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Convocation

Broaden your horizons and explore basic value issues during twice-weekly convocations.

Renowned guest speakers, performing groups and presentations will expose you to politics, society, religion and the arts and sciences – and you’ll be able to ask your burning questions, too.

Gain a broader perspective on current issues and historical events.

Build community through deeper understanding and respect for differing vantage points.

Determine where you stand on issues in the nation and the world from a more well-rounded view.

Fall 2019 Convocation Schedule

Wednesday 8/21 Formal opening of school
Friday 8/23 No convo
Monday 8/26 No convo
Thursday 8/29 Special evening session: Student Opportunities Fair
Memorial Hall, 5-7 pm
Friday 8/30 Introduction to Convocation: Why We Gather, and Community Expectations
Meredith Lehman and Doug Siemens, convocation coordinators
Monday 9/2 No convo - Labor Day
Friday 9/6 Title IX and ​Safehope
Bethany Charlsen, Title IX coordinator, and Safehope staff
Sunday 9/8 Special afternoon session: KIPCOR Film Series: Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home
Krehbiel Auditorium, 3 pm
Monday 9/9 ALICE and​​ “Stop the Bleed” Safety Skills Demonstration
Sam Haynes, vice president for Student Life, and Wesley Medical Center staff
Friday 9/13 Us vs. the World: An Exploration of Sport, Identity and Inclusion
Leland Brown III, NCAA diversity and inclusion intern and graduate assistant
Monday 9/16 2018-19 Study Abroad Panel: Students Engaging Global Scholarship
Bethel College students and Dan Quinlin, Ph.D.
Monday 9/16 Special evening session: KIPCOR Poverty Simulation
Memorial Hall, 6:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday 9/18 Special afternoon session: RAWtools, Inc. (KIPCOR Nonviolence Week)
The Green and Memorial Hall, 2 pm
Friday 9/20 Title TBA
Matt Kleinmann, doctoral student in architecture: community development and public health, University of Kansas
Monday 9/23 A Four-Decade Journey through Art: Would I Do It Again?
Michael Aurbach, artist
Friday 9/27 The Consequence of Gun Violence: A Personal Reflection
Cyneatha Millsaps, executive director, Mennonite Women USA
Monday 9/30

Why We Exist 

KIPCOR and Bethel College Anti-Racism Coalition (BCARC)

Friday 10/4 Devotion through Difference: What Poetry and a College Friendship from the 1930s Might Teach Us about Living in a Polarized Time (Bethel College Honors Convocation)
Siobhan Scarry, Ph.D., associate professor of English, Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award recipient
Monday 10/7 The Fall of the Wall: Oct. 9 and Nov. 9, 1989
Mark Jantzen, Ph.D., professor of history
Friday 10/11 Making Us Better at Disasters: A Human-driven Approach
Aimee Voth Siebert, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Monday 10/14 Reclaiming History: Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Erica Littlewolf and Karin Kaufman Wall, Mennonite Central Committee-Central States
Monday 10/14 Special evening session: “The Loss of Turtle Island” simulation
Memorial Hall, 7 pm
Friday 10/18 Stay on Track
Pastor Spencer Lindsay, executive director, WMOC Ministry, Inc.
Monday 10/21 No convo - Fall Break
Friday 10/25 URICA Student Presentations
URICA Summer Grant recipients
Monday 10/28 Listening and Waiting: MCC and Shifting Understandings of Christian Service (Menno Simons Lecture Series)
Alain Epp Weaver, Mennonite Central Committee
Friday 11/1 FYS plenary:​ The Hate U Give
Krehbiel Auditorium, 10 am-noon
Monday 11/4 Wise Fools: Welcoming the Poet, the Prophet and the Provocateur
Eric Massanari, M.Div., chaplain, Kidron Bethel Village retirement community
Friday 11/8

Title TBA 

Jasmyn Story, deputy director, Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity, City of Birmingham (Ala.) mayor's office

Monday 11/11 Reading the Book of Revelation (Bible Lecture Series)
Melissa Archer, ​associate professor of biblical studies, Southeastern University, Lakeland, Fla.
Friday 11/15 Bethel College Young Alumnus Award winner
Chad Unrau, Class of 2004
Sunday 11/17 Special afternoon session: KIPCOR Film Series: Dawnland
Krehbiel Auditorium, 3 pm
Monday 11/18 Designing and Building Oncolytic Viruses
Autumn J. Schulze, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular medicine, Mayo Clinic
Thursday 11/21 Special evening session: BRAID/WORK by Sarah Beth Woods and Cleo Sugg
Krehbiel Auditorium, 7 pm
Friday 11/22 Worship and the Arts Symposium: Voices of Worship
Urban Doxology and Pastor David Bailey
Monday 11/25 No convo - regular classes in session
Friday 11/29 No convo - Thanksgiving Break
Monday 12/2 No convo - regular classes in session
Friday 12/6 No convo - regular classes in session
Monday 12/9 No convo - Reading Day
Tuesday 12/9 *Required* Convocation Assessment Survey due by 5 pm Central Time

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.