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.


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 bridges the gap between science and policy.
    • 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 is editor of National Affairs, a journal of essays on domestic policy and politics.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, January 26th

  • Convocation: Daniel Wilson
    • Roboticist and author of "How to Survive a Robot Uprising," Daniel Wilson offers insights into artificial intelligence and cyber security.
    • 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
    • Former leader of a racist skinhead organization, Arno Michaelis shares his experience and speaks out against hate and violence.
    • 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

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