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.


March 2012

Friday, March 30th

April 2012

Friday, April 6th

  • Convocation: Barbara Fredrickson '86
    • A leading scholar within social psychology and affective science studies the health effects of cultivating positive emotions.
    • 10:50 am, Concert Hall

Friday, April 13th

  • Convocation: Kwame Anthony Appiah
    • One of America's leading public intellectuals examines what it takes to turn moral understanding into moral behavior.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 20th

  • Convocation: David Welna '80
    • The congressional correspondent for National Public Radio covers a wide range of historic events and national issues.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 27th

  • Convocation: Rinku Sen
    • Indian-American author and community organizer offers strategies for working toward social, racial and gender equality.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

May 2012

Friday, May 4th

  • Convocation: Lila Abu-Lughod '74
    • Distinguished anthropologist considers how, while all eyes were on Cairo, young people in one Egyptian village made their own revolution.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 11th

  • Convocation: Peter Ubel '84
    • Physician and behavioral scientist explores the role of values and preferences in health care decision-making.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 25th

September 2012

Monday, September 10th

  • Opening Convocation
    • Annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the academic year, with the address given by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

Friday, September 21st

  • Convocation: Patty Webster
    • President of Amazon Promise brings medical aid and health education to the poorest and most remote communities of Peru.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, September 28th

October 2012

Friday, October 5th

Friday, October 12th

  • Convocation: Phil Plait
    • Astronomer, lecturer and author debunks bad science and popular misconceptions.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, October 19th

Friday, October 26th

November 2012

Friday, November 2nd

  • Convocation: Leslie Harper
    • Founder of elementary school Ojibwe language immersion program on the Leech Lake Reservation.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2013

Friday, January 4th

Friday, January 11th

  • Convocation: Ronald Henkoff '76
    • Editor at Bloomberg Markets magazine examines how the economy has been affected by scandals within financial institutions.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 18th

  • Convocation: Anita Sarkeesian
    • Media critic explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives, including television, movies, and gaming.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 25th

  • Convocation: Helene York
    • Food activist discusses the complexities and ethical challenges of food service providers to make more sustainable food available.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2013

Friday, February 1st

Friday, February 8th

Friday, February 15th

  • Convocation: Brenda Brenner
    • Music educator has done ground-breaking work with underprivileged and underachieving students in low-income neighborhoods.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 22nd

  • Convocation: Siri Hustvedt
    • Author explains how personal experience and memory become transformed into narrative.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

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