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The culture of Bethel is one that encourages students to try new things and to think critically.
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 2017 Schedule

February 6, 11:00 a.m. Introduction to Convocation FIRST CONVOCATION OF THE SEMESTER
February 10, 11:00 a.m. Dr. David Anderson Hooker, Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding
February 13, 11:00 a.m. “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” Dr. Drew G.I. Hart
February 17, 11:00 a.m. Interterm Travel Presentations
February 20, 11:00 a.m. Amanda Caspar, Certified Neurologic Music Therapist
February 24, 11:00 a.m. “Healing after a Community Tragedy” Chaplain Jason Reynolds, Dir. of Support Services
February 27, 11:00 a.m. Newton Community for Racial Justice
March 3, 11:00 a.m. Dr. Sergio Lopez, Professor of Ecology, Unicacah
March 6, 11:00 a.m. Claude Mpoyi Kasango, Life in Dzaleka Refugee Camp
March 10, 11:00 a.m. Dr. Micah Kubic, Executive Director, ACLU Kansas
March 13, 11:00 a.m. Helen Loftin, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, MEDA
March 17, 11:00 a.m. Arli Klassen, Chief Development Officer , Mennonite World Conference
March 20, 11:00 a.m. SPRING BREAK NO CLASS
March 24, 11:00 a.m. SPRING BREAK NO CLASS
March 27, 11:00 a.m. Kyla Lacey, Spoken Word Poet
March 31, 11:00 a.m. Study Abroad Convocation
April 3, 11:00 a.m. Thomas Witt, Equality Kansas
April 7, 11:00 a.m. Aaron Austin, Diversity and Identity
April 10, 11:00 a.m. Jim Goering, World Bank (retired), Global Water Issues and Kansas
April 14, 11:00 a.m. GOOD FRIDAY NO CLASS
April 17, 11:00 a.m. NO CONVOCATION TODAY
April 21, 11:00 a.m. Diversity Seminar Presentation
April 24, 11:00 a.m. C. Henry Smith Oration Finals
April 28, 11:00 a.m. URICA Symposium
May 1, 11:00 a.m. Awards Convocation
May 5, 11:00 a.m. Awards Convocation LAST CONVOCATION OF SPRING SEMESTER

Past lectures

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