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.

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 2018–19


Sept. 27: Kathryn Lofton
Gates Lecturer

Title of Talk: “The Present Life of Blasphemy: Kanye West in American Popular Culture”

Credentials: Professor of Religious Studies, History, and Divinity at Yale University


Oct. 11: Kathy Cramer

 Title of Talk: “Learning Well in a World that Turns Away”

Credentials: Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Nov. 8: LaDonna Redmond

 Title of Talk: “Protecting Our Potential: Imagining Justice for Our Food System & Beyond”

Credentials: Founder and Executive Director of the Campaign for Food Justice Now


Feb. 14: John Hassard

 Title of Talk: “Envisioning the Post-Hydrocarbon World”

Credentials: Founding associate director of the Institute for Security, Science and Technology at Imperial College London


March 14: Ken Alder

Title of Talk: “The World’s Measure: A History of Scientific Values”

Credentials: Milton H. Wilson Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University


April 4: Dr. Emeran Mayer

Title of Talk: “Microbes, the link between soil, gut and our health”

Credentials: Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Executive Director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience and Co-director of the CURE: Diseases Research Center at UCLA.

April 25: Edward Larson

PBK Lecture

Title of Talk: “Anti-evolutionism in Historical Perspective”

Credentials: Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and University Professor of History at Pepperdine University

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