Public invited to Alumni Panel: Global Engagement after Carleton

March 24, 2017

On Thursday, March 30, the public is invited to a panel discussion on incorporating an international dimension when pursuing a career path. Moderated by Carleton professor Scott Carpenter, three Carleton alumni will share their experiences and insights, showcasing how their liberal arts education has global impact. This event takes place from 4:45 to 6 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum and is free and open to the public.

The panelists each pursued very different academic paths while at Carleton, and have gone on to use their degrees in pursuit of diverse careers that share an international dimension: in medicine, public health, translation, teaching, and business.

Panelists include:

Elisa Morrison Koshkina '97 (Russian) is an award-winning translator of Russian, Spanish, French, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Moldovan, and Bulgarian to English. A current resident of Boulder, Colo., she has also lived in Russia, Latvia, and Turkey, where she taught English as a Foreign Language, edited copy for a manicure product manufacturer, and/or subsisted on chickpeas, shawarma, and the kindness of hostel owners while bootstrapping her translation business.


Ian Merkel '10 (French & Francophone Studies) served as an English Teaching Assistant in France for a year after his Carleton graduation, having already studied abroad in France and francophone West Africa while at Carleton. He then began a Master's in French Studies at NYU, where he is currently a PhD candidate in History and French Studies. Having recently completed a Fulbright-Hays grant in Brazil (as his research is between France and Brazil), Ian is now back in the U.S.—this time, with his Brazilian wife and baby—while he finishes writing his dissertation.


Peter Olds, MD '08 (Biology) has been committed to the care of underserved populations since his first trip to Madagascar while at Carleton. After Carleton, he attended Harvard Medical School and has worked in Uganda, Rwanda, and Mexico. Peter is now a resident in Internal Medicine and Global Health Equity in Boston, MA and splits his time as a medical resident in Boston and working with the international organization PIVOT to improve healthcare delivery in rural Madagascar.

Panel moderator Scott Carpenter is Professor of French, Director of Cross Cultural Studies, and Co-Director of the Global Engagement Initiative.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Global Engagement Initiative. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-5849. The Gould Library is located off College Street on the Carleton campus and is also accessible via Highway 19 in Northfield.