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

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. 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: the Pulitzer Prize-winner 3 Sections; The Long Meadow, which also earned the James Laughlin Award; and Wild Kingdom. 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.