|Common Good Convocations, 2004 - 05|
|Creativity Convocations, 2003 - 2004|
|Gender Convocations, 2002 - 2003|
|Origins Convocations, 2001 - 2002|
|Diversity Convocations, 2000 - 2001|
|Other Multimedia Events|
Jim Wallis (April 28, 2005) - Jim Wallis is a founder of Sojourners, a Christian ministry with a mission to “integrate spiritual renewal and social justice.” The group’s projects include Sojourner Magazine, which Wallis edits, and other resources to address faith, politics and culture from a biblical perspective.
Maurice Cox (April 14, 2005) - Our community revolves around its public and private spaces, yet often architects — the experts in such spaces — are left out of the dialogue that charts community growth and development. Maurice Cox, an architect on the faculty of the University of Virginia, blends community service, activism and design in his work. As a member of the Charlottesville, Va. City Council and as the city’s mayor, he has worked to replace zoning laws that threaten lower-income neighborhoods with a long-range plan for sustainable development across the city.
Teresa Hornsby (March 31, 2005) - How would you define religion? Going to church? Working in the community? Helping the poor? What about laughing, bathing, killing, making love? Teresa Hornsby, Ph.D. assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Drury, talks about how religion is connected to everything we do.
Saundra Weddle (March 17, 2005) - In Renaissance Florence, it was said that “if you tell me who you have married I can tell you who you are.” The implication was that your spouse's status communicated volumes about your own status and, by extension, your family’s. In the same way, it might have been said that “if you tell me where you are I can tell you who you are,” since status and identity were linked to an individual’s location within Florentine architecture and the urban realm. Saundra Weddle, Ph.D., assistant professor of architecture, explores how architecture and city design reflected gender roles, and how those roles are still evident in modern cities.
Susana Almanza (March 3, 2005) - In 1931, the government of Austin, Texas, zoned the city for segregation. Minorities and the poor were forced to share East Austin with much of the city’s industry. Homes, shopping centers and schools are built on soil contaminated with toxic waste, or sit downwind of noxious vapors. In a heroic reworking of zoning laws (and governmental culture), Susana Almanza has started East Austin on the way to a healthier future.
Kevin Bales (February 17, 2005) - From charcoal makers in Brazil to cocoa harvesters in the Ivory Coast and beyond, an estimated 27 million people around the world are slaves today. In agriculture, mining, manufacturing and other industries, the Earth’s population boom, especially in developing nations, has made human life cheap, and slavery profitable. Kevin Bales, Ph.D. is director of Free the Slaves, an international agency dedicated to revealing and ending modern slavery.
Michael Barnett (January 27, 2005) - While Rwandans killed each other by the thousands in 1993 and 1994, the United Nations stood by. Does it share the blame for the genocide? Michael Barnett, part of the U.S mission to the U.N. during that time, says yes, even as he reveals the careful ethical decisions behind the U.N.’s inaction.
Winona LaDuke (November 4, 2004) - Since addressing the United Nations at age 18 on the rights of American Indians, Winona LaDuke has been one of America’s strongest voices against racism, social injustice and environmental abuse of wild lands, topics she addressed during her Drury visit.
Jack Shewmaker (October 21, 2004) - Clear-minded and direct, Jack Shewmaker knows that the best successes are those which lift up many lives. From humble beginnings in the town of Buffalo, Mo., Shewmaker joined Sam Walton early in the history of Wal-Mart.
Howard Zinn (October 7, 2004) - Howard Zinn is one of the world’s most famous historians, best known for his People’s History of the United States, which recounts history from the perspectives of workers and commoners instead of the usual views of the powerful elite. In the last two decades, Zinn’s socialist analysis of America has become a standard text at universities across the U.S., including Drury.
Ralph Nader (August 26, 2004) - From his work as a consumer safety activist in the 1960s to his 1996, 2000 and 2004 campaigns for President, Ralph Nader has not shied from controversy, provided the controversy helps advance public debate on what he sees as the day’s key issues.
Ron Spronk (April 1, 2004) - Artist Piet Mondrian's paintings are instantly recognizable icons of 20th-century abstract painting. Their simplicity is deceptive. Spronk discussed how his use of technology revealed the secrets of artistic creation.
Judy Chicago (March 11, 2004) - Renowned artist, writer, feminist and intellectual, Judy Chicago's influence has been far-reaching both within and outside the art community. She has made the female point of view a part of mainstream art.
Ward Churchill (March 4, 2004) - Churchill, as one of the nation's most outspoken Native American activists, explored themes of genocide and conquest as he interpreted Lewis and Clark's impact on American Indians.
Gregory Ojakangas (February 26, 2004) - Almost from the beginning, the United States of America has dominated the realm of space exploration. Drury's own space expert, Dr. Greg Ojakangas, explores the past and future of America's space programs.
Roald Hoffman (February 19, 2004) - Roald Hoffman, a 1981 Nobel laureate in chemistry, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, and published poet, argues that scientific articles need a more human voice and that poetry can be found everywhere, including the most arcane scientific detail.
Walt Harrington (February 5, 2004) - Walt Harrington was a staff writer for The Washington Post Magazine for nearly 15 years. His new book, The Everlasting Stream: A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friendship, and Family, was recently published by Atlantic Monthly Press.
Roger Young (November 6, 2003) - In breaks from teaching at Drury, Associate Professor of Biology Roger Young, Ph.D. has worked in laboratories as part of the Human Genome Project, a massive multinational program that has mapped every human gene.
muMs (October 30, 2003) - Hailing from the Bronx, actor and poet muMs has made both his face and name known nationwide as the spoken word artist "Poet" on the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated HBO prison drama Oz.
Rick Moody (October 23, 2003) - The author of The Ice Storm, Purple America, and many other works of fiction and non-fiction, Moody has received the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a Guggenheim fellowship.
