Grant for Promoting Student Achievement - Internal Deadline October 16

      CHAS (The Consortium on High Achievement and Success) has encouraged pedagogical innovation to increase the engagement and success of underrepresented students since 2005, and has awarded 14 grants of approximately $6500.  Up to five grants will be awarded this year, with notifications going out in August.  Follow this link for application requirements and deadlines:  Application materials must be submitted to me by October 16. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

      Éva Pósfay, Associate Dean of the College
    • Midwest Faculty Seminars, 2009-2010

      The University of Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning announces dates and titles of the four 2009-2010 Midwest Faculty Seminars. Benefits of these seminars include offering faculty the opportunity to participate actively and collaboratively, with colleagues from across the disciplines, in discussions that immediately and directly address, not only matters of mutual interest, but also issues that profoundly affect teaching and learning. In doing so, the seminars afford faculty occasions for study and reflection and, also, for the sort of cross-disciplinary exchange that characterizes liberal arts education at its best. Click here for a complete schedule.

      Dean of the College Office
    • The Consortium on High Achievement and Success, Black and Lantino Males Conferene

      The Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS), Black and Latino Males Conference, “Our Time is Now: Preparing for Leadership in the New Economy” to be held November 13-15, 2009 at Skidmore College. The conference will address leadership development and opportunities for Black and Latino males in today’s changing economy. Issues vital to the economic future of our students will be explored in discussions examining communications, immigration, healthcare, security, communications, environmental ecology and energy. For more information go to