• Carol Donelan

    Objects of Inspiration

    Pegasus. Tools. The scales of justice. Recently tenured faculty members talk about what inspires them.

  • Iguana

    There’s Got to Be a Better Way!

    We made a list of things we think are ripe for improvement--from politics to space travel to our national pastime--and we found Carls who were willing to take a stab at suggesting improvments for some sacred (and not so sacred) cows.

  • Tinne Rosenmeier '83

    Redefining the American High School

    Too many U.S. high schools are failing to prepare our young people for college, work, and citizenship. Educators, legislators, and communities are looking for ways to help our students succeed.

  • Atop Mount Olympus

    Walking with the Gods

    Brave Carls scaled the slopes of Mount Olympus on a Carleton Alumni Adventures trip to northern Greece—and we’ve got the pictures to prove it.

  • John Harrison '85

    Click Here to Update . . . the Presidential Campaign

    Will this be the year of the YouTube president? Some politically astute Carls weigh in on how influential the Internet will be in this election.

  • Benton House

    It Takes a Village

    For students at a residential liberal arts college like Carleton, there’s no place like home—be it a dorm room, town house, or off-campus apartment.

  • Richard Jacoby ’52

    In Their Element

    No glass-and-steel skyscrapers for these Carls. They prefer to work in or with natural elements: earth, wind, fire, or water.

  • <em>Reciting the Manas</em>, Tommy Walker ’08

    An Educated View

    Glimpse the world through the eyes of Carleton students who entered the 2008 off-campus-studies photo contest.

  • Illustration by Bruce Rosch

    How to Weather an Economic Storm

    From the gas station to the grocery store, we’re paying more—lots more—for almost everything these days. We asked Carls for practical strategies to survive the economic slowdown.

  • Michael Martin ’09

    The World Is Their Classroom

    A staple of a Carleton education since the 1970s, off-campus studies programs give students a global perspective.

  • Vincent Chuan, <em>Marcel</em>, photograph

    On Display

    Nobody in this group is painting by number. We present an array of visual creations by some of Carleton’s senior studio art majors.

  • Dashini Jeyathurai ’08

    Commencement 2008

    Speech excerpts and photographs from Carleton’s 134th commencement.

  • Associate Professor of Japanese Noboru Tomonari

    In a Class Of Their Own

    Top-notch teaching is the heart and soul of a Carleton education. Teachers who connect with their subject and their students—both inside and outside the classroom—are memorable and often life changing...

  • Wisconsin State Senator Fred Risser '50

    The Long Run

    Wisconsin state senator Fred Risser ’50 has been a legislator for more than 50 years, longer than any current lawmaker in the nation...

  • Over There

    Over There

    Long before iTunes and MP3s, popular songs played a key role in rallying American troops and the home front during World War I...

  • Erin Barnett '92

    Food for Thought

    As the saying goes, you are what you eat. These days, though, making good food choices can be complicated and confusing. Carls weigh in on the ethical aspects of feeding ourselves and others.

  • Carls in Antarctica

    Pictures from an Expedition

    Three Carleton-educated scientists aboard the Laurence M. Gould research vessel chronicle their Antarctic adventure with stunning photographs—and talk about the project that brought them to the end of the world.

  • Bear Expert

    Risky Business

    Find out why some Carleton alumni face hazards—like surviving fire and ice, and the occasional encounter with a grizzly bear—to do their jobs.

  • Commencement 2007


    Speech excerpts, photos, and more highlights from Commencement 2007

  • Reunion 2007

    Reunion Weekend

    Whether you made it back to campus for Reunion this year or not, these photos will prompt you to recall people and places you hold dear.

  • Members of the Class of 1957 celebrated their 50th reunion by sharing memories and stories while renewing friendships and recalling formative Carleton experiences.


    Participation and giving highlights from Reunion 2007

  • Jim McDonnell, Class of 1941 Professor of English and the Liberal Arts

    Head of the Class

    Five retiring faculty members share their idea lesson plans—and two retiring staff members reveal what's next.

  • Illustration by Tomasz Walenta

    What's the Big Idea?

    Whether it's women's rights or car safety or more comfortable shoes, these Carls made the world a better place with their ingenuity.

  • Scott Bierman

    Campaign Trail

    The college heads out to meet its most ambitious fundraising goal ever: $300 million.

  • Skinner Memorial Chapel

    Finding Carleton

  • Monk Debates

    Global Perspectives

  • The Statue of Liberty

    Immigration Nation

  • David Musicant

    Information Age

    Five newly tenured faculty tell us how their fields might inform the future.

  • Metric Football

    24 Days

    24 memorable days that might not make it into the Carleton history books.

  • Robin Hart Ruthenbeck


    Online networking sites like Facebook are changing the ways that students socialize.

  • Meeting on the Economy

    Q&A: The Economy

    College administrators speak candidly about the economic downturn's current and potential impact on Carleton.

