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Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, convocation audio files are archived separately from video files. View the audio archives.

Convocation: Nicholson Baker

Created 8 November 2002; Published 27 February 2003

Nicholson Baker is the author of "Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper," in which he argues the case for saving newspapers and books so that they can continue to be read in their original forms.
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  • Created 25 April 2003; Published 30 April 2003
    Convocation: Bob Reiss
    To write his new book, "The Coming Storm," Bob Reiss traveled the world, talking to scientists researching global warming and the politicians debating the issue. He also talked to victims of the extreme weather that has marked the last decade: from a college student killed in Nashville to a president in the Indian Ocean watching his capitol go underwater, to the Cook County coroner handling 750 dead during a recent heat wave.
  • Created 18 April 2003; Published 23 April 2003
    Convocation: Wilma Mankiller
    The first woman to serve as principal chief of the Cherokee nation, Wilma Mankiller compares her job to "running a small country, a medium-size corporation and being a social worker."
  • Created 11 April 2003; Published 23 April 2003
    Convocation: Images and Music from Vaudeville 1903
    Before the internet, before television and radio, even before movies, Vaudeville was the great American entertainment pastime. Ronald Rodman, associate professor of music, and the North Star Cinema Orchestra demonstrate the components of a typical Vaudeville show of 1903, with the visual spectacles of illustrated song slides and silent films, all accompanied by popular music of the time.
  • Created 4 April 2003; Published 15 April 2003
    Convocation: Charles Umbanhowar Sr.
    "Civil Liberties During the War on Terrorism" is the title of this lecture by Charles Umbanhowar Sr., associate professor of political thought at St. Olaf College.
  • Created 28 February 2003; Published 28 February 2003
    Convocation: "The Wellstone Legacy: Grassroots Electoral Politics"
    in Skinner Memorial Chapel with introduction by Carleton president Robert Oden, and addresses by Jeff Blodgett '83, Wellstone campaign manager (1990, 1996, 2002), and Robert Reich.
    See also Wellstone Symposium
  • Created 21 February 2003; Published 27 February 2003
    Convocation: William Kristol
    Widely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators, William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, regularly appears on all the major television public affairs shows.
  • Created 14 February 2003; Published 27 February 2003
    Convocation: Bill Evans
    Within the bluegrass music community, Bill Evans is well-known not only as a musician, but also as a teacher, writer and scholar. "The Banjo in America: A Musical and Cultural History" brings together these interests in a unique presentation designed for the concert and lecture stage.
  • Created 7 February 2003; Published 27 February 2003
    Convocation: Beverly Daniel Tatum
    Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum, a clinical psychologist who focuses her teaching and research on the psychology of racism, presents the Black History Month Convocation. She is the author of the groundbreaking book "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
  • Created 31 January 2003; Published 27 February 2003
    Convocation: Norman Ornstein
    "What's so funny about Washington?" is the question Norman Ornstein addresses. A member of USA Today's board of contributors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a columnist for Roll Call, Ornstein not only comments on the political process but gets right down in the thick of it.
  • Created 24 January 2003; Published 27 February 2003
    Convocation: Benjamin Carson
    Benjamin Carson went from a frustrated, bad tempered inner-city youth to a world-renowned surgeon who revolutionized pediatric surgery and saved countless lives. The director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
  • Created 17 January 2003; Published 31 January 2003
    Martin Luther King Convocation
    Speaker: Mary Frances Berry, Chairperson of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and lifelong activist for education, gender, equity and civil rights.
  • Created 10 January 2003; Published 27 February 2003
    Convocation: Alex Kotlowitz
    Best known for his award-winning nonfiction book, "There Are No Children Here," Alex Kotlowitz has made writing about issues of poverty, race and children the focus of his literary career.
  • Created 8 November 2002; Published 27 February 2003
    Convocation: Nicholson Baker
    Nicholson Baker is the author of "Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper," in which he argues the case for saving newspapers and books so that they can continue to be read in their original forms.
  • Created 31 May 2002; Published 3 March 2003
    Honors Convocation 2002
    President Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. and Dean of the College Elizabeth McKinsey presented Honors Convocation on Friday, May 31. Their talk was titled "...liberal and thorough..." The convocation recognized students who have earned various honors over the past year.
  • Created 24 May 2002; Published 27 February 2003
    Convocation: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
    Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, present convocation. Their talk is titled "Ben & Jerry's: Enterpreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility, and Radical Business Philosophy." They served their ice cream on the Bald Spot after the talk.

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