University Convocation

Spring Semester, 2016

Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cone Chapel, Waller Hall (unless otherwise noted)

The University Convocation series is planned by the students of IDS 202 ("Convo: Campus/Community/Cosmos") so the schedule is under constant development throughout the semester.

The Salem Community is welcome to attend these programs at no charge.

These are the programs scheduled to date.

January 21

Special Extended Time: 11:20-12:45
Racism in Oregon
Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Author and educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through a timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power in this state and the nation. Participants will discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape not only for Black Oregonians but all Oregonians.

January 28

Equity Diversity and Inclusion at Willamette

What are the administrative structures that promote equity, diversity and inclusion at Willamette?  What is their charge, who is on them and how do they work?  Panelists will include the chairs of the Council on Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ), the Multicultural Affairs Committee of the CLA faculty (MAC) and the Task Force for Increasing Faculty Diversity.

February 4


February 11


February 18


February 25


March 3


March 10


March 17

Life on Death Row
What are the spiritual, ethical and theological issues posed by the death penalty?  Florida's Death Row Chaplain, Dale Recinella, will present and help us to engage the issues.

March 24

No Convocation- Spring Break

March 31


April 7


April 14


April 21


April 28

Helmut Rilling: Theological Aspects of the Music of J. S. Bach

Helmut Rilling is an internationally renowned conductor and scholar of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, who will be in Salem conducting a performance of the Willamette Master Chorus - please join us to hear from this distinguished artist and scholar

Parking information may be found here.