  • Ann Zawistoski '97

    Beyond Books: Libraries Look to the Future

    More people are using libraries today than ever before. Yet advancing technolgies and declining budgets challenge libraries to keep current. Carleton librarians—on campus and across the country —tell us how they're prepraing for an unpredictable future while still providing access to the recorded past.

  • Middle School Foyer

    School Spirit

    Rumor has it that the old Northfield Midde School is haunted. Two students document some of the supernatural stories swirling around the building - future home of Carleton's Arts Union.

  • Feature: How does it feel?

    How Does it Feel?

    They say curiosity killed the cat, but we like to live dangerously. So even though we’ve never butchered a chicken, jumped into a raging forest fire, or won an Emmy, we have always wondered what those things would feel like. We asked these Carls to give us the (sometimes gory) details.

  • Contemplating the Fall

    Close Encounters

    An assortment of photographs shot by students during off-campus studies programs reveals that sometimes the best lessons are learned outside of the classroom.

  • Commencement 2009

    Commencement 2009

    Those four years flew by! We say farewell to the Class of 2009.

  • Getting Surly

    Getting Surly

    Rebecca Ansari '97 and her husband, Omar Ansari, are brewing up a storm in the Twin Cities.

  • Cowling Arboretum

    An Arb for All Seasons

    The Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie are among the glories of Carleton—any time of the year. Photographer Tom Roster and Arb director Nancy Braker '81 document the College's beloved green space.

  • Mister Fix-It

    Our Mister Fix-It

    Carleton alumnus and handyman Steve Elliott '88 insists that even the most mechanically disinclined among us can keep our houses, cars, and computers running smoothly.

  • Fadi Hakim '13

    International Treasure

    The Class of 2013 brought 49 additional international students to campus, for a record-breaking total of 149. These students represent 32 countries—and the future of the liberal arts at Carleton. We discuss why their presence here is a growing priority for the College and a gift for us all.

  • Willis Hall

    Restoring Old Carleton

    For months now, construction workers have been dangling off ropes and clambering on scaffolding, drilling and sandblasting and tuck-pointing and tarring and reroofing right outside our windows—and taking up our precious parking spaces. This photo essay shows why it’s worth the hassle.

  • John Harris '85

    Read All about It

    Carleton alumni are redefining their journalism careers as traditional media companies undergo a transformation brought on by changes in the economy, technology, and how we access information. It’s sink or swim in publishing and broadcasting these days, but the good news is that these Carls are finding ways to stay afloat.

  • David Tompkins, Assistant Professor of History

    Honing the Cutting Edge

    At Carleton, research and scholarship are often part of the same conversation when it comes to deciding what it means to be a great liberal arts college.

  • Red Cloud School

    Speaking Their Language

    A longtime resident of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Peter Hill ’00 spent years becoming fluent in Lakota—one of several native North American languages facing extinction. Last fall he became the first non-native speaker entrusted with teaching Lakota to high school students in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

  • In the Midst of...

    Out of the Depths

    Deborah Appleman, Carleton’s Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies, took a sabbatical during the 2008–09 academic year to teach inmates at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater.

  • Commencement 2010

    Commencement 2010

    The weather may not have cooperated—forecasts of rain moved the ceremonies indoors for only the fifth time since 1950, when Carleton started scheduling Commencement outdoors—but that didn’t discourage the 493 seniors and their friends and family members who gathered at the Rec Center to celebrate. Before they scattered with diplomas in hand, we asked members of the Class of 2010 to write six-word memoirs about their college years and tell us about a course that changed their lives.

  • President Oden with the Gods of Plastic (GOP)

    All In This Together

    As President Robert A. Oden Jr. has so famously and frequently said of Carleton, “We are all in this together.” So together we wish him well as he embarks on a retirement that sounds anything but retiring. In his last interview with the Voice, President Oden reflects on his eight years at Carleton and highlights the advances the College has made during his tenure. Also, students, faculty, staff, and alumni recall their memories of President Oden.

  • Kelly Connole

    Peace Talks

    As part of a nationwide documentary project to explore the meaning of peace, frequent Voice contributor and Minneapolis photographer John Noltner interviewed and photographed members of the Carleton community. We present their varied perspectives on what peace means to them—and why it remains so elusive.

  • President Steven Poskanzer

    Game Change

    Position: Goaltender. Team: Carleton College. Uniform: Navy-blue suit, white shirt, maize-and-blue-striped tie. Honors: MVP, Carleton presidential search committee. Meet newly inaugurated president Steven Poskanzer.

  • Going Global

    Going Global

    Cultural and technological forces are reshaping our world in ways we may not have predicted or even considered. Carleton faculty members and alumni discuss the effects of globalization.

