Recordings of Convocations

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Charles Kernaghan
    Created 24 October 2014; Published 30 December 2014
    Convocation: Charles Kernaghan

    Charles Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, dedicated to the promotion and defense of internationally recognized worker rights in the global economy, warns of "The Race to the Bottom in the Global Economy." 

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Robert Paarlberg ’67
    Created 17 October 2014; Published 21 October 2014
    Convocation: Robert Paarlberg ’67

    Robert Paarlberg ’67, a researcher on food and agricultural policy, with a focus on farming technologies and poverty in the developing world, discusses "The Political Fight over Food and Farming: Who is Winning?" 

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Jake Porway
    Created 10 October 2014; Published 21 October 2014
    Convocation: Jake Porway

    Jake Porway, founder of DataKind, connects nonprofits, NGOs, and other data-rich social change organizations with data scientists willing to donate their time and knowledge to solve social, environmental, and community problems, “Using Data for the Greater Good.” 

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Daisy Hernández
    Created 3 October 2014; Published 20 October 2014
    Convocation: Daisy Hernández

    Daisy Hernández, author and columnist, shares her story of growing up in a Cuban/Colombian family in New Jersey, in her presentation titled "Feminism, Sofia Vergara, and Writing about Familia: A Talk on Media Representations." 

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Stephen Strand
    Created 26 September 2014; Published 29 September 2014
    Convocation: Stephen Strand

    Economics Professor Stephen Strand presents the annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar Convocation.

  • A placard image for media work Opening Convocation: R.T. Rybak
    Created 15 September 2014; Published 11 December 2014
    Opening Convocation: R.T. Rybak

    Carleton’s Opening Convocation is an annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the academic year and recognizing academic achievement. This year’s address was presented by former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

    A three-term mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 to 2013, Raymond Thomas “R.T.” Rybak, Jr. is currently head of Generation Next, a partnership of education, community, government and business leaders aimed at closing the achievement gap between white and minority students. 

    During his tenure as mayor, Rybak led efforts to make Minneapolis a national leader in innovative, cradle-to-career approaches to youth development, and worked to highlight the crisis of our region’s achievement gap and advance effective strategies for ending it. As mayor, Rybak founded the Minneapolis Promise, an innovative cluster of coordinated efforts to get students college- and career-ready and put them on the path to success. 

    Rybak has been recognized as a national “Afterschool Champion” by the Afterschool Alliance—not only for his leadership of the Minneapolis Promise, but for founding the Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, an innovative public-health approach that has dramatically lowered youth involvement in violent crime, for being a champion of the youth-led Minneapolis Youth Congress, and for his active involvement in Minneapolis’ Youth Coordinating Board. 

    A Minneapolis native, Rybak graduated from The Breck School in 1974 and from Boston College in 1978. In the 1970s and ‘80s he worked as a journalist for the Minneapolis Tribune, then went on to run the Twin Cities Reader. For a few years he headed Internet Broadcasting Systems, which started as an online division of Minneapolis Television station and CBS-affiliate WCCO and runs websites for many stations across the United States. Following his job there, Rybak was an Internet strategy consultant, and assisted on projects with Minnesota Public Radio and Public Radio International. 

    Rybak also serves on the board of directors of Nice Ride Minnesota, a public bicycle sharing program.

  • A placard image for media work Honors Convocation 2014
    Created 30 May 2014; Published 2 September 2014
    Honors Convocation 2014

    The Honors Convocation is held each year on the last Friday of spring term, drawing the campus community together to celebrate the awards and academic accomplishments of our students. This year's address was delivered by Hibah Hussain, who graduated from Carleton in 2008 with a B.A. in English and went on to earn a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Media Studies from the London School of Economics.