Robert Sylwester (October 16, 2003) - Robert Sylwester, professor emeritus of education at the University of Oregon, uses research into how our brains do their work to understand how to improve teaching methods.
Ursula Goodenough (October 2, 2003) - In an era when science and religion are widely viewed as separate, Ursula Goodenough combines both interests.
Bruce Feiler (September 25, 2003) - Adventure and archaeology combine in the work of Bruce Feiler, whose book Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses was a New York Times bestseller.
Gerard Baker (September 11, 2003) - Gerard Baker is the superintendent of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Gary Moulton (September 4, 2003) - Gary Moulton, professor of history at the University of Nebraska, has spent the last 20 years editing the journals of Lewis and Clark.
David Blankenhorn (November 21, 2002) - The founder of the Institute of American Values speaks at Drury.
Nikki Giovanni (November 7, 2002) - "I Just Had To Mention..." Nikki Giovanni inspires during visit to Drury.
Camp Heartland (October 31, 2002) - Young children and their counselors share stories, courage and hope on living with AIDS. Camp Heartland is devoted to the needs of children living with HIV while promoting empathy and awareness.
Dean Hamer (October 24, 2002) - Dean Hamer, Big Gene Hunter.
Susan Herring (October 3, 2002) - Wasn't the Internet supposed to make it impossible to tell men from women? Susan Herring finds exactly the opposite: the gender of a user has a big impact on how they use the technology of computer-mediated communication.
Tex Sample (September 12, 2002) - Homosexual Marriage: Keeping the Tradition of the Church.
Intro to Gender and Sexuality (September 5, 2002) -Join Convo Director Jo Van Arkel on for an introductory expedition into this year's convocation series.
Terrence Deacon (April 18, 2002) - Why can't animals talk? From this simple question, Terrence Deacon has launched an investigation into the evolution of language.
Mitzi Eilts (April 4, 2002) - Mitzi Eilts is the National Coordinator for the United Church of Christ Coalition for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender affairs. She is a nationally recognized speaker for the gay community and its ties with religion.
Riane Eisler (March 7, 2002) - She is President of the Center for Partnership Studies, and is best known for her international bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future.
Kenneth Miller (February 28, 2002) - This professor of biology at Brown University and the author of Biology: The Living Space and Finding Darwin's God, sees evolution as a system that God set forth.
Don Johanson (February 21, 2002) - When Don Johanson unearthed the fossils of a 3.18-million-year-old human (eventually named "Lucy") in 1974, he knew his discovery would change the world.
Brian Greene (February 6, 2002) - A physicist who has been working on the unified theory of superstrings for more than a decade, Greene's work has led to a number of ground-breaking discoveries.
Juris Zarins (February 6, 2002) - He has been involved in archaeological fieldwork in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman, and was chief archaeologist in the Transarabian Expedition that discovered the ancient city of Ubar.
Regge Life (January 24, 2002) - The founder of Global Film Network, Inc. and Executive Producer/Director for Doubles, and After America...After Japan, Regge Life, produced his first work in Japan, Struggle and Success: The African American Experience in Japan, in 1992.
Jack Conrad (January 17, 2002) - For 100 days, Drury alumnus Jack Conrad was part of a team exploring the Sahara Desert searching for new species of dinosaurs.
Bill Cantrell (November 15, 2001) - Bill H. Cantrell, a Springfield native and highly decorated fighter pilot, has been a businessman, banker, restaurateur, civic leader and most recently a writer.
Katy Siegel (November 8, 2001) - Art historian, curator and critic Katy Siegel, PhD deconstructs contemporary art quickly and cleanly, rooting out the cultural references that give a work resonance.
Erich von Däniken (November 1, 2001) - Beginning with von Däniken's first book, Chariots of the Gods?, the world's most successful non-fiction writer has argued that the artifacts of ancient cultures show evidence of the influence of extraterrestrial beings, who were sometimes viewed by humans as gods.
James Burke (October 4, 2001) - Since the debut of Burke's 1979 PBS series Connections, he has specialized in linking seemingly random events to outline the progress of science, technology and history.
The Rite of Spring (September 8, 2001) - Rite of Spring, and other works, were performed by the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks along with additional professional musicians, and conducted by Dr. David Goza of the Drury University Music Department.
Halima Addou (March 22, 2001) - In the mid-1990s, Halima Addou, a successful attorney in Algeria and host of an Algerian television talk show, was forced to flee her homeland for asylum in the United States after Islamic Fundamentalists began a campaign of terror against women.
Sister Helen Prejean (March 1, 2001) - Sister Helen Prejean is a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her work on the abolition of capital punishment in America and author of the best-selling book Dead Man Walking.
Morris Dees (February 15, 2001) - Dees is a co-founder and chief trial attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which uses education and litigation to combat white supremacist, Neo-Nazi and other hate groups, and to fight for the rights of poor crime victims.
The Rite of Spring (September 8, 2001) - Rite of Spring, and other works, were performed by the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks along with addtional professional musicians, and conducted by Dr. David Goza of the Drury University Music Department.
Media Applications - In the fall of 2001, the Communication department piloted a new course to provide a brief introduction to audio and video production and editing.
Drury Physics Students Fly Aboard NASA's Weightless Wonder- The Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program sponsored by NASA provided us with the opportunity to perform an experiment under the most ideal conditions currently possible: the periods of near weightlessness present onboard the KC-135A Weightless Wonder.
Memorial Service for Andrea Newbold - Andrea, a junior psychology major, a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and a Drury Ambassador, died on December 9, 2001 in an automobile accident.
Community Forum - A community discussion at Drury on January 17, 2002, focused on rape, its criminal nature, its consequences and how to help its victims.
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