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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 2019 Convocation Schedule

Monday 1/28 No convocation - Regular classes in session
Friday 2/1 (Re)Introduction to Convocation, HLC Kick-Off and SGA Discussion Panel
Kelsay Rychener, Bob Milliman, Ph.D. & Student Government Association leadership
Monday 2/4 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newton
Chris Allen, match support specialist
Friday 2/8 Belief, Hope, Joy, Action: Leadership in Education
Leah Copeland, Ph.D., principal of Winnwood Elementary, Kansas City, Missouri.
Monday 2/11 Student Satisfaction Survey results and student discussion
Assessment Committee, Diversity Council, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Memorial Hall
Friday 2/15 Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else
Melanie Springer Mock, Ph.D., George Fox University
Sunday 2/17 Special Weekend Session: KIPCOR Film Series
More Than a Word: Native Americans, Sports Mascots & Racism
Krehbiel Auditorium, 3pm
Monday 2/18 Title TBA
Edward C. Valandra, Ph.D., Community for the Advancement of Native Studies
Friday 2/22 Title TBA
Joseph Shepard, director of multicultural engagement, Newman University
Monday 2/25 Restorative Justice: A Story of Peace and Reconciliation
Nef Torres and Carlos Fernandez
Friday 3/1 122 Conversations
Anne Labovitz, artist
Monday 3/4 Cultural Revolution Posters
Kris Ercums, Ph.D., Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas
Friday 3/8 Ukraine and Documentary Filmmaking
Roxy Toporowych, award-winning filmmaker

Special Evening Session: Convocation Speaker Film Feature
Julia Blue (2018)
Krehbiel Auditorium, 7pm
Monday 3/11 KBCU Radio Station
Adjunct instructor Damon Klassen and Bethel College Radio Practicum students
Friday 3/15 Student Life Convocation: Title TBA
Sam Haynes, vice president for student life and dean of students
Monday 3/18 No convocation - Spring break
Friday 3/22 No convocation - Spring break
Monday 3/25 Title TBA
Jennifer White, founder of ICT SOS
Friday 3/29 Title TBA
President Jonathan Gering, Ph.D.
Monday 4/1 Learning Language in the Context of Church, Culture and Conflict
Willi Hugo Perez, director of Latin American Anabaptist Seminary (SEMILLA), Guatemala City
Friday 4/5 The Art of the Steel Drum: A Performance
Bethel College Steel Drum Band
Memorial Hall
Monday 4/8 The Cultural Intersection of Rap and Jazz: A Performance
Marcus Lewis Big Band, “Brass & Boujee”
Friday 4/12 EMDR and Somatic Experiencing
Dawn Robinson, LSCSW
Sunday 4/14 Special Weekend Session: KIPCOR Film Series
Movie TBA
Krehbiel Auditorium, 3pm
Monday 4/15 KIPCOR Film Series speaker, TBA
Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR)
Tuesday 4/16 Special Session: Student Career and Graduate School Fair
Megan Kershner, Bethel College Career Services
Memorial Hall, 10am - 2pm
Friday 4/19 No convocation - Good Friday
Monday 4/22 (De)humanizing the US/Mexico Border: Studying the Complexities of Migration & One Effort to Foster an Ethos of Hospitality and Hope
Jennifer Chappell Deckert, LMSW
Friday 4/26 URICA Symposium
Bethel College students
Monday 4/29 C. Henry Smith Peace Oration Contest
Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution
Friday 5/3 2018-19 Bethel College Awards, Part I
Monday 5/6 No convocation - Higher Learning Commission visit (open forum)
Friday 5/10 2018-19 Bethel College Awards, Part II
Monday 5/13 No convocation - Regular classes in session
Tuesday 5/14 *Required* Convocation Assessment Survey due by 5pm Central Time

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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.