Recordings of Convocations

  • Created 14 October 2005; Published 1 November 2005
    Convocation: Jawad Khaki
    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. Twenty years later, Khaki is now a corporate vice president with Microsoft Corporation. But Khaki's accomplishments are not limited to his profession. He is also an active contributor to his local community and to issues of interfaith dialogue. In 2003, Khaki was nationally recognized with the sixth annual Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award by the Interfaith Alliance Foundation for promoting democratic values, defending religious liberty, and reinvigorating informed civic participation. The title of his presentation is "Realizing Potential in a Global Village."
  • Created 7 October 2005; Published 1 November 2005
    Convocation: David Carrasco
    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. Focusing on the relationship between the new demography and a new democracy, Carrasco shows examples of how Latino immigrants, artists, scholars and athletes are changing our ideas about citizenship, aesthetics, social criticism and diversity in American society. The title of his presentation is "Latinos Remaking America: Immigration, Imagination and Baseball."
  • Created 30 September 2005; Published 1 November 2005
    Convocation: Joel Best
    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. Using examples from the "New York Times," the "Washington Post," and other major newspaper and television programs, Best's address unravels many fascinating examples of the use, misuse, and abuse of statistical information.
  • Created 23 September 2005; Published 1 November 2005
    Convocation: David Strom '87
    David Strom '87, president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, is among the state's most influential conservatives. Liberals love to hate him, reporters love to quote him, and legislators have to listen to him -- often. Strom has worked for the Taxpayers League since it was founded in 1997, and his address articulates a conservative approach to governmental compassion.
  • Created 12 September 2005; Published 6 October 2005
    Opening Convocation: Raymond McGuire

    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.

  • Created 26 May 2005; Published 30 May 2006
    Honors Convocation: Opening Address
  • Created 20 May 2005; Published 26 May 2005
    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.' He has been profiled by 60 Minutes, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune, and countless other media outlets. Marketing maven Mike Veeck talks about the serious business of fun in his presentation titled, 'Fun is Good.'
  • Created 13 May 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Alex Wellen

    In 1996, Alex Wellen invented and patented a unique table-tennis paddle that would take him on a seven-year journey through numerous career fields. His contributions have appeared in print and on various radio and television stations. He is currently an independent television producer and freelance writer at The Writer’s Grotto in San Francisco. The title of his presentation is 'What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?'

  • Created 6 May 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Ronald Takaki

    The grandson of Japanese plantation laborers in Hawaii, Ronald Takaki is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving his Ph.D. in American history from Berkeley in 1967, Takaki was hired by UCLA to teach that school's first Black History course. Takaki is a prolific writer with several award winning and Pulitzer Prize nominated books to his credit. The title of his presentation is 'America in a Different Mirror: Re-Visioning Our History.'

  • Created 29 April 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    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, is titled 'Beyond the Ivory Tower: Adventures in the Real World with a Carleton Education.'

  • Created 22 April 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Meg Lowman

    For over 25 years, Meg Lowman has designed new methods for exploration of the rain forest canopy. She travels worldwide to 'map' the canopy for biodiversity and to work on conservation of forests. In 2003 she became the Director of Environmental Initiatives and Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida. The title of her presentation is 'Life in the Treetops: Challenges in Tropical Biology.'

  • Created 15 April 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Kate Wenner

    Journalist and former ABC 20/20 TV producer Kate Wenner is also an acclaimed fiction author. Her books include 'Setting Fires' and 'Dancing with Einstein.' Wenner celebrates story telling and its power to transform both the writer and the reader in her presentation titled 'The Passion to Write.'

  • Created 8 April 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Michael Medved

    A former Hollywood screenwriter, Michael Medved has reviewed movies for CNN and was chief film critic for the New York Post. He served twelve years as co-host of 'Sneak Previews,' a review show on PBS-TV. Medved is also a successful author. The title of his presentation is 'Hollywood's Three Biggest Lies.'

  • Created 1 April 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Catherine Manegold '77

    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. She has been a foreign correspondent in numerous countries and a Pulitzer-Prize nominee and winner. She is now a Professor of Journalism at Emory University. Her presentation is titled 'War on Words: Why an Ethical Press is NOT an Oxymoron.'

  • Created 25 February 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: David Welna '80

    David Welna '80 has spent 15 years as a Congressional Correspondent for National Public Radio from overseas and has reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and 'The Times of London.' His photography has appeared in numerous publications and is the recipient of several prestigious awards. His presentation is titled 'Covering the 21st Century Congress: Terror, War and One-Party Rule.'

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