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  • Recordings of past convocations have been archived here.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.


Apr 19

Convocation: Sarah Kay

Spoken word poet and founder of Project V.O.I.C.E., a group dedicated to inspiring youth to use spoken word as a tool of self expression.

Friday, April 19th, 2013
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
Kay Convocation

Sarah Kay, known for her spoken word poetry, is the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E., a group dedicated to using spoken word as an inspirational tool.  A graduate of Brown University, Kay began performing poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan’s East Village at the age of 14.  She was the youngest person competing in the National Poetry Slam that year, and the next year made her television debut performing on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.  She has performed at events and venues such as the Lincoln Center, the Tribecca Film Festival, the United Nations, and a widely acclaimed talk and performance at the 2011 TED Conference.  Teaching poetry and self-expression at schools across the United States, Kay founded Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression) to encourage people, particularly teenagers, to use spoken word as an instrument through which they can explore and better understand their culture, their society, and ultimately themselves.  V.O.I.C.E. brings together performance, writing, and a supportive environment to inspire youth to recognize that their views are significant, valid, and necessary.  Kay shows how this ancient art form has been reborn in an era dominated by social media in her presentation titled "The Art of Storytelling in a Digital World."

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