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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.

Fall 2020 Convocation Schedule

Note: All Convocation sessions for Fall 2020 will be conducted in a remote format. Video presentations will be posted below. 

Wednesday 8/19 Formal Opening of Bethel College
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Friday 8/21 Introduction to Remote Convocation: How do we “gather together” from a distance?
Meredith Lehman and Doug Siemens, Convocation Coordinators
Monday 8/24 Student Government Association
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Friday 8/28 SGA pt. 2: Q&A
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Monday 8/31 Connecting to a Sense of Place on the Kansas Plains
Brad Guhr, Education Coordinator, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains
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Friday 9/4 Brad Guhr pt. 2: Q&A
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Tuesday (Labor Day Monday) 9/8 Finding Your WHY and Naming Your Core Values While Embracing the Process of Chasing Excellence
Laurie Koehn, former WNBA player and Associate Head Coach of Washington State University women’s basketball team
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Friday 9/11 Laurie Koehn pt. 2: Q&A
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Sunday 9/13 Special session: KIPCOR film series, title TBD 2pm (remote viewing)
Monday 9/14 Civil Discourse 2020: Best Practices When Engaging in Political Discussions
Ty Unrau, Social science teacher at Valley Center High School
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Friday 9/18 Ty Unrau pt. 2: Q&A
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  Special session: Emergency protocols with Student Life (date TBD)
Monday 9/21 Langston Hughes: Born on a Troubled Road
Dr. Carmaletta Williams, former Professor of English and African American Studies, Johnson County Community College
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Friday 9/25 Carmaletta Williams pt. 2: Q&A
Monday 9/28 Protecting With Pride: Ending Conversion Therapy and Advocating for LGBTQ Youth
Sam Brinton, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs, The Trevor Project
Friday 10/2 Sam Brinton pt. 2: Q&A
Monday 10/5 Developing Empathy Through Global Connections
Todd Flory, 4th grade teacher at Wheatland Elementary School, Wichita Young Alumnus Award Winner
Friday 10/9 Todd Flory pt. 2: Q&A
Monday 10/12 URICA student research presentations
Friday 10/16 URICA pt. 2: Q&A
Monday 10/19 No Convocation - Fall Break
Friday 10/23 No Convocation
Monday 10/26 Anabaptist Catholicity as Centripetal Force
Cesar Garcia, Menno Simons Lecture Series
Friday 10/30 Cesar Garcia pt. 2: Q&A
Monday 11/2 The Weight of History
Addoley Dzegede, Visual artist, MFA, Portland, OR
Friday 11/6 Addoley Dzegede pt. 2: Q&A
Monday 11/9 Tentative: Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary BIFL lecturer
Friday 11/13 Tentative Q/A
Sunday 11/5 Special session: KIPCOR film series, title TBD 2pm (location TBD)
Monday 11/16 Sources of Cognitive Bias and Racial Prejudice in Person Perception
Angela Bell, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania
Friday 11/20 Angela Bell pt. 2: Q&A

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.