Dekker Fund

The Dekker Fund

We are excited to announce the receipt of the largest gift in the Elder Collegium’s 22-year history. Quite unexpectedly, we recently received a message from Philip and Jennifer Ebeling announcing their intent to donate stock valued at approximately $20,000, on behalf of Jennifer’s parents Bill and Maribeth Dekker. The Dekkers, commuting from their home in Savage, have taken a remarkable 17 of our classes in the past 3 years, and Phil writes about “how much they enjoy being part of the CVEC community.” At its meeting on January 16, the Elder Collegium Board expressed their thanks by using this gift to create a “Dekker Fund for Technology Related Classroom and Teaching Needs,” that will help us deal better with this expensive aspect of our operations. Our thanks go out to the Ebelings and Dekkers for this generous vote of confidence in the Elder Collegium.

Annual Membership Meeting 2018

Summer Film Festival, 2018

The 6th Annual Northfield Summer Film Festival

This year’s theme: Film Noir

Following a one-year construction hiatus, the annual Elder Collegium/Carleton College Summer Film Festival is returning to Northfield. The theme for 2018 is Film Noir (explained here), with an international approach. All films are free and open to the public, on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 at Carleton’s Weitz Center (Union and 3rd Streets), beginning on July 10. Here’s the schedule:

             July 10                       July 17                      July 24                         July 31

American, 1944

British, 1949

American, 1950

French, 1967








Seminar class: In connection with the above films, the Elder Collegium is again offering a course of seminars, each given at 9:30 – 11:30 the following morning and led by the presenter of the week’s film.

Comments from past seminar students:

• As always, the discussions after the films are the most interesting. I am always surprised at the many opinions that people have concerning any scene in a film.

• I thoroughly enjoyed the classroom presentations where I learned so much more about each film, its director, and interesting details about film making. I am finding that I watch films now with a greater appreciation as I notice things I hadn’t paid much attention to before.

Annual Meeting 2018

Annual Membership Meeting Moved to Fall

For years, the annual meeting was held in the spring…a good time to celebrate the academic year being completed, but often a time with lots of competition from other events (and often fine weather). This year we’ve decided to try a fall date – October 21 – in hopes of a better fit for our members. You’ll be hearing more about details as the time draws nearer, but save the date on your calendar now!

In Memoriam: Myron Solid

In Memoriam: Myron Solid

We note with sorrow the passing of a long-time friend of the Elder Collegium. Myron Solid inaugurated the formal staff position of Curriculum Director in 2007 and served with distinction until 2010. His obituary can be found here.