2019-2020 Weekly Convocations

The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of fields. The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.

Upcoming

February 2020

Friday, February 21st
  • Convocation: Corey Robin
    • Political theorist Corey Robin examines the racial pessimism of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 28th
  • Convocation: Don Zolidis '97
    • Playwright Don Zolidis discusses the power of art and the radical nature of irreverence to change the world.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2020

Friday, April 3rd
Friday, April 10th
  • Convocation: Maya Dusenbery ’08
    • Journalist Maya Dusenbery examines a medical system rife with inequities in its diagnosis and treatment of men vs. women
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 17th
  • Convocation: Scott Freeman '78
    • Environmental educator Scott Freeman '78 relates how to engage with the land rather than exploiting it.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 24th

May 2020

Friday, May 1st
Friday, May 8th
  • Convocation: Clive Thompson
    • Journalist, author, and tech expert Clive Thompson discusses how technology is changing our minds forever.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 15th
  • Convocation: Rachel Sumekh
    • Social entrepreneur Rachel Sumekh offers innovative solutions to address food insecurity and low-income stigma among college students.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 29th

Archive

February 2020

Friday, February 14th
  • Convocation: Lissa Jones-Lofgren
    • Radio and podcast host Lissa Jones-Lofgren comments on the intersection of black history and present-day thought.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 7th

January 2020

Friday, January 31st
  • Convocation: Peggy Shepard
    • Environmental health activist Peggy Shepard promotes the entitlement of clean air, water and soil for urban communities.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 24th
  • Convocation: Felicia Knaul
    • International health economist Felicia Knaul advocates for better palliative care in developing countries.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 17th
  • Convocation: Tim Leunig
    • Renowned economist Tim Leunig emphasizes the importance of cultivating creativity in our educational system.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 10th

November 2019

Friday, November 8th
  • Convocation: Carly Bad Heart Bull
    • Native American attorney Carly Bad Heart Bull shares the importance of updating history to honor Indigenous peoples.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, November 1st
  • Convocation: Tim Duane
    • Attorney and consultant Tim Duane offers insights on solving complex energy and environmental problems.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2019

Friday, October 25th
Friday, October 18th
  • Convocation: Gaelynn Lea
    • Violinist Gaelynn Lea shares her personal experience of living, learning, loving, and working as a touring artist with a disability.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
  • Gaelynn Lea Concert
    • Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea performs innovative takes on traditional fiddle music. No tickets are required.
    • 7:00 pm, Kracum Performance Hall, Weitz Center for Creativity
Friday, October 11th
  • Convocation: Rochelle Gutiérrez
    • Mathematics educator Rochelle Gutiérrez examines how race, class, and language affect teaching and learning.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 4th
  • Convocation: Laura Silber '82
    • Journalist Laura Silber '82 offers insights into building vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable to citizens.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

September 2019

Friday, September 27th
Monday, September 16th

May 2019

Friday, May 31st
Friday, May 17th
  • Convocation: LaDonna Redmond
    • Food activist LaDonna Redmond offers community-based solutions to confront underlying themes of social justice within the food movement.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 10th
  • Convocation: Andra Gillespie
    • Emory University political scientist Andra Gillespie examines the impact of black political leadership in the post-civil rights generation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 3rd
  • Convocation: Bao Phi
    • Performance poet Bao Phi tells of the Vietnamese-American experience.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2019

Friday, April 26th
  • Convocation: Anne Helen Petersen
    • Internet-famous Anne Helen Petersen examines the gossip industry and the way we talk about celebrities.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 19th
  • Convocation: Robb Willer
    • Social psychologist Robb Willer shares compelling insights on how to bridge the ideological divide.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 12th
  • Convocation: Tom Brown '91
    • Cyber security expert Tom Brown discusses cutting-edge solutions to address complex cyber threats.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 5th
  • Convocation: Karin Lips
    • Founder and President of the Network of Enlightened Women, Karin Lips affirms that one can be pro-woman and conservative.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

March 2019

Friday, March 1st
  • Convocation: Michael Twitty
    • Culinary historian Michael Twitty reflects on how food is woven into cultural histories and identities.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2019

Friday, February 22nd
  • Convocation: Neil Thompson
    • Innovation scholar Neil Thompson demonstrates how science is shaped by Wikipedia.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 15th
  • Convocation: Evan Lutz
    • Social entrepreneur Evan Lutz works to end food waste and hunger in America.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 8th
  • Convocation: Sally Kohn
    • Political pundit Sally Kohn searches for common ground among political foes by focusing on the compassion and humanity in everyone.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 1st

January 2019

Friday, January 25th
  • Convocation: David Titley
    • Scientist and retired Navy admiral David Titley assesses the national security risks associated with climate change.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 18th
  • Convocation: Shaun Casey
    • Former head of the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, Shaun Casey examines ethics and international diplomacy.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 11th
  • Convocation: Sigal Ben-Porath
    • University of Pennsylvania professor Sigal Ben-Porath offers a useful framework for thinking about free-speech controversies.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

November 2018

Friday, November 2nd
  • Convocation: Jim Bear Jacobs
    • Native American pastor Jim Bear Jacobs promotes racial and cultural reconciliation through the healing power of stories.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2018

Friday, October 26th
Friday, October 19th
  • Convocation: Sayu Bhojwani
    • Immigration scholar Sayu Bhojwani discusses how inclusion and participation make democracy stronger.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 12th
  • Convocation: Jay Smooth
    • Cultural commentator Jay Smooth, host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, addresses how we talk about race and politics.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 5th
  • Convocation: Julio Salgado
    • Activist Julio Salgado shows how art can be used to educate about the unique challenges of being undocumented and gay.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

September 2018

Friday, September 28th
Friday, September 21st
  • Convocation: Fred Hagstrom
    • Professor Fred Hagstrom presents the annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar Convocation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Monday, September 10th

May 2018

Friday, May 25th
  • Honors Convocation
    • Honors Convocation is held each year on the last Friday of spring term.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 11th
  • Convocation: Joel Dimsdale ’68
    • University of California psychiatrist probes the psychological nature of Nazi war criminals in a quest to make sense of evil.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 4th
  • Convocation: Richard Lee
    • Psychology professor Richard Lee examines how ethnic and racial minorities experience, negotiate, and resist everyday encounters.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2018

Friday, April 27th
  • Convocation: Robert Sapolsky
    • World renowned neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky explores the causes of stress and its effects on our bodies.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 20th
  • Convocation: James Kakalios
    • University of Minnesota professor James Kakalios explains the physics of comic book superheroes.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 13th
  • Convocation: Amy-Jill Levine
    • Jewish feminist in a Protestant seminary, Amy-Jill Levine seeks to correct stereotyped misperceptions in religious and cultural issues.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 6th
  • Convocation: Matteson Ellis
    • International lawyer Matteson Ellis discusses the power of international anti-corruption law.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

March 2018

Friday, March 30th

February 2018

Friday, February 23rd
  • Convocation: Christine Papai ’04
    • Christine Papai works with a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 16th
  • Convocation: Daryl Davis
    • Grammy Award winning R&B pianist Daryl Davis relates his story of a Black man’s odyssey into the Ku Klux Klan.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 9th
  • Convocation: Arno Michaelis
    • Arno Michaelis leads Serve2Unite, created to stand against violence and hate, after turning away from the racist hate group he formerly led.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 2nd
  • Convocation: Nyle Fort
    • Minister and organizer Nyle Fort is an activist committed to global transformative justice.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2018

Friday, January 26th
  • Convocation: Daniel Wilson
    • Roboticist Daniel Wilson, author of "How to Survive a Robot Uprising," examines science fiction and real-world advancements.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 19th
  • Convocation: Yuval Levin
    • Leading conservative intellectual Yuval Levin discusses how the "politics of nostalgia" has fractured the republic.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 12th
  • Convocation: Bob Harris
    • Comedian, TV writer, and travel writer Bob Harris tells how he became a micro financier.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 5th
  • Convocation: Niall McCann
    • Biologist and adventurer Niall McCann works to research and protect endangered species in remote and challenging environments.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

November 2017

Friday, November 3rd
  • Convocation: Winona LaDuke
    • Native American environmentalist and rural development economist Winona LaDuke works on sustainable development and food systems.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2017

Friday, October 27th
  • Convocation: Mary Kay Magistad
    • Journalist and international correspondent Mary Kay Magistad explores the ideas, trends and twists shaping the 21st century.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 20th
  • Convocation: Deborah Bial
    • Education strategist Deborah Bial addresses the challenges of college access for underrepresented populations
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 13th
  • Convocation: Courtney Martin
    • Author and culture critic Courtney Martin explores how people are redefining the American Dream.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 6th
  • Convocation: Diana Yanez
    • Actor and filmmaker Diana Yanez is known for her comedic performances about growing up as the daughter of Cuban immigrants in Miami.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

September 2017

Friday, September 29th
  • Convocation: David Fathi
    • Director of the ACLU National Prison Project, David Fathi promotes a fair and effective criminal justice system.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, September 22nd
Monday, September 11th

May 2017

Friday, May 26th
  • Honors Convocation
    • Annual celebration of the awards and academic accomplishments of Carleton students.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 12th
  • Convocation: Eric Deggans
    • Journalist and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans explains how media outlets have fallen short in covering issues of race and politics.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 5th

April 2017

Friday, April 28th
  • Convocation: Amy Kaslow
    • Photojournalist Amy Kaslow conveys the stories and portraits of lives disrupted by war.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 21st
Friday, April 14th
  • Convocation: Nancy Hughes
    • Founder of StoveTeam Intl, Nancy Hughes helps Latin American entrepreneurs establish factories for safe and fuel-efficient cook stoves.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 7th
  • Convocation: Dina Temple-Raston
    • NPR counterterrorism correspondent examines how technology changed the battle against terrorism and the way Americans think about privacy.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

March 2017

Friday, March 31st
  • Convocation: Ariel Zwang
    • CEO of Safe Horizon, Ariel Zwang is an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2017

Friday, February 24th
  • Convocation: Ainissa Ramirez
    • Distinguished scientist and innovator, Ainissa Ramirez talks about Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 17th
  • Convocation: Jonathan Gayles
    • Educator and documentary filmmaker Jonathan Gayles examines representations of Black masculinity in comic books.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 10th
  • Convocation: Kevin Hines
    • Mental health advocate Kevin Hines shares his compelling story of surviving a suicide attempt.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 3rd
  • Convocation: Lateefah Simon
    • Civil rights advocate Lateefah Simon gives hope to thousands of families struggling to overcome challenges of poverty and discrimination.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2017

