2019-2020 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 2020

Friday, January 10th

Friday, January 17th

  • Convocation: Tim Leunig
    • Renowned economist Tim Leunig emphasizes the importance of cultivating creativity in our educational system.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 24th

  • Convocation: Felicia Knaul
    • International health economist Felicia Knaul advocates for better palliative care in developing countries.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 31st

  • Convocation: Peggy Shepard
    • Environmental health activist Peggy Shepard promotes the entitlement of clean air, water and soil for urban communities.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2020

Friday, February 7th

Friday, February 14th

  • Convocation: Lissa Jones
    • Radio and podcast host Lissa Jones comments on the intersection of black history and present-day thought.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 21st

  • Convocation: Corey Robin
    • Political theorist Corey Robin shares insights on the conservative tradition of political thought in the United States
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 28th

  • Convocation: Don Zolidis '97
    • Playwright Don Zolidis discusses the power of art and the radical nature of irreverence to change the world.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

April 2020

Friday, April 3rd

Friday, April 10th

  • Convocation: Maya Dusenbery ’08
    • Journalist Maya Dusenbery examines a medical system rife with inequities in its diagnosis and treatment of men vs. women
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 17th

  • Convocation: Scott Freeman '78
    • Environmental educator Scott Freeman '78 relates how to engage with the land rather than exploiting it.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 24th

May 2020

Friday, May 1st

Friday, May 8th

  • Convocation: Clive Thompson
    • Journalist, author, and tech expert Clive Thompson discusses how technology is changing our minds forever.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 15th

  • Convocation: Rachel Sumekh
    • Social entrepreneur Rachel Sumekh offers innovative solutions to address food insecurity and low-income stigma among college students.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 29th

  • Honors Convocation
    • Annual all-college assembly celebrating the awards and academic accomplishments of Carleton students.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

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