Convocation Series

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Ishmael Beah ’04

At 13, Ishmael Beah was recruited as a child soldier in Sierra Leone’s civil war. He was removed from the army by UNICEF and later became an advocate for children affected by war. His 2007 memoir, A Long Way Gone, was published to popular and critical acclaim. Read more

Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:30 p.m.

An Evening with Radiolab

Jad Abumrad ’95 is the cohost of Radiolab. He’s been called a master of the radio craft for his ability to combine cutting-edge sound design, cinematic storytelling, and a personal approach to complex topics from the stochasticity of tumor cells to the mathematics of morality. Abumrad’s colleague on the air, 1969 Oberlin grad Robert Krulwich exudes boundless curiosity and an ability to explain complex subjects in compelling and entertaining ways. Read more

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Wordless! An Evening with Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston

Twenty-two years after the release of his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus, Art Spiegelman presents Wordless!, an innovative hybrid of slides, talk, and musical performance created with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston. Read more

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Jeffrey Sachs

One of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty, Jeffrey Sachs also is director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. He has authored three New York Times best sellers and advised governments on economic strategy in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East for more than two decades. Read more

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Dr. Regina Benjamin

Former Surgeon General of the United States, Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, is the Picayune Endowed Chair of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. Throughout her career, Dr. Benjamin has been recognized for her dedication to preventive care.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Zadie Smith

London-born short story writer and novelist Zadie Smith’s first novel, White Teeth (2000), was published to acclaim when she was just 22. White Teeth is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London told through the story of three ethnically diverse families.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Dean Baquet

A former reporter for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Chicago Tribune, and editor of the Los Angeles Times, Dean Baquet is the executive editor of the New York Times, overseeing news reporting in all forms. He joined the New York Times in April 1990 as a metropolitan reporter. Prior to becoming executive editor, Baquet was managing editor for news of The Times and also served as Washington bureau chief for the paper. Read more

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Vijay Seshadri ’74

Oberlin alumnus Vijay Seshadri is the author of three collections of poetry: 3 Sections, awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; The Long Meadow, which won the James Laughlin Award; and Wild Kingdom. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. Read more

Violin 2015 | Piano 2014
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$10,000 first prize

Concerto-round performance with the Cleveland Orchestra. Competition is presented by the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Orchestra and showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. The competition provides more than $20,000 in prize money and concert engagements with orchestras in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

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About the Oberlin Convocation Series

The Oberlin Convocation Series, presented under the auspices of the Finney Lecture Committee and the Office of the President, presents free, public discussions of cutting-edge issues by some of the country’s most prominent thinkers. These talks are open to the public and take place in Finney Chapel. Lectures begin at 7:30 or 8 p.m. For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Programs at 440.775.6785.