Most Humanities Center events are open to the public, and we feature a series of panels throughout the year that explicitly seeks to engage the community beyond Carleton in topics of great public interest. Such events in the past have featured commentary on political campaigns in 2012, Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and on the 2008 U.S. election. More recently, our public humanities events have featured partnerships with the Minnesota Humanities Center's "Veterans' Voices" and "Toward a More Perfect Union" initiatives. "Northfield Reads" events associated with those initiatives have deepened our connections to the Northfield Public Library, Healthy Community Initiative, and Human Rights Commission, as well as area schools.
Public Humanities Events 2013-14 included:
Lectures on Censorship and Free Speech throughout the year, featuring Salman Rushdie, Omid Safi and Debra Shuger.
A performance of "Telling MN" in February, and a "Northfield Reads" event around war literature, associated with the Veterans Voices initiative.
Perspectives in Public Humanities events, 2012-2013:
- The “Truth” about Political Campaign Ads
- Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa, special Cherif Keita film and presentation
- Dakota 38, Film Screening and Discussion
- The Life & Legacy of Justice Rosalie Wahl, Film Screening and Discussion
In 2011-12, we launched the “Perspectives in Public Humanities” series, which included symposia on the Arab Spring and on ethical issues related to Access to Healthcare. HC Board member Carol Donelan collaborated with the Northfield Historical Society in an event that recreated the experience of theater-going in Northfield, MN in the early twentieth century.