Friday, January 27th
  • Convocation: Haider Newmani
    • Iraqi citizen and journalist Haider Newmani shares poignant stories of everyday life in a war zone.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 20th
  • Convocation: Michael Tubbs
    • Community organizer Michael Tubbs overcame hardship to become one of the youngest elected officials in the nation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 13th
  • Convocation: Rob Morris
    • Founder of "Love146," Rob Morris works to end child trafficking and exploitation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 6th
  • Convocation: Molly Barker
    • An innovative social entrepreneur, Molly Barker has created nonprofits that promote self-worth, healthy identity, and constructive dialog.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

November 2016

Friday, November 4th
  • Convocation: Adrienne Keene
    • Blog author of “Native Appropriations,” Adrienne Keene pushes back against stereotypes and misrepresentations of Native peoples.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2016

Friday, October 28th
  • Convocation: Spirit of Nature
    • Spirit of Nature is a professional Chinese music group comprised of the world's top performers of traditional Chinese instruments.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 21st
  • Convocation: Sean Sherman
    • Owner and CEO of "The Sioux Chef," Sean Sherman talks about making indigenous foods more accessible to as many communities as possible.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 14th
  • Sesquicentennial Convocation
    • Acclaimed radio host and humorist Garrison Keillor helps celebrate Carleton's Sesquicentennial.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 7th
  • Convocation: Julissa Arce
    • A Mexican immigrant, Julissa Arce went from selling funnel cakes in Texas to derivatives at Wall Street's most profitable securities firm.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

September 2016

Friday, September 30th
  • Convocation: Emilie Townes
    • Distinguished theological scholar and ethicist Emilie Townes speaks in commemoration of the centennial of Skinner Memorial Chapel.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, September 23rd
  • Convocation: Roger Jackson
    • Professor Roger Jackson presents the annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar Convocation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Monday, September 12th

May 2016

Friday, May 27th
  • Honors Convocation
    • Annual celebration of the awards and academic accomplishments of Carleton students.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 20th
  • Convocation: Pakou Hang
    • Pakou Hang is the co-founder and executive director of the Hmong American Farmers Association.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 13th
Friday, May 6th
  • Convocation: Negin Farsad
    • Negin Farsad is a social justice comedian and director of the feature documentary "The Muslims Are Coming!"
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2016

Friday, April 29th
  • Convocation: Jeffrey Davidow
    • Jeffrey Davidow, a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer, discusses U.S. and Latin American policy and problems.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 22nd
Friday, April 15th
  • Convocation: Larkin McPhee
    • Larkin McPhee is an award-winning documentary filmmaker known for meticulous research, outstanding characters and powerful story-telling.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 8th
  • Convocation: Mark McClusky '94
    • Mark McClusky, formerly at Sports Illustrated and now at WIRED magazine, talks about his work in sport science.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 1st
  • Convocation: Greg Lukianoff
    • Greg Lukianoff is an attorney who addresses threats to freedom of expression in the academic environment.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2016

Friday, February 26th
  • Convocation: Henry Emmons
    • Psychiatrist Henry Emmons describes the integration of mind-body and natural therapies into his clinical work to restore resilience.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 19th
  • Convocation: Jessica Bacal ’92
    • Jessica Bacal reveals how successful leaders used their worst on-the-job moments as learning experiences.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 12th
  • Convocation: Karen Murphy ’88
    • Facing History and Ourselves director Karen Murphy helps educators promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 5th
  • Convocation: Kevin Powell
    • Acclaimed political and cultural leader Kevin Powell calls for a progressive, multicultural coalition that is inclusive of all people.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2016

Friday, January 29th
  • Convocation: Nekima Levy-Pounds
    • Director of the Community Justice Project, Nekima Levy-Pounds promotes the law as a tool to advance the cause of social justice.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 22nd
Friday, January 15th
  • Convocation: Rebecca Craven '81
    • Program Director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, Rebecca Craven promotes pipeline safety through education and advocacy.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 8th
  • Convocation: Christine McKinley
    • Mechanical engineer, rock star, and television icon Christine McKinley shatters all stereotypes of what a female scientist is.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

November 2015

Friday, November 6th
  • Convocation: Tadd Johnson
    • Producer of the PBS program “Native Report,” an entertaining and informative series that celebrates Native American culture and heritage
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2015

Friday, October 30th
  • Convocation: Johanna Kandel
    • Founder of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, Johanna Kandel is a leader in eating disorder treatment, awareness, and legislation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 23rd
  • Convocation: Mario Joseph
    • Haitian human rights attorney Mario Joseph advocates for victims of political violence.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 16th
  • Convocation: Todd Golub '85
    • Cancer research pioneer Todd Golub '85 applies the tools of genomics to the understanding of cancer.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 9th
Friday, October 2nd
  • Convocation: Anabel Hernández
    • Investigative journalist Anabel Hernández warns that remaining silent kills freedom and justice.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

September 2015

Friday, September 25th
  • Convocation: Clifford Clark
    • History Professor Clifford Clark presents the annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar Convocation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Monday, September 14th

May 2015

Friday, May 29th
Friday, May 22nd
  • Convocation: Esera Tuaolo
    • Former professional football player Esera Tuaolo relates the story of his life as a gay man in the NFL.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 15th
  • Convocation: Chude Allen ’65
    • A Freedom Summer participant, Chude Allen relates the experience of African-American voter registration in Mississippi in 1964.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 8th
Friday, May 1st
  • Convocation: Kathryn Harper
    • At Let Girls Lead, Kathryn Harper seeks to ensure that girls can attend school, stay healthy, and learn skills to escape poverty.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2015

Friday, April 24th
  • Convocation: Daniel Kurtzer
    • Foreign service veteran Daniel Kurtzer examines U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 17th
  • Convocation: Arsalan Iftikhar
    • International human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar is a global media commentator frequently sought for his American-Muslim perspective.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 10th
  • Convocation: Becky Morrison
    • Founder of Globetops, Becky Morrison collects and refurbishes electronic waste, converting it into a usable instrument of world change.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 3rd
  • Convocation: Ysaye Barnwell
    • Musician, actress, and educator Ysaye Barnwell is a former member of the acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2015

Friday, February 27th
  • Convocation: Saru Jayaraman
    • Founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers, Saru Jayaraman seeks to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant workers.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 20th
  • Convocation: Kelsey Timmerman
    • Investigative journalist Kelsey Timmerman has trekked the planet to put a human face on the global economy.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 13th
  • Convocation: Sam Polk
    • Founder of Groceryships, Sam Polk aims to empower families to live healthfully.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 6th
  • Convocation: Javon Johnson
    • Spoken word poet Javon Johnson merges race and gender theory with comedy and lyricism to enlighten.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2015

Friday, January 30th
  • Convocation: Adam Falkner
    • Founder of the Dialogue Arts Project, Adam Falkner uses creative writing and art to generate dialogue about social identity and difference.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 23rd
  • Convocation: Lindsey Thomas
    • Medical examiner Lindsey Thomas describes the role of forensic pathology at the intersection of science, technology and the judicial system.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 16th
  • Convocation: Dawn Porter
    • Attorney and filmmaker Dawn Porter exposes the deficiencies of the United States criminal justice system.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 9th
  • Convocation: Michael Shermer
    • Science historian and psychologist Michael Shermer examines why people believe weird things.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

November 2014

Friday, November 7th
  • Convocation: Waneek Horn-Miller
    • Aboriginal advocate and Canadian Olympic athlete Waneek Horn-Miller works to mend relationship between Native and non-Native communities.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2014

Friday, October 31st
  • Convocation: Elizabeth Liang
    • Actress Elizabeth Liang explores her multicultural background in addressing, Who are you when you’re from everywhere and nowhere?
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 24th
  • Convocation: Charles Kernaghan
    • Charles Kernaghan is a leader in the promotion and defense of internationally recognized worker rights in the global economy.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 17th
  • Convocation: Robert Paarlberg ’67
    • Food and agricultural policy researcher Robert Paarlberg addresses farming technologies and poverty in the developing world.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 10th
  • Convocation: Jake Porway
    • Data scientist Jake Porway proposes using the power of data analysis to bring about positive change in the world.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 3rd
  • Convocation: Daisy Hernández
    • Author Daisy Hernández reflects on her Columbian and Cuban heritage in an exploration of family, language, and identity.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

September 2014

Friday, September 26th
  • Convocation: Stephen Strand
    • Economics Professor Stephen Strand presents the annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar Convocation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Monday, September 15th
  • Opening Convocation: R.T. Rybak
    • Annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the academic year, with an address by R.T. Rybak
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

May 2014

Friday, May 30th
  • Honors Convocation
    • Annual ceremony that draws the campus community together to celebrate the awards and academic accomplishments of our students.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 16th
Friday, May 9th
Friday, May 2nd

April 2014

Friday, April 25th
Friday, April 18th
Friday, April 11th
Friday, April 4th

February 2014

Friday, February 28th
Friday, February 21st
  • Convocation: Joan Morgan
    • Provocative cultural critic examines the changing racial and ethnic composition of America.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 14th
Friday, February 7th

January 2014

Friday, January 31st
Friday, January 24th
Friday, January 17th
  • Convocation: Lewis Hyde
    • Poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 10th

November 2013

Friday, November 8th
Friday, November 1st
  • Convocation: Matt Ginsberg
    • Developer of computer programs to build ships more efficiently, apps to help drivers save gas, and artificial intelligence to solve puzzles.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2013

Friday, October 25th
Friday, October 18th
  • Convocation: Bob Daily '82
    • Award-winning TV writer and producer of "Frasier" and "Desperate Housewives".
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 11th
  • Convocation: Leo Chavez
    • Scholar and author presents an anthropological view of immigration, offering an analysis of myths vs. facts.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 4th
  • Convocation: Martha Nussbaum
    • Renowned professor of law and ethics examines questions of social justice through the lens of philosophy.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

