2013-2014 Convocations Schedule

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 disciplines.  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.

You are invited to participate in the convocation program in a variety of ways:

  • The best way is to personally attend the weekly convocations and ask a question of the speaker.
  • If you are unable to attend in person, convocations are streamed live and available for on-demand viewing afterward by tuning in here.  (Please note that there may be occasions when the speaker does not allow us to do this.)
  • Recordings of past convocations have been archived here.  Videos of many past convocations are also in the Gould Library collection.
  • Carleton students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit suggestions for future convocation speakers with this online form.


Jan 25

Convocation: Helene York

Food activist discusses the complexities and ethical challenges of food service providers to make more sustainable food available.

Friday, January 25th, 2013
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
York Convocation

Helene York is a food activist who has managed product sourcing for a large restaurant company, an advocate for humane meat production systems who happens to be vegetarian, a teacher and a writer who has thought a lot about what Americans eat.  Conscientious consumers who want to "chew the right thing" can head for their local farmers market.  But what about a corporation that serves 135 million meals a year in 32 states? From 1999, when Bon Appétit Management Company launched its Farm to Fork program, to February 2012, when it announced it was entirely phasing out pork from pigs confined in gestation crates and eggs from hens in battery cages, Bon Appétit has pioneered socially and environmentally responsible practices. The company's first director of purchasing strategy, who was the architect of many advances for which the company is known, York will talk about the complexities and ethical challenges of how Carleton's food service provider influences our food system - and works to make more sustainable food available for everyone.  The title of her presentation is "Supporting Consumer Activism: The Role of Corporate Change Making to Affect a Sustainable Food System."

Sponsored by College Relations. Contact: Kerry Raadt, College Relations, x4308