  • Reunion 2010 family carnival

    Reunion 2010

    Each year at Reunion, Carleton provides opportunities for alumni to reconnect with former classmates, participate in family-friendly events, and engage in important conversations. Here’s a sample of this year’s celebration of community.

  • college attendance

    What's Ahead for Higher Ed?

    Carleton alumni and staff members respond to trends in higher education and tell us what they think lies ahead for colleges and universities and their students.

  • Netsuke (Noh Masks)

    In the Noh

    Carleton hosts a winter-term multidisciplinary festival of Japanese theater and dance that features events, lectures, and performances with internationally acclaimed artists and collaborations with Twin Cities arts organizations.

  • Saunders family

    Carleton Couplehood

    There’s a rumor going around that 40 percent of Carls marry Carls. Can that possibly be true? Nah. Here’s the real state of our College unions.

  • The Great Schiller Exchange

    Carleton Capers: An Incomplete Compendium of Pranks

    Mischievous Carls have been playing tricks on administrators and on each other for almost 150 years. We recount some memorable stunts.

  • Fema Rostam Mohammad

    All That Remains

    Photojournalist Sebastian Meyer ’02 spent six weeks in northern Iraq documenting the daily life of Kurdish villagers who are determined to survive in a homeland haunted by ghosts of a violent past.

  • Emily Levine '05

    Living the Dream

    From a yurt in Alaska to a chicken coop in Missouri, Carls are embracing lifestyles that challenge the myth that more is better.

  • Commencement 2011

    Commencement 2011

    It happens every year, but each time is special for the class members who leave the Carleton bubble and join the far-flung community of Carleton alumni. Congratulations! And don’t forget to write.

  • Doug Kenshol '89

    Corps Values

    In recognition of the Peace Corps’s 50th anniversary, we asked Carls who have served in the organization over the past five decades to tell us how their experiences have challenged and shaped them.

  • Olive Trees (Vincent van Gogh)

    Top Ten

    David Letterman and Time magazine have Top 10 lists, so why not us? We asked Carls to count to 10 on a variety of topics from best gadgets to favorite blogs. 

  • Charles Bridge, Prague

    Picture This

    Students submitted more than 200 photos for this year’s 25th annual off-campus studies photo contest. Here are some of our favorites.

  • photographs

    Vanishing History

    The digital age brings new challenges for preserving our personal and public histories. Plus tips for determining what to save and how.

  • Cleaves Bennett '55

    The Encore Years

    With our increasing longevity—and declining economy—traditional retirement has become a thing of the past. We talk to Carls who are finding new careers, opportunities, and meaning in the second half of life.

  • Braucher Gallery

    Creative Space

    A visual tour of the recently opened Weitz Center for Creativity shows how the Carleton community is using the repurposed building’s teaching, performance, and exhibition spaces.

  • Illustration by Jan Feindt

    The Novels Grim

    Is contemporary fiction for teens skewed to the dark, disturbed, and dangerous? We ask two experts if there’s cause for worry. Plus, tips on how to raise a reader.

  • Saigon bikers

    On The Road to Saigon

    Born in a Vietnamese refugee camp, Hai Ngo ’12 relocated to Minnesota at age 1 with his parents. Last summer he returned to Vietnam on a Larson International Fellowship. Through his photography, Ngo came to a deeper understanding of his parents, his relatives, and himself. Here are some photos from his trip.

  • four months after Japan tsunami

    After the Deluge: Japan One Year Later

    In 2011 Japan bore the brunt of a devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Carls who were there—or who helped with relief efforts—give us a report on how Japan is doing a year later.

  • skateboarders in Barcelona

    Riding the Concrete Wave

    The thrills and spills of skateboarders captured the attention of Linnea Bullion ’13 while she was on an off-campus studies program in Europe last year. She shares some photographs from her trip with Voice readers.

  • solar energy illustration

    This Will Make You Feel Better

    Despite all the negative predictions from naysayers, our world really isn’t going to hell in a handbasket. We have some good news for you to ponder instead.

  • bubble brigade

    A Concise History of Convo

    Visiting speakers and performers have expanded Carls’ horizons and enriched their education ever since the College was founded, but especially after attendance was no longer required!

  • Sami Kemper ’14, Jessa Youso&nbsp;’13, & Beth Jarrett ’11

    The Winning Shot

    Student photographer Niko Duffy ’13 has taken photos of fast-moving athletes for three years. He says it requires skill, awareness, timing—and a lot of luck. Here are some of his best serendipitous shots from Carleton sports contests.

  • cocooning

    Fact Finders

    Politicians often make claims that make us wonder, “How do they get away with such big fibs?” Carleton experts share their take on how the average citizen can uncover the truth in the midst of so much mudslinging. Plus, we compile a list of fact-checking websites you should bookmark.