September 2013

Friday, September 27th
Monday, September 16th

May 2013

Friday, May 31st
  • Honors Convocation: Kai Knutson '11
    • Annual ceremony that draws the campus community together to celebrate the awards and academic accomplishments of our students.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 17th
  • Convocation: Randy Cohen
    • Former ethics columnist for New York Times Magazine skillfully blends moral authority and humor.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 10th
  • Convocation: Bob Beckel and Cal Thomas
    • A liberal Democratic strategist and a conservative columnist seek common ground in the contentious issues that divide our nation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 3rd
  • Convocation: Jeff Chang
    • Chinese-American journalist discusses the colorization of America.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2013

Friday, April 26th
Friday, April 19th
  • Convocation: Sarah Kay
    • Spoken word poet and founder of Project V.O.I.C.E., a group dedicated to inspiring youth to use spoken word as a tool of self expression.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 12th
Friday, April 5th

February 2013

Friday, February 22nd
  • Convocation: Siri Hustvedt
    • Author explains how personal experience and memory become transformed into narrative.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 15th
  • Convocation: Brenda Brenner
    • Music educator has done ground-breaking work with underprivileged and underachieving students in low-income neighborhoods.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 8th
Friday, February 1st

January 2013

Friday, January 25th
  • Convocation: Helene York
    • Food activist discusses the complexities and ethical challenges of food service providers to make more sustainable food available.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 18th
  • Convocation: Anita Sarkeesian
    • Media critic explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives, including television, movies, and gaming.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 11th
  • Convocation: Ronald Henkoff '76
    • Editor at Bloomberg Markets magazine examines how the economy has been affected by scandals within financial institutions.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 4th

November 2012

Friday, November 2nd
  • Convocation: Leslie Harper
    • Founder of elementary school Ojibwe language immersion program on the Leech Lake Reservation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2012

Friday, October 26th
Friday, October 19th
Friday, October 12th
  • Convocation: Phil Plait
    • Astronomer, lecturer and author debunks bad science and popular misconceptions.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 5th

September 2012

Friday, September 28th
Friday, September 21st
  • Convocation: Patty Webster
    • President of Amazon Promise brings medical aid and health education to the poorest and most remote communities of Peru.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Monday, September 10th
  • Opening Convocation: Mark Dayton
    • Annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the academic year, with the address given by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

May 2012

Friday, May 25th
Friday, May 11th
  • Convocation: Peter Ubel '84
    • Physician and behavioral scientist explores the role of values and preferences in health care decision-making.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 4th
  • Convocation: Lila Abu-Lughod '74
    • Distinguished anthropologist considers how, while all eyes were on Cairo, young people in one Egyptian village made their own revolution.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2012

Friday, April 27th
  • Convocation: Rinku Sen
    • Indian-American author and community organizer offers strategies for working toward social, racial and gender equality.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 20th
  • Convocation: David Welna '80
    • The congressional correspondent for National Public Radio covers a wide range of historic events and national issues.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 13th
  • Convocation: Kwame Anthony Appiah
    • One of America's leading public intellectuals examines what it takes to turn moral understanding into moral behavior.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 6th
  • Convocation: Barbara Fredrickson '86
    • A leading scholar within social psychology and affective science studies the health effects of cultivating positive emotions.
    • 10:50 am, Concert Hall

March 2012

Friday, March 30th

February 2012

Friday, February 24th
  • Convocation: Emily Hunter
    • Emily Hunter is an environmental advocacy journalist who reports from the frontlines of environmental issues and activist movements. She has worked as the eco-correspondent for MTV News Canada and the eco-blogger for THIS Magazine. Her first book, The Next Eco-Warriors, is an insider’s look at the new wave of environmental activism, focusing on the stories of today's youth eco-activists. She makes absolutely clear that youth are out there in force, trying every creative tactic they can think of to safeguard the planet on which they will live out their lives. Hunter is no stranger to the activist world. She was literally born into the environmental movement, as her parents Robert and Bobbi Hunter were the co-founders of Greenpeace. She has sailed around the world on activist ships with Sea Shepherd helping to save animals and fighting against climate change with 350.org. Today, her change making is with eco-journalism, informing and offering critical debate on the battle to save the planet. Hunter has hosted and co-produced three TV-documentaries, ranging from the Canadian Tar Sands to the Toronto G20 protests; she was one of the characters on the hit Animal Planet show Whale Wars; and she has done eco-reporting from protest frontlines at climate summits. Hunter reflects on the history and evolution of the environmental movement as a backdrop for examining where it is today and the emergence of a new generation of change-makers. The title of her presentation is "Revolutionizing the Revolution."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 17th
  • Convocation: Joel Salatin
    • Joel Salatin is a self-described environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer, or as the New York Times calls him, "the high priest of the pasture."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 10th
  • Convocation: Michelle Alexander
    • Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar who currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 3rd
  • Convocation: Shelton Johnson
    • Shelton Johnson is the author of Gloryland, the fictional memoir of a buffalo soldier – a black U.S. cavalryman and the son of slaves – who finds true freedom when he is posted to patrol the newly created Yosemite National Park in 1903.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2012

Friday, January 27th
  • Convocation: Eric Schwartz
    • Eric Schwartz has 25 years of senior public service experience at the Department of State, the National Security Council, the United Nations and the U.S. Congress, as well as in the foundation and NGO communities.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 20th
  • Convocation: S.E. Cupp - CANCELLED
    • We regret to announce that S.E. Cupp, author of Why You're Wrong About the Right, has cancelled her convocation appearance at Carleton College.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 13th
  • Convocation: Dave Meslin
    • Dave Meslin, journalist and grassroots activist, calls himself a "community choreographer." Meslin's activism started with guerilla-style street antics.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 6th
  • Convocation: Steve Brodner
    • Steve Brodner's award-winning career as a satirical illustrator and art journalist spans three decades. His iconic caricatures of pop and political culture have appeared in every major publication in the United States, not to mention his visual essays of political campaigns and the struggles of everyday working people and their families. His work is credited with helping spearhead the 1980s revival of pointed and entertaining graphic commentary in the United States. "The face that politicians present to the public is a mask," says Brodner. "Everyone knows it's a mask. The mask is what political cartoons comment on. You're never drawing the person; you're drawing the persona." Politicians have never hesitated to tar their opponents, and neither have their satirist contemporaries. And over his 30-plus-year career, Brodner has proven himself as nothing if not a masterful visual communicator. The title of his presentation is "The Art of Politics".
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

November 2011

Friday, November 4th
  • Convocation: Steve Russell
    • Steve Russell, a Cherokee Indian born and raised in Oklahoma, served for 17 years as an elected trial judge in Texas before becoming an associate professor of criminal justice at Indiana University.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2011

Friday, October 28th
  • Convocation: Jeff Lieberman
    • Jeff Lieberman is the star of Discovery Channel’s Time Warp, where cool science is s-l-o-w-e-d down to better understand movement as an art form.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 21st
  • Convocation: Martin Loken
    • Consul General Martin Loken serves as Canada’s senior representative in the Upper Midwest states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 14th
  • Convocation: James Schamus
    • James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain), and is CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Lost in Translation, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Pianist, Coraline, and The Kids Are All Right.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 7th
  • Convocation: Pedro Noguera
    • Pedro Noguera is one of America's most important voices for healthy public education. As a leading urban sociologist, he examines how schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

September 2011

Friday, September 30th
  • Convocation: Gavin Wright
    • Gavin Wright, Stanford University professor of American economic history, is perhaps today's leading economic historian on the American South.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, September 23rd
  • Convocation: Bryan Garsten
    • Bryan Garsten is Professor of Political Science at Yale University, and serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the program in Ethics, Politics and Economics. He writes about the history of political thought and contemporary political theory, with a special interest in the themes of persuasion and judgment. He is the author of the prize-winning book, Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment. In today’s increasingly polarized political landscape it seems that fewer and fewer citizens hold out hope of persuading one another. Even among those who have not given up on persuasion, few will admit to practicing the art of persuasion known as rhetoric. To describe political speech as ‘rhetoric’ today is to accuse it of being superficial or manipulative. Garsten uncovers the early modern origins of this suspicious attitude toward rhetoric and seeks to loosen its grip on contemporary political theory. Revealing how deeply concerns about rhetorical speech shaped both ancient and modern political thought, he argues that the artful practice of persuasion ought to be viewed as a crucial part of democratic politics. He provocatively suggests that the aspects of rhetoric that seem most dangerous – the appeals to emotion, religious values, and the concrete commitments and identities of particular communities – are also those which can draw out citizens’ capacity for good judgment. Against theorists who advocate a rationalized ideal of deliberation aimed at consensus, Garsten argues that a controversial politics of partiality and passion can produce a more engaged and more deliberative kind of democratic discourse. Garsten shares his thoughts about the role of a liberal education in his presentation titled "What Is College For?"
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Monday, September 12th
  • Opening Convocation: Rush Holt '70
    • Carleton's opening convocation is an annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the academic year and recognizing academic achievement. This year's address will be delivered by U.S. Representative Rush Holt, who has served Central New Jersey in Congress since 1999.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

May 2011

Friday, May 27th
  • Honors Convocation: Stephen Kelly
    • The Honors Convocation is held each year on the last Friday of spring term to recognize faculty and students for their accomplishments and their service to the community. This year’s address will be delivered by Stephen Kelly, the Dye Family Professor of Music, who has taught at Carleton since 1974.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 13th
  • Convocation: Annie Leonard
    • A proponent of sustainability and critic of excessive consumerism, Annie Leonard is most known for her animated film “The Story of Stuff” about the life-cycle of material goods.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 6th
  • Convocation: Arn Chorn-Pond
    • Arn Chorn-Pond was both a victim and survivor of the Cambodian genocide who grew to become an internationally recognized human rights leader. Subject of the Emmy-nominated documentary The Flute Player and a founder of Children of War, an international youth leadership organization for building community, activism and healing for teenagers, Chorn-Pond opens eyes and hearts as he helps to heal. The title of his presentation is "Child of War, Man of Peace."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2011

