2018-19 Convocation Lecture Series Announced
Events and Lectures

Franklin College tradition includes hosting an annual Convocation Lecture Series that promotes the ideals of the institution. The college upholds a common set of values that enhances the community and sustains personal, spiritual and professional growth for a lifetime. The college values people of integrity, a commitment to inclusivity, a culture of intellectual curiosity, the drive for innovation and creativity and the spirit of community.

All the lectures and their associated activities are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

The schedule for this year’s series and associated programming is below.

  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Spurlock Center Gymnasium: “The Founding of the Nation Through the Eyes of the Enslaved”

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Ph.D., is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her publications, teaching and documentary appearances have placed her among a small number of African-American women scholars who study black life, culture and gender up to the Civil War.

When George Washington was elected president, he reluctantly left behind his beloved Mount Vernon to serve in New York and then Philadelphia, the temporary seat of the nation’s capital. In setting up his household, he brought along nine slaves, including Ona Judge.

Though Ona Judge lived a life of relative comfort, she was denied freedom. So, when the opportunity presented itself one spring day in Philadelphia, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs. At age 22, Judge became the subject of an intense manhunt led by Washington, who used his political and personal contacts to try and recapture his property.

The convocation will focus on Dunbar’s book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.

  • Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Richardson Chapel: “How the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Voice Has Influenced the Hip-Hop Community and Raised Social Awareness to Millions of Young Voices.”

Cynthia Horner is a writer, magazine editor and entertainment industry entrepreneur residing in New York City.  She is a media specialist and former Right On! magazine editorial director.

Horner will chronicle salient points about the significance of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose quest for equality has taken on a resurgence due in part to activists within the hip-hop community.  Rare and exclusive stories and anecdotes gathered from some of the music community’s insightful artists will be included along with an historical timeline detailing the progression and growth of King’s impact on the entertainment community. 

  • Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 7 p.m., Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center, A Conversation with Dr. Paul Farmer and Todd McCormack, “Bending the Arc: How Two College Friends Have Eased Suffering Around the World,” moderated by John Krull, Director of the Pulliam School of Journalism.

The 7 p.m. convocation conversation will focus on how a friendship formed in college helped make the world a better place.  It will explore how Farmer and McCormack became friends and how they decided they could work together to help people.

The convocation will be preceded by a 1 p.m. interview in the Branigin Room with Dr. Paul Farmer and Todd McCormack during a live broadcast of WFYI’s “No Limits,” hosted by John Krull.  The broadcast will focus on the history and work of Partners In Health.  The discussion will trace the reasons Farmer and McCormack founded the organization and what they hope it will accomplish.

Dr. Paul Farmer, physician and anthropologist, is chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, Kolokotrones University professor and chair of the department of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also serves as U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent books are In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction and To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation.

Todd McCormack is a founding board member of Partners In Health and a senior corporate vice president at IMG Media, the largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming in the world. He previously served as CEO of TWI Interactive, an independently financed IMG company that managed IMG’s new media rights from 1999-2003. McCormack continues to spearhead IMG special projects and supports the company’s digital media business and also works independently with digital media businesses as an angel investor and adviser. He is a member of CommonAngels, a group that invests in innovative information technology companies, and an adviser to Livestream.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please email ARC@FranklinCollege.edu.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

(Posted Aug. 27, 2018)

POSTED Sep 13, 2018