  • Northfield Post Office

    National Treasures

    Can the U.S. Postal Service survive crippling Congressional mandates and massive changes in the way we communicate? Experts consider ways the post office can stay relevant and solvent in the 21st century. Plus, a look at the grassroots fight in some communities—including Northfield—to save historic post office buildings.

  • Serengeti National Park

    Into Africa

    Dennis Rentsch ’02 first fell in love with Tanzania on a study-abroad program. Today, he works and lives in the Serengeti, where he helps the expanding human population learn how to coexist with endangered wildlife.

  • Christiane Mack '87

    In Vogue

    As director of editorial development and operations, Christiane Mack ’87 protects and promotes Vogue’s global brand in a digital age.

  • Don't take cookies from strangers

    Don't Take Cookies from Strangers

    If the head of the CIA can’t keep his e-mails private, what hope do you have? As tracking technology improves, your online activity and personal data are increasingly at risk. Learn what you can do to protect your privacy.

  • Minoru Yamasaki


    An obsidian orb in the Arb, a president’s pet penguin, and dorms that double as nuclear shelters are just a few of the tall tales that have been handed down from one generation of Carls to the next. We put them to the truth test.

  • Skinner Memorial Chapel

    Carleton: The Next Decade

    Following 20 months of fact-finding and future thinking by 14 working groups, Carleton president Steven Poskanzer has completed a strategic plan for the College. Here’s a summary of what we’ll see implemented in the years ahead.

  • Joy Kluttz

    Good Advice

    Although Carleton staff and faculty members have long served as advisers and mentors to their students, the college is expanding and formalizing ways for them to help students connect the dots between classes and careers.

  • Algol board, 1892

    Carleton Quips

    Our favorites from a weekly Facebook contest, in which Carls write captions for historic photos from the Carleton Archives.

  • Joel Weisberg

    Time Map

    Carleton astronomy professor Joel Weisberg worked with a New York artist and MIT scientists to create a disk that will orbit Earth for billions of years—and provide a snapshot of life on Earth in the early 21st century for any future space travelers who might discover it.

  • keeping score

    The Best Mistake You've Ever Made

    History is filled with examples of mistakes that led to great discoveries. Pharmacist John Pemberton was trying to cure headaches when he stumbled on the recipe for Coca-Cola. A messy workspace resulted in Alexander Fleming discovering penicillin. Carls tell us how to turn a fear of failure into a recipe for success.

  • Wenli Rui ’13, Cassie Mullen ’13, Yansong Pang ’13, and Megan Bakken ’13

    The Real Deal

    Carleton’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement offers students real-world experience through partnerships with individuals, schools, and corporations. Often tied to the curriculum, these opportunities both enhance students’ classroom experience and build their résumés.

  • Martha Wohlfeil '13 and Matt Rand

    Snake Charmers

    Martha Wohlfeil ’13 and a team of student research assistants are working with biology professor Matt Rand to identify the genes that affect snake pigmentation.

  • Community of Peace Academy

    How to Teach Peace

    At Community of Peace Academy charter school in St. Paul, four Carls are using the national PeaceBuilders curriculum to help students succeed academically and personally.

  • Roger Jackson

    Battle of the Disciplines

    This spring five Carleton professors debated one another in an effort to win the last seat on a spaceship fleeing postapocalyptic Earth. Carleton students voted on which discipline was most essential. What would you decide?

  • Carleton's wind turbine

    Bragging Rights

    Midwestern modesty has kept us from blowing our own horn for too long. Here’s what makes Carleton one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country—and we’re not afraid to brag. A little.

  • Iditarod 2013

    Northern Exposure

    Three alumni journalists tell Alaska’s unique stories through print, radio, and photography.

  • Glacier National Park

    Back to Nature

    The benefits of spending time outdoors are legion, yet fewer of us are realizing them—at a huge cost to us and our natural landscape.


    Lap Leader

    As NASCAR’s vice president for strategic development, Eric Nyquist ’94 is driving the company’s efforts to build its audience through new media and environmental initiatives.

  • Friday flowers

    Remembering James, Michael, & Paxton

    Following a tragic car accident that claimed the lives of three students and seriously injured two others, the Carleton community comes together to grieve our loss and to celebrate the lives of three extraordinary young men: James Adams ’15, Michael Goodgame ’15, and Paxton Harvieux ’15.

  • Carlie Marsha Marina Joseph ’17 and Lee Gonzalez ’16

    Human Touch

    Inspired by the popular blog Humans of New York, first-year student Thomas Hiura launches Humans of Carleton on Facebook and reminds us that what we love most about this place is the people who live, work, and study here.

  • Yemeni street singer

    Beauty Contest

    It’s not as trivial as you think. The issues surrounding beauty—how we define it, how we react to it, and the lengths to which we’ll go to achieve it—are very serious indeed.

  • Commencement 2014

    Commencement 2014

    They come. They charm us for four years with their wit and intellect. And then they leave. It’s a four-year cycle we celebrate, but never quite get used to. This year 484 seniors joined the ranks of esteemed Carleton alumni.

