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The culture of Bethel is one that encourages students to try new things and to think critically.
Sarah Unruh ’12

Past Convocations: 1990–1994

Fall 1994

  • Aug 31: Wynn M. Goering, "Religion and Fly Fishing"
  • Sep 5: Virginia Gambia, "Differences between Peace-keeping, Peace-making, and Peace-enforcing"
  • Sep 9: Roger Verdon, "Deadlines, Headlines and Dead Guys: An Appreciation of the Press"
  • Sep 12: "Strangers No More," Bethel College Mexico Internship students
  • Sep 16: Joe Campbell, "Realities of Ireland Today"
  • Sep 19: Carol Hull, "Living with Dying"
  • Sep 26: Calvin B. DeWitt, "Biblical Principles for Environmental Stewardship" (Staley lecture)
  • Sep 26: Calvin B. DeWitt, "Responding to Environmental Stewardship in Faith and Life" (Staley lecture)
  • Sep 27: Calvin B. DeWitt, "Celebrate Creation" (Staley lecture)
  • Sep 30: Carol Wolfe Konek, "Beyond Perestroika: Russian Women and Grass Roots"
  • Oct 3: Honors convo
  • Oct 7: Gene Chavez, "Understanding Hispanic Diversity with Emphasis on the Chicano Movement of the 60s and 70s"
  • Oct 10: Bryant C. Freeman, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Voodoo, But Were Too Hexed to Ask"
  • Oct 14: "Big River" drama (Fall Fest convo)
  • Oct 17: Christine Downey, "An Inside Look at Politics"
  • Oct 21: James P. Wiebe, "Ethical Issues in a Fast Growth Business"
  • Oct 24: Jean Janzen, "There Are Days" poetry reading
  • Oct 28: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, "Confessions of a Compulsive Writer"
  • Nov 3: Martin E. Marty, "There is No King: the Fiefdoms of American Religious Life" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Nov 3: Martin E. Marty, "The One and the Many, Past and Present in American Religion" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Nov 4: Martin E. Marty, "Can We Celebrate the Common Good in American Christianity?" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Nov 7: Andrew Rich, "The Golden Ratio"
  • Nov 11: Ron Kronish, "Inter-religious Relations in Israel in Light of the Peace Process"
  • Nov 14: SECRETS (AIDS Peer Education Theater)
  • Nov 18: Mel Goering, "The Professional Fallacy"
  • Nov 21: International students
  • Nov 28: Art Department convo - video about quilt artist Faith Ringgold
  • Dec 2: Cynthia Peacock, "Dependency vs. Partnership: Empowerment and Community"
  • Dec. 5: "Bethel Innocence Abroad: Faculty on Sabbatical"
  • Dec 9: Elizabeth C. Behrman, "The Role of Science in a Liberal Arts Education (Even for Women)"

Spring 1994

  • Feb 4: Tim Witsman, "Trade: The Biggest Game in Town"
  • Feb 7: Interterm reports by student participants
  • Feb 11: Lee Elder, "Black History: Why We Celebrate"
  • Feb 14: Steve Smith, "Saving the Little Red Men of the Forest"
  • Feb 18: John B. Cobb, "Oikos, Ecology and Economics"
  • Feb 21: Tim Eisenbeis, "Service: Hope in a Messed-Up World"
  • Feb 25: SAPPHO
  • Feb 28: John Paul Lederach, "The Challenge of Peacemaking in the 1990s"
  • Mar 7: Glen Stassen, "Bonhoeffer and Justice: Human Rights and the Sermon on the Mount"
  • Mar 8: Glen Stassen, "Bonhoeffer’s Ethic of Responsibility and the Sermon on the Mount"
  • Mar 21: David Schroeder, "The Church as Community in Contemporary Society"
  • Mar 25: Carol Hunter, "Issues of Racism: Teaching Task of the 90s"
  • Mar 28: Forensics Showcase
  • Apr 4: Jeff Gundy, "Poems, Inquiries, and Mutterings"
  • Apr 11: Karen Brown, "The Importance of Conserving Genetic Variation"
  • Apr 15: Multi-Cultural Student Union convo
  • Apr 18: Weldon Martens, "Beyond Visiting Old Ladies and Preaching to the Sleepy"
  • Apr 22: Carolyn Holderread Heggen, "Sexual Abuse among Christians"
  • Apr 25: Spring music concert
  • Apr 29: Mathematics Awareness Week
  • May 6: T. Christine Stevens, "Mathematical Ways and Congressional Means"
  • May 9: Honors convo