Friday, April 29th
  • Convocation: Joshua Aronson
    • Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Joshua Aronson has been studying stereotypes, self-esteem, motivation, and attitudes for the past 13 years. His work seeks to understand and remediate race and gender gaps in educational achievement and standardized test performance.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 22nd
  • Convocation: Margaret Lowman
    • Climbing trees for a living is the job of Meg Lowman who for 30 years has designed new methods for exploration of the rain forest canopy and solved mysteries in the treetops of the world’s forests, with special attention on the links between insect pests and ecosystem health.
    • 10:50 am, Concert Hall
Friday, April 15th
  • Convocation: Louis Menand
    • Harvard University professor of English and American literature and language, Louis Menand is widely considered to be the foremost modern scholar of American studies. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning The Metaphysical Club, a detailed history of American intellectual and philosophical life in the 19th and 20th centuries. His recent book The Marketplace of Ideas, has sparked a debate about the future of American education. Has American higher education become a dinosaur? Why do professors all tend to think alike? What makes it so hard for colleges to decide which subjects should be required? Why do teachers and scholars find it so difficult to transcend the limits of their disciplines? Why, in short, are problems that should be easy for universities to solve so intractable? The answer, Menand argues, is that the institutional structure and the educational philosophy of higher education have remained the same for one hundred years, while faculties and student bodies have radically changed and technology has drastically transformed the way people produce and disseminate knowledge. Sponsored by the Fred W. and Margaret C. Schuster Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Literature Fund, the title of his presentation is "Why the Case for Liberal Education is Hard to Make."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 8th
  • Convocation: Neil Howe
    • Neil Howe, best-selling author and national speaker, is a renowned authority on generations in America. He gives readers and audiences powerful insights into who today’s generation are, what motivates them as consumers and workers, and how they will shape our national future.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 1st
  • Convocation: Dennis Meadows '64
    • Dennis Meadows ’64, a scientist who has spent decades studying the Earth’s capacity to endure human population growth and extractive economies, believes it is too late to stop climate change.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2011

Friday, February 25th
  • Convocation: Mike Kim
    • Mike Kim is the founder of Crossing Borders, an NGO providing aid to North Koreans. On New Year's Day 2003, he gave up his financial planning business in Chicago, Illinois and left for China on a one-way ticket carrying little more than two duffle bags. While living near the North Korean border, he operated undercover as a student of North Korean taekwondo, training under North Korean masters from Pyongyang—eventually receiving a second-degree black belt. During his time in China, he learned of the hundreds of thousands of North Koreans fleeing to China through a 6,000-mile modern-day underground railway through Asia in search of food and freedom. Kim provides a rare and unique inside look into the hidden world of ordinary North Koreans, recounting their experiences of enduring famine, sex-trafficking, and torture, as well as the inspirational stories of those who overcame tremendous adversity to escape the repressive regime of their homeland and make new lives. The title of his presentation is “Escaping North Korea.”
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 18th
  • Convocation: Sonia Shah
    • Investigating how science and politics collide in a lop-sided world, Sonia Shah is a critically acclaimed writer on science, human rights, and international politics.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 11th
  • Convocation: Jeff Blodgett '83
    • With 28 years experience in community organizing and political management, Jeff Blodgett is the founding director of Wellstone Action, a national center for training and leadership development. The organization’s mission is to ignite leadership in people and power in communities to win change in the progressive tradition of Paul and Sheila Wellstone. Blodgett studied with Paul Wellstone at Carleton College and began his career as a community organizer, working with hard-pressed family farmers during the 1980s farm crisis. He later spent 13 years as a senior aide, advisor, and campaign manager to the late Senator, managing all three of his election campaigns, including the hard-fought 2002 race that was tragically cut short by a plane crash. In addition to his leadership of Wellstone Action, Blodgett also trains, teaches, and writes extensively on political skills, public management, and leadership. A 1983 graduate of Carleton College, he earned his Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and teaches in the Masters Advocacy and Political Leadership program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The title of his presentation is “Working for What You Believe In: Leadership and Political Change The Wellstone Way.”
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, February 4th
  • Convocation: R. L'Heureux Lewis
    • R. L’Heureux Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the City College of New York – CUNY.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2011

Friday, January 28th
  • Convocation: Amy Domini
    • A leading figure in socially responsible investing, Amy Domini is the founder and CEO of Domini Social Investments.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 21st
  • Convocation: Larry Buxbaum
    • Larry Buxbaum is the Executive Director of the Hennepin County Bar Association, the largest of Minnesota’s twenty-one district bar associations, representing approximately one-half of all Minnesota attorneys.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 14th
  • Convocation: Jesse Schell
    • Assistant professor in the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Jesse Schell teaches classes in game design and leads several projects.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 7th
  • Convocation: Sister Helen Prejean
    • Author of Dead Man Walking, Roman Catholic nun Sister Helen Prejean offers a candid and intense meditation on the complex and troubling issue of capital punishment.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

November 2010

Friday, November 5th
  • Convocation: Michael Armacost '58
    • A veteran diplomat and a prominent figure in the national and international policy community, Michael Armacost is currently a fellow at Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2010

Friday, October 29th
  • Convocation: Suzan Harjo
    • Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, Suzan Harjo is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples recover more than one million acres of land.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 22nd
  • Convocation: Robert Bullard
    • Father of the environmental justice movement and human rights activist, Robert Bullard leads the fight to protect disempowered communities.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 15th
  • Convocation: R. Dale Guthrie
    • Professor emeritus at the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, R. Dale Guthrie is a renowned paleobiologist and artist.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 8th
  • Convocation: Sandra Cisneros
    • Award-winning author Sandra Cisneros has achieved international acclaim for her poetry and fiction. She was the third child and only daughter in a family of seven children.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 1st
  • Convocation: Rudolph Byrd
    • The Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies at Emory University, Rudolph Byrd began his academic career at Carleton College where he was a member of the Department of English and Chair of the Program of African and African American Studies.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

September 2010

Friday, September 24th
  • Convocation: Steve Poskanzer
    • The eleventh president of Carleton College, Steven G. Poskanzer assumed his new role on August 2.
    • 3:30 pm, Skinner Chapel
Monday, September 13th
  • Opening Convocation: Jimmy Kolker '70
    • Carleton’s opening convocation is an annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the academic year and recognizing academic achievement. This year's address will be given by Jimmy Kolker (Carleton Class of 1970), Chief of the HIV/AIDS Section at UNICEF's New York headquarters.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

May 2010

Friday, May 28th
  • Honors Convocation: Robert A. Oden, Jr.
    • The Honors Convocation is held each year on the last Friday of spring term to recognize faculty and students for their accomplishments and their service to the community. This year's address titled "Listening to Ancient Voices" will be delivered by Robert A. Oden, Jr., President and Professor of Religion.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Memorial Chapel
  • President Oden Retirement Celebration
    • Immediately following the Honors Convocation, students, faculty and staff are invited to gather on the Bald Spot for an all-campus celebratory reception, with a special program to honor President Oden's service to Carleton and to wish Rob and Teresa well in their retirement.
    • 4:00 pm, Bald Spot
Friday, May 14th
  • Convocation: Kevin Clements
    • Kevin Clements is the Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand, and Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 7th
  • Convocation: Oliver Wang
    • Oliver Wang writes on pop music, culture, and politics for a variety of publications and outlets including: NPR, Vibe, Wax Poetics, LA Times, Oakland Tribune, Village Voice, SF Bay Guardian, URB, LA Weekly, Scratch, SJ Metro and Minneapolis City Pages, amongst others.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

April 2010

Friday, April 30th
  • Convocation: Richard Moss '77
    • Richard Moss (Carleton Class of 1977) works at the intersection of climate science and policy as Senior Scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 23rd
  • Convocation: Cheryl Klein '00
    • Cheryl Klein (Carleton Class of 2000) is the senior editor at Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, where she has worked since her graduation from Carleton.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 16th
  • Convocation: Ronald Heifetz
    • Ronald Heifetz is one of the world's leading authorities on leadership. In contemporary America, a traditionally respectful and idealistic view of people in positions of power is changing.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 9th
  • Convocation: Norma Ramos
    • Norma Ramos is a longstanding public interest attorney and social justice activist.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 2nd
  • Convocation: Daniel Seddiqui
    • Daniel Seddiqui has recently completed his mission to work 50 different jobs in 50 states.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

February 2010

Friday, February 26th
  • Convocation: Patrice Gaines
    • Patrice Gaines is an award winning journalist and former Washington Post reporter who has proven that you cannot judge a book by its cover.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 19th
  • Convocation: Lisa Dodson
    • A research professor in Boston College’s Department of Sociology, Dr. Lisa Dodson has spent the last twenty-five years listening to everyday people talk about their lives and their place in the society.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 12th
  • Convocation: Todd Larson '83
    • Todd Larson (Carleton Class of 1983) is Senior Counselor at the New York Coordination Office of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 5th
  • Convocation: E. Patrick Johnson
    • E. Patrick Johnson is Professor, Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Performance Studies and Professor in African American Studies at Northwestern University.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

January 2010

Friday, January 29th
  • Convocation: Alexandra Jamieson
    • Alexandra Jamieson is the author of "The Great American Detox Diet" and is perhaps best known for her appearance in the documentary film "Super Size Me".
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 22nd
  • Convocation: Stephanie Kinnunen
    • Stephanie Kinnunen is CEO and Co-Founder of NEED magazine, the first independent magazine dedicated solely to global and domestic humanitarian issues.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 15th
  • Convocation: Lowell Bergman
    • Lowell Bergman is a producer/correspondent for the PBS documentary series “Frontline” and contributes investigative reports to The New York Times.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 8th
  • Convocation: Susan Douglas
    • Susan Douglas is a media critic whose book "Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media" reveals how television and advertising target images of women.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

November 2009

Friday, November 6th

October 2009

Friday, October 30th
  • Convocation: Jonathan Morduch
    • Jonathan Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His research focuses on international development, poverty and financial access. He is the Managing Director of the Financial Access Initiative, a research consortium of leading development economists that aims to expand access to financial services for low-income individuals in developing countries. He has been chair of the United Nations Committee on Poverty Statistics and a member of the U.N. Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors. He has served as an advisor to the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Pro Mujer, and the Grameen Foundation. He is a member of the editorial boards of the World Bank Economic Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, and Journal of Globalization and Development. Co-author of "The Economics of Microfinance" and "Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day", Morduch has taught on the Economics faculty at Harvard University, and has held fellowships or visiting positions at Stanford, Princeton, and the University of Tokyo. The title of his presentation is "How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 23rd
  • Convocation: John Harris '85
    • John Harris (Carleton Class of 1985) stumbled into journalism during his freshman year at Carleton when a friend asked him to write a couple of articles for The Carletonian. For more than two decades, Harris worked for the Washington Post, serving as White House reporter. In an effort to break the traditional journalism mold, in 2006 he co-founded The Politico (print newspaper) and Politico.com where he now serves as editor-in-chief.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 16th
  • Convocation: Mark Bauerlein
    • Mark Bauerlein is Professor of English at Emory University where he has taught since 1989, with a two-and-a-half year break in 2003-05 to serve as the Director, Office of Research and Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversaw studies about culture and American life.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 9th
  • Convocation: Arlene Davila
    • Arlene Davila is a cultural anthropologist interested in urban and ethnic studies, the political economy of culture and media and consumption studies.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 2nd
  • Convocation: Drew Miller '81
    • Drew Miller (Carleton Class of 1981) brings locally grown talent with a global reputation. His Minneapolis-based band "Boiled in Lead" have for over 26 years been innovators in bringing folk music kicking and screaming to rock audiences (and rock music to screaming folk audiences!)
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
  • Boiled in Lead Concert
    • Drew Miller '81 and Boiled in Lead follow up their Friday morning convocation lecture-demonstration with a public concert.
    • 7:00 pm, Concert Hall

