- December 18, 2014 at 10:49 am
Al Montero, the Frank B. Kellogg Professor of Political Science, appeared on KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul, commenting on the announcement that Cuba and the United States had restored diplomatic relations. Montero, a Cuban-American, says there were no signs Wednesday's announcement was coming. He says Pope Francis, who we know was a part of the talks to resume diplomatic relations, was crucial in reopening ties. Montero says there is no greater mediator in Cuba because of the country's deep Catholic roots. Montero also appeared on WCCO 830 AM twice during this time, talking about the announcement and its impact on both countries.
- November 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm
Nathan Grawe, professor of economics and chair of the department, is quoted in the Nov. 24 edition of the Star Tribune about a recent report about Minnesota's economy. Grawe, responding to a report that showed the state's revenue growth during and after the Great Recessionwas third highest, according to the Pew Charitable Trust. Calling the state recession-proof would be a mistake, he said. But in the past 70 years Minnesota’s economy has moved from being more volatile than the national average to less volatile than the national average. “A lot of that was moving away from agriculture,” Grawe explained. While agriculture still plays a major role in the state’s economy, Minnesota has expanded into medical technology, higher education, insurance, finance and other industries that pay good wages and offer job stability, Grawe said.
- November 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm
Steve Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a Nov. 24 article in the Christian Science Monitor about the University of California tuition hike, which pits UC President Janet Napolitano against newly-elected Governor Jerry Brown. Brown threatens withholding state funding, while Napolitano argues the hike is necessary. “This is happening in many states, and the California conflict is an example of this,” Schier says. “One aspect of this conflict is the need for the state to find revenue sources given its fiscal difficulties.”
- November 5, 2014 at 10:46 am
President Steve Poskanzer wrote a "Counterpoint" opinion piece for the Star Tribune's November 5 edition regarding the student debt crisis. The article, entitled "4 ways to keep college accessible, affordable" is in response to an earlier opinion piece that blamed the current student debt crisis on administrative bloat. Poskanzer states that "There’s plenty of shared work and responsibility to correct the current state of affairs. For our economy to be strong, we need our colleges and universities to be bastions of academic quality, accessible to all qualified students from Minnesota and beyond."
- November 1, 2014 at 1:00 am
Al Montero, Frank B. Kellogg Professor of Political Science, was interviewed for 20 minutes on the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections held on Sunday, October 26. His commentary was heard on BFM 89.9 in Kuala Lumpur. BFM is Malaysia's only independent radio station, focused on business news and current affairs.
- October 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Carleton's "Young Chefs" program, which uses cooking to teach science to middle-school students, was featured on NBC affiliate KARE 11. The program, founded by Vayu Maini Rekdal '15, is staffed by Carleton student volunteers and has sites at Northfield and Faribault Middle Schools. You can learn more about the Young Chefs program on its website.
- August 6, 2014 at 11:42 am
Deborah Appleman, Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies, Chair of Educational Studies, and Director of American Studies, is featured in a recent Star Tribune story, "Writing workshop cultivates prisoners' creative sides" (8/5/2014). The piece highlights the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW), which leads creative writing classes at various state prisons.
Founded in 2011, today the MPWW leads classes in poetry, spoken word, oral storytelling, children’s literature, fantasy, essay and more at six state prisons. Hundreds of incarcerated men have taken courses through the MPWW and twenty-two students also have mentors “on the outside.”
- June 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm
In advance of President Barack Obama's recent visit to Minnesota, the Washington bureau of the Star Tribune reached out to professor of political science Richard Keiser to gauge the President's popularity in Minnesota, in light of Obama's national approval ratings. Minnesota remains a DFL stronghold, but as Keiser notes, “It’s unclear whether Democrats have anything to fear...but they can’t afford to have the loyal troops taking it easy.” The entire article can be found here.
- June 17, 2014 at 11:33 am
Professor of French and director of African/African American studies Chérif Keïta was interviewed by BBC News about his new film, "Remembering Nokutela." The film brings to light the role of Nokutela Dube, the wife of John Dube, the founding president of the group that became today's governing African National Congress. "John's name was always floating around, but in her case she was wiped out and yet she had been there at every stage of the building of these institutions that were ground-breaking in South Africa's history," Keïta told the BBC.
- May 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm
Chérif Keïta, professor of French and director of African/African American studies at Carleton, was interviewed by Marco Werman for Public Radio International's "The World" regarding Keïta's new documentary film, "Remembering Nokutela." The film examines the life of Nokutela Mdima Dube, the wife of John Dube, the first president of the African National Congress of South Africa. Her place in the ANC's history was largely ignored prior to Keïta's efforts, as were her contributions to education and a distinctive singing style later made famous by Miriam Makeba.
- April 23, 2014 at 10:01 am
Louis Newman, director of advising and associate dean of the college, spoke with Education Week about how difference college and university academic calendars impact students' experience at that school. "You're only juggling three subjects at a time," he said. Carleton students can fit in nine courses a year versus eight for students who take four classes per semester at other colleges, which allows students to explore their interests a little more. "And if you get into a class that turns out not to be what you expected, it's over in 10 weeks," he noted. He added that the shorter "terms" don't allow for much missed class time, though. "The pace is very quick. If you're sick for a week, it's really hard to catch up," Newman said. "If you're a student who's struggling, it can be harder to recover from a slow start or a bad paper early in the term."
- April 4, 2014 at 11:55 am
Carleton got a bit of a fun shout-out on NBC's popular award-winning comedy program, "Parks and Recreation." In season 6, episode 17, entitled "Prom Planning," character Ben Wyatt (actor Adam Scott) proudly recalls his days as "the king of swing" when he hosted a radio show at Carleton College called "Zoot Suit Wyatt."