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.
Sept. 28-30, 2018
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
AUTUMN: Oct. 12-14 , 2018
Spring: April 26-28, 2019
Family 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
Christmas Festival 2018
‘There shall be peace’
NOV. 30-Dec. 2, 2018
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. The concerts are free, but tickets are required. Reserve yours starting Oct. 1.
Read more about Christmas Festival
Arts and Creativity Festival
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
May 24-26, 2019
Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Commencement Weekend includes the Baccalaureate Worship Service and Commencement Exercises. Information about Commencement 2019 will be posted in January.
Read about Commencement 2018
Fine Arts at Carthage
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 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
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
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
Visiting Writers Series
Carthage hosts acclaimed writers from across the country in its Visiting Writers Series. Curated by Writer in Residence Richard Meier, in recent semesters the series has welcomed more than a dozen great fiction writers and poets, including Anne Waldman, Danielle Evans, David Trinidad, Kate Greenstreet, Duriel Harris, Danielle Evans, Padma Viswanathan, Geoffrey Brock, Lisa Fishman, Julie Carr, Jared Stanley and Catherine Theis.
Read more about the 2018-2019 Visiting Writers Series
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.
Natural Science Colloquium Series
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