Published Date: 1/26/2023

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Founders' Day information
Taylor Brorby, Carroll’s 2023 Founders’ Day Convocation keynote speaker

The University welcomes author, poet and environmentalist Taylor Brorby as keynote speaker on Feb. 1 

Waukesha, Wis. (Jan. 25, 2022) – Carroll University will celebrate its Founders’ Day Convocation with a special ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m. in Shattuck Auditorium. The entire Carroll community is invited to gather in fellowship as we commemorate the day that Carroll was officially chartered to become Wisconsin’s first institution of higher learning on Jan. 31, 1846.  

Carroll will welcome author, poet and environmentalist Taylor Brorby, to be the keynote speaker for the celebration. Brorby's presentation is titled, "The Extractive Story: Queerness, Climate Change, and Getting a College Education." 

“Founders' Day Convocation is not only our annual tradition to honor the University's rich heritage, but also to look forward, evoking the vision and pioneering spirit of our founders,” said President Cindy Gnadinger. “We invite the entire Carroll community to come celebrate this momentous occasion with us.” 

Carroll was first chartered by the Territorial Legislature in 1846, advancing the work of Prairieville Academy, founded in 1841. Carroll’s affiliation with the Presbyterian Church followed in 1850. The institution began with an enrollment of five students and two faculty – and has grown to become a community of more than 23,000 alumni living around the world. 

“I’m honored to be part of Carroll’s historic celebration,” said Brorby.  

Brorby is the author of “Boys and Oil: Growing up gay in a fractured land,” “Crude: Poems,” “Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience,” and co-editor of “Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America.” His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Book Critics Circle, the MacDowell Colony, the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Mesa Refuge, Blue Mountain Center, and the North Dakota Humanities Council.  

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