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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 2021 convocation schedule

Note: All convocation sessions for spring 2021 will be conducted in a remote format. Video presentations will be posted below as they become available. 

Monday 1/18 Special session: Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration
Chris Singleton, motivational speaker and former pro baseball player, with spoken word artist Andre Bradford
In-person (Krehbiel Auditorium) or livestream
Watch here
Friday 1/22 (Re)Introduction to Remote Convocation; Student Government Association; Safe Colleges 
Meredith Lehman and Doug Siemens, convocation coordinators; SGA; Jacob Gunden
Monday 1/25 COVID Update: What is Happening Now 
Geri Tyrell, D.N.P., director of the Department of Nursing
Friday 1/29 Dr. Tyrell, part 2: Q&A
Monday 2/1 Art and the Audacity to Question
Yvonne Osei, artist, St. Louis
Watch here
Friday 2/5 Osei, part 2: Q&A
Watch here
Sunday 2/7 Special session: KIPCOR Film Series: Cooked: Survival by Zip Code
2 p.m., discussion groups (Zoom invitation required); remote viewing to have happened previously. See for information and to sign up.
Monday 2/8 Behind the Scenes of TV Video Storytelling
Larry Hatteberg, journalist, KAKE-TV, Wichita
Watch here
Friday 2/12 Hatteberg, part 2: Q&A
Watch here
Monday 2/15 Do What You Like/Sight & Sound
Chris Janzen '04, artist, Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University
Watch here
Friday 2/19 Janzen, part 2: Q&A
Watch here
Monday, 2/22 Walking the Talk: Practicing Restorative Justice and Anti-Racism
Sheryl Wilson, executive director, Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR)
Watch here
Monday 3/1 I AM: Showing Up in a Changing World (first Ada Schmidt-Tieszen Lecture)
Je T'aime Taylor '08, executive director, Front Porch Alliance, Kansas City, Mo.
Watch here
Friday 3/5 Taylor, part 2: Q&A
Watch here
Monday 3/8 BIFL Lecture on Lamentations (Staley Lecture)
Wilma Ann Bailey, Ph.D., professor emerita, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis
Watch here
Friday 3/12 Dr. Bailey, part 2: Q&A
Watch here
Monday 3/15 Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy in College
Olivia Gehring '16, M.D.
Watch here
Friday 3/19 Dr. Gehring, part 2: Q&A
Watch here
Monday 3/22 Somebody Died, Babe: A Musical Cover-up of Racism, Violence and Greed
Kevin Kehrberg '99 and Jeff Keith, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, N.C.
Watch here
Friday 3/26 Kehrberg & Keith, part 2: Q&A
Watch here
Monday 3/29 Concert Choir with Woven and Open Road
Live in-person: Ad Building steps, 11 a.m.
Friday 4/2 Good Friday  no convocation
Monday 4/5 Seminar on Diversity 
*Rescheduled to April 23*
Friday 4/9 URICA Symposium
Watch here
Monday 4/12 Passion, Pragmatism and Payoffs: Emerging Adults' Work-Relationship Boundaries
Kendra Knight, Ph.D., DePaul University, Chicago
Watch here
Friday 4/16 Spring break day no convocation
Monday 4/19 Dr. Knight, part 2: Q&A
Watch here
Friday 4/23 Seminar on Diversity
Watch here
Sunday 4/25 Special session: KIPCOR Peace Lecture: Leonard Pitts
2-4 p.m.; see for information and registration.
Monday 4/26 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest
Organized by KIPCOR, featuring student finalists Krista Loomis, Linda Moyo and Allison Weaver
Watch here
Friday 4/30  

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