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May 2018

Wednesday, May 9th
Wednesday, May 16th


April 2018

Saturday, April 21st
  • Foro Latinoamericano 2018
    • Margarita López Maya "Venezuela's Misfortune: The Consequences of Charisma" Christóbal Rovira-Kaltwasser, "What's the Problem with Populism"
    • 8:30 am, Gould Library Athenaeum
Friday, April 20th
  • Foro Latinoamericano 2018
    • Carlos de la Torre, Univ. of Kentucky. "Trumpism: Lessons From Latin America"
    • 5:00 pm, Gould Library Athenaeum

February 2018

Friday, February 9th
Wednesday, February 7th
  • Looking Forward
    • Inauguration of artwork by Nestor Arenas
    • 5:00 pm
  • CubAudio Visual (2006-2017)
    • Works of video art, audiovisual, animation and film shorts of a group of Cuban artists produced in more than a decade of Raulismo.
    • 7:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

January 2018

Wednesday, January 24th

January 2016

Friday, January 22nd

October 2015

Friday, October 23rd
Wednesday, October 14th

January 2015

Wednesday, January 21st

November 2014

Sunday, November 2nd
Saturday, November 1st

October 2014

Friday, October 31st
Thursday, October 30th
Monday, October 27th
Tuesday, October 21st
Monday, October 13th
  • Always Lost: A Meditation on War
    • Exhibition opening event featuring a reading by author Jay Moad. The exhibition runs from October 13 through 24.
    • 7:30 pm, Weitz 148
Wednesday, October 8th
Thursday, October 2nd

September 2014

Monday, September 29th

May 2014

Sunday, May 25th
  • Spring Dance Concert
    • Students from dance classes and Semaphore Repertory Dance Company present a spring concert.
    • 2:00 pm, Weitz Theater
Friday, May 23rd
  • Spring Dance Concert
    • Students in dance classes and Semaphore Repertory Dance Company present a spring concert
    • 7:30 pm, Weitz Theater
Saturday, May 17th

April 2014

Saturday, April 26th
Wednesday, April 23rd

February 2014

Thursday, February 27th
Tuesday, February 25th
Wednesday, February 5th
Tuesday, February 4th

January 2014

Thursday, January 30th

November 2013

Tuesday, November 12th
  • Close Looks: Books and Films...
    • Close Looks: Books and Films from "Directed: The Intersection between Book, Film and Visual Narrative"
    • 4:00 pm, Gould Library Athenaeum
Monday, November 11th

October 2013

Friday, October 25th
Thursday, October 24th
Thursday, October 17th

May 2013

Sunday, May 26th
Friday, May 24th

April 2013

Monday, April 22nd
Saturday, April 13th
Friday, April 12th

March 2013

Saturday, March 2nd

February 2013

Friday, February 22nd
  • Convocation: Siri Hustvedt
    • Author explains how personal experience and memory become transformed into narrative.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
  • Wynia Memorial Lecture: Prof. Luigi Manzetti
    • "Corruption and the Dark Side of Left Wing Populism in Argentina Under the Kirchners" by Prof. Luigi Manzetti, Southern Methodist University
    • 4:30 pm, Gould Library Athenaeum
Thursday, February 14th

January 2013

Wednesday, January 30th
Friday, January 11th
  • Opera at the Weitz: LA SERVA PADRONA
    • Opera Workshop. Lawrence E. Burnett, production coordinator, Julian Pozniak '14, student director.
    • 8:00 pm, Weitz Center for Creativity - Theater

November 2012

Thursday, November 8th
Saturday, November 3rd
Friday, November 2nd
  • Semaphore Fall Concert
    • Semaphore Repertory Dance Company will present the Fall Concert.
    • 7:30 pm, Weitz Theater

October 2012

Thursday, October 25th

May 2012

Wednesday, May 16th
Tuesday, May 15th
Monday, May 14th
Thursday, May 3rd
Tuesday, May 1st
  • Barbour lecture: Larry L. Rasmussen
    • "The Denial of a Diminished Planet: The Challenge to Science and to Religion" is the title of Professor Rasmussen's talk.
    • 7:00 pm, Great Hall

