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Past Events (with links to video recordings)

2016-17 Academic Year

Block 1: Opening Convocation


Block 2: Marlon James


Block 3: Marc Hetherington


Block 4: Richard Ross

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Block 5: Russell Rickford


Block 6: A.O. Scott

CC-FirstMondays-Block 7-CriticalKaraoke-2017 Block 7: Critical Karaoke: A Day in the Life with Ryan Banagale and Steven Hayward
Block 8: Honors Conovation
2015-16 Fall Semester
Opening Convocation 2015

Block 1: Opening Convocation Serious Spontaneity Doug Pray '83, Documentary Filmmaker

Block 2 Poster

Block 2: Designed for Change: Ending a Tyranny of Low Expectations
John Cary, Author, Curator, and Architect
Sponsors: The Art Department Design Research Fund, IDEA, and The Cultural Attractions Fund

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Block 3: Life Through The Prism of Pop Culture
Chuck Klosterman, Author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
Sponsor: Demarest Lloyd Endowed Lecture in Humanities

1M Poster

Block 4: Canceled
Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: the Lively Arts of Staying with the Trouble
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

Block 5

Block 5: 30 years and Counting:  Living the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

1M Poster

Block 6: Claudia Rankine, Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets and Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College

1M Poster

Block 7: How to Understand the Best, Greatest, Biggest, Classiest Presidential Primary of All Time
John Sides, Associate Professor of Political Science, George Washington University

1M Poster

Block 8: Honors Convocation

2014 - 2015 Academic Year
Block 7 Poster

Block 7: Confronting the New Global Reality: Obama's Last Two Years

Ambassador Christopher Hill

Block 6 Poster

Block 6, 2014-15: Suicide and Hope for Our Future Selves

Jennifer Michael Hecht, philosopher, historian, and poet

Block 5 Poster

Block 5, 2014-15: Soundtrack for a Revolution

Dylan Nelson, professor of film and new media studies
Heidi Lewis, professor of feminist and gender studies

1M Poster

Block 4, 2014-15: Entrepreneurship, Connections, and Passion - CC Alums in the World of Craft Beer

David Wright, PJ Hoberman, Tommy Thacer, and Peter Skrbek

Console Wars - Block 3

Block 3, 2014-15: Console Wars
Blake Harris, author of “Console Wars,” and Gail Tilden, former VP at Nintendo

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Block 2, 2014-15: America's Energy Future: Cleaner, Better, Brighter
Michael Brune
Executive Director, The Sierra Club 

2014 Opening Convocation

Block 1, 2014-15: Opening Convocation

2013 - 2014 Academic Year

Block 8, 2013-14: NYC's Woman Trapped Inside a Woman's Body
Alison Grillo
Transgender comedian from New York City.


Block 7, 2013-14: Beyond The Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-­‐Asian Cultural Production 
Crystal Anderson

  Block 6, 2013-14: Why Civil Resistance Works: Unarmed Struggle in the Past and Future
Erica Chenoweth
Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver

Block 5, 2013-14: Celebrating MLK Day
Cleo Parker Robinson


Block 4, 2013-14: The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World 
Wade Davis
National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence 


Block 3, 2013-14: Design Matters: Why?  
Garrett Benisch, Jessica Hunter-Larsen, and Carl Reed  
Design-minded members of CC community!


Block 2.5, 2013-14: "First Monday on Friday"
The Best Game You Can Name (Is the Good Old Hockey Game)
Dave Bidini
Sportswriter and columnist for The National Postin Canada


Block 2, 2013-14: ON the Wall - The conceptualization and production of Reel Rock Film
Josh Lowell '94 and Pete Mortimer '97
Reel Rock Film producers


Block 1, 2013-14: Opening Convocation
“From a Small College in Colorado to a Small College in Maine”
Paul Franco '78
Professor of Government, Bowdoin College

2012 - 2013 Academic Year

Block 8, 2012-13: Honors Convocation


Block 7, 2012-13: Tapestries of Apocalypse: From Angers to "Nausicaa" and Beyond
Dr. Susan Napier
Professor and Director of Japanese Program, Tufts University 

Block 6, 2012-13: The Responsible Company: What We've Learned from Patagonia's First 40 Years
Vincent Stanley
Marketing Chief for Patagonia, Inc. 
Block 5, 2012-13: SyrianamericanA: a Nation-State of Mind
Omar Offendum
Hip hop artist 
Block 4, 2012-13: Love, Money and Blood
Anne Hyde
Pulitzer Prize finalist and Recipient of the 2012 Bancroft Prize
Block 3, 2012-13: Debating the Election
CC Debate team vs. Air Force Academy Debate team
Block 2, 2012-13: Break Beat Theater
Excerpts of Idris Goodwin's play, How We Got On.

Block 1, 2012-13 (Opening Convocation):
Coloring Outside the Lines - Pursuing an Interdisciplinary Life
Samuel Taylor, director of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

2011 - 2012 Academic Year
Economics for the Seventh Generation: The Environment, Economics, and Thinking Beyond Empire Block 8, 2011-12: Economics for the Seventh Generation: The Environment, Economics, and Thinking Beyond Empire
Winona Laduke
Executive Director of Honor the Earth 
Tourist to a Warm World Block 7, 2011-12: Tourist to a Warm World
Dr. Kirk Johnson
Chief Curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Bowed Piano Ensemble Block 6, 2011-12: Bowed Piano Ensemble
The Corporatization of America: What it Means for Your Dreams Block 5, 2011-12: The Corporatization of America: What it Means for Your Dreams
Ralph Nader
Activist, author, and five-time presidential candidate 
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