Upcoming Convos

Date/Time Event
8:00 pm

*CONVO: History of America - Election Edition
*CONVO: History of America - Election Edition
Norton Center for the Arts – Newlin Hall, Danville KY

Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition
Who will be our next President — Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton? Kim Kardashian? This performance will provide the historical context that is guaranteed to confuse any American voter. Just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election, the Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with 600 Years of History in 6000 seconds! The “bad boys of abridgment” go from Christopher Columbus to Neil Armstrong, from George Washington to Barack Obama, yea verily from the Bering Strait to Baghdad, from the New World to the New World Order. It’s a ninety-minute roller coaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History.

8:00 pm

CONVO: Irrepressible - A Jazz Age Life Revealed
CONVO: Irrepressible - A Jazz Age Life Revealed
Crounse Hall – Vahlkamp Theater, Danville KY

Author Emily Bingham will read from and discuss Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham. Henrietta, Bingham’s great-aunt, was “A muse to the Bloomsbury Group, the daughter of the ambassador to the United Kingdom during the rise of Nazism … and a pre-Stonewall figure who never buckled to convention.” Henrietta was also a lesbian who “caught the wave of a rare moment of tolerance for homosexuality and unconventional desires in the 1920s. When that wave receded, she was stranded and exposed … within the family, her name almost stopped being mentioned.” (The New York Times) Emily will be talking about making the discovery of her never-talked-about aunt (first, literally, in a trunk in the attic full of letters and locked diaries, which began Emily’s journey of involved and wide-ranging research). She will also be reading from the book about Henrietta, this daughter of wealth and privilege whose lesbianism was a source of shame for some members of her family. Finally, she will discuss the process of moving her research “beyond hearsay.” Emily received her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

7:30 pm

CONVO: The 2016 Presidential Election
CONVO: The 2016 Presidential Election
Norton Center for the Arts – Weisiger Theatre, Danville KY

Explaining the (Unexplainable?) 2016 Presidential Election
In early 2015 it was widely anticipated that the 2016 election would be a contest between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, or perhaps Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker or Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Instead the 2016 primaries surprised everyone by nominating businessman Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s candidate for president. This convocation features a conversation with political scientist Dr. Julia Azari, Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University, and Dara Lind, political reporter for, moderated by Dr. Benjamin Knoll, Harlan Associate Professor of Politics at Centre College. They will share their expertise on the 2016 presidential primaries, the general election campaign, and the growing field of “data journalism” which has quickly become an indispensable part of political analysis over the past few years.


Since “convocation” is derived from the Latin “con” (meaning together) and “vocare” (to call), a convocation may be any event in which members of a community are called together.

The Convocation Committee, consisting of at least two students, two faculty, and two members of the administration, coordinate the selection of convocations and have final authority in all other matters having to do with convocations. A minimum of 40 events each year are designated as convocations.

2016 Fall Term Convo Calendar

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Academic Policy

All full-time students who attend Centre for the entire academic year are required to earn a total of 12 convocation credits. Students who fulfill the requirement have one hour of ‘A’ figured into their grade point average and noted on their transcript. Students who fail to accumulate 12 convocation credits will have one hour of ‘U’ figured into their GPA and noted on their transcript. Students who are not enrolled on a full-time basis for the full academic year still may complete the requirement by accumulating 12 credits. However, they will not receive a ‘U’ if they do not. (NOTE: Convocation credits are not credit hours and do not count toward the 111 credit hours necessary for graduation.)

Students may submit a written appeal to the Convocation Committee Chair requesting changes in their final convocation grade. The petition must explain all the circumstances of why the student did not fulfill the 12 credit requirement.

Exceptions to the requirements are granted only when health issues or special academic circumstances arise; otherwise, appeals are rarely approved.

There are over 50 convocations during the year, and students are required to follow the letter of the policy and be very careful about monitoring convocation credit.

Convocation Expectations

Students who abuse the system by swiping a card for a person who is not present, swiping multiple cards, or by behaving in violation of stated policy will lose convocation credit. Such deceit is considered a violation of academic honesty and the people involved are subject to disciplinary action by the Associate Dean or the Student Judiciary.

As members of an audience, students are expected to be attentive and demonstrate mature, polite, and civil behavior. Computers and books should not be brought to convocations and cell phones should be turned off during the presentation. Students exhibiting inappropriate behavior will be told to leave by members of the audience, faculty, staff, or student convocation workers and will not receive convocation credit.

Convocation Credit System

To receive convocation credit, students must:
1) swipe his or her own Centre College ID card at a convocation station;
2) be seated before the program begins;
3) remain present throughout the full program;
4) swipe his or her own Centre College ID card before leaving the event.

Convo credit can only be given if ID cards are accurately swiped in and swiped out. Student ID cards may need to be replaced in the Student Life Office if the card does not register in the computer swipe system. It is the student’s responsibility to bring Centre ID cards to convocations and to make sure the card swipes accurately. This policy will be strictly enforced, and convocation credit will not be given to students who arrive late or who leave early or whose cards do not work in the convocation system.

Students participating onstage or working backstage at an event can receive convocation credit by signing a Convocation Credit Form for Student Participants and Workers, available in the Dean’s Office. The responsible faculty or staff member must submit the completed form to the Convocation Coordinator the day following the event. Most events given convocation status are worth one credit. Special events designated as campus-wide convocations are worth two credits. Any event worth more than one credit will be indicated as such in the Convocation Calendar. Normally, the Opening Day, Founders Day, and Honors convocations are worth 2 credits.

Convocation credit is entered and maintained by computer. Students may check their convocation credit status by going to the current students listing on the Centre home page and selecting Personal/Convocation Credit. The individual student is responsible for verifying the computer record’s accuracy and for notifying the Convocation Coordinator in the Dean’s Office within one week of the convocation in question. Students are urged to check their convocation credits frequently throughout the academic year. Students are encouraged to not wait until the end of the year to obtain the required 12 credits.

Convocation Credit Abroad

Students participating in Centre sponsored off-campus study programs receive convocation credit as follows:
• London/Strasbourg/Mexico Programs (fall term: 6 credits)

• Strasbourg/London Programs (spring term: 6 credits)

• Centre-Sponsored CentreTerm off-campus study programs (1 credit)

Students who participate in off-campus internships or non-Centre study abroad programs may petition the Convocation Committee for convocation credit. The Convocation Committee will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis.

Convocation Proposal Forms