2014-2015 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  • Recordings of past convocations have been archived here.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.


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September 2012

Monday, September 10th

  • Opening Convocation
    • Annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the academic year, with the address given by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

Friday, September 21st

  • Convocation: Patty Webster
    • President of Amazon Promise brings medical aid and health education to the poorest and most remote communities of Peru.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, September 28th

October 2012

Friday, October 5th

Friday, October 12th

  • Convocation: Phil Plait
    • Astronomer, lecturer and author debunks bad science and popular misconceptions.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, October 19th

Friday, October 26th

November 2012

Friday, November 2nd

  • Convocation: Leslie Harper
    • Founder of elementary school Ojibwe language immersion program on the Leech Lake Reservation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2013

Friday, January 4th

Friday, January 11th

  • Convocation: Ronald Henkoff '76
    • Editor at Bloomberg Markets magazine examines how the economy has been affected by scandals within financial institutions.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 18th

  • Convocation: Anita Sarkeesian
    • Media critic explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives, including television, movies, and gaming.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 25th

  • Convocation: Helene York
    • Food activist discusses the complexities and ethical challenges of food service providers to make more sustainable food available.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2013

Friday, February 1st

Friday, February 8th

Friday, February 15th

  • Convocation: Brenda Brenner
    • Music educator has done ground-breaking work with underprivileged and underachieving students in low-income neighborhoods.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 22nd

  • Convocation: Siri Hustvedt
    • Author explains how personal experience and memory become transformed into narrative.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2013

Friday, April 5th

Friday, April 12th

Friday, April 19th

  • 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.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 26th

May 2013

Friday, May 3rd

  • Convocation: Jeff Chang
    • Chinese-American journalist discusses the colorization of America.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 10th

  • Convocation: Bob Beckel and Cal Thomas
    • A liberal Democratic strategist and a conservative columnist seek common ground in the contentious issues that divide our nation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 17th

  • Convocation: Randy Cohen
    • Former ethics columnist for New York Times Magazine skillfully blends moral authority and humor.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 31st

  • Honors Convocation: Kai Knutson '11
    • 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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