Prof. Edward Ayers

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

Southern Journey: The Migrations of the American South, 1790-2020 University of Richmond historian and former president, Dr. Ayers, will discuss how the South has been a place of constant movement, from the arrival of the first white settlers and the influx of scores of people of color through massive slave trading, to the Great Migrations […]

De’Juana Thompson ’05

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

The Power of Personal Story: Berea and Black Girl Magic The power of Berea’s story-telling and community-building curriculum is what sparked Ms. Thompson’s unlikely story. She will explore her own unorthodox path as well as that of Carter G. Woodson and Barack Obama. Thompson, a 2005 Berea graduate, will share how a GSTR 101 Berea […]

Corey Harris Band

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

Acoustic Delta Blues Corey Harris is leading a revival of Country Blues with a fresh and modern appeal. A powerful and compelling singer and an accomplished guitarist, his musical artistry is complemented by reflective explorations of the historical and cultural circumstances that gave rise to the blues. Over the years, he has performed, recorded and […]

Canceled: Father Gregory Boyle

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

Please note: Due to health reasons, Father Boyle will be unable to present the 2020 Robbins Peace Lecture. This convocation has therefore been canceled. The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness Father Gregory Boyle will share what he has learned in three decades working with marginalized populations at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Calif.—that […]

Urvashi Vaid

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

Pawns in Their Game: Sexuality, Gender, & Race in American Politics Ms. Vaid is a long-time lesbian organizer, writer, and CEO of a social innovation firm that advances equity, justice, and inclusion. In her talk she addresses the context within which social movements like the LGBTQ movement operate, and the forces they face. She will […]

Carrie Newcomer with Gary Walters

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information. The Point of Arrival Known for emotionally intimate songs that explore the personal, political, and spiritual with compassion, insight, and wit, American singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer has become a mainstay on the contemporary folk scene. […]

Desmond Meade

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information. Putting in the Work: A Journey of Second Chances Desmond Meade will share his journey from homelessness to leadership of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. He will address felony disenfranchisement and the reshaping of […]

Dr. James Hansen

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information. Shape Your Future: Energy, Climate Change and Human Rights Dr. Hansen, climate activist and leading climate scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, will address how the next few years are critical for halting the […]

Fubuki Daiko

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information. Japanese Drumming In ancient Japan, Taiko drums were used to frighten invaders, inspire troops in battle, and call the gods. The core members of this spirited group have more than 25 years of Japanese […]

Women of Appalachia

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information. Women Speak The Women of Appalachia Project has, for the past 10 years, been empowering female Appalachian writers and spoken word artists of all levels. In their uncompromising mix of socio-political perspectives the artists […]