2018-2019 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 fields.  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.


September 2018

Monday, September 10th

  • Opening Convocation
    • Annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the academic year.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

Friday, September 21st

  • Convocation: Fred Hagstrom
    • Professor Fred Hagstrom presents the annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar Convocation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, September 28th

October 2018

Friday, October 5th

  • Convocation: Julio Salgado
    • Activist Julio Salgado shows how art can be used to educate about the unique challenges of being undocumented and gay.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, October 12th

  • Convocation: Jay Smooth
    • Cultural commentator Jay Smooth, host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, addresses how we talk about race and politics.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, October 19th

  • Convocation: Sayu Bhojwani
    • Immigration scholar Sayu Bhojwani discusses how inclusion and participation make democracy stronger.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, October 26th

  • Convocation: Mae Jemison
    • Astronaut Mae Jemison discusses the importance of women and minorities in science and technology.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

November 2018

Friday, November 2nd

  • Convocation: Jim Bear Jacobs
    • Native American pastor Jim Bear Jacobs promotes racial and cultural reconciliation through the healing power of stories.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2019

Friday, January 11th

  • Convocation: Sigal Ben-Porath
    • University of Pennsylvania professor Sigal Ben-Porath offers a useful framework for thinking about free-speech controversies.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 18th

  • Convocation: Shaun Casey
    • Former head of the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, Shaun Casey examines ethics and international diplomacy.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 25th

  • Convocation: David Titley
    • Scientist and retired Navy officer David Titley asks how the U.S. military might play a role in combating climate change.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2019

Friday, February 1st

Friday, February 8th

  • Convocation: Sally Kohn
    • Political pundit Sally Kohn searches for common ground among political foes by focusing on the compassion and humanity in everyone.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 15th

Friday, February 22nd

March 2019

Friday, March 1st

  • Convocation: Michael Twitty
    • Culinary historian Michael Twitty reflects on how food is woven into cultural histories and identities.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2019

Friday, April 5th

  • Convocation: Karin Agness
    • Founder and President of the Network of Enlightened Women, Karin Agness affirms that one can be pro-woman and conservative.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 12th

Friday, April 19th

  • Convocation: Robb Willer
    • Social psychologist Robb Willer shares compelling insights on how to bridge the ideological divide.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 26th

May 2019

Friday, May 3rd

Friday, May 10th

Friday, May 17th

Friday, May 31st

  • Honors Convocation
    • Honors Convocation is held each year on the last Friday of spring term.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

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