Fall 1993

  • Sep 1: opening convo
  • Sep 6: Jeanine M. Hathaway, "Blurring the Lines"
  • Sep 10: Ken Noftziger, "How in the World Do You Make a Hymnal?"
  • Sep 13: Kenneth Deckert, "Nine Orders of Magnitude: From Punch Cards to Super Computers"
  • Sep 20-21: John G. Fast, "A Christian Perspective" (Staley lectures)
  • Sep 24: Barbara Elling, "Germany: An Attempt at Multiculturalism - Successes and Failures"
  • Sep 27: Tony Brown, "Which Way from Here: Civil Rights, Rodney King, and Now What?"
  • Oct 1: Colman McCarthy, "How to be an Effective Peacemaker"
  • Oct 4: Honors convo
  • Oct 8: "100 Years of Teaching" (Fall Fest convo)
  • Oct 15: Fremont Regier, "TEE and Tea in Africa"
  • Oct 18: Campus Forum - Self and Society at Bethel: Lifestyle Issues on Campus
  • Oct 22: to be announced
  • Oct 25: Thor Holmes, "Who’s at Home on the Range?"
  • Oct 29: Alan C. Deeter, "Can We Live Together with All Our Differences?"
  • Oct 31-Nov 2: Albert J. Meyer, "The Church and Higher Education" (Menno Simons lectures)
  • Nov 5: International students
  • Nov 12: Richard Harris, "The Psychology of Acquiring a Second Language"
  • Nov 15: Dan Wessner, "Of Rice and Rumors: Present Vietnamese/U. S. Opportunities"
  • Nov 19: Bill Harshbarger jazz concert
  • Nov 22: Student Senate
  • Nov 29: Reinhild Janzen, "Hospital Art: Medicine for the Spirit"
  • Dec 6: Donna E. Sweet, "AIDS Update"

Spring 1993

  • Feb 5: Interterm reports by students
  • Feb 8: Multicultural Organization
  • Feb 12: Mubarak Awad, "What It Means to be a Peacemaker
  • Feb 15: John Williamson, "Student Involvement in Community Service: An Indonesian Case Study"
  • Feb 19: Steve and Dorothy Wiebe-Johnson, "Channels of Peace"
  • Feb 22: Bible Week Convocation, "How My Views about the Bible Have Changed (or Remained the Same)", Newton area pastors
  • Feb 26: Dallas Wiebe, "Kansas as a Setting for Fiction"
  • Mar 1: Christopher Shuzo Kato, "Japanese-American Experiences in World War II"
  • Mar 5: Mark Ediger, "How Scientific Research Turned Out to be Different Than I Expected"
  • Mar 8: Dean Linsenmeyer, "Just an Old Crab"
  • Mar 12: Jesse Hall, "How Bethel College Laid the Foundation for My Life"
  • Mar 15: film "Unity" from "World of Islam" series
  • Mar 18: "Los Muchachos"
  • Mar 29: Forensics Showcase
  • Apr 2: Robin Crews, "Practicing Peace"
  • Apr 5: Evelyn Rouner, "Did You Ever See a Rainbow Walking?"
  • Apr 12: Robert B. Leuhrs, "The Secret History of the Emerald City (L. Frank Baum and the Wizard of Oz)"
  • Apr 16: Raymond Olais, "Allí en el Rancho Grande: The Mexican Community of Newton since 1905"
  • Apr 19: Julie Vosberg, "Community Journalism"
  • Apr 23: Music convo
  • Apr 26: Gary Goertz, "Explaining Dramatic Change in International Relations"
  • Apr 30: Thomas G. Andrews, "From Hummingbirds to Wolves: The Biodiversity Crisis"
  • May 3: film "Skin"
  • May 14: Awards convo

Fall 1992

  • Sep 2: Opening convo
  • Sep 7: Douglas Penner, "Reaching Beyond the Familiar: Personal and Community Growth through Diversity"
  • Sep 11: Mariachi Dorado Band
  • Sep 14-15: Catherine Meeks, "The Beloved Community and the Celebration of Diversity" (Staley lectures)
  • Sep 21: Kris Wilshusen, "Relationship Violence"
  • Sep 25: NedRa Bonds, "Quindaro and Quilombo"
  • Sep 28: Joachim Wieler, "Between Two Worlds: Impressions of East German Students"
  • Oct. 2: Lawrence Hart, "A Call for Creative Symbiosis"
  • Oct 9: Patricia Shelly, "Wisdom, Wit and Worship"
  • Oct 12: Judith Menadue, "My Life on Death Row"
  • Oct 16: Charles Benjamin, "Election Preview"
  • Oct 19: National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness convo
  • Oct 23: Nancy Duncan, "What the Boys Did" drama
  • Oct 25-27: Abraham Friesen, "History and Renewal in the Anabaptist/Mennonite Tradition" (Menno Simons lectures)
  • Nov 2: Mary Oyer, "The Music of Africa"
  • Nov 6: Student Senate
  • Nov 13: International students
  • Nov 16: James Juhnke, "Stories from Bethel’s Past"
  • Nov 20: "With Hand and Heart" film on Native American art
  • Nov 23: Kathryn Kasper, Annette Thornton, Karen Schlabaugh, "Timbrel in Her Hand" music drama
  • Nov 30: James Copple, "Project Freedom: A Community Responding to Drug Abuse, Violence, and Gangs"
  • Dec 4: Thomas Lehman, Grigory Vagenin, "From the Edge of Siberia to the Plains of Kansas: Adventures of a Young Russian Chemist"