September 2009

Friday, September 25th
  • Convocation: John McConnell '86
    • John McConnell (Carleton Class of 1986) served as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush and as the chief speechwriter for Vice President Dick Cheney from the start of the administration.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Monday, September 14th
  • Gary Nabhan Book Signing
    • Meet prize-winning essayist and ethnobiologist Gary Nabhan for a special author event. Lecturer, food and farming advocate, rural lifeways folklorist, and conservationist, Nabhan is the author of several books influencing the burgeoning local foods movement.
    • 11:00 am, Carleton Bookstore
  • Opening Convocation: Gary Nabhan
    • Join us as we mark the beginning of the 2009-10 academic year. The celebration begins with the opening convocation featuring Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD, a globally recognized food and farming advocate and conservationist; a reception for faculty and staff follows. Details and schedule.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Memorial Chapel

May 2009

Friday, May 29th
  • Honors Convocation: Anne E. Patrick
    • The Honors Convocation is held each year on the last Friday of spring term to recognize faculty and students for their accomplishments and their service to the community. This year's address will be delivered by Anne E. Patrick, William H. Laird Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 15th
Friday, May 8th
  • Convocation: Edmund Pellegrino
    • Edmund Pellegrino has played a central role in shaping the fields of bioethics and the philosophy of medicine.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, May 1st

April 2009

Friday, April 24th
  • Convocation: Robert Oden III
    • Robert Oden III is a Senior Commercialisation Manager in the New York office of EcoSecurities, one of the world's leading companies in the business of originating, developing and trading carbon credits.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Thursday, April 23rd
  • Discussion with Robert Oden III
    • Informal discussion with Robert Oden III of EcoSecurities about environmental and economic issues: leadership and action from the perspective of a pioneering company, vision for cutting greenhouse gases, management techniques for action that can realize substantial gains in both profitability and emissions reductions.
    • 7:00 pm, Alumni Guest House Meeting Room
Friday, April 17th
  • Convocation: Doug Lansky
    • Doug Lansky is an adventurer, award-winning author, and world-travel expert.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, April 10th
  • Convocation: Daryl Davis
    • Daryl Davis, a Grammy Award winning blues and R&B pianist, took an extraordinary journey into the heart of one of America’s most fanatical institutions – the Ku Klux Klan.
    • 10:50 am, Concert Hall
Friday, April 3rd
  • Convocation: Craig Rennebohm '67
    • Craig Rennebohm walks a regular route through downtown Seattle, seeking out those who are most vulnerable; those whose confusion or fear makes it hard to seek or accept assistance; those whose illness makes them feel isolated, unworthy, and hopeless.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2009

Friday, February 27th
  • Convocation: Kent Wommack
    • Kent Wommack has worked since 1982 for The Nature Conservancy, and is often credited with changing the scale of conservation projects in this country by leading some of the Conservancy's largest, most complex and innovative projects. The world's leading conservation organization, the Conservancy works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Since its founding in 1951, they have protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide, and they operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. Working in all 50 states and more than 30 countries, they protect habitats from grasslands to coral reefs and address threats to conservation involving climate change, fire, fresh water, forests, invasive species, and marine ecosystems. The success of the Conservancy is due to their science-based approach, aided by their more than 700 staff scientists. They pursue non-confrontational, pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges, partnering with indigenous communities, businesses, governments, multilateral institutions, and other non-profits. The title of his presentation is "Conservation as if Nature and People Both Mattered".
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Thursday, February 26th
  • Conservation discussion
    • Informal discussion about conservation with convocation speaker Kent Wommack, who has worked since 1982 for The Nature Conservancy and is often credited with changing the scale of conservation projects in this country by leading some of the Conservancy's largest, most complex and innovative projects.
    • 7:30 pm, Alumni Guest House Library
Friday, February 20th
  • Convocation: David Quammen
    • David Quammen is a science journalist and nonfiction author. He travels on assignment for various magazines, usually to jungles, deserts, or swamps, and his accustomed beat is the world of field biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Thursday, February 19th
  • David Quammen discussion
    • Informal discussion with David Quammen, contributing writer for National Geographic magazine, about science writing.
    • 7:30 pm, Alumni Guest House Library
Friday, February 13th
  • Convocation: Tyrone Hayes
    • Tyrone Hayes is a biologist and herpetologist who knows that scientific breakthroughs don’t begin and end in the laboratory. They also come from the field.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Thursday, February 12th
  • Tyrone Hayes discussion
    • Informal discussion with biologist and herpetologist Tyrone Hayes about his work on the atrazine issue and the challenges of doing controversial science.
    • 7:00 pm, Leighton 305
Friday, February 6th
  • Convocation: Mark Anthony Neal
    • Mark Anthony Neal jokes that if you "Google" the term "black male feminist," his name will invariably show up near the top of the search results.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2009

Friday, January 30th
  • Convocation: David McMillen
    • David McMillen is the External Affairs Liaison with the National Archives and Records Administration, where he is also Director of Congressional Relations.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 23rd
Friday, January 16th
Friday, January 9th
  • Convocation: Gary Telgenhoff
    • Gary Telgenhoff is a forensic pathologist and consultant for the hit television drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

November 2008

Friday, November 7th
  • Convocation: Enrique Morones
    • Enrique Morones is the founder of Border Angels, a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides support and relief to migrant workers on the United States-Mexico border.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2008

Friday, October 31st
Friday, October 24th
  • Convocation: Scott Olson
    • Scott Olson is known worldwide as the man who invented, named and marketed Rollerblades, praised by Time magazine as one of the 100 coolest products of the 20th century, alongside computers, cell phones and Post-it notes.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 17th
  • Convocation: Rafael Campo
    • Rafael Campo is a Cuban-American medical doctor who teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 10th
  • Convocation: Joseph Melrose
    • Joseph Melrose, who served three decades in the Foreign Service, is the former U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, where he helped broker a peace treaty.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
  • "Present at the Creation: Governor Stassen and the Founding of the United Nations"
    • This panel discussion will look at the role that citizen groups played in shaping the United Nations and the partnership that these organizations forged with Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen, one of the eight official U.S. representatives appointed by President Roosevelt as a signer of the United Nations Charter.
    • 2:00 pm, Skinner Chapel
Friday, October 3rd
  • Convocation: Paul Anderson
    • Paul Anderson has served as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court since 1994, where he has earned respect for his hard work and superb legal decision-making.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

September 2008

Friday, September 26th
  • Convocation: James Watson
    • James Watson, professor of anthropology at Harvard University, is an ethnographer who has spent over 30 years working in south China, primarily in villages.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Monday, September 15th
  • Opening Convocation: Deborah Bial
    • Opening Convocation is an annual assembly to celebrate the beginning of the academic year and to recognize academic achievement. This year's address will be presented by Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation. More about this event
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

May 2008

Friday, May 30th
  • Honors Convocation
    • The Honors Convocation is held each year on the last Friday of spring term to recognize faculty and students for their accomplishments and their service to the community. This year's address will be delivered by Diethelm Prowe, Laird Bell Professor of History. The title of Professor Prowe's address is "Carls Born 1945-1989: Twentieth Century Perspectives."
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 23rd
  • Convocation: Ann Cooper
    • Chef Ann Cooper is a renegade lunch lady. She works to transform cafeterias into culinary classrooms for students - one school lunch at a time.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 16th
  • Convocation: Spirituals, Hymns & Gospel Music
    • Robert Morris, founder and artistic director of the St. Paul based Leigh Morris Chorale, and Anthony Leach, founder and director of the Penn State University choir, Essence of Joy, will present "The Relationship Between Song and Singing in the African American Sacred Music Traditions."
    • 10:50 am, Carleton Concert Hall
Friday, May 9th
  • Convocation: Thomas Schelling
    • Thomas Schelling is an economist and distinguished professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 2nd
  • Convocation: Dr. Vijay Prashad
    • When Dr. Vijay Prashad was in school, a teacher once told his class they should think so hard it might make blood rush out of their ears, and a few years later in graduate school Dr. Prashad read the work of a French philosopher who enjoined his readers to "push thought to the extreme." Now, as a professor in South Asian History and Director of International Studies at Trinity College, Dr. Prashad is committed to intellectual extremism: nothing is forbidden to think about, everything is open to investigation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

April 2008

Friday, April 25th
  • Convocation: David Hilliard
    • A founding member and chief of staff of the Black Panther Party, David Hilliard is an incomparable authority on the life, legacy, and intellectual history of Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 18th
  • Convocation: Gao Hong and Friends
    • Gao Hong and Friends will present “Asian Fusion: A Celebration of Diversity,” featuring top artists from India, Japan and China. Sitarist Shubhendra Rao, a leading disciple of Ravi Shankar, taiko drum master Kenny Endo, and Indian veena player and vocalist Nirmala Rajasekar will join Chinese pipa player Gao Hong for a rousing cross-cultural presentation.
    • 10:50 am, Carleton Concert Hall
Friday, April 11th
  • Convocation: Jane Hamilton '79
    • Novelist Jane Hamilton grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, the youngest of five children, and graduated from Carleton College in 1979.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 4th
  • Convocation: Irshad Manji
    • The New York Times has dubbed Irshad Manji "Osama Bin Laden's worst nightmare." She takes that as a compliment.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

