Around Tappan Square

Distinguished Speakers

The College's 2002-03 Convocation Series continues throughout the year with lectures that are free to the public. Each begins at 8 p.m. in Finney Chapel.

J.M. Coetzee, "A Reading,"
October 10, 2002
Named South Africa's "Writer of the Millennium" in March 2000, Coetzee is the recipient of many international literary awards and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. During his 30 years at the University of Cape Town, Coetzee was instrumental in developing the institution's creative writing program. He currently lectures at the University of Chicago as a visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought.

Gardner Calvin Taylor '40, "Appealing to the Supreme Judge,"
February 3, 2003
One of the most sought-after preachers in the world, Taylor's sermons can be heard on 100 radio stations around the world. He was instrumental in establishing the Progressive National Baptist Convention and is the recipient of 12 honorary degrees, including the Oberlin Alumni Citation for Influence as a Preacher in 1957 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Lynn Margulis, "The Living Earth: Inheritance of Acquired Genomes,"
April 15, 2003
A Distinguished University Professor of Geoscience at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Margulis' work encompasses original contributions to cell biology and microbial evolution. She currently co-directs NASA's Planetary Biology Internship Program.


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