April 2012

Thursday, April 26th
Friday, April 13th
Saturday, April 7th
  • Hula: Free Master dance class
    • A dance class taught by Dietrix Jon Duhaylonsod, Kumu Hula offered - all are welcome! No age or dance experience required!
    • 10:00 am, Weitz Center, Large Dance Studio #165
  • Hula: Performance of Halau Kiawekupono O Ka Ua
    • Hula?? In Northfield?? Yes, and aloha! Come see this "halau" of 8 Hawaiian men dance traditional hula on the Weitz Center stage.
    • 7:30 pm, Weitz Center Theater

February 2012

Sunday, February 26th
  • Living Electric Theater: Cinema Emerges in Northfield
    • Carol Donelan, Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton College, will offer a narrated tour through re-created episodes in Northfield’s early moviegoing history in the cinema at the Weitz Center for Creativity on Sunday, February 26 at 2:00pm. In addition to the lecture, early short films and a stellar cast of local musicians and performers will enliven the show. Come experience the movies as they once were. The event is co-sponsored by Carleton’s Humanities Center and Cinema & Media Studies Department, the Northfield Historical Society, the Northfield News and KYMN Radio. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
    • 2:00 pm, WCC 161 - Weitz Cinema
Thursday, February 23rd

November 2011

Thursday, November 3rd
  • 'Seeing is Knowing: the Universe' exhibition tour
    • Tour the large gallery at the Teaching Museum with Joel Weisberg, physics and astronomy; Dan Bruggeman, studio art; Victoria Morse, history
    • 12:00 pm, Teaching Museum, Weitz Center for Creativity

October 2011

Tuesday, October 4th
  • Seeing is Knowing: a Dialogue with Trevor Paglen, Joel Weisberg, & Laurel Bradley
    • Perspectives from an artist, an astronomer and a curator, with audience participation. The notion that “Seeing is Knowing” frames a free-ranging conversation around technologies of vision, ethical dimensions of enhanced “seeing,” and artists and scientists as social critics. (10/4 is the 54th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite)
    • 12:00 pm, Gould Library Athenaeum
Monday, October 3rd
  • 'The Other Night Sky', followed by skygazing in Central Park
    • Artist, writer, experimental geographer Trevor Paglen has been exposing the secret activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies over the last eight years in books and large-scale landscape photographs. These 'Other Night Sky' images reveal secret spy satellites and other covert military operations.
    • 6:00 pm, Cinema, Weitz Center for Creativity; Central Park

September 2011

Tuesday, September 27th
  • A Demonstration and Conversation with artist Anil Chaitya Vangad of Ganjad Village, India
    • The Life and Art of the Indigenous Warli People of India: A Demonstration and Conversation with artist Anil Chaitya Vangad of Ganjad Village, India. The indigenous Warli people of rural western India revere the land as the infinitely creative energy of nature. Their dynamic folk paintings - traditionally done in rice paste on the mud walls of their homes - use a richly textured pictorial language to celebrate the divine balance of a life lived in meaningful coexistence with the natural world.
    • 12:00 pm, Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 148

May 2011

Wednesday, May 18th
  • Ragamala performance of Sthree
    • Inspired by Silappatikaram (The Anklet), the national epic of the Tamil people of southeastern India, Ragamala Dance presents Sthree, a stunning convergence of dance, music and text that brings to the present the beauty of the Sangam Period of history.
    • 7:00 pm, Chapel

