Carleton in the Media
- January 31, 2012
Jonathan Zimmer, a New York University faculty member, penned a Jan. 31 article for the Los Angeles Times, "Are college students learning?" The opinion piece, in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, called upon American higher education to use assessment better and more regularly to prove students are actually learning. Zimmerman pointed out Carleton's Writing Portfolio requirement: "At Carleton College in Minnesota, for example, students are required to submit a set of papers that they wrote during their first two years at the school. Carleton then assesses each student according to a set of faculty-developed standards, and also provides assistance to the students who do not meet them."
- January 27, 2012
The Jan. 20, 2012, broadcast of KYMN (1080 AM) Radio's "Art Zany! Radio for the Imagination" featured special guest Laurel Bradley, Director and Curator of the Perlman Teaching Museum and Senior Lecturer in Art and Art History, talking about the current art exhibit “A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art.” Bradley was joined by Martin Rosenberg, co-curator of the exhibition and Professor of Art History at Rutgers University. On display, through March 11, 2012, “A Complex Weave” reveals the ongoing vitality of the Feminist artist movement with works by contemporary women artists of varied backgrounds exploring aspects of identity through painting, drawing, needlework, photography and other media.
- January 26, 2012
The 1/25/12 edition of "All Things Considered" on Minnesota Public Radio includes a feature story on the current Perlman Teaching Museum exhibit, "Running the Numbers," on display through March 11 in the Kaemmer Family Gallery in the Weitz Center for Creativity. "Running the Numbers: Portraits of Mass Consumption" is the work of Seattle artist Chris Jordan, who presents huge color photographs -- assembled from thousands of smaller photographs -- based on statistical facts about American consumer culture. The story on Minnesota Public Radio features Laurel Bradley, director and curator of the Perlman Teaching Museum, and Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology, who first encountered Jordan’s artwork in 2010, and was impressed by the way in which it found creative ways to present quantitative data.
- January 24, 2012
The Jan. 24 edition of the Northfield News covered a neat collaboration between William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology Neil Lutsky's class and Northfield Middle School students around the new Perlman Teaching Museum's exhibit, "Running the Numbers" by photographer Chris Jordan. “What they did was, they sat with their Carleton student and brainstormed about big numbers that had some relevance to their lives,” said John Bade, NMS art teacher. Bade had about 65 students participate in the art project, divided into 17 groups with one Carleton student assigned to each group. Lutsky’s students were responsible for trying to find a way to represent the large statistics they had found. “They liked having that college student in the classroom,” Bade said. “And the kids Neil (Lutsky) brought over were very engaging.”
- January 24, 2012
Carleton professor of anthropology Jay Levi appeared on the Jan. 24 episode of National Geographic's "Taboo" show, in an episode entitled "Freaky Remedies." The fourth episode of season eight touched on the extreme and rare remedies people seek to cure asthma, infertility and pain, among other ailments. Levi comments on the use of a guinea pig sacrifice in Peru's Andes Mountains, where the show's subject is seeking an ancient animal sacrifice to remedy his health problems that couldn't be cured through surgery. "The patient has to have faith in the techniques and power of the shaman for it to work," Levi says in the show. "If performed by a shaman, then it does work, especially, and perhaps only, if you believe."
- January 21, 2012
Chronicle of Higher Education: "In an Old School Building, Carleton College and Its Community Enjoy New Lessons"
The Chronicle of Higher Education's Scott Carlson wrote a feature titled "In an Old School Building, Carleton College and Its Community Enjoy New Lessons" for the publication's Jan. 21 edition. Carlson tells the history of the building, how the College purchased and planned the renovation, shows how many of the old spaces morphed into the new and how Carleton used many of the old parts of the building in interesting and creative ways. The article includes an online slide show as well.
- January 16, 2012
Trustee Margaret Simms '67 appeared on NPR's "Marketplace" on Jan. 16, discussing the economy and specifically higher unemployment rates in minority communities. In the piece, broadcast on the observed holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, Simms notes that many minority workers were hit hard by layoffs in the fields of construction and manufacturing (black males) and retail (black women). "It's the old cliché -- last hired, first fired. Only in this case as we come into the recovery, it's first fired, last hired," she said. Simms is a Fellow and Director of The Urban Institute's Low Income Working Families Project.
- January 10, 2012
Former Carleton student Jack Lew, who attended the College during his freshman year, will take over as the White House's chief of staff in February 2012 under President Barack Obama. Hundreds of media outlets covered the announcement, but perhaps the best coverage of Lew's Carleton and Minnesota connections were offered by MinnPost.com's Devin Henry, who notes Lew's connections to former Carleton professor and Minnesota U.S. Senator, the late Paul Wellstone. You can also view Lew's full biography on the White House's website.
- January 2, 2012
Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a Jan. 2 article in Iowa's HometownSource.com regarding Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, who is seeking the Republican party's presidential nomination. After winning a summer straw poll in Iowa, experts are predicting a fatal finish for Bachmann in today's caucus and likely end to her 2012 presidential aspirations. If that happens, Schier told the paper, she'll likely seek re-election to her House seat. "What else will she do?" Schier said.
- January 1, 2012
Star Tribune Awards Top Artistic Honors to Aparna Ramaswamy '97 and her Mother, Directors of the Ragamala Dance Company
Aparna Ramaswamy, Carleton Class of 1997, and her mother, Ranee Ramaswamy, have been named the 2011 Artist of the Year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The mother and daughter are the artistic directors, choreographers, and principal dancers of the internationally renowned Ragamala Dance Company and School. The 1/1/12 edition of the Star Tribune honors "Ragamala artistic directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy in a year that included the creation of substantial new work, national touring, a showcase at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and rave reviews from all over."
"The artistic directors of Ragamala Dance use their art form as a prism to refract both the ancient and the modern," writes reporter Caroline Palmer. "The choreographers, ages 59 and 35, continued to advance their dance form into the 21st century, winning kudos for a vibrant modern-day vision born out of ancient Indian tradition. This is why the Star Tribune has selected these impressive women as Artists of the Year." The complete article can be found here.
Aparna Ramaswamy is a 1997 graduate of Carleton College, where she earned a BA in international relations and political economy.
- January 1, 2012Michael Kowalewski, the McBride Professor of English & Environmental Studies, is quoted in the Jan. 1 edition of the Los Angeles Times regarding the rising interest in "California Literature" in college and university classrooms. He told the paper that his class is partly a way to explore his own connections to the state and his fascination with its contradictions — "incredibly beautiful in many respects and incredibly trashed and overgrown and constantly arrogant at the same time." Kowalewski grew up in Redding, Calif., and edited an anthology of Gold Rush literature.
- December 16, 2011
Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, told the Princeton Union Eagle on Dec. 16 that Minnesota U.S. Representative and Republication presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann fits the profile of previous national political figures from Minnesota. “I think she’s a Minnesota product,” he said. He noted that Bachmann fits the mold of other flamboyant Minnesota politicians such as Paul Wellstone, Jesse Ventura, Rudy Perpich, and others. “There’s not a short list,” he said of colorful Minnesota political personalities.