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Carthage Events

From Homecoming every fall, to Commencement Weekend every spring, Carthage’s calendar is always filled with events for our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

View the online Carthage Calendar

Listed below are some of the major events and speaker series. To see all upcoming events — including art gallery exhibits, musical performances, theatre productions, lectures, and much more — visit the main Carthage calendar.

 

Annual Events


Carthage students gather to celebrate Homecoming.

Homecoming 2017!

Sept. 29-OCT. 1, 2017

Alumni, families and friends are invited to Carthage for fun, friends and football. Weekend festivities include a pep rally, homecoming royalty coronation, parade, and football game.
See the Homecoming schedule

 

Fall Family Weekend

OCT. 13-15, 2017

This three-day weekend lets families experience campus life through their students’ eyes. Attend classes, see shows, cheer on the Red Men or Lady Reds, and participate in special events.
See the Family Weekend schedule

 

The Service of Light

Christmas Festival 2017

‘From Heaven Above to Earth You Come’
Dec. 1-3, 2017

Celebrate the joy of the holiday season at the annual Carthage Christmas Festival, three performances of readings and music in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. These annual concerts are the College’s Christmas gift to the community.
Read more about Christmas Festival

 

Arts and Creativity Festival 2018

March 2018

This annual festival celebrates the arts and our arts community with exceptional performances and exhibitions, engaging activities for families and community members, and arts advocacy events that showcase creativity across campus. Enjoy the world premiere of a new Carthage-commissioned play by Regina Taylor, as well as art exhibits, musical performances, and more. 
Read more about the Arts and Creativity Festival

 

Commencement Weekend

May 25-27, 2018

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Commencement Weekend includes the Baccalaureate Worship Service and Commencement Exercises. 

Read about Commencement 2017

 

Fine Arts at Carthage


Carthage theatre student in “No Name.”

Theatre

Nationally recognized for excellence in theatre, the Carthage Theatre Department stages six to eight  productions every year. The College’s New Play Initiative brings playwrights of prominence from around the world to Kenosha County, where they create and premiere new works.
See Carthage’s current theatre season

 

The 2014 Carthage Wind Orchestra

Music

The Music Department offers recitals and concerts nearly every week. Enjoy recitals by Carthage faculty and students, or concerts by such ensembles as the Carthage Choir, the second oldest a cappella touring choir in the United States. The department also features the Chamber Music Series, a concert series that brings some of the world’s finest chamber musicians to Kenosha every year.
See Carthage Music events

 

Students performing in the Spring 2014 dance show.

Dance

Since the establishment of the Carthage Dance Program, students have presented their own fall dance production, known as Away From the Mirror. The show includes works-in-progress by emerging choreographers who share their inspirations and compositional choices with audiences.
Learn more about the Dance Program

 

Arctic Scene by Duffy O'Connor, 2012.

Art

The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage displays work by established and emerging artists. The gallery hosts five exhibitions every year, and opening receptions that offer residents the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. Admission is free. The building is also home to Gallery B, the spacious gallery reserved for student exhibitions and exhibitions curated by art history students. Student exhibitions are held constantly throughout the year, including an annual student show and senior exhibitions. 
Visit the Gallery’s website

 

Speaker Series


Hannibal Lectures

Ongoing

A favorite on campus, the Hannibal Lecture Series features Carthage faculty and scholars from around the country speaking about key texts from the Greek and Roman worlds through the Renaissance and into our modern era. Three to four lectures are held each semester.
Learn more about Hannibal Lectures

Natural Science Colloquium Series

Ongoing

The Natural Sciences Colloquium Series features guest speakers from Carthage and institutions around the world, speaking on a wide variety of topics in the natural sciences. Events are open to the public.
See the Colloquium Series Schedule

Science Success Seminars

Ongoing

The Science Success Seminar Series is designed to help Natural Sciences students find research opportunities, internships, jobs, and graduate school positions. The series features panels and discussions with current students, recent graduates, and faculty. Three seminars are held each semester.
See the Science Success Seminar Series schedule

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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