February 2008

Friday, February 22nd
  • Convocation: Edith Widder
    • Biologist and deep-sea explorer Edith Widder combines her expertise in research and technological innovation with a commitment to reversing the worldwide trend of degradation in our marine environment.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 15th
  • Convocation: Josh Meltzer '95
    • Staff photographer with The Roanoke Times, Josh Meltzer '95 is an award-winning photojournalist who in 2006 won the National Press Photographers Association Photojournalist of the Year award.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 8th
  • Convocation: J. Drake Hamilton
    • J. Drake Hamilton is the Science Policy Director for Fresh Energy, a non-profit organization working to enhance our economies, protect human health and communities, restore our environment, and establish energy independence.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 1st
  • Convocation: Freeman Hrabowski
    • A child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Freeman Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee's 1997 documentary, "Four Little Girls," on the racially motivated bombing in 1963 of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

January 2008

Friday, January 25th
  • Convocation: Robert McLaughlin
    • Robert McLaughlin is one of over 200 wrongfully convicted people who have been freed from prison after new evidence established that they were actually innocent.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 18th
  • Convocation: Judy Richardson
    • Judy Richardson was the educational director for the "Eyes on the Prize" series, widely recognized as the most important documentary ever produced on the Civil Rights movement.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 11th
  • Convocation: Mark Seeley
    • Mark Seeley is a professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota, where he has worked since 1978.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 4th
  • Convocation: Jane Brody
    • Jane Brody is the Personal Health columnist for The New York Times.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

November 2007

Friday, November 2nd
  • Convocation: Ada E. Deer
    • Native American advocate and scholar, Ada E. Deer recently retired as the director of the American Indian Studies program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

October 2007

Friday, October 26th
  • Convocation: Steve Grove
    • Head of News and Politics at YouTube, Steve Grove helped launch "You Choose '08," designed to educate, empower, and connect voters and presidential candidates through the power of online video.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 19th
  • Convocation: Gillian Sorensen
    • As Senior Advisor at the United Nations Foundation, Gillian Sorensen is a national advocate on matters related to the United Nations and the U.S. – U.N. relationship.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 12th
  • Convocation: David Wilson
    • David Wilson is the founding director of the Museum of Jurassic Technology.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 5th
  • Convocation: Doc Evans Centennial Jazz Band
    • Former Prairie Home Companion house pianist and bandleader Butch Thompson leads an all-star group in celebration of what would have been the 100th birthday of nationally renowned jazz musician Paul "Doc" Evans.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

September 2007

Friday, September 28th
  • Convocation: Lupe Ontiveros
    • Award-winning actress, producer, activist, and visionary Lupe Ontiveros is a woman who makes a difference.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, September 21st
  • Convocation: Paula Vogel
    • Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's work explores controversial topics such as domestic abuse, gender roles and stereotyping, pornography, and AIDS.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Monday, September 10th

May 2007

Friday, May 25th
  • Honors Convocation: David Appleyard
    • The Honors Convocation is held each year on the last Friday of spring term to recognize faculty and students for their accomplishments and their service to the community.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 18th
  • Special Convocation
    • "Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections: The Campaign for Carleton." Exciting announcement of Carleton's fund-raising campaign, with creative surprises from students. Following the convocation program all students, faculty and staff will gather on the Bald Spot for a picnic celebration.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 11th
  • Convocation: Steven Levitt
    • "Beyond Freakonomics." University of Chicago Economics Professor Steven Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don't need to be so mysterious.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 4th
  • Convocation: Parry Shen
    • Chinese American actor Parry Shen graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in marketing and minors in media studies and public relations/advertising.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

April 2007

Friday, April 27th
  • Convocation: Jacob Lief
    • "Ubuntu: A Community Approach to Sustainable Development in Africa." Two men of different race and generation - one South African, one American - are partners in a common cause.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 20th
  • Convocation: Stuart Gibson
    • "A Cultural Ambassador in the Context of Global Citizenship." Stuart Gibson is a fine arts and cultural heritage consultant who specializes in assisting cultural organizations and governments during economic and political transition, advising governments on how to save their national treasures.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 13th
  • Convocation: Benjamin Friedman
    • "The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth." Harvard University economist Benjamin Friedman argues that economic growth, far from fostering rapacious materialism, is a prerequisite for the creation of a liberal, open society.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 6th
  • Convocation: Nancy Baron
    • "The Search for Global Responsibility: What Is Our Role?" Offering a voice of hope for children impacted by war and violence, Nancy Baron is an educator and leading consultant on the effects of trauma and conflict.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

March 2007

Friday, March 30th
  • Convocation: Lynn Gottlieb
    • "Islam and Judaism: A Rabbi Finds Common Ground." Co-founder with Abdul Rauf Campos Marquetti of the Muslim-Jewish PeaceWalk, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb has co-organized 16 peacewalk gatherings throughout the United States and Canada.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

February 2007

Friday, February 23rd
  • Convocation: Byron York
    • "Scenes from a Political Trial: Lewis Libby, the Special Prosecutor, and the War over the War." As the White House correspondent for National Review, Byron York has written on topics including the presidential campaign, the battle over the president's judicial nominations, the war on terrorism, the anti-war movement, and the business histories of the president, vice president, and their Democratic critics.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 16th
  • Convocation: Minnijean Brown Trickey
    • "Return to Little Rock." Minnijean Brown Trickey entered the civil rights movement, and America's consciousness, through the front door of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 9th
  • Convocation: Debra Liang-Fenton
    • "The Challenge of Human Rights in North Korea." The denial of human rights in North Korea is a terrible injustice that can no longer be ignored. As Executive Director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, Debra Liang-Fenton discusses the politics of famine, the inhumane treatment of political prisoners, and military buildup.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 2nd
  • Convocation: Bernice Johnson Reagon
    • Bernice Johnson Reagon is a Freedom Singer who highlights her forty year journey as a cultural activist, scholar and artist. Founder of Sweet Honey In the Rock, she renders her passionate convictions in a moving and memorable mixture of song and spoken word, drawing on the life stories of 19th and 20th century African American women whose struggles for freedom guide her in this moving presentation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

January 2007

Friday, January 26th
  • Convocation: Sandra Steingraber
    • "Contaminated Without Consent: How Exposure to Chemical Pollutants in Air, Food and Water Violates Human Rights." Ecologist, poet and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber is recognized internationally as an expert on environmental links to cancer.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 19th
  • Convocation: Randall Kennedy
    • "Race Lines in American Life." Randall Kennedy is professor at Harvard Law School and one of the country's most compelling and bold commentators on race in America.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 12th
  • Convocation: James Loewen '64
    • "History I Never Learned at Carleton - And Why It Matters." Award-winning author and researcher James Loewen '64 shows how the most commonly used history textbooks omit important events, distort others, and bore everyone.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 5th
  • Convocation: Anne Fadiman
    • "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures." Anne Fadiman's book, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, traces the dramatic conflicts that arose between a refugee family from Laos and their American doctors over the care of their seriously ill child. In her lecture, Fadiman will trace the cross-cultural challenges she faced during her eight years of immersion in Hmong culture.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

November 2006

Friday, November 3rd
  • Convocation: John Trudell
    • "Warrior Words" John Trudell is an acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor and activist whose international following reflects the universal language of his words, work and message.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

October 2006

Friday, October 27th
  • Convocation: David Hemenway
    • "Private Guns, Public Health." Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, David Hemenway also serves as the director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 20th
  • Convocation: Bob Levey
    • "Where Modern Media Are Going: Bumps and Thunderstorms Ahead." A veteran journalist in the nation's capitol, Bob Levey has covered the Washington scene since the Johnson Administration.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 13th
  • Convocation: Joseph Shapiro '75
    • "Make What's Important Interesting, Instead of What's Interesting Important: An NPR Correspondent's Thoughts about Soldiers Back from Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and Other Recent Stories." National Public Radio correspondent Joseph Shapiro '75 covers health, aging, disability, and children and family issues.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 6th
  • Convocation: Anne Fausto-Sterling
    • "Born and Raised: Human Sexuality and the Nature/Nurture Debate." Molecular biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling has a unique ability to explain complex biological and sociological topics to the general public, as evidenced by the popularity of her book, "Myths of Gender: Biological Theories About Women and Men."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

September 2006

Friday, September 29th
  • Convocation: Aparna Ramaswamy '97
    • Aparna Ramaswamy '97 serves as artistic director, choreographer, and principal dancer with Ragamala Music and Dance Theater.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, September 22nd
  • Convocation: Paula Crisostomo
    • "Walkout: The True Story of a Defining Moment in Chicano History." As a high school student, Paula Crisostomo stepped into the spotlight of the Chicano struggle for equality and the fight against racism.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Monday, September 11th
  • Opening Convocation: Mary Easter
    • Opening Convocation with an address by Mary Easter, Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Dance and the Performing Arts. A poet and writer as well as a dancer and choreographer, Professor Easter received a bachelor of arts degree in music and French in 1962 from Sarah Lawrence College, studied at the Eastman School of Music, and has a M.A. degree in music for dancers from Goddard College.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Memorial Chapel

May 2006

Friday, May 26th
  • Honors Convocation: Robert Tisdale
    • The Honors Convocation is held each year on the last Friday of spring term to recognize faculty and students for their accomplishments and their service to the community. This year's address will be delivered by Robert Tisdale, Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of English and the Liberal Arts.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 19th
  • Convocation: Ray Suarez
    • Ray Suarez has more than twenty-five years of varied experience in the news business, covering such issues as immigration, education, and the relationship of religion in politics. As a Washington-based senior correspondent for the PBS program "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," he is responsible for conducting newsmaker interviews, studio discussion and debates, reporting from the field and serving as a backup anchor. He came to "The NewsHour" from National Public Radio where he had been host of the nationwide call-in news program "Talk of the Nation." He also currently serves as host for American RadioWorks, the documentary unit of American Public Media (http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org). The title of his presentation is "The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 12th
  • Convocation: Eric Schlosser
    • Author of the national bestsellers, "Fast Food Nation" and "Reefer Madness," Eric Schlosser investigates hidden realms of American business and culture and their far-reaching effects on our lives.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 5th
  • Convocation: Jonathan Kozol
    • After being fired from his teaching job for reading a Langston Hughes poem to his students, Jonathan Kozol wrote "Death at an Early Age," which put urban schools on America's political agenda. He has since tackled illiteracy, homelessness, and educational equality, earning himself the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the Conscience in Media Award for his efforts.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

