Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to the 484 graduating members of the Class of 2014 on Saturday, June 14, in a ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the Bald Spot, the lawn west of Hulings Hall on the Carleton campus. A celebratory picnic on the Bald Spot will follow. In the event of severe weather, commencement will be held indoors at the Recreation Center. Seating is available to accommodate all guests, whether outdoors or indoors, and no tickets are required.
The Northern Clay Center has announced the recipients of this year’s 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Of the two fellows named to this prestigious honor is Kelly Connole, Carleton College Associate Professor of Art. The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community, as well as significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging.
Carleton College’s African Drum Ensemble, a student collective that uses indigenous instruments and teaching methods to perform rhythms and songs from West Africa, will show off its talents in a concert on Tuesday, June 3 at 4 p.m.. The concert will take place on the College Bald Spot (or, in the event of rain, in the Sayles-Hill Great Space), and is free and open to the public.
- May 28, 2014
The Carleton College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of seven faculty members, effective September 1, 2014.
The following faculty members have been promoted from associate professor to professor: Roger Bechtel, professor of theater; Joseph Chihade, professor of chemistry; Carol Donelan, professor of cinema and media studies; Nathan D. Grawe, professor of economics; Stephen Mohring, professor of art; Annette Nierobisz, professor of sociology; and Matthew S. Rand, professor of biology.
- May 27, 2014
The Carleton College Orchestra will present its annual spring concert on Friday, May 30 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The performance is free and the public is invited to attend.
The American Composers Forum has announced the recipients of this year’s McKnight Composition Fellowship, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Among the four fellows named, chosen from a pool of 63 applicants, is Alex Freeman, Carleton College assistant professor of music. The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is meant to acknowledge excellence in the field of music composition.
Carleton College student dancers, along with members of the renowned Semaphore Repertory Dance Company, will present their Spring Dance Performance on Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 25 at 2 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Directed by Judith Howard and Jane Shockley, this popular annual event is free and open to the public but reservations are encouraged and can be made online at go.carleton.edu/tixato/buy/.
Carleton College will hold its annual Honors Convocation on Friday, May 30 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. A yearly celebration of faculty and student academic accomplishments and civic engagement, this year’s Honors Convocation address will be presented by Google Public Policy Analyst Hibah Hussain, Carleton Class of 2008.
A cherished annual tradition at Carleton, Honors Convocation begins and ends with a full academic procession, including emerti faculty. Following remarks by President Steven Poskanzer, Dean of the College Beverly Nagel and Dean of Students Hudlin Wagner, the ceremony will honor students and recipients of awards and grants. Honors Convocation is free and open to the public; the event will also be streamed live and archived for future viewing online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
- May 15, 2014
The Carleton College Choir, under the direction of faculty conductor Lawrence Burnett and student conductor Julian Pozniak, will present a program of choral favorites on the theme ‘earth and heaven.’ Entitled “Something Like A Star,” the evening will include a performance of Gloria by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. The concert, held Friday, May 23 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall, is free and open to the public.
- May 15, 2014
Carleton College will host an appearance by California author D.J. Waldie on Wednesday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Author of the acclaimed biography “Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir,” Waldie will read from the book and sign copies, which will be available for purchase at the event. This appearance is free and open to the public.
Acclaimed Florestan Recital Project Presents PANIC, A Groundbreaking New Song Cycle by Composer Andy Vores and Poet Todd BossMay 15, 2014
The internationally acclaimed Florestan Recital Project will come to Carleton College on Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Led and performed by artistic directors Alison d’Amato (piano) and Aaron Engebreth (baritone), the eclectic ensemble will perform PANIC, a groundbreaking song cycle by composer Andy Vores and poet Todd Boss. This event is free and open to the public.
- May 12, 2014
Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Friday, May 16 on the campus Bald Spot at 11:50 a.m., following the weekly convocation address. This popular event is open to the public.
Carleton musicians present “East Meets West,” a performance at the crossroads of Chinese national and Western art musical traditionsMay 12, 2014
Carleton College vocalists, along with members of the Chinese Music Ensemble, will present an eclectic evening performance entitled “East Meets West,” combining Chinese national and Western art musical traditions on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. This colorful performance is free and open to the public.
- May 12, 2014
Carleton College will host “Northfield Reads: Veterans’ Voices,” a reading and discussion of the important stories written and shared by military veterans, on Sunday, May 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Larson Meeting Room (236). This event is free and open to the public.
- May 12, 2014
The opening reception for the annual Carleton College Senior Art Showcase will be held Friday, May 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Perlman Teaching Museum of the Weitz Center for Creativity. The exhibit, entitled “Migration Patterns,” features the work of thirteen studio art majors, who will be on hand to discuss their work. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.
- May 12, 2014
Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum will host its 12th annual spring bird count on Saturday, May 17 and invites anyone with an interest in bird watching to join in this census of bird species in the Arboretum. No previous experience is necessary. The count will take place from 6 to 9 a.m.; participants will meet at 6 a.m. at the Arboretum Office.
Internationally recognized ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, May 16 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “The Whole Fracking Enchilada: Toward Meaningful Toxic Chemical Reform and a Rational Energy Policy,” Steingraber’s presentation explores the links between human rights and the environment. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
In advance of her presentation, Steingraber’s film “Living Downstream” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Olin 149 on Thursday May 15. She will be on hand to answer questions following the screening.
On Wednesday, May 14, the public is invited to a special event honoring late professor and renowned scholar, Ian Barbour. Entitled “Ian Barbour and the Future of Religion and Science,” the event celebrates the intellectual legacy of long-time Northfield resident and internationally respected theologian Ian Barbour, the Carleton College Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Emeritus, who passed away in December 2013. This event will take place in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Acclaimed musician Yair Dalal, violinist and oud player, will present an evening of traditional and contemporary Arab and Iraqi Jewish music on Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Great Hall. This performance of unique world music is free and open to the public.
- May 5, 2014
The Carleton Symphony Band presents its spring concert on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The program will feature music by Michael Markowski, James Gillette, John Adams, and the famous Symphony in B-flat, composed in 1933 by French composer Paul Fauchet. This event is free and open to the public.
- May 5, 2014
Carleton College is pleased to present Argentine novelist, screenwriter and critic Alan Pauls on Monday, May 12 at 6 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Pauls’ appearance is part of the College’s Christopher U. Light Lectureship series, designed to bring renowned artists from all genres to campus. His talk, entitled “The Depth of my Depths,” is free and open to the public.
Shujaat Husain Khan and Samir Chatterjee, world-class virtuosos of the sitar and tabla, will perform together in concert on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. This not-to-be-missed musical performance is free and open to the public.
Falling Whistles co-founder Sean Carasso, a young and influential social entrepreneur and activist, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 9 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “The Power of the Individual: Youth Movements and Social Change," Carasso’s presentation will focus on the growing success of Falling Whistles, a global peace campaign designed to help the victims of the Congo war. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Esteemed scholar Wendy Doniger will present the 2014 Lindesmith Lecture at Carleton College on Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Entitled “Freedom of Speech in India, from the Vedas to the Present,” Doniger’s lecture will address issues of censorship in India. Considered one of the world’s leading scholars in Hinduism, Sanskrit, and Indian textual traditions, The Washington Post calls Doniger “a feisty and exhilarating teacher.” This event is free and open to the public.