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.


September 2017

Monday, September 11th

  • Opening Convocation
    • Annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the academic year.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

Friday, September 22nd

Friday, September 29th

  • Convocation: David Fathi
    • Director of the ACLU National Prison Project, David Fathi promotes a fair and effective criminal justice system.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

October 2017

Friday, October 6th

  • Convocation: Diana Yanez
    • Actor and filmmaker Diana Yanez is known for her comedic performances about growing up as the daughter of Cuban immigrants in Miami.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, October 13th

  • Convocation: Courtney Martin
    • Author and culture critic Courtney Martin explores how people are redefining the American Dream.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, October 20th

  • Convocation: Deborah Bial
    • Education strategist Deborah Bial addresses the challenges of college access for underrepresented populations
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, October 27th

  • Convocation: Mary Kay Magistad
    • Journalist and international correspondent Mary Kay Magistad explores the ideas, trends and twists shaping the 21st century.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

November 2017

Friday, November 3rd

  • Convocation: Winona LaDuke
    • Native American environmentalist and rural development economist Winona LaDuke works on sustainable development and food systems.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2018

Friday, January 5th

  • Convocation: Niall McCann
    • Biologist and adventurer Niall McCann works to research and protect endangered species in remote and challenging environments.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 12th

  • Convocation: Bob Harris
    • Comedian, TV writer, and travel writer Bob Harris tells how he became a micro financier.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 19th

  • Convocation: Yuval Levin
    • Leading conservative intellectual Yuval Levin discusses how the "politics of nostalgia" has fractured the republic.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 26th

  • Convocation: Daniel Wilson
    • Roboticist Daniel Wilson, author of "How to Survive a Robot Uprising," examines science fiction and real-world advancements.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2018

Friday, February 2nd

  • Convocation: Nyle Fort
    • Minister and organizer Nyle Fort is an activist committed to global transformative justice.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 9th

  • Convocation: Arno Michaelis
    • Arno Michaelis leads Serve2Unite, created to stand against violence and hate, after turning away from the racist hate group he formerly led.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 16th

  • Convocation: Daryl Davis
    • Grammy Award winning R&B pianist Daryl Davis relates his story of a Black man’s odyssey into the Ku Klux Klan.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, February 23rd

  • Convocation: Christine Papai ’04
    • Christine Papai works with a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

March 2018

Friday, March 30th

April 2018

Friday, April 6th

  • Convocation: Matteson Ellis
    • International lawyer Matteson Ellis discusses the power of international anti-corruption law.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 13th

  • Convocation: Amy-Jill Levine
    • Jewish feminist in a Protestant seminary, Amy-Jill Levine seeks to correct stereotyped misperceptions in religious and cultural issues.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 20th

  • Convocation: James Kakalios
    • University of Minnesota professor James Kakalios explains the physics of comic book superheroes.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 27th

  • Convocation: Robert Sapolsky
    • World renowned neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky explores the causes of stress and its effects on our bodies.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

May 2018

Friday, May 4th

  • Convocation: Richard Lee
    • Psychology professor Richard Lee examines how ethnic and racial minorities experience, negotiate, and resist everyday encounters.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 11th

  • Convocation: Joel Dimsdale ’68
    • University of California psychiatrist probes the psychological nature of Nazi war criminals in a quest to make sense of evil.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, May 25th

  • Honors Convocation
    • Honors Convocation is held each year on the last Friday of spring term.
    • 3:00 pm, Skinner Chapel

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