April 2006

Friday, April 28th
  • Convocation: Lisa See
    • Raised in Los Angeles, author Lisa See spent much of her time in Chinatown. Her first book, "On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family," was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of 1995.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 21st
  • Convocation: Jagdish Bhagwati
    • Described as one of the most creative international trade theorists of his generation, Jagdish Bhagwati is a leader in the fight for freer trade.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 14th
  • Convocation: Carol Bellamy
    • President and CEO of World Learning, Carol Bellamy is passionate about educational opportunity and dedicated to making the world better.
    • 10:50 am, Concert Hall
Friday, April 7th
  • Convocation: Mahmood Mamdani
    • Originally from Kampala, Uganda, Mahmood Mamdani is one of the leading experts on African politics and history, as well as the relationship between Islam and the war on terror.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

March 2006

Friday, March 31st
  • Convocation: Margaret Simms '67
    • "Confronting Katrina: How Should We Respond?," a day of education, discussion, and reflection in response to the devastation experienced along the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Katrina, begins with this convocation by Margaret Simms '67.
    • 9:00 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

February 2006

Friday, February 24th
  • Convocation: Ray Rogers
    • "Confronting Power with Power: Challenging Corporate Abuse." National union activist Ray Rogers has been described as labor's most innovative strategist and "one of the most successful union organizers since the CIO sit-down strikes of the 1930s."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 17th
  • Charles H. Long
    • "New Orleans as an American City: Origins, Exchanges, Materialities, and Religion." Professor emeritus of history of religions and former director of the Research Center for Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, Charles H. Long has a unique perspective from which to speak of the general meaning of religion in history and culture, and specifically about African religions in Africa and in the Atlantic world.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 10th
  • Convocation: Guarneri String Quartet
    • The renowned Guarneri String Quartet has circled the globe countless times since it was formed in 1964, playing in the world's most prestigious halls in North and South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia.
    • 10:50 am, Carleton Concert Hall
Friday, February 3rd
  • Convocation: Wendy Kopp
    • "One Day, All Children." From her dorm room at Princeton University, twenty-one-year-old college senior Wendy Kopp decided to launch a movement to improve public education in America.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

January 2006

Friday, January 27th
  • Convocation: Patty Nieman '86 and Raymond Berg '80
    • "Finding My Voice in the Heart of the Great American Songbook." Musical theater presents an opportunity for audience and performers alike to become more openhearted, awake and radiant.
    • 10:50 am, Carleton Concert Hall
Friday, January 20th
  • Convocation: Derrick Bell
    • "Martin Luther King, Jr: The Twentieth Century Jesus?" A compelling voice on issues of race and class in this society, Derrick Bell has provoked his critics and challenged his readers with his uncompromising candor and original progressive views throughout his 40-year career as a lawyer, activist, teacher, and writer.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 13th
  • Convocation: Sally Ride
    • "Reach for the Stars." As the first American woman in space, Sally Ride inspired a nation to turn its dreams into reality.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 6th
  • Convocation: Jonah Goldberg
    • "The Goldberg Files: Current, National and Political Affairs." One of the most prominent young conservative journalists on the scene today, Jonah Goldberg is Generation X's answer to P.J. O'Rourke.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

November 2005

Friday, November 4th
  • Convocation: Joy Harjo
    • "How We Became Human: A Performance." Internationally known Native American poet and musician Joy Harjo was initially a student of painting and theater, not music and poetry.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

October 2005

Friday, October 28th
  • Convocation: J. Brian Atwood
    • "The United Nations: Is It Worth Reforming?" Currently Dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, J. Brian Atwood served six years as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Clinton administration.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 21st
  • Convocation: Karen Lebacqz
    • "Borders, Boundaries, and other Quagmires of Justice." The dilemma of international justice is addressed by ethics professor Karen Lebacqz.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 14th
  • Convocation: Jawad Khaki
    • "Realizing Potential in a Global Village." Raised in rural Tanzania, Jawad Khaki left the United Kingdom in his 20's and moved to the United States with his wife, 2 children, 8 suitcases and $500.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 7th
  • Convocation: David Carrasco
    • "Latinos Remaking America: Immigration, Imagination and Baseball." Harvard Divinity School Professor of the Study of Latin America, David Carrasco is a historian of religions, with a special emphasis on the religious dimensions of Latino experience.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

September 2005

Friday, September 30th
  • Convocation: Joel Best
    • "Damned Lies and Statistics." Startling statistics shape our thinking about social issues, but all too often these numbers are wrong claims Joel Best, professor and chair of the department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, September 23rd
  • Convocation: David Strom '87
    • "Compassion and Love in Politics: A View from the Right." As president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, David Strom '87 is among the state's most influential conservatives.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Monday, September 12th
  • Opening Convocation: Raymond McGuire
    • Opening Convocation with an address by Raymond McGuire, co-head of global investment banking at Citigroup. Prior to joining Citigroup, McGuire was the global co-head of mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley and one of Morgan Stanley's key facilitators for transactions involving domestic and international mergers and acquisitions.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Memorial Chapel

May 2005

Friday, May 27th
  • Honors Convocation: Dana Strand
    • The Honors Convocation is held each spring on the last Friday of spring term to recognize faculty and students for their accomplishments and their service to the community. This year's address will be delivered by Dana Strand, David and Marion Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor of French and the Humanities at Carleton. Professor Strand received her A.B. from Vassar College, M.A.T. from Cornell University, and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She teaches courses on film, contemporary French literature, and cultural studies. She has published a book on Colette's short stories and edited a collection of essays titled "French Cultural Studies: Criticism at the Crossroads," published by SUNY Press. Her research interests include transnationalism, cultural identity and gender in recent film and literature. She is also Director of European Studies and the project director for Carleton's European Studies initiative. The title of her address is "On Being (Perfectly) at Home."
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 20th
  • Convocation: Mike Veeck
    • President and part owner of six wildly successful minor league baseball teams, Mike Veeck has a business plan that begins with three simple words: "Fun is good."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 13th
  • Convocation: Alex Wellen
    • In 1996, Alex Wellen invented and patented a unique table-tennis paddle that would take him on a seven-year journey with jobs in engineering, law, investigative journalism, business, television production, on-air reporting, documentary filmmaking, technology, screenwriting, and book publishing.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 6th
  • Convocation: Ronald Takaki
    • The grandson of Japanese plantation laborers in Hawaii, Ronald Takaki is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

April 2005

Friday, April 29th
  • Convocation: John Jewczyn '69
    • As a cameraman for NBC in New York, John Jewczyn '69 has filmed a variety of celebrities and politicians. With a background in art, psychology, and photography, he credits Carleton for his start in film and was part of Carleton's first film studies program. His presentation, reflecting on his 34-year career in video journalism, is titled "Beyond the Ivory Tower: Adventures in the Real World with a Carleton Education."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 22nd
  • Convocation: Meg Lowman
    • Climbing trees for a living is the job of Meg Lowman who, for over 25 years, has solved mysteries in the treetops and designed new methods for exploration of the rain forest canopy.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 15th
  • Convocation: Kate Wenner
    • Journalist and former ABC 20/20 TV producer Kate Wenner is also an acclaimed fiction author.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 8th
  • Convocation: Michael Medved
    • A former Hollywood screenwriter, Michael Medved has reviewed movies for CNN and was chief film critic for the New York Post.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 1st
  • Convocation: Catherine Manegold '77
    • Prior to becoming Professor of Journalism at Emory University, Catherine Manegold '77 worked for twenty years as a reporter and editor with with The New York Times, Newsweek, Philadelphia Inquirer and several smaller papers.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

February 2005

Friday, February 25th
  • Convocation: David Welna '80
    • As the Congressional Correspondent for National Public Radio, David Welna '80 reports on a wide range of domestic issues.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 18th
  • Convocation: Jacob Needleman
    • Philosophy professor at San Francisco State University, Jacob Needleman serves as a consultant in the fields of psychology, education, medical ethics, philanthropy, and business, and he has been featured on Bill Moyers' acclaimed PBS series "A World of Ideas." In his newest book, "The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders," Needleman invites readers to contemplate the deeper spiritual meaning of the American legacy of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 11th
  • Convocation: Frances Moore Lappe
    • In her bestseller, "Diet for a Small Planet," Frances Moore Lappe exploded the myth that there is not enough food to feed the world. Now she and her daughter Anna have teamed up to write a 30th anniversary sequel that examines the question, "Can we go beyond today's consumerism and 'me first' capitalism to find paths we each can walk that will heal the planet?" Her presentation, sponsored by the Elizabeth Nason Distinguished Women Visitors Fund, is titled "Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 4th
  • Convocation: Don Feder
    • For nearly two decades, Don Feder was an opinion writer for The Boston Herald (New England's second largest daily newspaper) and a syndicated columnist.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

January 2005

Friday, January 28th
  • Convocation: Nikki Giovanni
    • One of the most widely read American poets, Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni is a strong voice of the Black community.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 21st
  • Convocation: Alan Cutler '75
    • Geologist Alan Cutler '75 burst onto the literary nonfiction scene with "The Seashell on the Mountaintop," the story of a 17th-century scientist-turned-priest who forever changed our understanding of the earth and created a new field of science.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 14th
  • Convocation: Vincent Harding
    • Civil rights activist Vincent Harding has had a long history of involvement in national and international movements for peace and justice, including the southern Black freedom struggle.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Friday, January 7th
  • Convocation: Marita Wesely-Clough
    • Keeping an eye on trends is the job of Marita Wesely-Clough, trends expert at Hallmark Cards. She monitors the social milieu to spot trends as they emerge and track existing trends as they climb, peak, and wane. She synthesizes her observations, expertise and experience to evaluate the strength and importance of cultural movement. Wesely-Clough is considered one of the top five trend spotters and futurists in the nation. The title of her presentation is "2005 and Beyond: Emerging and Evolving Trends."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

November 2004

Friday, November 12th
  • Convocation: "Election 2004 - Media and Electoral Politics"
    • Students from Barbara Allen and Greg Marfleet's political science classes will present the findings of their collaborative research project about the influence of broadcast news and advertising on electoral politics. Through nightly analysis of campaign news, media advertising, and focus groups in various metro locations, they have compiled information about the media's effect on the Presidential and Minnesota races.
    • 10:50 am, Concert Hall
Friday, November 5th
  • Convocation: Suzan Harjo
    • Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, Suzan Harjo is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples recover more than one million acres of land.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

