Ela Gandhi, a renowned peace activist and recipient of numerous awards for her work in promoting nonviolent political change, will appear at Carleton College on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Entitled “The Challenges Facing Post-Apartheid South Africa,” Gandhi’s presentation is free and open to the public.
Carleton Announces its 2013 Lindesmith Lecture, “A Buddhist Imagines Islam: Gendün Chöphel in India”May 1, 2013
Carleton College will present its 2013 Lindesmith Lecture on Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Boliou Hall Room 104. Entitled “A Buddhist Imagines Islam: Gendün Chöphel in India,” the lecture will be given by Donald S. Lopez Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and the Department Chair at the University of Michigan. This event is free and open to the public.
- April 30, 2013
Award-winning music critic and journalist Jeff Chang will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, May 3. Chang’s presentation, “Who We Be: The Colorization of America” (titled after his forthcoming book of the same name), will look at the cultural and social implications of the transition to an America without a white majority. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
In collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls, Carleton College will host a special screening of the documentary film, “Girl from Birch Creek: The Life and Legacy of Justice Rosalie Wahl,” about the life and legacy of the first woman to sit on the Minnesota Supreme Court, on Saturday, Apr. 27 at 11 a.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be provided at 10:45 a.m., and the producers of the film will lead a discussion following the screening. This event is free and open to the public.
- April 24, 2013
Carleton student Courtney Dufford ‘14 (Stockton, Ill.) has been selected as one of 50 Udall Scholarship winners. Dufford, a political science and environmental studies major, was selected by a 14-member independent review committee who picked this year's group of Udall Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Native American health care, or tribal public policy; leadership potential; academic achievement; and record of public service.
Carleton College’s Department of Latin American Studies is preparing for 2013’s installment of the Foro Latinoamericano, a series of events focusing on a single issue related to Latin America. This year’s Foro, entitled “Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela and Beyond,” takes place on Friday, Apr. 26 and Saturday, Apr. 27. The series will focus on the rule of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and on Venezuela’s prospects in the wake of his death in March 2013. All Foro events will take place in the Gould Library Athenaeum and are free and open to the public; events that include lunch or dinner receptions will be reserved for affiliates of the Department of Latin American Studies.
Robert H. Grubbs, the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, whose many honors include the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will deliver the annual Carleton College Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture in Chemistry at on Thursday, Apr. 25. Entitled “Olefin Metathesis Catalysts for the Preparation of Molecules and Materials,” Grubbs’ presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Room 149 of Olin Hall, and is free and open to the public.
Education policy expert Emily Schultz, Carleton Class of 2005, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Apr. 26. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Carleton College will host an Earth Day event celebrating the Weitz Center for Creativity’s LEED® Gold certification on Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
- April 17, 2013
Harry McKinley Williams, the Laird Bell Professor of History at Carleton College, will deliver a multimedia retrospective chronicling his recent ten-month Fulbright Lectureship in China on Tuesday, Apr. 23. Williams’ presentation, entitled “10x6: Snapshots of a Fulbrighter’s Sojourn in the People’s Republic of China,” will feature ten selected samples of the tens of thousands of photographs he took during his time in China. This special evening begins with a Chinese green tea and cookies reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by Williams’ presentation at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. This event is free and open to the public.
- April 16, 2013
Danielle Smogard '13 (Southlake, Texas) has earned a prestigious Carnegie Endowment junior fellowship, and will be working next year on peace issues related to South Asia with a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Smogard, a political science and international relations double major, is one of approximately ten seniors chosen nationwide from applicants from over 400 institutions.
Everyone is invited to celebrate the season at the 5th Annual Northfield Earth Day Contra Dance, Friday, April 19 in the Carleton College West Gym. This popular night of music and dancing will feature the band Contratopia! and dance caller Robin Nelson. The event begins with a dance lesson at 7 p.m. followed by a fun evening of contra dancing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for students; proceeds from the event will benefit the Cannon River Watershed Partnership. For more information, email NorthfieldContraDance@gmail.com. Everyone is welcome!
