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 27

Convocation: Mary Kay Magistad

Journalist and international correspondent Mary Kay Magistad explores the ideas, trends and twists shaping the 21st century.

Friday, October 27th, 2017
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel

Mary Kay Magistad is the former China correspondent for the Public Radio International/BBC radio program The World. For two decades she lived and traveled widely throughout China and the region, reporting on the impact of China’s rapid transformation on ordinary Chinese lives and exploring the bigger geopolitical, economic and environmental implications of China’s rise.

Previously Magistad was based in Bangkok as a regular contributor to National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and other news media. She covered the Cambodian civil war and the UN peace process, the Burmese army’s crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators and the United States' wary rapprochement in the early 1990s with Vietnam. She also reported farther afield, covering the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, tensions with Iraq in Kuwait, and other stories.

Whose Century Is It?, her biweekly podcast heard on NPR, explores the ideas, trends and twists shaping the 21st century. Is this century China’s, or once again America's, or someone else's entirely? It's too early to say; but Magistad offers perspectives from around the world that provide informative and often surprising ways to think about the question.

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