Scholars’ Convocation

Scholars’ Convocations for the remainder of the academic year have been canceled due to COVID-19.


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.

Scholars’ Convocation 2019–20


August 29

New Student Orientation: First Year Scholars’ Convocation

September 12

Rosenfield Symposium: The Tyranny of Data, Ari Berman, senior reporter, Mother Jones and reporting fellow, Type Media Center

September 19

Joan Neuberger ’75, professor of Russian history at the University of Texas at Austin

September 26

Kate Manne, assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell University

November 21

Intercultural Affairs Convocation: Cristina Henríquez, American author, The Book of Unknown Americans


February 20

Rosenfield Symposium: Space Exploration

April 2 (Canceled)

Evelynn Hammonds, chair of the Department of the History of Science, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University and Alan Templeton, Charles Rebstock Professor of Biology at Washington University

April 9 (Canceled)

Greg Duncan ’70, distinguished professor in the Department of Education at University of California, Irvine

April 23 (Canceled)

Kaushik Basu, professor of economics and C Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University. Former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank.

May 7 (Canceled)

Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

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