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Monday, May 6, 2024


Humanities Center 2024-25 Faculty Research Seminar: Rethinking the Common Ground

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce the faculty fellows for the academic year 2024-25. The topic for next year’s Humanities Center Research Seminar is Rethinking the Common Ground.

Seminar Directors

Chielo Eze, professor and director of Africana Studies, will revise, and possibly reconceptualize his book project, Friendship as Politics: Nelson Mandela, Political Philosophy, and African Multiethnic Democracy. As a philosopher and cultural studies scholar, he seeks to explore the many ways in which the notion of friendship can become a kinetic force in inter-ethnic, inter-religious understanding in a multiracial society. He argues that this is possible because Nelson Mandela has successfully put it into practice.

The Greek word for friendship, philia, refers to relationships among fellow citizens in addition to the close personal relationships we recognize as friendships. In her project, Allison Murphy, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, takes up the question of how we might think about friendship as a political category, drawing especially on Aristotle’s view that friendship involves a triadic structure linking individuals together in the shared pursuit of some good.

Faculty Fellows

In recent years, Palmar Álvarez-Blanco, Professor of Spanish, has delved into the study of the Commons from multiple perspectives: cultural, anthropological, historical, sociological, political, and economic. The overarching objective of the Commons as a global movement is to foster a transition toward a just and equitable society for the majority while ensuring the sustainability of life on our planet. This goal aspires to coordinate the efforts and strategies of many of the social collectives that Palmar has been researching. Her involvement in this seminar will contribute to crafting a chapter book elucidating the Commons’ understanding of the word “culture” and its manifestation

For his project, Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Professor of Religion, aims to explore religious differences from a grassroots perspective. Leveraging Minnesota’s distinctive context—a predominantly white and Christian state with an active black Muslim minority—he intends to facilitate dialogues at Carleton among local political activists from diverse religious and racial backgrounds. These conversations will delve into the evolving landscape of American politics, considering the growing influence of non-Christian voices. By analyzing these interactions alongside colleagues in the seminar, GhaneaBassiri seeks to explore how religious diversity can be a valuable social asset rather than a mere political challenge.

Amna Khalid, Associate Professor of History, will use the faculty research seminar to further her scholarly work and reflect on teaching about conflict. She will complete a chapter on India’s Partition for her co-authored book in progress Perils of Purity: From Past Plagues to Today’s Cancel Culture. This chapter will focus on how discourses of purity were mobilized to exclude, brutalize and indeed exterminate the Other in what has been referred to as “a time of madness.” She is also offering a new course on Partition in fall 2024. In addition to the book chapter she will use her experience of teaching this course to write about pedagogical strategies for addressing “wicked problems.”

Yaron Klein, Associate Professor of Arabic, will conduct research tentatively titled, “Can We Still Discuss Controversial Topics in the Classroom? The case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” The events of October 7th and the war on Gaza created unprecedented levels of tensions and contentions on American campuses. Not only the boundaries of academic discourse were challenged, but also the very possibility of having meaningful discussions that go beyond binaries. Academia strives to provide a space for learning, rethinking, and challenging of ideas, yet, we are failing to create such a space in the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Can we find ways to discuss divisive topics, in which participants are open to hearing different positions, understanding multiplicity of narratives, in a way that will allow seeing complexities, as well as the humanity in the other? Reflecting on the mix of activism and research: is there a way of combining the two without resulting in reductionist and simplistic discussions? In this project Professor Klein wishes to examine these questions through a self-reflection study of a class he will teach on “the conflict”. He will reflect on class dynamics, identifying approaches and techniques that will prove themselves successful and those that won’t. He hopes to learn from His own experience and his students’ about the ways of creating a safe space for learning and growth.

Lori Pearson, Professor of Religion, will write an article on the theological and ontological frameworks that shaped Martin Luther King, Jr.’s concepts of love, reconciliation, and hope as transformative forces in human history and community. She will explore these themes as part of a larger project on debates about forgiveness, compromise, and justice in 20th-century American theology, with an eye to their continuing relevance for current efforts to address divisions in society while mobilizing communities to work together toward a shared and more just future.


Advising Days are Here!

The official advising period runs from May 6 through May 17. This term marks the first term we are using Workday as our system of record for advising. Many of you were able to attend one of the two advising sessions we ran to introduce you to new advising tools in Workday. If you were unable to attend or would like to review the recording of the Zoom session, you can access it here

For additional support, visit the SEAMS website for training guides.

Registration for Fall Term 2024 (Now During the Day!)

Priority Registration will open for class years 2025-2027 during the below dates. Registration changes can be made until Sunday, September 22 at 11:59 pm (the end of Drop/Add period). Each registration date has an early, midday, and afternoon time slot.