April 2011

Friday, April 15th
  • Convocation: Louis Menand
    • Harvard University professor of English and American literature and language, Louis Menand is widely considered to be the foremost modern scholar of American studies. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning The Metaphysical Club, a detailed history of American intellectual and philosophical life in the 19th and 20th centuries. His recent book The Marketplace of Ideas, has sparked a debate about the future of American education. Has American higher education become a dinosaur? Why do professors all tend to think alike? What makes it so hard for colleges to decide which subjects should be required? Why do teachers and scholars find it so difficult to transcend the limits of their disciplines? Why, in short, are problems that should be easy for universities to solve so intractable? The answer, Menand argues, is that the institutional structure and the educational philosophy of higher education have remained the same for one hundred years, while faculties and student bodies have radically changed and technology has drastically transformed the way people produce and disseminate knowledge. Sponsored by the Fred W. and Margaret C. Schuster Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Literature Fund, the title of his presentation is "Why the Case for Liberal Education is Hard to Make."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Monday, April 11th

October 2010

Tuesday, October 5th
  • Haiti - After the Earthquake
    • Rea Dol, Founder and Director of the SOPUDEP School near Port-au-Prince, will speak about the current situation in Haiti. Featured in the New York times as "The Mother Figure of Morne Lazarre," Ms. Dol has been leading Haitian efforts to reestablish normalcy after the earthquake. Hamline professor Max Adrien, also a Haitian native, will speak briefly about Haitian culture today, and student leaders of Haiti Relief will propose ways to help. Sponsored by the Humanities Center, Haitian Relief, and the Haiti Justice Alliance.
    • 4:00 pm, Boliou 104

September 2010

Monday, September 27th
  • Pierre Bayard Booksigning
    • Author Pierre Bayard will be signing copies of his book "How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read" following his presentation and discussion. Copies of his book will be available at the event as well as prior to the event in the Bookstore.
    • 5:30 pm, Boliou Hall, Room 104

May 2010

Tuesday, May 11th
Saturday, May 8th
Friday, May 7th
  • Christopher U. Light Lectureship Concert: Nicolas Collins, composer
    • Composer Nicolas Collins will present a concert of various works for slightly misused technology. Some of the pieces will employ musicians from the Carleton community. New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins studied composition with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, worked for many years with David Tudor, and has collaborated with numerous soloist and ensembles around the world. He lived most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. Since 1997 he has been editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and since 1999 a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The second edition of his book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking, was published by Routledge in 2009. Collins has the dubious distinction of having played at both CBGBs and the Concertgebouw.
    • 8:00 pm, Concert Hall

February 2010

Thursday, February 25th
  • Post- Katrina Symposium---New Orleans, Katrina, and the Road to Recovery: Three Perspectives
    • On Thursday, February 25 from 5-6:45 p.m. in Boliou 104, Carleton College, three speakers—Rosanne Adderley, Associate Professor of History, Tulane University; John Bardes, '08 (history), teacher, Arthur Ashe Charter School, New Orleans; and Kimberly Smith, Associate Professor, Political Science and Environmental Studies, Carleton College— reflect on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the city's road to recovery. Michael Hemesath, professor of economics, and organizer of two post-Katrina Carleton service trips to the Gulf Coast, will be the moderator.
    • 5:00 pm, Boliou 104

April 2009

Friday, April 24th
  • Christopher U. Light Lectureship Concert "The String Quartets of Jefferson Friedman" Chiara Quartet
    • Playing "Chamber Music in Any Chamber," the Chiara Quartet expands the spaces for quartet music, reaching from the concert hall into clubs, bars, and galleries, but always returning chamber music to its roots. Described by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as "vastly talented, vastly resourceful, and vastly committed to the music of their time," the quartet is also continually searching for new meaning within the well-established quartet canon. Their style is best described as a nonstop journey along the edges of expressive possibility: "luminous," "searing," (New York Times) "soulful," "biting," and possessing a "potent collective force" (Strings Magazine).
    • 8:00 pm, Concert Hall

February 2009

Tuesday, February 10th

January 2009

Thursday, January 15th

October 2008

Friday, October 17th
  • Aquila Theatre Company presents The Iliad
    • Homer's epic story of Achilles and the Trojan War is one of the greatest works in world literature. Aquila's innovative production, under Peter Meineck, Producing Artistic Director, tells the main parts of the story in an action packed performance. Free and open to the public.
    • 7:30 pm, Concert Hall