2019-2020 Convocation Lecture Series Announced
Events and Lectures

Franklin College will continue its tradition of hosting an annual Convocation Lecture Series this academic year in the spirit of the college’s commitment to lifelong learning and diversity.

Each of the three lectures scheduled embody the common set of values that sustain personal, spiritual and professional growth on campus and in the larger community. Franklin College values integrity, a commitment to inclusivity, a culture of intellectual curiosity, the drive for innovation and creativity and the spirit of community.

The three guest lecturers for 2019-20 will highlight these traits in their discussions around “adulting,” shaping a personal identity and the ongoing pursuit of the dream for equality and justice voiced by civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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

The schedule for this year’s series follows below.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center: “How to Be an Adult”

 Julia Lythcott-Haims, a former Stanford University dean and New York Times best-selling author of the book How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto, will deliver a lecture to kick off the college’s Homecoming and Alumni Weekend.

At the lecture, she will preview her forthcoming book on adulting, a process she argues is about “one part having to, one part wanting to and one part knowing how.” Her most recent book was Real American, an award-winning prose poetry memoir that illustrated her experience with racism and her journey toward self-acceptance.

Join us for a frank, funny and compassionate conversation about supporting millennials and Gen Zers in being the adults we all need them to be.

This lecture is generously underwritten by the Tillman Lecture Fund, established by Franklin College alumnus and Board of Trustees member Doug Tillman ’70.

  • Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at 4 p.m. in Richardson Chapel: “The Relentless Pursuit of Dr. King’s Dream Today”

This lecture will be presented by Franklin College alumna Lisa Coffman on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration. She is a staff member at the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.

Coffman will speak about Dr. Martin Luther King’s relentless pursuit of civil rights and a more just American society. She will take a look at the ways in which we all can relentlessly pursue a better today and a better future in the spirit of the civil rights activist.

  •  Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in the Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center: “Forming Identity in a Complicated Society/Culture”

 Wade Davis II, a former NFL player, will present the lecture. He is a thought leader, writer, public speaker and educator on gender, race and orientation equality.

At some point in all our lives, we attempt to form an identity to become who we really are on the inside, against the pressure and influence of external forces. This is a complicated and on-going battle that often pits the individual against society.

Davis will explore this idea in his lecture and outline his own private struggles to give up his notions of safety and privilege in an attempt to define himself, free from guilt and the opinions of others.

Read more about the 2019-20 Convocation Lecture Series as it develops at www.franklincollege.edu/about-fc/convocation-series.

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

POSTED Sep 20, 2019