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  • “One has to humbly acknowledge our humanity,” Kevin Clemens said at last week’s convocation

    Kevin Clemens discusses enlarging boundaries of compassion

    Kevin P. Clemens, Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, opened his May 14 convocation be speaking about the importance of bringing compassion into global peace process negotiations.

  • Richard Moss, Carleton Class of 1977

    Moss ’77 asks ‘What do we need to know to act on climate change?’

    Richard Moss, Carleton class of ’77, is a major climate change researcher and scientist who directed the US government’s climate research program from 2000 to 2006, spanning the Clinton and Bush administrations. he main focus of his presentation was the role of paradigm shifts that resulted in scientific revolutions, which was prominently featured in understanding climate change.

  • Ronald Heifetz

    Ronald Heifetz discusses authority and leadership

    Introduced by his two children, Ronald Heifetz – Professor at Harvard Kennedy School – began his presentation “Adaptive Leadership” by stating that to him, the field of leadership studies “was an immature discipline.” His reasoning focused upon the lack of consensus attributed to the meaning of a certain vocabulary, particularly leadership.

  • Convocation Speaker

    Convo speaker deals with ‘the world’s oldest oppression’

    In an era of ambiguity and ambivalence on issues, Convocation speaker Norma Ramos, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), offered a contrast. Ramos spoke strongly and decisively about the need to abolish all forms of sex-trafficking and prostitution—which she called “commercial rape”— in her Convocation address to the campus April 9.

  • Dr. Joia Mukherjee, from Partners in Health, speaks to the Carleton community on her organization’s strategy to aid relief in Haiti on April 8 in Skinner Memorial Chapel.

    Dr. Joia Mukherjee of Partners in Health shares firsthand experiences from Haiti

    Medical Director of Partners in Health (PIH) Dr. Joia Mukherjee spoke on Thursday, April 8, in Skinner Memorial Chapel. In a presentation entitled, “Relief and Long Term Partnerships,” Mukherjee spoke about PIH’s presence in Haiti and its approach to aid.

  • Daniel Seddiqui worked a different job in each of the 50 states in 50 weeks, including time spent fishing in Minnesota.

    Seddiqui ‘crosses borders’ in convo speech on 50 jobs in 50 states

    Daniel Seddiqui headlined on major news channels and networks with his mission to find fifty jobs in fifty states – all within fifty weeks. At the college Convocation, he presented his journey that was titled "Crossing Borders."

  • Patrice Gaines

    Patrice Gaines advocates reform behind bars and beyond

    Forty years ago no one would have suspected Patrice Gaines would become an accomplished journalist, dedicated psychotherapist, and talented motivational speaker. After police found her with a needle and syringe and charged her with the intent to distribute heroin, Gaines found herself in a Charlotte, NC jail.

  • E. Patrick Johnson

    Prof. Johnson sings and speaks about black gay men of the South

    Last Friday, E. Patrick Johnson, ethnographer and professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University, spoke at this year’s Black History Month convocation. Johnson discussed his experiences as a black gay Southern man, and the process he went through to write his latest book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, an oral history of black gay men in the Southern United States.

  • Lowell Bergman

    Legendary journalist sees hope in struggling news industry

    Renowned investigative reporter Lowell Bergman said that the business crisis in the news industry was not unprecedented, and that quality news would continue to be produced. The comments came at last Friday’s convocation titled, “The Future of News.”

  • Luci Tapahonso

    Navajo poet presents final convo of term

    On Friday, Nov. 6 Professor Luci Tapahonso, an accomplished author and Professor at the University of Arizona, delivered the final Convocation speech for the 2009 fall academic term. Tapahonso was introduced by Brianne Wooldridge, a senior psychology major and member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

  • Jonathan Morduch

    Global poor are careful money managers says Morduch

    It’s easy to make assumptions about poverty, Jonathan Morduch told the audience at Skinner Memorial Chapel during Carleton College’s convocation last Friday. While working on a newly-published book, Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day, Morduch and three colleagues discovered that “those assumptions turned out to be more wrong than right.”

  • John Harris, Carleton Class of 1985

    John Harris ’85 criticizes “freak show” politics and the media

    Alumnus John Harris ’85 is always happy to revisit the college that still provides him with a foundation for his life. The purpose of his most recent visit was to speak at last Friday’s convocation about “a type of politics that encourages attacks and promotes people, behavior, and ideas that would normally be on the fringe,” or what he calls, “freak show” politics.