Journalist Adam Minter to deliver convocation at Carleton College

Adam Minter, columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, primarily covers news on emerging markets, technology, and waste. 

Luna Schindler-Payne ’26 18 October 2023 Posted In:
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Adam Minter

Bloomberg Opinion columnist and author Adam Minter will deliver convocation at Carleton College on Friday, October 20 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in Skinner Chapel. His talk is titled, “How We Think About Waste is a Waste.” Minter predominantly writes on technology, emerging markets, and waste, among other topics. 

Over the course of his career, Minter has been a correspondent across the globe. From 2004 to 2014, he was based in Shanghai, where he covered transatlantic recycling. He continued his correspondence on the issue while in Kuala Lumpur from 2014 until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from Bloomberg, Minter’s work has been published in a variety of publications, including ArtNews and The Atlantic

Minter’s first book—Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade, published in 2015—is acclaimed for its thorough insider’s look at the world of globalized recycling. Junkyard Planet has received praise from The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Financial Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Brooklyn Bugle, and Slate. His second book—Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale, published in 2019—takes the reader through the secondhand economy that thrives around the world. Secondhand has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including NPR and The Guardian, and has received praise from a wide array of perspectives, including the Associated Press, Nature, Foreign Policy, Science, Sierra, Recycling International, and Library Journal. 

Carleton convocations are free and open to the public. Find upcoming events and archived recordings (including in podcast form) on the convocations website. For more information, including disability accommodations, call 507-222-5461 or email