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Sustaining political engagement a challenge

Carleton students are known to be intelligent and involved; it is commonly believed that these traits should, and do, translate automatically into an immense interest in world affairs and issues that might not directly affect us as Carleton students. We have various student organizations on campus that serve the interest…

Review of graduation requirements opens up to community discussion

This spring the discussion of the new graduation requirements, which will go into effect starting with the class of 2012, has been introduced to Carleton students and faculty. The Education and Curriculum Committee has opened up its three-year discussion of the curriculum review to the larger Carleton community through student…

Holocaust scholar places genocide in global context

Earlier this week, Carleton had the honor of welcoming renowned Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum to campus. The professor, author, and former project director of the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. spoke Monday night about the “Uniqueness and Universality of the Holocaust.” Addressing an audience of fifty, composed of…

Senior Michael Duyzend receives Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Senior Michael Duyzend, Chemistry and Mathematics double major and biochemistry concentrator will soon add the Gates Cambridge Scholarship to his resume. The Gates is a full scholarship opportunity for students from outside the UK to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. It is awarded annually to…

Tibetan monk Za Rinpoche presents “The Backdoor to Enlightenment”

Before Tibetan monk Za Rinpoche commenced his lecture, his co-author Ashley Nebelsieck passed out promotional postcards for their new book that flashed the slogan, “There might not be a shortcut to your dreams, but there is a Backdoor!” This seemingly hackneyed phrase gained meaning as Rinpoche delved into the idea…

Journalist and author calls for reform of Muslim faith

It was a joke, but there is some truth to it. In her convocation last Friday entitled “The Future of Islam: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith,” Irshad Manji made the preposterous claim that she may have more Muslims mad at her than George W. Bush. The reason…

New York Times Shanghai Bureau Chief shares global perspective with Carleton

There was a moment in Tuesday evening’s talk, “Africa-China Relations,” in which Howard French tried to describe his book, “A Continent for the Taking.” The words that came out – memoir, journalism, political science, travelogue – give an idea of the eclecticism of French’s interests and the span of material…