For nearly four decades, the Scholars’ Convocation series has created a common educational experience shared by the entire Grinnell College community. Established in the late 1970s in response to the College’s move to an open curriculum, the accessible interdisciplinary nature of convocation offers an intellectual encounter that transcends disciplinary boundaries.

Scholars’ Convocations are arranged by a faculty committee. If you are planning or are interested in planning a Scholars’ Convocation, please see Scholars’ Convocation Proposals.

All Scholars’ Convocations are held at 11 a.m. on Thursdays throughout the academic year in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101, unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2017

September 7

Mario Gandelsonas
“Our Urban Future Symposium” (Rosenfield Program)
FAIA Class of 1913 lecturer in Architecture, Departmental Representative; School of Architecture, Princeton University
Title of Talk: To be determined

September 28

Wilson Okello
Instructor in Social Justice & Black World Studies at Miami University
Title of Talk: Living in the Wake of Crisis

October 26

Sylvester Johnson
Gates Lectures Professor of Religion & Culture at Virginia Tech
Title of Talk: “Personhood & the Humanities in the Age of Intelligent Machines”

November 2

Robert Jensen
Professor of Business Economics & Public Policy at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Title of Talk: To be determined

November 16

George Anders
Contributing editor at Forbes Magazines
Title of Talk: “Work’s Provocative Future: Which Graduates will thrive?”

Spring 2018

January 25

Laurent Dubois
Professor of Romance Studies & History  and Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University
Title of Talk: "Democracy at the Roots: Culture & Sovereignty in Haiti"

February 8

Francesco Femia
Rosenfield Program
Co-founder/President of the Center for Climate and Security, Co-chair of the Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG)
Title of Talk: “The Role of Environmental Degradation in Conflict”

March 1

Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English, Michigan State University
Title of Talk: “Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good”

March 15

Natsu Onoda
Associate Professor in Georgetown’s Program in Theater and Performance Studies
Title of Talk: "Questioning the Racial Question: 'Asian Face' in Manga, Theater Auditions, and Other Unlikely Places"

April 19

Mary Kathryn Nagle
Executive Director of Yale’s Performing Arts Program (also an award-winning playwright)
Title of Talk: "Sovereignty in the Law, Sovereignty of our Stories"

May 3

Mary Miller
Phi Beta Kappa
Sterling Professor of History of Art, Senior Director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale University
Title of Talk: "Life and Death in the Ancient Maya City"