Fall 2008

Events in the Humanities


"Why This Election Matters: Beyond the Sound Bites." A roundtable discussion with faculty members Angela Curran (Philosophy), Adriana Estill (English and American Studies), Albert Montero (Political Science and Comparative Politics), George Vrtis (History and Environmental and Technology Studies), and Harry Williams (History and African American Studies). Moderated by Cathy Yandell (French and Francophone Studies). (sponsored by the Humanities Center at Carleton)

A reading by Marjorie Welish, Professor of art and literary criticism as well as art history at the Pratt Institute in New York City. She has frequently taught poertry at Brown University. (English Department)

"Coming of Age in Pinochet's Chile: The Silent Making of the Youthful Protest Generation 1973-1983." Steve J. Stern, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison. (History Department)

"Capturing the Alhambra in the 19th Century." Baird Jarman & Melanie Michailidis, Art History, presenting slides introducing Owen Jones's images of the Alhambra, followed by discussion of our beautiful example of early 19th century chromolithography. (Art and Art History Department)

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. (Classical Languages, The Learning and Teaching Center, the English department, The Committee for Studies in the Arts, The Humanities Center, and the Dean of the College)

Public reading of David Rains Wallace writings. David Rains Wallace, acclaimed nature writer, will be a Headley Distinguished Visitor in Residence at Carleton for two weeks in October. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Klamath Knot: Explorations of Myth and Evolution (1983), and Neptune's Ark: From Ichthyosaurs to Orcas (2007). He has also written two "eco-thrillers."  (English Department and ENTS)

Contemporary Zulu Ceramics: Life Stories from Azolina McMncube Ngema and Clive Sithole.” Elizabeth Perrill, Assistant Professor of African Art History, University of North Carolina in Greensboro. (Art and Art History Department)

Marcia Douglas is a novelist and poet who was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her books include Madam Fate, Notes from a Writer's Book of Cures and Spells, and Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom. She is currently teaching in the English Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. (English Department)

Cowling Visiting Professor in Philosophy Ruth Millikan, talks and faculty seminars.(Philosophy Department)

Robinson Jeffers: Bone, Stone and Fire”.  David Rains Wallace, acclaimed nature writer. (English Department)



The Christopher U. Light Lecture.  Marilynne Robinson's 1980 novel Housekeeping won a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for best first novel and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, Gilead, was acclaimed by critics and received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the 2005 Ambassador Book Award. (English Department, and the Christopher U. Light Lecture)

Zen Garden at Ryoanji.” Greg Levine, has written and lectured on the art and architecture of the Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery Daitokuji, the modern construct of “Zen Art,” cultures of exhibition and viewing in premodern and modern Japan, calligraphy connoisseurship and forgery, and the modern collecting and study of “Buddhist art.” Recent publications focus on Zen art in the west and Visual Cultures of a Zen Monastery. (Art & Art History Department)

The Winter of the World
Remembering the Great War

October 9-November 11

Lecture Series: 4:30pm in LDC 104

Oct. 9:
When the Lights Went out over European Civilization: The Great European War, 1914-1918. Diethelm Prowe, Laird Bell Professor of History, Emeritus
Oct. 16:   
America Sings About War: American Sheet Music, 1914-1919. Roger Paas, William H. Laird Professor of German and the Liberal Arts
Oct. 23:  
‘A Harrowing Sight’: The Great War, the Crisis of Representation and the Avante-Garde. Baird Jarman, Dept. of Art and Art History
Oct. 30   
Dulce et Decorum Est.: Poetry from the Great War.  A student reading of English, French, German and Russian poetry from WWI organized by Susan Jaret McKinstry, Helen F. Lewis Professor of English
Nov. 6:   
The Economic Consequences of the War and Peace. Martha W. Paas, Wadsworth A. Williams Professor of Economics

Concert-Concert Hall 8:00pm
Oct. 10:   
Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale” Conducted by Hector Valdivia

Convocation – Chapel 11:50am
Nov. 7   
American Popular Songs from the Great War Performed by Carleton students

Film Series 7:30pm
Oct. 8      All Quiet on the Western Front  Boliou 104
Oct. 15    Grand Illusion  Olin 149
Oct. 22    Paths of Glory  Boliou 104
Oct. 29    Behind the Lines  Olin 149


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