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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 2016 Schedule

February 5, 11:00 a.m. Introduction to Convo
February 8, 11:00 a.m. Jason Deselms, Robert J. Dole VA Hospital
February 12, 11:00 a.m. Jason Carney, Anti-Hate Activist, Educator, Poet, and Writer based in Dallas TX
February 15, 11:00 a.m. Tuition Free Day Celebration
February 19, 11:00 a.m. Michelle Armster and Karin Kaufman Wall, MCC, "We Will Speak Out!"
February 22, 11:00 a.m. Interterm Travel Presentations
February 26, 11:00 a.m. Caleb Stephens and Darneisha Coleman #BlackLivesMatter
February 29, 11:00 a.m. Social Action: How to Make a Difference
March 4, 11:00 a.m. Larysa Zasiekina "Dimensions of PTSD"
March 7, 11:00 a.m. Brian Prahm and Jared Holcomb, Youth Horizons
March 11, 11:00 a.m. SGA Public Forum/Elections
March 14, 11:00 a.m. Daryl Handlin "Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
March 18, 11:00 a.m. "From the Editor's Desk: Publishing Tales from Mid-American Review"
April 1, 11:00 a.m. Caitlin Linscheid, "Maternal T-Cells and Fetal Antigens"
April 4, 11:00 a.m. Karin Kaufman Wall and Erica Littlewolf, MCC "The Doctrine of Discovery"
April 8, 11:00 a.m. From Tragedy to Action A discussion of one family's journey to end gender and relationship violence
April 11, 11:00 a.m. Hayley Brooks, Kaleidoscope Coordinator, Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests
April 15, 11:00 a.m. Diversity at Bethel College Panel Discussion
April 18, 11:00 a.m. Angie Tatro, Executive Director, Central Kansas Community Foundation
April 22, 11:00 a.m. C. Henry Smith Oration Finals
April 25, 11:00 a.m. Facilitated Group Discussions on Gender Issues
April 29, 11:00 a.m. Convocation Assessment
May 2, 11:00 a.m. Diversity Seminar Course Presentation
May 9, 11:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony Part 1
May 13, 11:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony Part 2

Past lectures

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