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2018-19 Academic Year
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Block 1:  Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation marks the beginning of Colorado College’s academic year and helps to welcome new students, the Class of 2022.


Block 2:  Vincent Hutchings, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan
"Understanding the 2018 Election"

(Presented by the Department of Political Science, the William Jovanovich Lecture in Public Affairs Fund, and the Fred A. Sondermann Memorial Fund


Block 3:  Dr. Lynn Hunt, Distinguished Research Professor, UCLA
"The Controversial History of Human Rights"

(Presented by the Department of History)


Block 4: Dr. Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University
"Cultural Trends Shaping iGen: Individualism, Insecurity, and the Internet"

(Presented by the President's Office and Student Life.)


Block 5: Dr. Reena N. Goldthree, Assistant professor of African American Studies, Princeton University
"Moving Beyond the Valley of Despair: Black Freedom Dreams in the Age of Trump"

(Presented by the Academic Events CommitteeCultural Atractions Fund, and the Butler Center.)


Block 6: Adrianne Chalepah 
"The Rise of Indigenous Women's Voices"

(Presented by the Academic Events Committee, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College Museum, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and NEH Professorship)


Block 7: Alan Townsend, Provost and Professor of Environmental Science, Colorado College
"Which Climate Will We Choose?"

(Presented by the Academic Events Committee)

Block 8:  Honors Convocation 

2017-18 Academic Year

Block 1: Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation marks the beginning of Colorado College’s academic year and helps to welcome new students, the Class of 2021.


Block 2: Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D., Director, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

Block 3: Sylvia Chan-Malik, Associate Professor of American and Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Block 4: Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Healthy Lifestyles Research Center Education, Arizona State University

Block 5: Nikole Hannah-Jones, award-winning investigative reporter covering racial injustice for the New York Times Magazine.

Block 6: Samantha Blackmon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English at Purdue and Co-Founder of Not Your Mamma's Gamer

Block 7: First Nation artist/activist Gregg Deal

Block 8: Honors Convocation

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

First Mondays Block 3

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