Spring 1992

  • Feb 7: Duane Goossen, Paul Ackerman, "Should Kansas Reinstate the Death Penalty?"
  • Feb 10: Janet Wheeler Crowder, "Black History Month: The Importance of Historically Correct Curricula"
  • Feb 14: Philip and Cheryl Young, "American Corrections: A Paradoxical Search for Community"
  • Feb 17: Rhonda Horried, "Service: Essential Elements of Success"
  • Feb 21: MCC Youth Discovery Team, "The Sounds of Southern Africa"
  • Feb 23-24: Wilma Bailey, "Women in Ancient Israel" (Bible lectures)
  • Feb 28: John Zehr, President’s Forum
  • Mar 2: Brent Auernheimer, "Computing and Communications in the 90s"
  • Mar 6: Sappho, "The Life Cycles of Women"
  • Mar 9: Curt Goering, "Human Rights in the 1990s"
  • Mar 13: Multi-cultural Organization
  • Mar 16: Junior nursing class, "Some Things You Don’t Want to Graduate With"
  • Mar 20: Student Senate
  • Mar 30: Forensics Showcase
  • Apr 3: Janine Wedel, "Eastern Europe Today"
  • Apr 6: Tim Lehman, "Of Rainbows and Rabbit’s Tales"
  • Apr 10: William E. Unrau, "The Columbian Heritage: The Varieties of Violence against Native Americans in 19th-Century Kansas"
  • Apr 13: Millard Fuller, "Building Sermons"
  • Apr 20: film "Winds of Change"
  • Apr 24: Music convo
  • Apr 27: "KBCU Retrospect"
  • May 1: to be announced
  • May 15: Awards convo

Fall 1991

  • Sep 4: opening convo
  • Sep 9: Claire Casselman, "Being a Rock in a World That Rolls"
  • Sep 13: Marion Deckert, "Myths We Live By: The Logic of Prejudice"
  • Sep 16-17: Robert Detweiler, "Thinking through Fiction" (Staley lectures)
  • Sep 23: Student Senate
  • Sep 27: C. Alton Barnhill, "Putting Eating Disorders into Perspective"
  • Sep 30: film "Man Oh Man: Growing Up Male in America", with discussion led by Mark Hicks
  • Oct 4: Mark Jantzen and Doug Yoder, "Stories of Faith in Eastern Europe"
  • Oct 7: Paul Lewis, "On the Nature of Providence", honors convo
  • Oct 11: Tom Fowler, "Crosscurrents" jazz concert (Fall Fest convo)
  • Oct 14: National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness convo
  • Oct 18: Tom Engelhardt, "Creating the Brand Name Child"
  • Oct 21: Willard Garvey, "The Lunatics are Running the Asylum: Reflections of an Entrepreneur on Government"
  • Oct 25: "Alexander Hamilton and the American Dream," Hamilton impersonator
  • Oct 27-29: Al Reimer, "Mennonite Literature" (Menno Simons lectures)
  • Nov 2: Thomas Lehman, Shirley King, Kathryn Kasper, "The Mortal and Immortal Mozart"
  • Nov 8: Student Senate
  • Nov 11: Kathy Obear, "Putting the Pieces Together"
  • Nov 15: Juan Jose Hurtado, "Health Issues in Guatemala"
  • Nov 18: film "Prelude to War"
  • Nov 22: Eugene J. Gerber, "Can There be a Just War Today?"
  • Nov 25: International students
  • Dec 2: Dale Johnson, "Churchill: Man of the Century"
  • Dec 6: to be announced

