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.

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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 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
    • 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

March 2018

Friday, March 30th

April 2018

Friday, April 6th

  • Convocation: Mattheson Ellis
    • Attorney Mattheson Ellis examines international anti-corruption compliance and enforcement.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

Friday, April 13th

  • Convocation: Ann-Jill Levine
    • Jewish feminist in a Protestant seminary, Ann-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 renown 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: Erika Lee
    • Historian Erika Lee, a specialist in migration, race and ethnicity, examines the making of Asian America.
    • 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

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