Convocation Series

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Bryan Stevenson

A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson is a leader in the movement against mass incarceration in the United States and one of the country’s most active social justice advocates. Read more

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Zadie Smith

Born in North London to an English father and a Jamaican mother, Zadie Smith graduated from Cambridge in 1997. Her first novel, White Teeth, tells the story of three ethnically diverse families in contemporary London. Read more

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Sonia Shah ’90

Sonia Shah ’90 is an investigative journalist and author of the critically acclaimed and prize-winning books The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years, The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients, and Crude: The Story of Oil. Born in New York to immigrant parents, Shah developed a lifelong interest in social inequality. Read more

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt launched United Therapeutics Corporation and served as CEO and chair of the board since its inception. Prior to this, she created SiriusXM Satellite Radio and served as its chair and CEO. Read more

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 p.m.

Swimming in Dark Waters:
Other Voices of the American Experience

Led by Rhiannon Giddens ’00, founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Swimming in Dark Waters explores old and new songs of resistance of the South, protest songs from Leyla McCalla’s Haiti and Louisiana, and the experiences of first-generation American Bhi Bhiman, an “outsider looking in” on issues of culture and race in 21st-century America. Read more

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1999. Her series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” won an award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read more

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Gary Shteyngart ’95

Author of the acclaimed novels The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story, Russian-born Gary Shteyngart ’95 has risen to the top of the fiction world. Read more

Piano 2016 | Violin 2017
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$10,000 first prize

Presented each July by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cooper Competition showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. Five days of performances on campus give way to the thrilling Concerto Finals at Severance Hall, where three finalists compete for the grand prize in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra.

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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.