• 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."

  • Laura Goering featured in NPR report

    March 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Professor Laura Goering is featured in a National Public Radio report (3/29/2014) on the modern-day legacy of Russian literature, calling the politics of Vladimir Putin "right out of a Russian novel." The report uncovers recurring motifs in Russian literature that help to put Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions and beliefs into perspective. Goering, professor of Russian and chair of Russian and German, says "Again and again in Russian literature...we see a claim to a kind of spiritual and moral exceptionalism that is fundamental to Putin's rhetoric. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Putin called the 'biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the century,' it is not surprising that he continues to draw on the myth of a Russia divinely foreordained to stand firm against the corrupting forces of the West."

  • The New York Times, among many other media outlets, memorialized NBC News icon Garrick Utley '61, who reported from Vietnam and Europe and moderated its influential Sunday-morning show, “Meet the Press,” from 1989-91. Utley succumbed after a long battle with cancer at the age of 74.  Utley, whose NBC career started in 1963 in Europe, was perhaps best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War. He later worked for ABC and CNN before his retirement. Utley, a former Carleton Board of Trustee member, presented a May 2001 convocation after the publishing of his memoir, "You Should Have Been Here Yesterday: A Life in Television News."

  • Carleton was tabbed for a spot on BuzzFeed.com's list of "Top 25 Schools for LGBT Students," published Feb. 19. The list is generated from the annual Campus Pride Index survey, which is based on a set of 50 questions that correspond to eight different LGBT-friendly factors. Carleton was joined on the list by fellow Minnesota schools Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

  • Representative Rush D. Holt, Carleton Class of 1970

    The New York Times ran a lengthy piece on Rep. Rush Holt '70 (D-N.J) and his announcement that he is retiring from Congress. Holt, a research physicist who became the House of Representatives authority on numerous scientific matters, served eight terms in representing New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. In the interview, he declined to attack the perception that Congress is broken. “Congress, even with its frustrations, is the greatest instrument for justice and human welfare in the world,” he said. “The stories trying to puzzle out why someone would do something else are based on this rather narrow way of thinking that the only purpose for a member of Congress is to be re-elected. I’ve never viewed it that way, and I think everybody who’s worked with me knows that I think there are a lot of things that I can and should be doing.” Holt delivered the College's opening convocation address in September 2011.

  • Kanazawa Talks Olympic Cost With Wallet Hub

    February 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Wallet Hub, a blog, spoke with a wide variety of experts for a post entitled "Sochi Olympics By The Numbers," and included professor of economics Mark Kanazawa in its analysis. Kanazawa noted how many Olympic games are poorly planned and spend vast amounts of money, primarily on constructing new facilities that now sit largely unused. He cited the Los Angeles Games of 1984 as an example of a well-planned event that utilized existing facilities. Those games ended up with near a quarter of a billion dollars surplus.


  • The Counterfactuals, an indie pop band comprised of Carleton professors Daniel Groll (philosophy), Jason Decker (philosophy), and Andy Flory (music)—along with St. Olaf College philosophy professor Mike Fuerstein—were featured on the Jan. 9, 2014 broadcast of Minnesota Public Radio's "Morning Edition." Entitled "Northfield professors moonlight in a band," the segment highlights the band's debut release, "Minimally Decent People," and notes that the four professors "will be taking a break from their academic pursuits for an album release party" in Northfield on Saturday, Jan. 11 at J. Grundy's Rueb-N-Stein.

  • Inside Higher Ed weighed in on Carleton and St. Olaf's collaboration efforts, supported by a $1.4 million grant from The Mellon Foundation. Carleton President Steven Poskanzer revealed that one one possible collaborative example might be holding a political science class during the evening so that students from both schools could enroll. Also under consideration is an option for students needing certain classes for teaching certification to take classes at either campus.

  • The January 9, 2014 edition of the Chicago Tribute features a Letter to the Editor submission written by Carleton sophomore, Porter Truax (Chicago). The letter is a response to a previously published editorial about the impact of tax distribution in urban Chicago.

  • The Counterfactuals, a "prof rock" band comprised of three Carleton professors (Daniel Groll, Jason Decker and Andy Flory) and one St. Olaf College professor (Mike Fuerstein), are featured in the December 31, 2013 edition of the Star Tribune. The story chronicles the evolution of the band and notes their immediate acclaim among Twin Cities music critics and fans alike. The band will host a Northfield album release show, in support of their debut "Minimally Decent People," on Saturday, Jan. 11 at J. Grundy's Rueb-N-Stein's Upstairs Rueb.

  • Minnesota Public Radio's "On Campus" blog covered The Mellon Foundation's $1.4 million grant awarded to Carleton and St. Olaf to fund collaborative efforts between the two campuses in information technology, library services and academic programming. “In the long run, this recognizes the fact that we can give a broader and richer array of academic courses and learning opportunities for students jointly than we can with one campus individually," Carleton President Steven G. Poskanzer told reporter Alex Friedrich. A piece also ran on-air on MPR stations.

  • Christopher "Chris" Kratt '92, Biology major

    Chris Kratt '92, half of the famous "Kratt Brothers" duo with brother Martin, was recently profiled by their hometown Ottawa Citizen newspaper. The brothers, originally from New Jersey, now reside in Ottawa after starting out in Toronto, have created, produced and starred in three TV shows: "Kratts Creatures," "Zooboomafoo" and their current series, "Wild Kratts." The show airs on TV Ontario, the Kowledge Network and Telebec in Canada and PBS in the U.S. The current show is an animated show, giving the brothers more flexibility in what they show their core audience.  “The reason we decided to do Wild Kratts is because, in our early expeditions, no matter how long we spent in the wild we knew there were animal behaviours we could never film,” Martin said. “So we thought if we could design an animated show we could show anything. We could show sperm whales fighting giant squid 6,000 feet below the surface of the ocean. Suddenly the entire creature world was open to us. That was the real motivation to do animation.” In the animated segments of the show, the brothers transform themselves into various animals, displaying various “creature powers” unique to that animal.