  • pea flower

    Show and Tell

    Throughout the college’s history, advancements in technology have influenced the way faculty members teach. Here is a look at some historical objects and images professors have used in their labs and classrooms. You may be surprised to learn which ones are still in use—and which have been shelved permanently.

  • bacteria


    They may be microscopic, but bacteria wield tremendous power over our health and well-being. Meet the Carls who seek to uncover the mysteries of bacteria and determine how we can make them our friends.

  • Anne Ulmer and Jennifer Wolff

    Common Ground

    You’ve heard the old saying: Put a retired Carleton professor in a room with a newly tenured professor and turn on a tape recorder. We hadn’t heard that either, but we did it anyway and the results were fascinating.

  • climbing the family tree

    Climbing the Family Tree

    Genealogy is hot, hot, hot. These Carls show us how and tell us why we should uncover and preserve our family history before it’s too late.

  • Reunion 2014

    Reunion 2014

    Every summer more than 2,000 Carls return to catch up with old friends and faculty members, visit their favorite campus haunts and discover new ones, and remember all the reasons they’ll always love this place. And we couldn’t be happier they’re here.

  • model of Olin Hall

    The Builder

    “Like many second-generation Japanese, he felt enormous pressure to succeed. He would wake up in the middle of the night and begin drawing because he’d just had a dream about how a building should look.”

  • Stealing Secrets

    Stealing Secrets

    “It wasn’t something we wanted to do. It was just that nobody in Washington was willing to do what they were supposed to do.”

  • Monika Heller Roots ’02

    The Electric Brain

    “You’ll have a computer that will be able to understand you. The better you concentrate, the faster the computer will know what you want.”

  • Jessica Rosenblatt&nbsp;’04

    The Game Changers

    “It was hard at first to convince corporate bigwigs that there was value in developing games for personal use. The idea that these devices would become things people wanted in their homes was a surprise.”

  • All-Star Game 2014

    45 Seconds with Derek Jeter

    “As a photographer, I am sometimes given a glimpse into a world I would ordinarily not be privy to.”

  • Ivette Feliciano ’05

    Confronting Privilege

    “We will never be smart enough to not have biases. We’re never going to be educated enough that we don’t need to have diversity training or conversations about privilege anymore.”

  • Hudlin Wagner with students

    An Elder Facing North

    “The north wind is blowing my destiny forward. I don’t know what’s in store for me, but I know it’s time to move on, and I’m ready.”

  • Russia

    Mother Russia's Chilly Embrace

    “It is not enough to celebrate the national holidays of various groups and recognize their different traditions. Will this help bring about mutual understanding? I seriously doubt it.”

  • student body

    Picture This

    “It takes a lot of coffee to keep professors and students on their toes.”

  • Science Meets Fiction

    Science Meets Fiction

    "Curiosity wound its way over to Yellowknife Bay and then to Mount Sharp, and both were stunning. I wish I were there to see it with my own eyes, but this is pretty good."

  • John Tymoczko

    Meeting of Minds

    "I was teaching, the door opened, and somebody in a chicken suit came in and dropped off a bag of cookies and left. I have no idea who it was."

  • From Here to There

    Flight of Fancy

    "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras."

  • Goodsell Observatory

    Putting Carleton on the Celestial Map

    The final telescope, a 16.2-inch Brashear refractor purchased for $15,000 (more than $390,000 in today’s dollars), was made by Pittsburgh’s famed John Brashear Company, arrived in 1890, and was placed beneath the larger dome.

  • Havana, Cuba

    Terms of Engagement

    “The scope took everyone by surprise. Very few people expected there to be a total change in the United States’ relationship with Cuba.”

  • surgical instruments

    How Does It Feel?

    “There was always danger lurking in the background, and you never knew what could happen. But I was having a good time.”

  • Northeast view of proposed Weitz addition

    Modern Music

    “The boundaries between art and teaching and communication are becoming increasingly porous. We are broadening the ways we prepare students to communicate.”

  • California farmers market

    The Kale Effect

    “I would rather buy better food locally, and if I only get asparagus for three weeks in June, that’s okay because that’s when it tastes wonderful. Then I wait for it again.”

  • Brandon Marks ’16

    Home Away from Home

    “We can’t be the great equalizers, but we can close some of the gaps. Above all, we have to talk about the implications of socioeconomic diversity at Carleton.”

  • Dick Garbisch ’38

    Reunion 2016

    With a record turnout, great weather, and a kickoff celebration for Carleton’s sesquicentennial (1866–2016), Reunion 2016 was packed full of nostalgia and fun.

  • Journey through the circulatory system

    Other Worldly

    “If Carls’ curiosity and imagination were unfettered by the constraints of physical reality, where would they go and what would they see?”

  • Rendering of chemistry lab


    “We need people who encompass multiple perspectives to tackle things like cancer, global climate change, and artificial intelligence—and we want to foster our students’ ability to do that kind of work.”

  • Arriving

    A Sesquicentennial Celebration

    A lot changes in 150 years. This commemorative issue looks back at where we’ve been and suggests where we might go from here.

  • Carleton Presidents Edwards, Lewis, Oden, and Poskanzer

    View from the Top

    “College is just the beginning of a joyful mission. One can always go on learning. And it seems to me that Carleton faculty members have kept that joy present at Carleton.”

  • Trompe l’oeil of a train tunnel within the Carleton tunnels.

    The Carleton Tunnels: A (Fictional) History

    “Did I mention that the tunnels are still featured in Carleton’s recruiting brochure? They sold me on tunnels, and now there are no tunnels. Just saying.”

  • John Hassett with Skinner Chapel

    Anniversary Presents

    “Goodsell is round; and Legos, of course, are not.”

  • Cowling Campus Plan

    Alternate Reality

    Over the years, Carleton has commissioned architectural plans for buildings that were never realized. Fortunately, the plans remain.

  • Timeline (detail)

    The Life of Carleton

    150 years at a glance.

  • Bob McFadden ’66 and Michelle Mastrianni ’16

    Generation Gap

    Members of the Classes of 1966 and 2016 compare notes about their college experiences.

  • Laurence McKinley Gould

    Faculty Legends

    150 years of great Carleton teachers.

  • A Party for the Ages

    A Party for the Ages

    “Providence has worked all things for good. We are here to toast the enduring success of my exceedingly fine college, after all!”

  • SS Carleton Victory

    The Carleton of the Seas

    “Carleton’s first offspring of the sea is a well built, fast ship manned by a competent, far above average captain and crew.”

  • Souvenirs and programs, 1915

    Thanks for the Memories

    In the days before Facebook and Instagram, Carleton students preserved and shared their memories in scrapbooks.

  • Carleton campus

    The Carleton Experience

    “We look forward to a student body that changes every day.”

  • Laura Viers ’97, Neko Case, and k.d. lang

    On the Right Track

    “I found out that Neko Case got the same request. That’s when I seriously thought, ‘Wait, are you sure you want us to do this?’ ”

  • Kifaya Taha ’17 and Jennifer Lor ’17

    The Journey Home

    “The idea of crossing a cultural border—going home to St. Paul and being one person, and coming back to Carleton and being someone different—is something I don’t share with a lot of people.”

  • Grace Strome ’11

    10 Letters a Day

    “It’s not ‘us versus them’ or ‘liberal versus conservative,’ as people try to make it. We all have different experiences, and that makes us interpret the world through different truths.”

  • Sarah Magid ’18

    A Matter of Consent

    “Consent is a major part of the discussion, but where do healthy relationships fit in? What are the different scenarios for sex that students don’t actively think about? How do we talk about the role that alcohol and drugs play? We have to build the complete picture.”

  • Rhetoric Meets Reality

    Rhetoric Meets Reality

    “If you’re worried about our energy future, remember that Americans have made significant and abrupt energy changes before—from wood to coal, from coal to petroleum and then to natural gas. Lessons from the past [can] give us hope for the future.”

  • Cherlon Ussery

    Lessons for a Lifetime

    “We use female rats in our research because much of the existing data in biomedical research is derived from male subjects, leaving large gaps.” —Sarah Meerts, assistant professor of psychology

  • Tourist

    Show and Tell

    “She had a wide smile that was almost always present. Her teeth were a faint gray and capped in gold; one even had a gold star in the middle that would shine as she spoke.”

  • Japanese-American internment

    When War Hits Home

    “The assumption that all Islamic people are susceptible to radical views is the same as the idea that Japanese Americans were all susceptible to [what was] going on in Japan in the 1940s.”

  • Leah Greenberg ’08 and Ezra Levin ’07

    One Nation, Indivisible

    “It built up so quickly that we had to make a choice. And we couldn’t justify abandoning this call to action—this responsibility—that we helped create.”

  • ASIYA Sport hijab

    Ready to Play

    “Girls being deprived of athletic experiences because of an issue like clothing didn’t seem right to me.”

  • political cartoon

    The Media Circus

    “I’ve never gotten so many angry calls as I did covering a small community. People screamed at me all the time, which was excellent preparation for my job today.”

  • Colleen Tjosvold ’11

    Pitch Perfect

    “When we arrived, an Irish player told us that if you play with heart and spirit, you’ll have the crowd behind you, and it was true.”

  • poke cake

    Energy Underground

    “We knew this project was going to be really visible, fairly disruptive, and also transformative in a positive way.”

  • free speech illustration

    The Cost of Free Speech

    “Ideas that are controversial or politically unpopular are fundamentally different from speech that is discriminatory or hateful and incites violence and harm.”

