Upcoming Convos

Date/Time Event
5:30 pm

CONVO: You Eat What You Are
CONVO: You Eat What You Are
Norton Center for the Arts – Grand Foyer, Danville KY

You Eat What You Are: The Act of Eating as a Form of Self-Expression
For some, eating is a culinary art form – the food is prepared and paired for taste bud perfection. For others, it is a ritualistic process stemming from family traditions or simply a source of fuel to sustain life. To many, though, eating is an emotional process: an internal struggle – a love-hate or even hate-hate relationship where we eat when we’re happy, sad, celebrating, or depressed. Today’s society also has a renewed focus on what we consume and where the food comes from. These behaviors, and more, begin to describe how individuals use the process of eating as a form of expression. Our culture has been, and continues to be, one that revolves around the celebration, habit, ritual and necessity of one of our most basic human needs. This 60-75 minute panel will include scholars and artists to discuss this curious topic that in some way connects with every single person on this planet. This discussion will be broken into four parts: introduction of the newly commissioned EAT: A Photography + Literature Installation, a deeper discussion into the culture of eating and how it can be self-expressive, a reading of one or two of the literary works created for this project, and finally a time for attendees to engage with panelists.

7:00 pm

CONVO: A Tour of America in Song
CONVO: A Tour of America in Song
Norton Center for the Arts – Newlin Hall, Danville KY

Tenor Gregory Turay has been hailed by the London Times as “one of the brightest natural talents to have emerged from the US in recent years.” Centre College is pleased to welcome Turay as a Visiting Artist in Residence. An alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Turay has built a strong relationship with the company. He made his debut there as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, conducted by James Levine. Since then, he has appeared on stage at the Metropolitan Opera for 10 consecutive seasons. His more than 20-year career has taken him to opera houses throughout the world. He has been awarded the industry’s highest award, being named the 2001 Richard Tucker Award recipient in addition to many other accolades. This recital will celebrate the history and breadth of American music and poetry, covering several genres including popular American songs, operetta, and both classical and modern Broadway. It will feature works by American composers ranging from Stephen Foster to Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein to local contemporary composer, Angela Rice, who’s new song cycle is based on themes of eternity in Emily Dickinson’s poetry.

7:00 pm

CONVO: Beat the Blame Game
CONVO: Beat the Blame Game
Norton Center for the Arts – Newlin Hall, Danville KY

Victim Blaming is a means (knowingly and often times unknowingly) that isolates and disempowers a victim of sexual assault, and in turn creates a culture that fails to hold a perpetrator accountable. What do you say when a friend or peer tells you that they have been sexually assaulted? For many of us, it is difficult to know what to say in that situation. Our natural reaction is to begin to ask questions about the assault, but what happens when our questions start to blame the victim? In this interactive program, Beat the Blame Game, it will engage audiences in a candid dialogue about why there is a deep seated, often self-protective need to blame victims, but dismantles the false logic behind those beliefs. This program will also empower individuals to intervene when they hear victim blaming conversations or see incidents where sexual coercion or violence may be happening by providing them with bystander intervention strategies.
PLEASE NOTE: There are two sessions of this convo — one at 7 p.m., the other at 8:45 p.m. Each session is limited to 300 students.


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