Scholars’ Convocation

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.

Scholars’ Convocation 2021–22

Unless otherwise indicated, Scholars’ Convocation lectures will be held in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101 at 11 a.m.

Sept. 2, 2021

Presidential Convocation: Anne Harris

Civic Trust: A Vision for Grinnell College
Webex link for Civic Trust (Online only; no lecture in Rosenfield Center)

Sept. 23, 2021

Scholars’ Convocation: Jarvis Givens
Humanities and Social Studies Center (HSSC) Room A1231

Zoom link for Jarvis Givens
Meeting ID: 867 4925 4864
Passcode: 430843

Sept. 30, 2021

Endowed Chair Ceremony
Herrick Chapel

Oct. 7, 2021

Scholars’ Convocation with Writers@Grinnell: John Garrison and Dustin Dixon

Nov. 4, 2021

Scholars’ Convocation with the Rosenfield Program: Lara Janson ’05

Nov. 11, 2021

Scholars’ Convocation: Chuck Connerly
HSSC A1231

Jan. 27, 2022 — Postponed

Scholars’ Convocation: Nicol Turner-Lee
Postponed to the 2022–23 school year

Feb. 10, 2022

Scholars’ Convocation: Grinnell Lecture

Feb. 24, 2022

Scholars’ Convocation: Professor Marty Baylor

March 3, 2022

Scholars’ Convocation: Jennifer Ho
(Online only; no lecture in Rosenfield Center)

Zoom Link for Jennifer Ho

March 10, 2022

Scholars’ Convocation: Greg Duncan

Webex link for Greg Duncan

April 7, 2022

Scholars’ Convocation: Stephanie Jones

April 14, 2022

Scholars’ Convocation: Kaushik Basu, “The Changing Global Landscape: The Challenge and the Hope”
(online and in-person)

Webex link for Kaushik Basu

April 21, 2022

Scholars’ Convocation: Tim Eatman, “Beware the Shrinking Imagination”
(online and in-person)

Webex link for Tim Eatman

April 28, 2022

Scholars’ Convocation: Sam Wineburg
“Historical Thinking in a Digital Age: Tool or Relic?”
(online and in-person, HSSC A1231)

Webex link for Sam Wineburg
Event number: 2624 353 0355
Event password: SWConvo2022

May 5, 2022

Scholars’ Convocation: Phi Beta Kappa
Herrick Chapel

All convocations are in person from 11 a.m.–noon in Rosenfield Center (JRC) Room 101 unless otherwise noted. Select convocations will also be available via Webex. Links will be available in the Campus Memo and in the announcement in GrinnellShare (login required).

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