Recordings of Convocations

  • Created 5 November 2004; Published 14 February 2005
    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. While her commentary and poetry are widely published, she is also a leader in several Indian rights organizations and publications. The title of her presentation is 'Contemporary Native American Ceremonial and Cultural Issues: Why Identity, Policy, Politics and Visions Matter.'
  • Created 29 October 2004; Published 14 February 2005
    Convocation: Michael Barnett
    The Stassen Chair in International Relations at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Michael Barnett is a world-recognized leader in international relations and Middle East politics. In addition to teaching, Barnett engages professional and international leaders in developing conceptual frameworks and innovative approaches to policy analysis, and is an advocate for policy change. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the United Nations and the international relations of the Middle East. The title of Barnett's presentation is 'What is the Future of Humanitarianism?'
  • Created 22 October 2004; Published 14 February 2005
    Convocation: Sergio Arau
    The multifaceted Sergio Arau is a talented writer, artist, musician, and filmmaker. He is the founder of popular newspapers and satirical magazines, and a successful artist, cartoonist, and music video producer. He wrote and directed the feature-length film "A Day Without a Mexican," which breaks down stereotypes, dispels myths and educates with facts.
  • Created 15 October 2004; Published 23 February 2005
    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. Saari explains the underlying structure of various voting systems, including that by which we elect our president, and shows the chaotic nature of these systems. The title of Saari's presentation is 'Elections! But do we elect whom we really want?'
  • Created 8 October 2004; Published 21 February 2005
    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. He is also the executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago, which hosts a wide array of community services. The title of his presentation is "Forging Community: Resistance and Renaissance in the Barrio."
  • Created 1 October 2004; Published 21 February 2005
    Convocation: Roger Shimomura
    The paintings, print and theater pieces of Roger Shimomura address socio-political issues of Asian America. 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."
  • Created 24 September 2004; Published 23 February 2005
    Convocation: Jean Kilbourne
    Visiting scholar at Wellesley College, Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on the image of women in advertising. Kilbourne explores the relationship of media images to various problems in society. The title of Kilbourne's presentation is, 'The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women.'
  • Created 13 September 2004; Published 28 February 2005
    Opening Convocation: John Harrington
    Opening Convocation with an address by John Harrington, a 27-year veteran and Chief of the Saint Paul Police Department. Harrington is a Dartmouth College graduate, has a master's degree in police leadership, administration and education, and is working on a Ph.D. in public administration. The title of his address is 'Acting with Audacity.'
  • Created 28 May 2004; Published 28 February 2005
    Honors Convocation: Perry Mason
    In honor of those students who have completed distinguished work during their undergraduate careers, the Honors Convocation speaker is Perry Mason, Carleton's John E. Sawyer Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Learning. The title of his address is 'In Praise of Honor.'
  • Created 21 May 2004; Published 23 February 2005
    Convocation: David Wee
    As one of the founders of the Paracollege, the 'design-your-own-major-parallel college', David Wee has been a member of the St. Olaf English department since 1965. The title of his presentation is 'Sport (Mostly Baseball) in Culture and the Curriculum: Seabiscuit and the Babe, Corked Bats and Teddy Ballgame, Dr. Strangeglove and a Little Chin Music.'
  • Created 14 May 2004; Published 21 February 2005
    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. The title of his presentation is "American Politics: A View from Home and Abroad."
  • Created 7 May 2004; Published 21 February 2005
    Convocation: Jaime 'Shaggy' Flores
    An up and coming cultural worker, Jaime 'Shaggy' Flores believes in using poetry as a means to uplift and educate people. Sharing his original works of Nuyorican poetry as well as anecdotes on history, culture, and politics, he covers issues pertaining to the Black and Latino Diasporas in the United States. The focus is on building bridges between the Black, Latino, and Asian-American communities. The title of his presentation is "Pa'lante, Siempre Pa'lante: Latino Survival in a Changing World."
  • Created 30 April 2004; Published 21 February 2005
    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?"
  • Created 23 April 2004; Published 28 April 2004
    Convocation: Christopher Schmidt
    Dartmouth College history instructor Christopher Schmidt is completing his dissertation on the origins of Brown v. Board of Education. The Supreme Court's decision had its roots in numerous developments of the 1940s and early 1950s, including the experience of World War II and the Cold War, the impact of the Great Black Migration, the growth of African American activism, and the emergence of a new generation of liberal activists and policy-makers who were willing to reconsider the role of the government in dealing with the nation's racial dilemma. The title of his presentation is "The Making of Brown v. Board of Education."
  • Created 16 April 2004; Published 28 April 2004
    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". A 1966 Carleton graduate, Osborne entered the film industry in 1970 as an apprentice editor and assistant production manager. Osborne spoke about the role of special effects in advancing a narrative in his presentation on "Storytelling and Technology."

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