• Welcome to Morelia

    My Adventure in Zapatista Country

    April 30, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Passing through the town of Huixtan on the road up to San Cristobal de las Casas from the jungle, we came upon a traffic jam. Traffic jams being something of an anomaly in rural Chiapas, the sudden stop surprised us, and we pulled over, spilled out of the van, and began asking around to figure out what was going on. The story emerged slowly, with many confused details, but it seemed that members of the autonomous community just down the road had decided to set up a roadblock. The Mexican authorities didn’t want to provoke the community by using force, and we were told that the roadblock was likely to end by five or six in the evening. We decided to wait. But our brief delay was quite lengthy: we sat by the side of the highway until nearly two in the morning. And so began our adventures in Zapatista country.

  • Homestay in Guatemala

    Be Cool: We're In The Jungle

    April 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    From the beginning, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be an ordinary term. We had our textbooks, yes, but also malaria pills and insurance policies that covered us for evacuation in case of revolution. Though it was January, our first class was conducted outdoors, and was interrupted by a sound like thunder coming from the erupting volcano on the horizon. That first night, we stood in a circle around a campfire, burned copal incense, and listened to Uncle Jay (back on campus, he’s called professor Jay Levi) sing us a traveling song in a language that none of us could understand. And that was before we even stepped out of our hotel.

  • Employees recently honored for their service to the College.

    Retirees, Longtime Employees Honored

    April 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Carleton College recently honored retirees and longtime employees on April 15 at a lunchtime ceremony and a dinner at the Nutting House hosted by Carleton President Robert Oden Jr. and his wife Teresa Johnson Oden.

  • The Carleton Ethics Bowl team of seniors Carmen Ross, Chris Logel  and Dan Kagan-Kans recently advanced to the national semifinals of the 16th annual Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. The Carleton squad, in its fourth year of existence, suffered a narrow two-point loss to eventual national champion University of Alabama at Birmingham. The national tournament featured 32 teams that qualified through regional competitions. Carleton was the smallest institution to crack the final four.

  • Garrison Keillor

    Photo Feature: Carleton Passover Seder

    March 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Carleton held its traditional Passover Seder with nearly 150 people in attendance, including well-known radio personality Garrison Keillor, along with his wife and daughter. Keillor was invited to the event by Carleton associate chaplin Shosh Dworsky, whose brother, Rich, is a member of the "Guys' All-Star Band" which performs each week on Keillor's public radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion."

  • Haiti Relief Panel Discussion

    Carleton College’s Panel on Haiti on Wednesday, Jan. 27 was packed to the brim with students and members of the Carleton and Northfield communities. The event featured four guest speakers who discussed not only the current situation in Haiti, but also the country’s economic, social, and political history to this point. The panel was organized by Carleton junior Hunter Knight (Brookline, Mass.) along with several groups on campus, including the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and International Relations Council; both groups have been providing and organizing fund-raising events since Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake on January 12, 2010. 

  • Dancers performing at the Ebony II winter dance performance.

    Photo Feature: Ebony II Performance

    January 30, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Student photographer Henry Moskowitz '11 captured images from one of the winter's highlights, a performance by the student-run dance company Ebony II.  The dance company is open to beginners, experienced dancers, and everyone in between. All dance styles are welcomed. Each term the company performs student choreography in a performance open to the entire campus, which is heavily attended and of the social highlights of the term.

  • Igloo in Lower Arb

    Photo Feature: Igloo in the Arboretum

    January 28, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Carleton media relations photographers Nate Ryan '10 and Teddy Wolf '10 captured images of a random igloo, supposedly constructed by a Carleton student or students, in the lower portion of the Cowling Arboretum. It is unclear if the igloo was merely for entertainment purposes or constructed as an actual domicile!

  • Hoar Frost

    Photo Feature: A Campus Painted White

    January 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    On Tuesday, January 19, 2010, the Carleton campus awoke to the scene of the entire campus painted white following a hoar frost. According to a post on, a hoar frost (also called a radiation frost or hoarfrost) "refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air."

  • A group of Chinese educators recently visited Carleton in conjunction with its stay at The Mingda Institute for Leadership Training of the University of Minnesota’s China Center. The delegation and their counterparts from the University of Minnesota spent Thursday, Dec. 17, at Carleton. This site visit was meant to introduce the Chinese educators to a very strong, small college and to demonstrate the diversity of American higher education.

  • Carleton has received a grant of  $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in support of an endowed Postdoctoral Fellows Program in the Humanities. The NEH Challenge Grant, which will be matched on a four-to-one basis by the College, will create a permanent endowment of $1.75 million that will ensure the ongoing implementation of the Fellows Program. In total, 20 challenge grants were awarded, but only two were won by undergraduate, four-year liberal arts colleges: Carleton and Eckerd College (Fla.). Nine of the twenty grants went to higher education institutions, or programs affiliated with higher education institutions.

  • In a year rich in student film projects at Carleton – there were at least five movie productions underway this fall – Nova Roma, an alternate history of the Roman Empire conceived and directed by Alexander Cooney ’11 (Golden Valley, Minn.), stands out for its creative use of resources.