The Westhuizen Duo, a pair of critically acclaimed pianists who have delighted audiences throughout the United States and their native South Africa, will appear at Carleton College in a special performance on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The program will include Franz Schubert’s piano duet “Fantasia in F Minor,” Percy Grainger’s “Fantasy on George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’” and works by Francis Poulenc and Ástor Piazzolla. The concert is free and open to the public. Learn more and hear samples online at www.westhuizenduo.com/.
- April 12, 2013
Sarah Kay, a spoken word poet who founded Project V.O.I.C.E., a group dedicated to the art of spoken word poetry, will deliver Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Apr. 19. Kay’s presentation, entitled “The Art of Storytelling in a Digital World,” looks at how spoken word poetry has been reborn in an era dominated by social media. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Professor Gregory Smith to appear at the Northfield Public Library as part of the Minnesota Book Awards TourApril 9, 2013
The Northfield Public Library is pleased to host a reading by local author and Carleton College professor of English Gregory Blake Smith, as part of the Minnesota Book Awards Author tour.
Zalmay Khalilzad, a foreign policy expert and former diplomat who has served as the ambassador of the United States to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, Apr. 12. Khalilzad’s address, entitled “U.S. Global Leadership,” will take a worldwide look at the challenges faced by the U.S. in the world, their implications for the American people and what effective American strategy in the future could look like. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Carleton College Students and Alumni to Debut Films at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film FestivalApril 3, 2013
Two films with Carleton College connections are set to make their world premier at this year’s Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Film Festival.
Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity has earned LEED® Gold certification, as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Opened in September 2011, is Carleton’s third building to earn LEED certification. Cassat Hall and James Hall (formerly Memorial Hall), residence halls completed in August 2009, also received LEED® Gold certification.
Carleton College will observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a vigil and service on Sunday, April 7, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Skinner Memorial Chapel. As part of the event, Holocaust survivor Gerry Franks will speak about his experiences under Nazi rule, and Carleton associate chaplain Rabbi Shosh Dworsky will lead the service, which begins at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton College will be recognized twice this month as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research, and community engagement. The “Celebrating Sustainability” series highlights the sustainability initiatives of finalists for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. In tandem with the series, Carleton is vying for the top spot in a public video voting competition.
Carleton Players and Flying Foot Forum Present Exciting New Theatrical Adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’March 29, 2013
The Carleton Players, along with the renowned dance/theater company the Flying Foot Forum, will present an exciting new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. Held in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater, performances will take place nightly at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12 and 13, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on April 14. Performances are free and open to the public; reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online at www.carleton.tixato.com/buy/.
- March 27, 2013
A new art exhibit in the Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College promises to take audiences on a journey through ‘wonderland.’ Alice and Wonderland presents the works of four artists who visit the legendary destination made famous in Lewis Carroll’s imaginative childhood classic, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” via photography, computer technology, painting, drawing, and “magic” mushrooms. Alice and Wonderland opens Friday, April 5 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with a reception and remarks by two of the featured artists, Kate Casanova and John Largaespada at 7:45 p.m. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
- March 13, 2013
K. David Harrison, a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College and a leading authority on dying and little-documented languages, will present Carleton College’s first weekly convocation of the spring term on Friday, Apr. 5. His presentation, “Endangered Languages,” will discuss his work on language death and language preservation, as well as the connection between the survival of languages and the survival of cultures. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo.
A booksigning follows Harrison’s presentation. Copies of The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Languages and When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge will be available for purchase at the event at a 15% discount.
Carleton students Emily Lamberty ‘14 (Lincoln, Neb.) and Gabriela Arteaga ‘14 (Miami, Fla.) have been named finalists in Project Pericles’ “Debating for Democracy (D4D)” competition. Arteaga is an art history and sociology/anthropology double major while Lamberty is a Latin American Studies and sociology/anthropology double major. Project Pericles, a not-for-profit organization that encourages and facilitates commitments by colleges and universities to include social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of its educational programs, sponsors the “Debating for Democracy” competition.