Past columns from President Byerly originally included in Carleton Today, Carleton’s weekly internal newsletter.

Community Responses to War in Gaza

As we approach the end of the term, I know many on campus are balancing the need to focus on their academic work with deep sadness and anger about the…

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Board of Trustees Approves Budget for Next Academic Year

Last week, we hosted members of the Board of Trustees for their February meeting. While on campus, many of them also took advantage of the opportunity to sit in on…

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Behind the Indigenous Engagement Grant from Mellon

Back in the spring of 2021, when I was preparing to assume the role of president of Carleton, I recall being amazed to learn that over 100 faculty and staff…

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Role of the College President

The role of the college president has been much in the news over the past few weeks, with commentators noting its uniqueness as a leadership position that is responsible to…

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Opportunities for Dialogue

Welcome back! I hope that you had a good holiday break, and enjoyed spending time with family or friends.  As we launch into winter term, we are all continuing to…

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End of Year Festivities

The holiday season is a great time for community-building. Staff and faculty on campus can sample home-baked treats and do some holiday shopping at the Craft Fair and Custodial Bake…

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Looking Ahead to Break

Congratulations on getting to Tenth Week! I hope that as you make your way through the forest of tasks in front of you, you can see the serene prospect of…

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Free Speech and Thoughtful Dialogue

In my remarks at Opening Convocation in September, I spoke about the importance of academic freedom at Carleton. The ability of all faculty, staff, and students to share differing views…

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Updates to Strategic Direction

I hope that many of you enjoyed Family Weekend and Midterm Break. The halfway point of fall term also marks an important concluding step in the college’s strategic planning process.…

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Responding to Events in Israel and Gaza

In the midst of the busyness of our own work and lives here in Northfield, few of us remain untouched by the horrific attack that has led to the death…

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Homecoming this Weekend

With Homecoming weekend coming up, I have enjoyed learning more about various Carleton traditions around homecoming that have come and gone over the years. Looking at photos from the college…

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Reflections on College Rankings

At Carleton, we tend not to pay much attention to college rankings. Of course, plenty of other people do! As we move towards completion of our strategic planning process, it’s…

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Collecting Feedback on the Draft Strategic Plan

As busy as we all are during the first few weeks of the term, I am very grateful to those of you who have managed to find time to share…

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The Lifelong Journey of the Liberal Arts

Tuesday was a busy day on campus, as families arrived, the Class of 2027 moved in, and New Student Week activities got underway. Meanwhile, the faculty paused in the midst…

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