    Hussain served as a media research fellow at Columbia University, an account optimizer at Google, and a technology policy analyst at The New America Foundation before recently returning to Google as a public policy analyst in Washington D.C. Among other topics, her research focuses on the international digital media landscape and the links between policy, technology, and economic development. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate at Carleton, Hussain was also a member of Mortar Board and recipient of both the Ruth Weimer Mount Fellowship and the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Sandra Steingraber
    Created 16 May 2014; Published 11 December 2014
    Convocation: Sandra Steingraber

    Internationally recognized ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber explores the links between human rights and the environment. She has devoted her life’s work to understanding the ways in which chemical contaminants in air, water, and food endanger human health. As a cancer survivor with a doctorate in biology, Steingraber takes a personal and scientific look at what she regards as a human rights issue, and offers insights into how we can protect our environment and ourselves.

    Winner of the Annual Heinz Award, Steingraber is the author of the powerful Raising Elijah: Protecting children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, and Living Downstream, which prompted a highly-acclaimed documentary of the same name. The title of her presentation is "The Whole Fracking Enchilada: Toward Meaningful Toxic Chemical Reform and a Rational Energy Policy."

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Sean Carasso
    Created 9 May 2014; Published 11 December 2014
    Convocation: Sean Carasso

    Sean Carasso, a young social entrepreneur, freedom fighter, industry innovator, and humanitarian, has spent the last four years running toward a goal most call impossible. In 2008 he went into the Democratic Republic of Congo where he learned of children sent to the frontlines of war, armed with only a whistle. That night he wrote a small journal entry, "Falling Whistles." The journal was forwarded around the world, and he woke up to thousands of emails asking: "What can we do?" The Falling Whistles campaign was born with a simple response—make their weapon your voice, and be a whistleblower for peace.

    Out of a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, Falling Whistles invests in eight Congolese whistleblowers rebuilding their country, and is building a global coalition for peace in our world's deadliest war. Today, that coalition is over 50,000 strong. Carasso has been featured in Forbes and has been selected by the White House as a Next Generation Leader. He also coauthored Baptism of Liberty, a strategic brief endorsed by eight advocacy organizations, 35 Congressmen, and 16 senators, which led to a global call to action by 77 international organizations and 24,000 citizens. The title of his presentation is "The Power of the Individual: Youth Movements and Social Change."

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Kao Kalia Yang ’03
    Created 2 May 2014; Published 11 December 2014
    Convocation: Kao Kalia Yang ’03

    Kao Kalia Yang ’03 is a Minnesota writer with a story that stretches across the globe. The daughter of Hmong immigrants to Minnesota, Yang was born in a Thai refugee camp, Ban Vinai, in 1980. Her family came to Minnesota when she was seven.

    In her book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, Yang recounts her family's journey from Laos to Minnesota—from her parents' first encounter and unceremonious marriage in the jungles of Laos, to their harrowing escape into Thailand, and subsequent relocation to Minnesota. In The Latehomecomer, Yang struggles to feel a sense of home—new to Minnesota, and cultural heir to centuries of homelessness. Yang’s interest in writing arose from her struggle with speaking English.

    A graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University, Yang and her sister founded Words Wanted, a company dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translating, and business services. The title of her presentation is "Returning To Our Stories."

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Philip Lilienthal
    Created 25 April 2014; Published 11 December 2014
    Convocation: Philip Lilienthal

    Philip Lilienthal is the founder and president of Global Camps Africa, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower children for an AIDS-free tomorrow. Global Camps Africa changes the lives of South Africa’s vulnerable children and youth by providing HIV/AIDS prevention education and training through high-impact residential and day camp experiences and continuing education, equipping young people with the life skills that will support them in becoming safe and productive adults who have hope for the future.

    A former Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia and a veteran camp owner in the United States, Lilienthal brought together his belief in the transformational nature of camp and his passion for helping people around the globe to create a powerful force in the lives of South African children.

    In 2013, the National Peace Corps Association awarded Lilienthal the annual Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service. Named for the first Peace Corps Director, the annual award is given to a returned Peace Corps volunteer who continues to make a sustained and distinguished contribution, whether that be to humanitarian causes at home, abroad, or through innovative social entrepreneurial efforts to bring out significant long term change. The title of his presentation is "Having Fun and Doing Good: Impacting HIV/AIDS Through Experiential Learning (the Camp Experience)."

