University Convocation

Spring Semester, 2015

Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cone Chapel, Waller Hall (unless otherwise noted)

The University Convocation series is planned by the students of IDS 202 ("Convo: Campus/Community/Cosmos") so the schedule is under constant development throughout the semester. These are the programs scheduled to date.

January 29
Half the Story Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
Historian Edward Baptist (Cornell University) will be speaking at Willamette in the first week of February.  In preparation for his talk, we will convene in small groups to discuss the opening chapter of Baptist’s book which explores the nineteenth century forced migration of enslaved African-Americans from the Upper South to the expanding Cotton South.  A PDF copy of the reading is available at
February 5
Commercial Replay: The Super Bowl as Big Business
Come and join the Convo class as we discuss the commercial impact of the Super Bowl and review this year's commercials.
February 12
Yik Yak

What is Yik Yak?

How is this social media app being used by the Willamette community and others? Concerns have been raised about cyber-bullying (resulting in Yik Yak being banned by some schools) and freedom of speech issues.

Join the Convo class for a lively discussion of these topics and others.

February 19
Fifty Shades of Grey: Pathology and/or Pleasure?

Please join us for a discussion on BDSM… consent… romance… women’s desire and fulfillment… kink… fantasy… $$... media depictions… spanking… virginity…

Jade Aguilar from the Sociology Department will frame the discussion for us.

February 26
Mindfulness -- What is That!?

Source of well-being... Stress-reduction technique... Workout enhancer... Study aid... Can the practice of being truly present in the moment really provide all theses benefits? Popular and commercial culture has adopted mindfulness as the answer to what ails us. But what is it?

This Convocation will offer an introduction to mindfulness practice and feature student and staff practitioners. Come to Convo and breathe!

March 5
To be determined
March 12
To be determined
March 19
To be determined
March 26
No Convocation - Spring Break
April 2
To be determined
April 9
To be determined
April 16
To be determined
April 23
To be determined
April 30
To be determined

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