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2015-16 Fall Semester

Block 1

Opening ConvocationOpening Convocation 2015
Serious Spontaneity
Doug Pray '83, Documentary Filmmaker

Block 2

Designed for Change: Ending a Tyranny of Low Expectations
John Cary, Author, Curator, and Architect

Sponsors: The Art Department Design Research Endowed Fund, IDEA, and The Cultural Attractions Fund

Originally trained as an architect, John Cary characterizes himself as a connector who focuses on design as a pathway for social justice. Cary’s work as a writer, speaker, and curator engages with areas of public health, reproductive rights, philanthropy, and social justice.  He is an advisor to Aspen Global Health & Development, a global advisory board member of Possible Health in rural Nepal, and a member of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer‘s Design Council. He also served as the founding executive director of Autodesk Foundation, a first-of-its-kind foundation focused on design for impact. His first book, The Power of Pro Bono, was published in 2010. Cary’s First Monday presentation will examine the ways in which architecture, landscape design, and industrial design can catalyze social change within communities. The talk is presented in conjunction with the "Beyond the Building," an exhibition at IDEA Space that examines the socially engaged work of architectural firm MASS Design Group.

Block 3

Living in Pop Culture
Chuck Klosterman, Author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
Sponsor: Lloyd Lecture Fund

Block 4

Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene
Donna Haraway ’66, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the History of Consciousness Program, UC Santa Cruz
Sponsors: The President’s Office and the Department of Philosophy

Donna Haraway (b. 1944 in Denver) is an internationally recognized feminist theorist and philosopher of science and technology. Her earliest educational experiences were formed in Catholic school in America. Donna Haraway studied zoology, philosophy and English at The Colorado College on a Boettcher Foundation Scholarship, where she graduated with a BA in 1966. She then studied philosophies of evolution at the University of Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship for a year. Donna Haraway received her Ph.D. at Yale in 1972 from the Department of Biology. Her dissertation, entitled 'The Search for Organizing Relations: An Organismic Paradigm in 20th-Century Developmental Biology', which was written as part of an interdisciplinary arrangement between the Departments of Biology, Philosophy, and History of Science and Medicine, focused on the role of metaphor as a shaping force in twentieth-century developmental biological research. Donna Haraway is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus the in the History of Consciousness Program and Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

2015-16 Spring Semester

Block 5

Perspectives on King and The Case for Reparations 
Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Correspondent for The Atlantic and Journalist-in-Residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Sponsors: NEH Professorship and Jovanovich

Block 6

Claudia Rankine, Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets and Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College

Block 7

Currently Open

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Block 8

Honors Convocation