October 2004

Friday, October 29th
  • Convocation: Michael Barnett
    • The Stassen Chair in International Relations at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, the University of Minnesota, Michael Barnett is a world-recognized leader in international relations and Middle East politics.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 22nd
  • Convocation: Sergio Arau
    • The multifaceted Sergio Arau is a talented writer, artist, and filmmaker. He is the founder of popular newspapers and satirical magazines.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 15th
  • Convocation: Donald Saari
    • The dynamics of voting theory is a research topic of Donald Saari, Director of the Center for Decision Analysis at the University of California, Irvine.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 8th
  • Convocation: José E. López
    • The community leadership and vision of José E. López, a professor at Northeastern Illinois University, have had a profound impact on the life, thought, and development of Chicago's Puerto Rican and Latino communities. Many of Chicago's most prominent Latino leaders have been students in his classroom. He is also the executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago, which hosts a wide array of community services, including alternative high school, a licensed day care facility, a GED program for single mothers, and a bilingual AIDS prevention program. The title of his presentation is "Forging Community: Resistance and Renaissance in the Barrio."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, October 1st
  • Convocation: Roger Shimomura
    • The paintings, print and theater pieces of Roger Shimomura address socio-political issues of Asian America and have often been inspired by 56 years of diaries kept by his late immigrant grandmother. His bold, illustration-like artwork deals with Asian stereotypes and prejudices, and often references his family history. A Japanese American, Shimomura was born in Seattle at the start of World War II and spent the first years of his life with his family in an internment camp. He is currently is Distinguished Professor of Performance and Painting at the University of Kansas. The title of his presentation is "The 63 Stages of the Yellow Brick Road"
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

September 2004

Friday, September 24th
  • Convocation: Jean Kilbourne
    • Visiting scholar at Wellesley College, Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on the image of women in advertising.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Monday, September 13th

May 2004

Friday, May 28th
  • Honors Convocation
    • This year's speaker is Perry Mason, Carleton's John E. Sawyer Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Learning.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 21st
  • Convocation: David Wee
    • Passions for baseball, Victorian literature, travel, and running characterize David Wee, a member of the St. Olaf English department since 1965.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 14th
  • Convocation: Andrew Sullivan
    • One of the most provocative political and social commentators writing today, Andrew Sullivan is an essayist for Time magazine and a columnist for the Sunday Times of London. The former editor-in-chief of The New Republic magazine, Sullivan was the youngest editor in its history and was acknowledged for making the magazine more relevant to readers of his generation. His articles have often appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Magazine, with titles ranging from "This Is a Religious War" and "The Wages of Hate: Anti-Semitism and the War" to "Why Men Are Different: The Defining Power of Testosterone." The title of his presentation is "American Politics: A View from Home and Abroad."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, May 7th
  • Convocation: Jaime "Shaggy" Flores
    • An up and coming cultural worker, Jaime "Shaggy" Flores (www.shaggyflores.com) believes in using poetry as a means to uplift and educate people.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

April 2004

Friday, April 30th
  • Convocation: Daniel Lapin
    • Rabbi Daniel Lapin is an unlikely combination of mathematician, physicist and theologian, but this forms the foundation of his assertion that no conflict exists between the physical and spiritual and that God smiles on free-market transactions. Known as a captivating speaker, Lapin addresses questions such as, "Can business and technology eliminate hunger, racism, violence and poverty? Should we expect it to do so?" or "Is technology another step on man's evolutionary path or is it an expression of our groping for the ultimate meaning of life?"
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 23rd
  • Convocation: Christopher Schmidt
    • Dartmouth College history instructor Christopher Schmidt is completing his dissertation on the origins of Brown v. Board of Education.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 16th
  • Convocation: Barrie Osborne
    • In addition to his work on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Barrie Osborne was executive producer for the worldwide box office blockbuster and groundbreaking special effects award-winner "The Matrix".
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 9th
  • Convocation: Juan Williams
    • One of America's leading political writers and thinkers, Juan Williams is the senior correspondent for NPR and the political analyst for Fox Television.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, April 2nd
  • Convocation: Chief Arvol Looking Horse
    • A spiritual leader of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, a part of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Great Sioux Nation, Chief Arvol Looking Horse carries a message of concern for the well-being of the planet and for all living things upon it.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

March 2004

Friday, March 5th
  • Convocation: Martha Clarke
    • Dancer and choreographer Martha Clarke specializes in wordless lyric theater, setting a blend of mime and dance to music in pursuit of heady, evocative atmosphere. Essentially, she produces the effect of a poem without writing the poem. Trained at the American Dance Festival and the Julliard School, Clarke has developed her own brand of visionary dance-theater fusions.
    • 10:50 am, Concert Hall

February 2004

Friday, February 27th
  • Convocation: Lawrence Lessig
    • Perhaps the leading legal mind in the arena of intellectual property, Lawrence Lessig is the author of The Future of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 20th
  • Convocation: Jacob Lew '76
    • As Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1998 to 2001, Jacob Lew '76 had lead responsibility for Clinton Administration policies on budget, management and appropriations issues.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 13th
  • Convocation: David Helvarg
    • In his most recent book Blue Frontier – Saving America’s Living Seas, environmental journalist David Helvarg examines the people and institutions that most directly impact our oceans, from the U.S. Navy to the oil industry, industrial developers and fisheries. He also profiles what he calls "The Seaweed Rebellion," scientists and activists committed to restoring and sustaining the ocean.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, February 6th
  • Convocation: Ellis Cose
    • Ellis Cose was a Chicago newspaper columnist before he was old enough to vote, and from that brilliant beginning has gone on to build successful careers in three related fields.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

January 2004

Friday, January 30th
  • Convocation: Chris Kratt '92
    • While a student at Carleton, Chris Kratt '92 made use of a fellowship to travel and film animals. After Carleton, he and his brother Martin combined their love of animals with an interest in film to create a series of children's shows.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 23rd
  • Convocation: Colman McCarthy
    • A syndicated columnist and editorial page writer for The Washington Post, Colman McCarthy is also an adjunct professor for Georgetown University Law Center.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 16th
  • Convocation: Dick Gregory
    • On the frontline in the 1960s during the Civil Rights era, today Dick Gregory continues to be a drum major for justice and equality.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 9th
  • Convocation: William Lindesay
    • The Great Wall of China has survived hundreds of years of damage and destruction, but it is now facing its greatest threat: modern development. William Lindesay, author of "Alone on the Great Wall" and founder of International Friends of the Great Wall is a recognized expert on the subject. Lindesay first came to China in 1986 to walk the length of the wall, at least the intact parts erected by the Ming Dynasty in the 14th and 15th centuries. He eventually succeeded in hiking almost 1,500 miles. The Liverpool-born Englishman, now a resident of China, has for years been an indefatigable campaigner to protect what he regards as the number one man-made wonder of the world.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

November 2003

Friday, November 7th

October 2003

Friday, October 31st
Friday, October 10th
  • Convocation: George Crumb
    • The music of the award winning contemporary composer George Crumb is a rich blend of new and innovative techniques.
    • 10:50 am
Friday, October 3rd
  • Convocation: Noel Malcolm
    • One of the most remarkable and versatile scholar-journalists currently at work, Noel Malcolm is the author of several books on the Balkans.
    • 10:50 am

September 2003

Friday, September 26th
Monday, September 15th

May 2003

Friday, May 30th
  • Convocation: Honors Convocation 2003
    • The Honors Convocation lecture will be presented by Jerry Mohrig, Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor in the Natural Sciences.
    • 10:50 am
Friday, May 23rd
Friday, May 16th
Friday, May 9th
  • Convocation: Richard Hellmich
    • Richard Hellmich speaks to the need for allowing good science to guide decision-making in controversial domains.
    • 10:50 am
Friday, May 2nd
  • Convocation: Julia Alvarez
    • Through mediums of poetry and prose, Julia Alvarez recreates feelings of loss she experienced after her immigration to the United States.
    • 10:50 am

April 2003

Wednesday, April 23rd
  • Convocation: Bob Reiss
    • To write his new book, "The Coming Storm," Bob Reiss traveled the world, talking to scientists researching global warming.
    • 10:50 am
Friday, April 18th
  • Convocation: Wilma Mankiller
    • The first woman to serve as principal chief of the Cherokee nation, Wilma Mankiller speaks at Carleton on 4/18/03.
Friday, April 11th
Friday, April 4th

February 2003

Friday, February 28th
Friday, February 21st
  • Convocation: William Kristol
    • William Kristol is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators.
    • 10:50 am
Friday, February 7th
  • Convocation: Beverly Daniel Tatum
    • Beverly Daniel Tatum is the author of the groundbreaking book "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
    • 10:50 am

January 2003

Friday, January 31st
Friday, January 24th
Friday, January 17th
Friday, January 10th
  • Convocation: Alex Kotlowitz
    • Alex Kotlowitz has made writing about issues of poverty, race and children the focus of his literary career.
    • 10:50 am

November 2002

Friday, November 8th

May 2002

Friday, May 31st
  • Honors Convocation 2002
    • President Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. and Dean of the College Elizabeth McKinsey presented Honors Convocation on Friday, May 31.
Friday, May 24th
Friday, May 10th
  • Convocation: Mary-Claire King '67
    • In the jigsaw world of human genetics, Mary-Claire King '67 found a crucial piece that helps solve the mystery of breast cancer.
    • 10:50 am
Friday, May 3rd
  • Convocation: Chiqui Cartagna
    • Since the mid 1980s, Chiqui Cartagna has gained a prominent role in the creation of Spanish television and journalism.

April 2002

Friday, April 26th
  • Convocation: Jamie Monson
    • Carleton Associate Professor of History Jamie Monson discusses her current project, funded by the Carnegie Foundation.
    • 10:50 am
Friday, April 12th
  • Convocation: Winona LaDuke
    • Internationally renowned Native American Indian activist Winona LaDuke spoke at Convocation in April 2002.
    • 10:50 am

October 2001

Friday, October 19th
  • Convocation: Bill Richardson
    • Bill Richardson, former secretary of energy and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, gave a convocation address titled "New Challenges."
    • 10:50 am

October 1999

Friday, October 29th
  • Convocation: George Will
    • Weekly convocation address by Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator George F. Will.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

September 1999

Monday, September 13th

February 1999

Friday, February 5th
  • Convocation: Barack Obama
    • Black History Month Convocation address by Barack Obama, Illinois state senator, civil rights attorney, lecturer, and author.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel