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Lucy Stevens continues to accumulate accolades as the junior middle hitter establishes herself as one of the most-decorated players in Carleton College volleyball history. For the second consecutive season, Stevens picked up both All-Region First-Team status and All-America Honorable Mention recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Ryan Casperson smashed his previous career bests with a 17-point, 17-rebound performance to lead the Carleton College men’s basketball team to a season-opening 84-64 triumph over Bethany Lutheran College.
Sarah Waldfogel notched her first career double-double as the Carleton College women’s basketball team put a scare into No. 12-ranked UW-River Falls before absorbing a 71-58 setback. Waldfogel finished the contest with 13 points, a career-best 10 rebounds, three blocks, and three assists.
St. Olaf College Associate Professor of Religion David Booth will deliver the fall Mellby Lecture, titled On the Public Usefulness of Theology: Making Sense of North Carolina’s “Bathroom Wars.”
The lecture will be held November 17 at 7 p.m. in Viking Theater. It will be streamed and archived online.
Booth will cover two main topics in the lecture. The first will analyze theology as a way of reasoning about religion that is valuable for particular religious communities, as well as for the general public. “Theology allows us to understand the underlying circumstances of our lives, and to envision a future where everyone has a chance at the blessing of life,” Booth argues.
The second topic focuses on demonstrating the efficacy of theology in public life through the ongoing controversy of bathroom access for transgender people. Booth plans to provide a political and theological analysis on the North Carolina state legislature’s decision to pass House Bill 2 in March 2016. The bill essentially requires people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate, thus stigmatizing and marginalizing trans-people as a result.
“I will argue that a richer and more satisfying religious worldview would welcome and celebrate trans-people as the promise of a more jubilant, flourishing humanity,” Booth says.
Booth has been teaching in the fields of theology, feminist theory, and religion and culture. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Chicago before joining the St. Olaf faculty in 1985. His scholarship explores historical and contemporary instances when religious communities have stigmatized marginal subgroups. In recent teaching, Booth has been addressing intersections of theology and environmental studies.
The annual Mellby Lectures are named in remembrance of St. Olaf faculty member Carl A. Mellby and were established in 1983 to give professors the opportunity to share their research with the public. Mellby, known as “the father of social sciences” at St. Olaf, started the first courses in economics, sociology, political science, and art history at the college. He was professor and administrator from 1901 to 1949, taught Greek, German, French, religion, and philosophy, and is credited with creating the college’s honor system.
Carleton College will observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a vigil and service on Sunday, April 19 in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Author Peter Grose will be the featured speaker and Carleton associate chaplain Rabbi Shosh Dworsky will lead the service, which begins at 5 p.m. A vigil/name reading of Holocaust victims will precede the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. For a detailed schedule of the event, visit go.carleton.edu/calendar. This event is free and open to the public.
Founder of ‘TheMuslimGuy.Com,’ Arsalan Iftikhar will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 17 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An international human rights lawyer, global media commentator, and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era, Iftikhar has been called Islam’s “It” guy by many in the global media and is a much sought-after interview or commentator for those seeking the American-Muslim perspective. NPR host Michel Martin calls Iftikhar “…the voice of a new era: hip, funny, smart and globally aware” and New York best-selling author Deepak Chopra wrote, “The world needs more Muslim Ghandi’s like Arsalan Iftikhar.”
Becky Morrison, a proponent of collecting and refurbishing electronic waste and converting it into usable instruments around the globe, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 10th from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “ Revolutionary Ideas: How to Achieve the Impossible,” Morrison’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.
World renowned classical and jazz pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform in concert on Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. A Van Cliburn gold medalist, Nakamatsu is considered to be one of the most sough-after pianists of his generation. Bernard Holland of the New York Times wrote, "This young American pianist has stunning technical control and can do anything at the piano he wants." Nakamatsu’s not-to-be-missed performance will feature selections by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin—and is free and open to the public.
Spring term exhibit opens Friday, April 3 and on display through May 3 in Weitz Center for Creativity.
Thursday, April 2, from 5 to 6 p.m., University of Amsterdam history professor Dienke Hondius will present “Mapping Urban European Histories of Slavery” at Carleton College in Leighton Hall Room 304.
Friday, April 3, Carleton's convocation series returns with a special presentation by Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell. From 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, Barnwell will present “Building Vocal Communities,” a lecture that traces the evolution of African American communal vocal music from Africa through Spirituals and work songs to the music of the Civil Rights Movement. And later that evening at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Dr. Barnwell will conduct a Community Sing, bringing together voices of all ages from across the campus and greater communities. Both events are free and open the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Dr. Carolyn H. Livingston, currently senior associate vice president for campus life and Title IX coordinator for students at Emory University (Ga.), has been named Carleton College’s new vice president for student life and dean of students. Livingston replaces Hudlin Wagner, who announced her retirement in September, effective at the end of the current academic year. Livingston will assume her new post June 22, 2015.