Last month I participated in an academic conference at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. The conference was in one of the buildings at the edge of campus, so I hadn't seen much of the campus as of Saturday evening. I knew I had a little free time Sunday morning, so I asked my colleague, who had walked around the campus that Saturday afternoon, if I should plan on going running in the morning or taking some photos. She wisely advised me to skip the exercise and bring my camera.
The trees in this part of Minnesota had just started turning, and the air Sunday morning was cool and crisp. I had a great time wandering the beautiful Carleton campus, which includes Lake Lyman seen here. Given what I saw of the campus and of the smart and dedicated faculty, I have no qualms about trying to send my kids to Carleton one day!
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Mushu the Terrifying
The visual learning conference I attended last month was held in the Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College. Home to the departments of theater and dance and of cinema and media studies, the Weitz Center is an open, airy space filled with light and art. There's a dance studio, a cinema, a theater, a drawing studio, a museum, and several classrooms and exhibit spaces. The facility, a renovated middle school, is a bit of a maze, and with all the art on display, you never know what you'll see when you round a corner.
This little dragon sits outside of the IdeaLab, which provides technology services for the center. The placard reads "Mushu, the most terrifying dragon ever. By Kelson Bain, '13."