- January 31, 2013 at 3:05 pm
Manar Alsharif was angry.
A 30-year-old Saudi wife, mother and working professional, she faced harassment, sometimes violent, when walking down the street unaccompanied. “You deserve whatever happens to you when you uncover your face,” she was told. And despite her age and accomplishments, Alsharif was still forced to hire a male driver if she wanted to avoid walking. In Saudi Arabia, while not technically illegal, it is socially unacceptable for women to drive.
- January 29, 2013 at 10:58 am
Thomas Callister ’13 has been named one of the 14 Churchill Scholarship winners nationwide. The award gives him a full scholarship to earn his master of philosophy degree at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, focusing on gravitational wave astronomy. Callister, the first Idahoan to win a Churchill Scholarship in the nearly 50-year existence of the program, was one of only two liberal-arts college students among the 14 scholarship winners. This marks the second straight year that Carleton has produced a Churchill Scholarship winner, as fellow physics major and astronomer Michael Coughlin ’12 won the award a year ago. Both were the only student from a Minnesota college or university to win the award.
- January 29, 2013 at 10:44 am
Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, will take a leave of absence from the College to serve as the director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). The NSF’s DUE sets undergraduate science education goals to provide leadership, support curriculum development, prepare the workforce and to foster connections. These goals constitute a comprehensive approach to strengthening science, technology and math (STEM) education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.
- January 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm
Each term, Carls shake, leap, and twirl to student-choreographed dances in the ever-popular Ebony II show. This winter brought more cheer-worthy dances and crazy costumes galore. Student photographers, Maria Kjellstrand and Nina Shapiro captured the event.
Art Professor David Art Professor David Lefkowitz Explains "Nirthfolde" and Other "Quasi-Fictional Places"January 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm
In conjunction with the popular Northfield Arts Guild Gallery exhibit "NRTHFLD: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau," professor of art David Lefkowitz will unravel the mysteries of this "slightly askew" take on Northfield in a public lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Entitled "Quasi-Fictional Places: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau and Other Original Facsimilies," Lefkowitz's talk will introduce audiences to "Nirthfolde...a bucolic, yet bustling burg situated in a parallel universe that neatly overlaps Northfield, Minnesota, and that has existed relatively unnoticed for over a century and a half."
College Archivist Eric Hillemann Publishes "A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould"January 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm
Carleton College archivist Eric Hillemann has published "A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould," chronicling the namesake of the College's library—a man who served for thirty years as a professor of geology and as Carleton's "colorful and charismatic" fourth president. On Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum, Carleton will host a special booksigning event celebrating this new publication. Carleton President Steve Poskanzer will introduce Hillemann, who will give a brief presentation on the new biography. A complimentary lunch will also be provided for the first fifty attendees. Copes of "A Beacon So Bright" are available now at the Carleton Bookstore, located in the Sayles Hill Campus Center, and online at www.carletonbookstore.org and www.amazon.com.
- January 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm
Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity will host a special screening of “Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa,” a film directed by Carleton professor Cherif Keita, which explores an early effort at resistance to white authority in South Africa and its little-known connection with Northfield. The screening, part of the College’s Humanities Center’s Perspectives in Public Humanities series, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center Cinema. This event is free and open to the public.
- January 17, 2013 at 9:05 am
Student Director, Julian Pozniak and Production Coordinator, Lawrence Burnett presented a fully staged, all-student production of "La Serva Padrona" last weekend at the Weitz Center for Creativity. The opera was in Italian with supertitles. Student photographer, Maria Kjellstrand, captured the event.
- December 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm
A Carleton College professor’s project has been launched into an orbit that may last for billions of years. Joel Weisberg, the Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences, created a time map that is attached to EchoStar XVI, which launched from a pad in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, Nov. 20 into outer space. The artifact will remain in the Earth’s geosynchronous orbit in virtual perpetuity.
- December 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm
The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most U.S. Fulbright Students for the current school year, and Carleton College was included on that list with six award-winners for 2012-13. Carleton’s Fulbright Fellowship winners for 2012-13 were: Kathryn Deeg ‘12, Elizabeth Durham ‘12, Zachary Hyman ‘08, Grace Ogilby ‘12, Jesse Pittman ‘12, and Jacob Reznick ‘12.
- November 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm
This winter Carleton College Cowling Arboretum staff will take the first steps in a new forest and grassland restoration project, funded through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. A $64,593 grant, administered through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will help restore 38 acres, about 4% of the Carleton Arboretum. “While 4% seems like a small portion, Arboretum users will notice some big changes, so we wanted to make sure our users were aware of what this project entails,” reports Nancy Braker, Arboretum Director.
- November 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm
Carleton's Semaphore Dance Company had a spectacular performance this term! See photos here by student photographer, Nina Shapiro.