Convocation Series

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson

Wendell Berry 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

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

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 8, 2014, 8 p.m.

An Evening with Lena Dunham ’08

Lena Dunham '08

Lena Dunham ’08 created and stars in the HBO series, GIRLS. She also serves as executive producer, writer, and director. Dunham won several honors in 2013, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and received a nomination in that category this year. She recently made history by becoming the first female director to win a Director's Guild of America Award for Television Comedy Series. Read more

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Avery Brooks ’70

Avery Brooks

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

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with James McBride ’79

James McBride '79

Award-winning writer and musician James McBride’s memoir, The Color of Water, was a New York Times bestseller for more than two years. He cowrote and co-produced the 2012 film Red Hook Summer with Spike Lee. The Good Lord Bird, his latest novel about American revolutionary figure John Brown, was released in August 2013 to critical acclaim. 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.

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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.