Recordings of Convocations

  • A placard image for media work Convocation Ragamala Dance Company Sacred Earth
    Created 8 May 2015; Published 11 May 2015
    Convocation: Ragamala Dance

    Aparna Ramaswamy ’97 and Ashwini Ramaswamy ’03 return to Carleton with Ragamala Dance Company to present "Sacred Earth"

  • A placard image for media work Convocation Kathyrn Harper
    Created 1 May 2015; Published 5 May 2015
    Convocation: Kathyrn Harper

    Kathryn Harper from the organization Let Girls Lead explains how even in the face of poverty, violence, and discrimination, girls are not victims but powerful leaders and inspiring agents of change in her presentation titled "Invest in Girls, Transform the World."

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Daniel Kurtzer
    Created 24 April 2015; Published 28 April 2015
    Convocation: Daniel Kurtzer

    Daniel Kurtzer, a 29-year U.S. Foreign Service officer, talks about "Shifting Sands in the Middle East: Implications for American Policy."

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Arsalan Iftikhar
    Created 17 April 2015; Published 24 April 2015
    Convocation: Arsalan Iftikhar

    Arsalan Iftikhar, an international human rights lawyer and global media commentator talks about "The Future of Islam, Muslims, and the West."

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Becky Morrison
    Created 10 April 2015; Published 15 April 2015
    Convocation: Becky Morrison

    Becky Morrison, founder of Globetops, an online community that is redefining recycling, being creative about what we do with our technology hardware waste, talks about “Revolutionary Ideas: How to Achieve the Impossible.”

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Ysaye Barnwell
    Created 3 April 2015; Published 8 April 2015
    Convocation: Ysaye Barnwell

    Ysaye Maria Barnwell, member of the African American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, talks about “Building Vocal Communities.”

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Saru Jayaraman
    Created 27 February 2015; Published 5 March 2015
    Convocation: Saru Jayaraman

    Saru Jayaraman, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers, draws attention to restaurant workers struggling to support themselves and their families under the often shockingly-exploitative conditions in her presentation titled "Behind the Kitchen Door."

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Kelsey Timmerman
    Created 20 February 2015; Published 23 February 2015
    Convocation: Kelsey Timmerman

    Kelsey Timmerman, an investigative journalist who has trekked the planet, puts a human face on the global economy in his presentation titled "Where Am I Wearing? Where Am I Eating?"

  • A placard image for media work 2015_02_13_Convocation_Raadt.m4v
    Created 13 February 2015; Published 19 February 2015
    Convocation: Sam Polk

    Sam Polk, founder of Groceryships, a program that provides families with scholarships for groceries along with health and nutrition education, talks about "Redefining Ambition."

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Javon Johnson
    Created 6 February 2015; Published 10 February 2015
    Convocation: Javon Johnson

    Javon Johnson is a spoken word poet whose presentation is titled "And, Your Kids Will Be Painted Black!"

  • A placard image for media work 2015_1_30_Convo Jan 30_Raadt.mp4
    Created 30 January 2015; Published 5 February 2015
    Convocation: Adam Falkner

    Adam Falkner, founder of the Dialogue Arts Project, an organization dedicated to using creative writing and the arts as tools for generating difficult dialogue across lines of social identity, conflict and difference, presents “How Can Writing Change the World?”

  • A placard image for media work 2015_23_1_ConvocationJan23.mp4
    Created 23 January 2015; Published 30 January 2015
    Convocation: Lindsey Thomas

    Lindsey Thomas, Assistant Hennepin County Medical Examiner, presents “CSI Minnesota: The True Story of Death Investigation.”

  • A placard image for media work 2015_1_16_Convocation_Raadt.mp4
    Created 16 January 2015; Published 19 January 2015
    Convocation: Dawn Porter

    Dawn Porter is an attorney, civil justice crusader and an award-winning documentary filmmaker who understands the deficiencies of the United States criminal justice system and what it takes to maintain the passion and commitment to be a public defender. Twelve million people are arrested in the U.S. each year and millions of those cases will proceed through the criminal justice system. Most will be represented by public defenders—lawyers who represent low income people accused of crimes. Often these lawyers receive little or no training, resources or support. What does that mean for our system of justice?

    Lawyer turned filmmaker, Porter spent three and a half years following three public defenders working in the deep south. The result was Gideon's Army, a feature documentary about their work which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO Documentary Films in July of that year. The title of her presentation is “Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Michael Shermer
    Created 9 January 2015; Published 12 January 2015
    Convocation: Michael Shermer

    Dr. Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the executive director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a prolific author. In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, and alien abduction. Shermer wages a no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, debunking nonsensical claims and exploring the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.

    A science historian and crusader, Shermer holds degrees in psychology, experimental psychology, and the history of science, and was a college professor for 20 years.  He has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Oprah, Unsolved Mysteries (but, proudly, never Jerry Springer!), and other shows as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims, as well as interviews in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. He was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, "Exploring the Unknown." The title of his presentation is "Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time."  (Sponsored by the Irene Whitney Distinguished Visitor Lectureship Fund)

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Waneek Horn-Miller
    Created 7 November 2014; Published 31 December 2014
    Convocation: Waneek Horn-Miller

    Waneek Horn-Miller has overcome discrimination, self-doubt, and an infamous incident of violence to emerge as one of North America’s most inspiring Native speakers. With purpose and poise, she traverses the intersection of two generations of Native people, working to mend the dysfunctional relationship between Native and non-Native communities through social and political change. A Mohawk from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory near Montreal, Horn-Miller was behind the lines during the Oka crisis in 1990 when she was stabbed by a Canadian soldier’s bayonet. This near-death experience marked a turning point in her life. Instead of recoiling, she came back stronger than ever. In 2000, she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, in her role as co-captain of Canada’s Olympic women’s water polo team. More recently, Horn-Miller has worked to attract Aboriginal youth to higher education by building self-esteem and emphasizing a balance between education and sports, and she has teamed up with the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network and health experts to launch a fitness and healthy-eating initiative called Working It Out Together. The title of her presentation is "First Nations Rights." (Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural and International Life)

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