  • cherry blossoms

    Eye of the Beholder

    “In general, I prefer subjects and scenes that are untouched by humankind.”

  • Jonathan Dahlsten ’19

    Not in Kansas Anymore

    “Rural kids inherently understand how communities should work. They already know what it means to have your neighbors know your business, to greet people when you see them, to not have 100 different grocery stores to go to.”

  • Halah Mohammed ’14 and poets in Abu Dhabi

    Watson's World

    “Waiting for a bus in Ankara, I heard two people behind me conversing in fluent English. I was desperate for human connection. And they were kind to me.”

  • light switch

    Power Switch

    “I’ve seen a lot of paralysis on the part of big oil companies because they face so many existential questions that don’t have easy answers. Companies are dipping a toe into a variety of different technologies, making very small investments. But I haven’t seen any bold moves to position themselves ahead of the energy transition.”

  • John Heyneman ’89

    Home on the Range

    “People make assumptions about the slow pace of the West. Maybe they see this part of the country as lacking sophistication. No. What we do here is incredibly sophisticated.”

  • Art Kavalis ’04

    Insider Information

    “If everybody is saying the same thing, you might believe it even if it’s wrong. A diverse work environment helps bring in different points of view, which leads to a better decision-making process.”

  • innovation in the classroom

    Innovation in the Classroom

    “Innovation is synonymous with fear, lack of expertise, and the unknown. Professors are used to displaying mastery, but to do things in a new way, you have to become a novice again.”

  • Hurricane Florence

    Eye of the Storm

    “They were staring at all this devastation, and they were saying, ‘We’re still here. We still have our family. We will find a way to continue.’ ”

  • Marco da Cunha ’22

    Mind in the Game

    “A lot of my high school friends were forced to choose between football and academics. I didn’t want that to happen to me.”

  • "Frankenfood"

    Future Food

    “For millennia, human beings have selected plants for various traits. We’ve just introduced a more purposeful—and faster—way of doing the same thing.”

  • Carol Federighi ’82 finishes the Mongol Derby

    Derby Days

    “I was horse-crazy from the very beginning and my parents have no clue why. It’s a disease that some girls are just born with, I guess.”

  • A worker cuts a red onion off its stalk

    The Power of Produce

    “Because of language barriers and unfamiliarity, and probably a little bit of racism, Hmong farmers haven’t had access to land, larger markets, or the capital and credit that’s prevalent in agriculture.”

  • Nutcracker Ballet

    A Tough Nut to Crack

    “He looked me in the eye and he gave me a hug. He was like, ‘I’m sorry. I hear you. We won’t make that mistake again.’”

  • Setting up a tent at Reunion 2019

    Countdown to Launch

    We discovered that the people who work so hard to pull off Reunion have almost as much fun as the Carls who attend.

  • Kamaran’s friends and family

    Casualties of War

    “Early on in our relationship, Kamaran had explained to me that in his world, photography was just about blood, death, and body counts. Where was the beauty? he wondered. Where was the curiosity? The desire to see the world in a different way?”

  • Photo by Sara Rubinstein ’98

    Access for All

    “The more diverse a student body, the more energetic and engaging that student body will be. To me, that involves defining diversity in the broadest of ways, which includes sociocultural, geographic, and even political difference.”

  • Mierow biography class, 1948

    Larger than Life

    “A course in biography would be laughed at in most of our departmentalized universities. Yet I think it deserves no laughter.”

  • 2Fik’s various characters

    Character Driven

    “It is not about my ego or my perception of the world. It’s about how the audience connects, understands, and feels the artwork.”

  • Evelyn M. Anderson Hall

    If You Build It, They Will Learn

    “All that glass not only reveals the soul of the building, it also speaks to the soul of the school, where teaching comes first and interactions between students and the faculty are prized.”

  • Fred Hagstrom in the South Pacific

    All Over the Map

    “At Carleton, study abroad is not the cherry on the top. It’s integral to academic learning and personal growth.”

  • Webb and Dick Haymaker

    Each Other’s Arms

    Two families on two continents search for meaning in the wreckage of a heart-wrenching homicide.

  • Darcy Paquet ’95

    Found in Translation

    Film scholar Darcy Paquet ’95 played a central role in Parasite’s award-winning year.

  • Danielle Lewis ’20

    Academia for All

    By encouraging students to pursue PhDs in the humanities and social sciences, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship aims to diversify institutions of higher learning.

  • Black Lives Matter

    Beyond Words

    Members of Carleton’s Black Student Alliance talk with philosophy fellow Eddie O’Byrn about racism and a vision for justice.

  • Illustration by Brett Ryder

    Ecology by Design

    Designers have moved from the studio to the lab to create materials for clothing and construction that take a lighter toll on our planet.

