Michelle Norris Convocation (photocredit: Yevhen Gulenko)


The Oberlin Convocation Series, presented by 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. A question and answer session with the presenter follows each talk.

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Past Events


Convocation: An Evening with Paul Beatty

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Finney Chapel

Paul Beatty is the author of four novels― Slumberland , Tuff, The White Boy Shuffle , and The Sellout ―and two books of poetry: Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce . He is the editor of...


Convocation: An Evening with Professor Robert Spano '84

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Finney Chapel

Conductor, pianist, composer, and teacher, Robert Spano ’84 is known worldwide for his intense artistry and distinct communicative ability. His visit to Oberlin marks the first Convocation of the aademic year.


Convocation: An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Finney Chapel

Conservationist, free speech advocate, and author, Terry Tempest Williams has a long history of environmental activism. Currently the Provostial Scholar at Dartmouth College, Williams writes of how...


Presidential Convocation: A Conversation with Jesse Milan

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm
Finney Chapel
Webcast Available

Jesse Milan Jr., JD, will present a talk titled “You are the Keeper of the HIV Movement.” Milan is president and CEO of AIDS United. Milan leads AIDS United, a national organization...