Spring 1991

  • Feb 1: panel discussion "Persian Gulf Crisis: Progress on Campus Dialogue"
  • Feb 4: Wayne Franklin, "Black History Month - A Beginning not an End"
  • Feb 8: Sonia Sanchez, "The Role of Black University Students in American Social Change"
  • Feb 11: Harold J. Schultz, "1971-1991: A Tale of Two Decades"
  • Feb 15: Charles Benjamin, David Farnsworth, "Political Perspectives on the Persian Gulf Crisis"
  • Feb 18: James Krabill, "Welcome to Boot Camp" (Service Emphasis Week)
  • Feb 22: Chuck Neufeld, "Ease the Pain" (Service Emphasis Week)
  • Feb 25: James Juhnke, John McCabe-Juhnke, "Living Creatively: A One-Man Drama on the Life of Dr. E. G. Kaufman" (Bible lecture)
  • Mar 1: Sappho convo
  • Mar 4: Raul Aristides Haya de la Torre, "Current Social Problems in Peru"
  • Mar 8: Minority Student Union
  • Mar 11: Student Senate
  • Mar 15: Les Tolbert, "Reflections at the Crossroads - Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?"
  • Mar 18: Ballet Kansas
  • Mar 22: Keith Ratzlaff, "Reading and Writing Poetry"
  • Mar 25: M. Randolph Thompson, "Opening Your Hearts and Minds"
  • Apr 8: Forensics Showcase
  • Apr 12: film "Family Gathering"
  • Apr 15: Wynn Goering, "The Trouble Begins at Eight: Mark Twain and Other Bandits"
  • Apr 19: Music convo
  • Apr 23: David McDaniels, "Housing for the Poor"
  • Apr 26: Dennis Sentilles, "Logarithmic Nature of Life"
  • Apr 30: to be announced
  • May 10: Awards convo

Fall 1990

  • Aug 29: opening convo
  • Sep 3: R. Bruce Woods, "Mates, Dates and Other Primates: A Few Comments on Human Relationships"
  • Sep 7: Marie Snider, "Blondie, Where’s Your Apron? A Serious Look at Sex Roles in the Comics"
  • Sep 10-11: Tom Sine, "Getting Your Act Together and Taking It on the Road" (Staley lectures)
  • Sep 17: Jonathan Jantz, "Born Drunk"
  • Sep 21: John Ortiz, Richard Mitchell, "Employment Issues of Native Americans"
  • Sep 24: Student Senate
  • Sep 28: Jean Pouncil, "Ms. Jean . . . The Storyteller"
  • Oct 1: Loren Pennington, "Eisenhower: A Senior Statesman Reminisces" (evening convo)
  • Oct 5: Robert Kreider, "The Discovery of Lost Treasure: The Luyken Etchings"
  • Oct 8: Honors convo
  • Oct 12: film "A Singing Stream"
  • Oct 15: National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
  • Oct 19: Career planning convo
  • Oct 26: Werner Fornos, "Gaining People, Losing Ground: Can the Balance Be Equalized?"
  • Oct 28-30: Albert Keim, "Civilian Public Service and World War II" (Menno Simons lectures)
  • Nov 5: Claudia A. Limbert, "Merged Lives: Fact and Fiction"
  • Nov 9: James Satterwhite, "The End of an Era in Poland: From Communism to ?"
  • Nov 12: Student Senate
  • Nov 16: Walter Sawatsky, "Students and Social Political Change in Eastern Europe"
  • Nov 19: International students
  • Nov 26: Mel Goering, "Praxis and Contemplation: Bethel’s Educational Task"

Spring 1990

  • Feb 2: Craig Miner, "Privatization and Liberty"
  • Feb 5: Dorothy Flowers Wilson, "Bethel Past and Present through the Eyes of an Alumnus" (Black History Month)
  • Feb 9: Minority Student Union
  • Feb 12: Harold Schultz, "Bethel College in the 1990s: What Direction? What Cost?" (President’s Forum)
  • Feb 16: David Brower, "The Visitor’s Guide to Earth Island"
  • Feb 18-20: Jonathan Larson, "Mission Today: Deliverance" (Bible Lectures)
  • Feb 23: Bruno Bergen, Wanda Derksen Bergen, "Giving Birth to New Harmonies" (Service Emphasis Week)
  • Feb 26: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, "Service and Service to Justice" (Service Emphasis Week)
  • Mar 2: Sappho, "We Are Walking: Perspectives on Women’s Lives"
  • Mar 5: Student forum on racism, Kansas Peace Institute
  • Mar 9: Lou Gold, "Lessons from the Ancient Forest"
  • Mar 12: Student SenateMar 16: Albert Klassen, "Sexual Morality and the Sexual Revolution: What Prophets Do We Believe?"
  • Mar 26: Forensics Road Show
  • Mar 30: Jan Gleysteen, "Experiencing World War II in Holland"
  • Apr 2: Steve Ratzlaff, "What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?"
  • Apr 6: Nancy Duncan, "Polly!", one-act drama
  • Apr 9: Gene DeGruson, "Saving The Jungle"
  • Apr 16: Campus forum
  • Apr 20: Music convo
  • Apr 23: Wes Jackson, "Building a Sustainable Society"
  • Apr 27: Forum on homosexuality
  • Apr 30: "Golub" film on Leon Golub
  • May 11: Awards convo