Convocation Series

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Michele Norris

Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race

Listeners know Michele Norris as cohost of NPR’s All Things Considered, public radio’s longest-running national program. She is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience including work with ABC’s World News Tonight, and major newspapers the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. Read more

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Eboo Patel

On Building a Diverse Democracy:
Justice and Identity in the 21st Century

Eboo Patel is the founder and president of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer at colleges and universities across the United States, Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Read more

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty is a New York-based novelist who began his writing career as a poet. He won the first-ever Grand Poetry Slam Champion of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. One of the prizes for winning the championship title was the book deal that resulted in his first volume of poetry, Big Bank Take Little Bank (1991). His first novel, The White Boy Shuffle, was published to widespread praise in 1996. Read more

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

What’s the Point of Comedy? (And other pointless questions)


Daniel Radosh ’91 is a writer, blogger, and currently a senior writer on the current affairs comedy cable TV program, the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He was previously a staff writer on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, New York Magazine, and the New York Times, among others. Radosh previously served as senior editor of Modern Humorist, and as a writer/editor for the Original Spy.

Ed Helms ’96 is an actor, writer, producer, and comedian. After graduation, Helms moved to New York City to pursue a comedy career, ultimately becoming a correspondent on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, before joining the cast of the Office. He also starred in the Hangover trilogy and other films, and has launched his own production company. Read more

Piano 2016 | Violin 2017
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$20,000 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 from an array of disciplines and professional fields. These talks are open to the public and take place in Finney Chapel. Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Programs at (440) 775-6785.