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.  More information about the Convocations Program at Carleton can be found here.


May 2012

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

April 2013

Friday, April 5th

Friday, April 12th

Friday, April 19th

  • Convocation: Sarah Kay
    • Spoken word poet and founder of Project V.O.I.C.E., a group dedicated to inspiring youth to use spoken word as a tool of self expression.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 26th

May 2013

Friday, May 3rd

  • Convocation: Jeff Chang
    • Chinese-American journalist discusses the colorization of America.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

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