Convocation – Pádraig Ó Tuama

In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World Hello to Language. What does it mean to use language today? — in a time of pandemic, in the latest racist decade of a racist era, in a time where truth is questioned and language is fake if it’s labelled fake. Taking an approach from his....

Opening Convocation

For Such a Time as This – printable programGather on-line for Opening Convocation featuring a welcome to a new academic year from Provost Fred Kniss and Anisa Leonard, SGA Co-President, plus an address from President Susan Schultz Huxman with an instrumental response from cellist Kimberly Souther, Director of Preparatory Music. All new students will be officially welcomed by Shannon....

Convocation: Student Recognition Ceremony

Gather as a campus community for Convocation to recognize and celebrate student academic and service achievements and accomplishments from this academic year. Over 50 awards, such as Teacher of Promise, Tutor of Distinction, Math Competition, Exceptional Leadership and Exceptional Service along with acknowledging Cords of Distinction recipients and nominees will be given by at least 12 different departments or programs across the university.

Zoom Convocation: Facing Injury (RJ)

Gather with Dr. Johonna Turner, Co-Director of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice and Assistant Professor in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, for a Women’s History Month (March) convocation address entitled, Black Women in Restorative Justice: Facing Injury with Love and Power. Zoom breakout discussion groups or Q& A will be facilitated following the input.

Campus Worship: Sexuality and Faith

Gather over Zoom for a Campus Worship teaching on Sexuality and Faith or Sexuality and Spirituality with opportunity to offer feedback with a Google Form. The audio podcast features Debra Hirsch, author of Redeeming Sex, being interviewed on Maybe God hosted by Eric Huffman. This theme is an introduction to the 2020-2021 Student Life program emphasis on Healthy Self, Healthy Sexuality.

Convocation: Women, Beauty and Action

Women, Beauty and Action is a conversation celebrating Women’s History Month through the voices of women around us. Toni Morrison, celebrated novelist and professor who died in 2019 said this:  “Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.” Hosted by Dean of Students Shannon Dycus, we will hear from Deanna Reed, Nadia Dames and Ariel Barbosa as....

Convocation: Cornell Brooks

Gather with the Black Student Alliance and Multicultural Student Services for a special Monday morning Black History Month convocation featuring Rev. Dr. Cornell Brooks from the Harvard Kennedy School. There will be a talk-back with Rev. Dr. Brooks from 11-11:30 a.m. Cornell William Brooks is Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy....

Convocation: Constitution Interpretation

What if anything can the Constitution and the “Founding” tell us about the Second Amendment? Gather with Dr. Kevin Hardwick and Dr. Howard Lubert, JMU professors, for some input on (1) the origins of the Constitution and the process of its ratification, (2) debates during the American “Founding” over constitutional interpretation, and (3) contemporary debates about approaches to....

Convocation: MLK, Jr. Celebration

Gather for the annual MLK, Jr. Celebration Convocation featuring Dr. Jalane Schmidt, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Dr. Jalane Schmidt’s research and teaching is focused upon African diaspora religions of the Caribbean and Latin America, and particularly festivity and ritual. Dr. Schmidt teaches courses which consider the effects of colonization and the....