What are the criteria for selecting speakers?

The Convocations Committee keeps in mind how the convocation program adds to our collective education at Carleton College by:

  • Extending the educational mission of the college;
  • Taking learning beyond the classroom;
  • Increasing exposure to new ideas and perspectives; and
  • Providing opportunities for the college community to consider broad issues together.

The committee also takes into consideration that convocations should:

  • Address topics that are relevant to the Carleton community;
  • Stimulate thought and promote dialog;
  • Have broad interest for the audience;
  • Cover a wide range of disciplines; and
  • Include diverse perspectives.

Convocation presenters should:

  • Have a particular expertise in the topic being addressed; and
  • Be a good communicator.