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  • Recordings of past convocations have been archived here.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 8

Convocation: David Gergen

Trusted advisor to four presidents and to both political parties

Friday, February 8th, 2013
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
David Gergen

A true public servant, David Gergen put his country above his personal politics, serving as an advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and then Clinton. Today he helps audiences break through ideological barriers to recognize simple and lasting political truths. Gergen's unique vantage point—serving as an Oval Office insider to presidents from different political parties—provides him with insights that few others can match. For more than 30 years, Gergen has been an active participant in American political life. He currently serves as editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report, as director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a regular television commentator for CNN. Author of Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton and an upcoming book on presidential transitions, he offers an inside glimpse into the corridors of power and the leadership challenges presidents face, bringing clarity to the most complex international and domestic issues.

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