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Derreck Kayongo
    Created 18 April 2014; Published 11 December 2014
    Convocation: Derreck Kayongo

    A former Ugandan refugee, Derreck Kayongo created a global business vision out of his challenging life experience. In 1979, when Kayongo was ten, his family fled the civil war in Uganda for a better life in America. He never forgot the experience of homelessness and living in a refugee camp, and today he has made it his mission to help save the lives of millions of children in developing countries, one bar of soap at a time.

    Each year, an estimated 3.5 million children die from illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia, which can be prevented through improved hygiene and sanitation. In 2009, Kayongo and his wife founded the Global Soap Project, which donates melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap to vulnerable populations, an astonishingly simple yet highly effective and sustainable approach to global health.

    Since establishing his non-profit, Kayongo has become known as a widely respected global health leader and social entrepreneur, and in 2011 he was among CNN’s "Top Ten Heroes" of the year. Prior to Global Soap, he served in leadership roles in some of the world's top NGOs, including the American Friends Service Committee and Amnesty International. He currently serves as Senior Advocacy Coordinator with CARE International and is a regular columnist with The Huffington Post. The title of his presentation is “Recycle Soap, Save a Village.”

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Mel Duncan
    Created 11 April 2014; Published 2 September 2014
    Convocation: Mel Duncan

    In an age when unarmed civilians are apt to get caught in the crosshairs of conflict, Mel Duncan has a radical idea about who should stave off war's "collateral damage:" other unarmed civilians. Duncan's Nonviolent Peaceforce, founded in 2002, dispatches international teams of trained, unarmed peacekeepers to conflict zones where civil society has been caught in the crossfire. Unlike the blue-helmeted U.N. troops, these peacekeepers are immersed in local society to make connections and build trust. Their lack of weapons helps, too. "Peacekeeping isn't always most effective when it’s done at the end of a gun," says Duncan. Sometimes simply being a presence can provide protection. Often, serving as a conduit of nonpartisan information is key.

    Duncan’s peacekeepers go only where they've been invited by civil society groups, and where extensive analysis determines that their presence and limited resources can be effective. "No one can make anyone else’s peace for them," says Duncan. "[We] help create the space where local people can do their work and stay alive." The title of his presentation is "Nonviolent Peacekeeping: Hard Nosed Hope in a Tough World."

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Annie Houle
    Created 4 April 2014; Published 14 April 2014
    Convocation: Annie Houle

    Annie Houle is National Director of Campus and Community Initiatives for The WAGE Project, Inc., an organization established for one purpose: to end discrimination against women in the American workplace in the near future. Over her working life, a woman will earn $1 million less than a man simply because she is a woman. WAGE (Women Are Getting Even) seeks to eliminate the gender wage gap for every woman in America, inspiring and helping working women to take the steps needed so that every woman is paid what she’s worth. The title of her presentation is "Eliminating the Gender Wage Gap."

  • A placard image for media work Convocation: Stewart Ramsey
    Created 28 February 2014; Published 27 March 2014
    Convocation: Stewart Ramsey

    Social entrepreneur Stewart Ramsey is on a mission to revolutionize what it means to do business and to do good. As a college student in 2007, Ramsey and three close friends founded Krochet Kids intl. (KKi), a non-profit lifestyle brand focused on empowering communities and engaging customers to make a sustainable impact on global poverty.

    As high schools students, Ramsey and friends began selling hats they crocheted for a little spending money and were dubbed the “Krochet Kids” by their hometown newspaper. But they never imagined the hobby would blossom into a global movement. Ramsey discovered his passion while he was traveling around the world learning to volunteer.

    During one trip to northern Uganda on his summer break from college, he encountered a population of people who had become isolated and dependent upon others due to the impact of a rebel army. Yet, he also saw the desire and capability they had to change their circumstances, if given the opportunity. His experiences became the foundation for the work of KKi.

    Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Krochet Kids employs more than 100 people in Northern Uganda through the production of their handmade headwear and fashion accessories and have recently started a new program in Peru. Now spanning three continents, their work connects the producer with the customer through a hand-signed label that accompanies every product. The title of his presentation is “Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship: Creating a Cycle of Success.”

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