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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.

Spring 2020 Convocation Schedule

Friday 1/31 (Re)Introduction to Convocation and Student Government Association
Convocation Coordinators, SGA
Monday 2/3 Research as Social Justice Work
Dr. Bernadette Barton, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Morehead State University
Friday 2/7 Student Life Presents: Emergency Protocols and General Campus Safety Tips that Build Community
Sam Haynes, VP for Student Life, and Chywonna Gonzalez, Residence Life Coordinator
Sunday 2/9 Special Afternoon Session: KIPCOR Film Series, "The Great White Hoax: A film about the politics of race and class in America"
Krehbiel Auditorium, 3:00pm
Monday 2/10 Intuitive Eating & Radical Acceptance:  Making Peace with Food & Body
Paula Miller, Sunrise Nutrition Consulting
Friday 2/14 The Immigrants Who Built Newton: One Spike at a Time
Jenny Masias, Instructor of Spanish
Monday 2/17 Memories, Text, & Music
Bethel College Concert Choir
Friday 2/21 A Campus Discussion on Sexual Assault
President Jon Gering
Monday 2/24 Kansas Weather: Understanding the Science
Ross Janssen, Chief Meteorologist, KWCH
Friday 2/28 Interterm Travel Reports and International Students’ Club
Bethel Students
Monday 3/2 My Research Experiences in Ecology and Natural History
President Jon Gering
Friday 3/6 What She Said: Voices of Women Students at Bethel College
Student panel with Michelle Armster, Executive Director, MCC Central States
Monday 3/9 Reflections on service, work, and student experiences in Washington, D.C. and Chiapas, Mexico
Nursing and internship students
Tuesday 3/10 Special evening session: “Miniature Painting: The Art of Beauty”
Ayesha Durrani, artist
Chapel, 7pm
Friday 3/13 The Third Twenty
Randy Regier, Artist
Monday 3/16 Langston Hughes: Born on a Troubled Road
Dr. Carmaletta Williams, former Professor of English and African American Studies, Johnson County Community College
Friday 3/20 Paranormal 101
Sherrie Curry, Wichita Paranormal Research Society
Monday 3/23 No Convocation - Spring Break
Friday 3/27 No Convocation - Spring Break
Monday 3/30 Knowing the Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s
Jonnie Norton and Sharon Erwin, Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Kansas Chapter
Thursday 4/2 KIPCOR Peace Lecture
Sarah Smarsh
Friday 4/3 Following Your Own Path
Steven Spooner, Professor of Piano, University of Kansas School of Music
Monday 4/6 “Who’s Asking?”: A Poetry Reading
Keith Ratzlaff, Poet
Tuesday 4/7 Special Session: Career and Graduate School Fair
Memorial Hall, 9am-12pm
Friday 4/10 No Convocation - Good Friday
Monday 4/13 Challenging “Best Practice”: Managing Without Easy Answers
Dr. George Lehman, Professor of Business, Bluffton University
Friday 4/17 IDS 220: Seminar on Diversity Course Reflections
Bethel College Students
Sunday 4/19 Special Afternoon Session: KIPCOR Film Series, “Cooked: Survival by Zip Code”
Krehbiel Auditorium, 2:00pm
Monday 4/20 Promoting Sexual Purity in a Call-Out Culture Era: Sexual Purity Leaders Respond to Critiques of the #MeToo/#ChurchToo Movements
Dr. Christine E. Crouse-Dick, Associate Professor of Communication Arts
Friday 4/24 Undergraduate Research, Internships, and Creative Activity (URICA) Symposium
Bethel College students
Friday 4/24 Special Afternoon Session: Title TBD
Matthew Cooperman & Aby Kaupang, Writers
Monday 4/27 Cultural and Biological Diversity at the Lacandona Tropical Rainforest, Mexico
Sergio Lopez, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology, Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas (UNICACH)
Friday 5/1 C. Henry Smith Oratorical Finals
Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Student Finalists
Monday 5/4 2019-20 Bethel College Awards, Part I
Friday 5/8 2019-20 Bethel College Awards, Part II

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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.