2013-2014 Convocations Schedule

The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of disciplines.  The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.

You are invited to participate in the convocation program in a variety of ways:

  • The best way is to personally attend the weekly convocations and ask a question of the speaker.
  • If you are unable to attend in person, convocations are streamed live and available for on-demand viewing afterward by tuning in here.  (Please note that there may be occasions when the speaker does not allow us to do this.)
  • Recordings of past convocations have been archived here.  Videos of many past convocations are also in the Gould Library collection.
  • Carleton students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit suggestions for future convocation speakers with this online form.


Feb 1

Convocation: Ebony Utley

Communication studies professor examines rap music and religion.

Friday, February 1st, 2013
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
Utley Convocation

Ebony Utley, associate professor of communication studies at California State University Long Beach, is an expert in popular culture, race, and romantic relationships.  Her critically-acclaimed book, Rap and Religion: Understanding The Gangsta’s God, addresses all of the above by closely examining the juxtaposition – and seeming hypocrisy – of references to God within rap music.  Rap music has been condemned for inciting violence, promoting misogyny, perpetuating racial stereotypes, and encouraging religious blasphemy.  Despite these assessments, Utley asserts that religion has always been part of the urban environments that birthed rap music, and she shows exactly how a God-sanctioned gangsta identity can be empowering.  The title of her presentation is "The Rap on Rap and Religion."  This Black History Month Convocation is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural and International Life.

Sponsored by College Relations. Contact: Kerry Raadt, College Relations, x4308