2017-2018 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.

Oct 13

Convocation: Courtney Martin

Author and culture critic Courtney Martin explores how people are redefining the American Dream.

Friday, October 13th, 2017
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
Courtney Martin Convocation

Courtney Martin has two lifelong obsessions: storytelling and solutions. An insightful culture critic, she is a weekly columnist for On Being, a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation, podcast, and Webby Award-winning website.

Co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network and a strategist for the TED Prize, Martin also speaks and moderates panels on generational change, social justice, ethics, feminism, and much more. She has a multi-faceted portfolio career. On a given day, she might be reporting a story for a traditional news outlet or a book project in the morning, advising a non-profit organization on their social media strategy or coaching a professor on writing an op-ed in the afternoon, and giving a keynote speech at a university at night. As she shifts in an out of these different roles, she remains mindful of her own integrity and the ethical expectations of the various fields within which she works. Portfolio careers like this, she believes, will become more and more common, and thus it becomes increasingly important to approach professional ethics in a transparent way.

Martin explores how people are redefining the American dream (more fulfillment, community and fun — less debt, status, and stuff) in her presentation titled “The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream.”

Sponsored by College Communications. Contact: Kerry Raadt, College Communications, x4308