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.


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

  • Convocation: Evan Lutz
    • Social entrepreneur Evan Lutz works to end food waste and hunger in America.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 22nd

  • Convocation: Neil Thompson
    • Innovation scholar Neil Thompson demonstrates how science is shaped by Wikipedia.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

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

  • Convocation: Anne Helen Petersen
    • Internet-famous Anne Helen Petersen examines the gossip industry and the way we talk about celebrities.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

May 2019

Friday, May 3rd

Friday, May 10th

  • Convocation: Andra Gillespie
    • Emory University political scientist examines the impact of black political leadership in the post-civil rights generation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 17th

  • Convocation: LaDonna Redmond
    • Food activist LaDonna Redmond offers community-based solutions to confront underlying themes of social justice within the food movement.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 31st

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

September 2019

Monday, September 16th

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

Friday, September 27th

  • Argument and Inquiry Convocation
    • Annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar Convocation designed to stimulate reflection on a liberal arts approach to learning.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2019

Friday, October 4th

  • Convocation: Laura Silber '82
    • Communications officer for the Open Society Foundations, Laura Silber '82 plays a leading role in advocacy for human rights.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, October 11th

  • Convocation: Rochelle Gutiérrez
    • Mathematics educator Dr. Rochelle Gutiérrez examines how race, class, and language affect teaching and learning.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, October 18th

  • Convocation: Gaelynn Lea
    • Disability rights advocate Gaelynn Lea describes how she learned to forge identity in a world that leaves you out.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

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