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Sarah Unruh ’12


Convocation is an all-school assembly that generally meets twice weekly (Monday and Friday) at 11 a.m. during spring and fall semesters in Krehbiel Auditorium. It is an integral part of the liberal arts education experience at Bethel. Guest lecturers, performing groups and audio/visual presentations provide students with a wide-ranging exposure to issues in politics, society, religion, the arts and sciences. The convocation experience is designed to help build community, broaden horizons and explore basic value issues.

Spring, 2015 Schedule

Friday, Jan 30, 11:00 a.m. "Aquinas' Introduction to Convocation"
Monday, Feb 2, 11:00 a.m. Peter Goerzen, Joanna Bjerum & Dan Wassink, "Difficult Conversations"
Friday, Feb 6, 11:00 a.m. Lael Ewy, "Beyond 'Coping': Recovery, Resiliency, and the Storied Self"
Monday, Feb 9, 11:00 a.m. Charles Epp, "Driving While Black and Racial Profiling"
Friday, Feb 13, 11:00 a.m. Annette LeZotte, "Sorting out Race"
Monday, Feb 16, 11:00 a.m. Panel Forum, "Let's Talk Sex"
Friday, Feb 20, 11:00 a.m. Bart Ehrman, "Jesus and the Historian"
Monday, Feb 23, 11:00 a.m. Bethel College Students, "Interterm Travel Reports"
Friday, Feb 27, 11:00 a.m. Armando Minjarez, Kansas Artivism-A Model for Art and Activism in the Heartland"
Monday, Mar 2, 11:00 a.m. Marlo Angell, "Free State Festival Best of the Fest Short Film Screening"
Friday, Mar 6, 11:00 a.m. "DISCover Disc Golf"
Monday, Mar 9, 11:00 a.m. William Ferrar, "Mozart and the Enlightenment"
Friday, Mar 13, 11:00 a.m. Derek Klingenberg,"Meanwhile....Back at YouTube"
Monday, Mar 16, 11:00 a.m. Tod Marshall, "Brassy Bugles and Golden Birds: The Journey of Poet"
Friday, Mar 20, 11:00 a.m. Henry Louie, "Lighting Up a Village: How Social Enterprises and Technology Can Change Lives"
Monday, Mar 30, 11:00 a.m. Bethel College Forensics Team, Forensics National Roadshow
Monday, Apr 6, 11:00 a.m. Todd Tangeman, "How to Land the Job" (Part 1)
Friday, Apr 10, 11:00 a.m. Todd Tangeman, "I've Been Hired! Now What?" (Part 2)
Monday, Apr 13, 11:00 a.m. Lou Thimes Jr., "The Power of Choice"
Friday, Apr 17, 11:00 a.m. C. Henry Peace Oration Contest - Finals
Monday, Apr 20, 11:00 a.m. Bethel College Seminar on Diversity Students, "Sorting Out Race and Privilege"
Friday, Apr 24, 11:00 a.m. URICA Symposium
Monday, Apr 27, 11:00 a.m. 2015-16 Student Senate Elections, "The Candidates Presentation"
Friday, May 1, 11:00 a.m. William Eash, "Brahms' Requiem: Death or Life?"
Monday, May 4, 11:00 a.m. "Celebrating Excellence on Common Ground" - Awards Convo #1
Friday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. "Celebrating Excellence on Common Ground" - Awards Convo #2

Past lectures

This list is constructed from the published convocation brochures, which may not necessarily reflect last-minute changes to the convo schedule.