  • Class of 2025: Thursday, May 16
  • Class of 2026: Tuesday, May 21
  • Class of 2027: Thursday, May 23

More information on priority registration can be found on the Registrar’s website.

Preparing for Advising in Workday

The Registrar’s Office will have multiple options for support for students and advisers during registration for fall term. Please stop by the Registrar’s office during their registration office hours:

  • April 15 through May 24
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM and 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Drop into the Workday Zoom Hotline:

  • May 6 through May 24
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

New Fall Term Courses

One of the Workday reports designed to help advisers encourage their advisees to explore the curriculum is the Newly Added Courses report. You can access this report via your “My Advisees” dashboard under the tab “Additional Reports,” or by typing “Newly Added Courses” in the universal search bar in Workday. 

Writing Portfolios Due Friday, May 10 at 4pm

If you have any sophomore advisees still working on their portfolio, please refer them to the Writing Center for help. They are able to help them select which papers to include, revise papers for submission, and craft the reflective essay. If you want to share a quick overview of the requirements to share with your advisees, refer them to this video: View a video that will take you through the basic requirements. If your advisees have specific questions, have them contact George Cusack.

Departmental Advising Plans

As departments meet during the spring term to plan for next year, the distribution of advising should be a primary consideration. We will reach out to department chairs and program directors and ask them to submit advising plans that indicate the names of colleagues who will have capacity to take on liberal arts advisees and the numbers (or the range) of slots that they anticipate. This information will allow us to see how much capacity each department has for liberal arts advising.  Please note that this is not a binding number, but a useful guide. We will then reach out to departments and individual faculty to discuss their advising loads. Our office will begin to assign advisers to the Class of 2028 in mid-August after they select their A&I seminars.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Friday, May 10: Ten Week Course Late Drop Deadline and S/CR/NC Deadline 5:00pm
  • Mon. May 06 – Fri. May 17: Advising Days
  • Thursday, May 16: Priority Registration for Fall Term Begins
  • Friday, May 17: Second Five Week Course Late Drop Deadline and S/CR/NC Deadline 5:00pm
  • Thursday, May 23: Priority Registration for Fall Term Ends
  • Wednesday, May 29: Last Day of Classes
  • Thurs. May 30 – Fri. May 31: Reading Days
  • Sat. June 01 – Mon. June 03: Exams
  • Wednesday, June 05: Senior Grades Due 8:30am
  • Saturday, June 08: Commencement
  • Wednesday, June 12: Grades Due 8:30am

Advising Quick Links

Grants and Fellowships

Grant Opportunities in the Arts – MSAB Cultural Expression

This pilot program supports activities that share, explore, pass on, express, or celebrate culture through the arts. Culture may be defined by a common ethnicity, tribal affiliation, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language, or recreation. Traditional and contemporary forms of cultural expression may be funded in this program. Funds could be used to support practicing a cultural art form; presenting cultural festivals, community celebrations, performances, media or exhibitions; offering demonstrations, etc. Funds could also be used to deepen or pass on cultural traditions through apprenticeships or documentation. Deadline: July 12

Reach out to the Grants Office for more information or if you are interested in applying: cwhited@carleton.edu.

Grant Opportunities in the Arts – Arts Midwest

Our regional arts council, Arts Midwest, supports a range of activities in the arts in our region. Their programs aim to support participation in the arts, arts events in community, traveling tours, and connecting young people with Shakespeare, among others. Programs have various deadlines throughout the year. Check out their website and reach out to the Grants Office for more information: cwhited@carleton.edu.


Campus Day: ADE-ALDE Summer Seminar

Join the ADE-ALD Summer Seminar for Campus Day in Northfield on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Under the topic “Humanities Leadership for Transformative Change: From Advocacy to Action,” English and World Languages faculty will get together to build their networks, explore leadership opportunities, and participate in cutting-edge conversations about curriculum and pedagogy, working conditions, academic freedom, and more.

As co-hosts of the seminar, Carleton College, St. Olaf, and Macalester College make it possible for faculty at their institutions to register for Campus Day in Northfield at a special day rate, and, if you are interested in the whole seminar taking place in Minneapolis, you can register for a 20% discount for the full seminar fee. More information can be found on the seminar’s website, including the program. Carleton faculty Amna Khalid, Seth Peabody, Juliane Schicker, and George Shuffelton will be presenting during Campus Day!

If you have questions, please reach out to your Carleton host representative Juliane Schicker (jschicker@carleton.edu) or to MLA staff member Lydia Tang (ltang@mla.org), who is a former Carleton faculty member.