  • Illustration by Brian Stauffer

    The Scholarship of Inevitability

    Carleton’s philosophy class “Death, Dinner, and Discussion” offers students a chance to consider the unthinkable.

  • Outdoor classrooms

    Carleton in a Time of COVID

    From academics to activities, students document life on campus during the pandemic.

  • Illustration by Brett Ryder

    A Perfect Storm

    Over the next year a steering committee will determine what steps the college takes to positively alter the on-campus experience for the BIPOC community.

  • Illustrations by Romy Blumel

    Beyond the Notes

    The field of musicology is changing with the times, and Carleton professors are leading the way.

  • Sara Cluggish

    Interdisciplinary Art

    Sara Cluggish, the Perlman Teaching Museum’s new director, talks about mission, visual learning, and acquiring work for the permanent collection.

  • Steven G. Poskanzer

    The Greatest Privilege

    As he prepares to step down this summer, President Steven Poskanzer reflects on the past 11 years—and reveals a long-standing desire to join Lenny D and play lacrosse.

  • Getting Clear of the Chaos

    Getting Clear of the Chaos

    Many people experience significant mental health challenges in college, Carleton programming is designed to help students avoid unhealthy coping habits and ensure that they feel a sense of connections, belonging, and self-efficacy.

  • David Wright Faladé ’86


    Writing features prominently in nearly every class at Carleton. This special issue featuring poetry and fiction celebrates that tradition and the creativity it continues to inspire.

  • Bird series, Intaglio printing

    The Art of Fiction

    This Fiction and Poetry Issue features visuals from art exhibits Chronologia and Alumni Showcase, which ran from March 1 to April 25 at the Perlman Teaching Museum.

  • Desktops (2016).

    From Our Contributors

    Influences and inspirations from this issue’s contributors.

  • President Alison Byerly

    Community Builder

    As the pandemic plays out and liberal arts colleges look to the future, President Alison Byerly aims to fortify Carleton’s collective sense of purpose.

  • Illustration by Brian Stauffer

    These Memories Can't Wait

    Carls from the early ’70s reckon with the past, and look to assist their alma mater as it works to address issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity.

  • Class of 2021 Commencement

    Life Lessons

    All commencement ceremonies at Carleton are special in their own right, though some — including the celebration of the Class of 2021 — surely stand out more than others.

  • Amna Khalid & Jeff Snyder

    The Provocateurs

    Carleton Professors Amna Khalid and Jeff Snyder are challenging seemingly progressive academic orthodoxies—from the left.

  • President Alison Byerly

    A Triumphant Launch

    During an inspiring inaugural weekend, Carleton's first female president celebrated community and called for transformative change.

  • A tipi erected near the Bald Spot on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

    This Land is Their Land

    Indigenous students — in collaboration with select faculty members, staff representatives, and leaders of the Prairie Island Indian Community — are working to help the college address their collective strengths, traditions, and needs.

  • Dan Lugo ’91, President of Queens University in North Carolina

    All the Presidents’ Perspectives

    Four Carls currently serve at the helm of a liberal arts college or university. Here’s what they had to say about the enduring value of intellectual rigor, the need for fearless dialogue, and the future of academe. 

  • Illustration by Leslie Barlow

    Course Correction

    Department chairs and faculty members are assessing the barriers to full participation in the educational process that students may encounter if they’re people of color, first-generation, gender nonconforming, or otherwise outside long-dominant paradigms in higher education.

  • Carleton students in the snow, 1940s

    Carleton Interrupted

    Over the past two years, students’ lives have been upended by the pandemic. In search of an equally tumultuous time, one senior sought out stories from Carls who attended college during World War II.

  • Skinner Chapel

    A Quiet Place

    Vigils connect the Carleton community to tragedies in the wider world, and acknowledge the stresses that students weather when family and home are so far away.

  • Doreen Garner exhibition

    Corporeal Encounters

    Artist Doreen Lynette Garner's work, showcased by the Perlman Teaching Museum, compels viewers to confront the unthinkable atrocities of medical apartheid.

  • Brian Freeman ’84

    A Bourne Writer

    Thriller writer Bryan Freeman ’84 and his “best” editor, spouse Marcia Freeman ’82, are riding a wave of writing success.

  • Illustration by Jan Robert Duenweller

    Sleight of Mind

    For centuries, charismatic leaders have convinced previously rational people to do terrible things. From Hitler to religious cult leaders, Joel Dimsdale ’68 digs into the phenomenon of brainwashing.

  • Carleton's steam plant, 1910

    Steam Heat

    Carleton’s new geothermal energy system is a multitasking wonder, heating and cooling campus, cutting carbon emissions, and serving as a living laboratory.

  • Students carve lamb as part of an animal sacrifice lesson by assistant professor Jake Morton

    Jake Morton’s Burning Questions

    A Classics professor recreates an animal sacrifice to teach modern-day students about everyday life in ancient Greece.