Intersections: February 2011


Carleton College updates and events for the Northfield Community

In this issue:

Arts Union Renamed as Weitz Center for Creativity

Barbara and Wally WeitzCarleton has announced that it is renaming its new Arts Union facility, scheduled to open September 2011, as the Weitz Center for Creativity. The renaming of the project, currently under way at the site of the former Northfield Middle School, reflects the contributions made by the family of Wally and Barbara Weitz, their children, and their spouses of $15 million towards the completion of the facility. The Weitz family is the largest single donor in College history; they also gave $10 million to launch Carleton's Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections $300 million campaign, successfully completed this past June. Read more.

Winter in the Arboretum

winter in the Arb If you have not had a chance to appreciate the quiet solitude of the prairies, forests, and oak savanna in Carleton's Cowling Arboretum, we encourage you to get out, especially on cross country skis or snowshoes. Both are available to check out from the Recreation Center. Snowshoes are a great way to get off the trails and explore some of the more remote parts of the Arboretum. If walking is your preferred method of winter travel in the Arboretum, we have some tips for you as well. Read more.

The Carleton Caldecott Club: A Weekly Read-Aloud Program for Children

Caldecott MedalStudent volunteers from Carleton's ACT Center have launched a new weekly reading program for children of all ages at the Northfield Public Library. The Carleton Caldecott Club is a seven-week program running between January 15th and February 26th. Carleton students will read aloud from Caldecott Medal-winning books to children on Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will also plan arts and crafts activities that coincide with the theme of the weekly-featured book. This program is free and open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend. Read more.

Weitz Center Webisode #5: Updates on Dance Studio, Theater, and More

In the fifth webisode updating the progress on Carleton's newly-renamed Weitz Center for Creativity, the College's director of the arts, Steve Richardson, shows us the continued progress in the theater, dance studio and video production suites, while explaining exactly why this new facility has the word "creativity" in its name. Read more.

Campus and Community Benefit from Carleton's ACT, ACE Programs

ACT volunteer + kids In the wake of its 25th anniversary, Carleton's Acting in the Community Together (ACT) Center has numerous successes to celebrate. With 35 ongoing service programs in Northfield and broader Rice County--along with the support of 486 student volunteers--ACT has been able to deepen its commitment to community service. One aspect of growth includes collaboration with Carleton's Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) Office. The ACE office centers on integration of the Carleton curriculum with community-based learning, community-based research, and service learning. Read more.

Seen Around Carleton

donationCarleton Vice President and Treasurer Fred Rogers (middle right) and St. Olaf Vice President and Treasurer Alan Norton (far left) present the Northfield colleges' annual contributions to the City of Northfield. The donation, in excess of $70,000 by each school, is the largest annual contribution from any college to a local government in the State of Minnesota.

Featured Events

Visualizing Japanese Theater
Visualizing Japanese Theater
Campus-wide, through March 9, 2011

An interdisciplinary celebration of Japanese traditions in drama, dance, and visual art. Rooted in centuries-old traditions and buoyed by popular culture, Visualizing Japanese Theater includes a series of public performances and workshops, artistic residencies, lectures and exhibitions.

"The Last Firefly"
Weekends, February 18-26

World premiere play by Naomi Iizuka, based on Japanese folk tales. Suitable for children.

Other Public Events


A Franz Liszt Bicentennial Celebration
Friday, February 11, 8:00 p.m.
Concert Hall

Ba Da Chui and Guqin Master Zhao Jiazhen
Saturday, February 12, 8:00 p.m.
Concert Hall

An Evening of Turkish Music
Saturday, February 19, 8:00 p.m.
Concert Hall

Carleton College Choir Concert with special guest I Cantanti
Saturday, February 26, 8:00 p.m.
Concert Hall


R. L'Heureux Lewis
Friday, February 4, 10:50 a.m.

Jeff Blodgett '83
Friday, February 11, 10:50 a.m.

Sonia Shah
Friday, February 18, 10:50 a.m.

Mike Kim
Friday, February 25, 10:50 a.m.


Full Campus Events Calendar
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