Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson
The author of more than 40 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Wendell Berry has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout a career dedicated to environmental awareness and the written word. Wes Jackson, PhD, established and served as chair of one of the country’s first environmental studies programs at California State University-Sacramento, then returned to his native Kansas to found the Land Institute in 1976, of which he is president. Read more
Friday, September 27, 2013, 8 p.m.
An Evening with Randy Newman
From his self-titled 1968 debut to his current work scoring Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University (the prequel to Monsters Inc., which he also scored), Randy Newman’s career spans the last 50 years of American popular culture. Read more
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Define American: An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas
The divide between Jose Antonio Vargas’ personal and professional lives has been even more defined than most. A successful journalist who’d written for the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, and other outlets, Vargas was also part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings. Read more
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Avery Brooks ’70
Avery Brooks is an accomplished actor, director, musician, and teacher. A former artistic director of the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Brooks is a tenured professor of theater at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Read more
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Natasha Trethewey
Natasha Trethewey is the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of four collections of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Native Guard. Read more
Thursday, April 10, 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, Professor Jeffrey Sachs is also the director of the Earth Institute, director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. Read more
Violin 2013 | 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.
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.