2014-2015 Weekly Convocations

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.

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October 2014

Friday, October 24th

  • Convocation: Charles Kernaghan
    • Charles Kernaghan is a leader in the promotion and defense of internationally recognized worker rights in the global economy.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, October 31st

  • Convocation: Elizabeth Liang
    • Actress Elizabeth Liang explores her multicultural background in addressing, Who are you when you’re from everywhere and nowhere?
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

November 2014

Friday, November 7th

  • Convocation: Waneek Horn-Miller
    • Aboriginal advocate and Canadian Olympic athlete Waneek Horn-Miller works to mend relationship between Native and non-Native communities.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2015

Friday, January 9th

  • Convocation: Michael Shermer
    • Science historian and psychologist Michael Shermer examines why people believe weird things.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 16th

  • Convocation: Dawn Porter
    • Attorney and filmmaker Dawn Porter exposes the deficiencies of the United States criminal justice system.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 23rd

  • Convocation: Lindsey Thomas
    • Medical examiner Lindsey Thomas describes the role of forensic pathology at the intersection of science, technology and the judicial system.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 30th

  • Convocation: Adam Falkner
    • Founder of the Dialogue Arts Project, Adam Falkner uses creative writing and art to generate dialogue about social identity and difference.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2015

Friday, February 6th

  • Convocation: Javon Johnson
    • Spoken word poet Javon Johnson merges race and gender theory with comedy and lyricism to enlighten.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 13th

  • Convocation: Sam Polk
    • Founder of Groceryships, Sam Polk aims to empower families to live healthfully.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 20th

  • Convocation: Saru Jayaraman
    • Founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers, Saru Jayaraman seeks to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant workers.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 27th

  • Convocation: Kelsey Timmerman
    • Investigative journalist Kelsey Timmerman has trekked the planet to put a human face on the global economy.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2015

Friday, April 3rd

  • Convocation: Ysaye Barnwell
    • Musician, actress, and educator Ysaye Barnwell is a former member of the acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 10th

  • Convocation: Becky Morison
    • Founder of Globetops, Becky Morison collects and refurbishes electronic waste, converting it into a usable instrument of world change.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 17th

  • Convocation: Arsalan Iftikhar
    • International human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar is a global media commentator frequently sought for his American-Muslim perspective.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 24th

  • Convocation: Daniel Kurtzer
    • Foreign service veteran Daniel Kurtzer examines U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

May 2015

Friday, May 1st

  • Convocation: Denise Dunning
    • Founder of Let Girls Lead, Denise Dunning seeks to ensure that girls can attend school, stay healthy, and learn skills to escape poverty.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 8th

Friday, May 15th

  • Convocation: Chude Allen ’65
    • A Freedom Summer participant, Chude Allen relates the experience of African-American voter registration in Mississippi in 1964.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 22nd

  • Convocation
    • Asian American Heritage Convocation with a speaker to be selected by the Office of Intercultural and International Life.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 29th

  • Honors Convocation
    • Annual ceremony that draws the campus community together to celebrate the awards and academic accomplishments of our students.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

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