2020–21 Convocation Series

Convocations are held in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel and are free and open to the public.

Due to COVID-19 the Kiese Laymon Convocation will be webcast. The program can be found at:


Thursday, September 24, 2020
11:15 a.m.
Matriculation Convocation: "Finding Home: Belonging During a Pandemic"
President Mark Burstein

Thursday, January 28, 2021
11:10 a.m.
"The Radical Possibility and Democratic Necessity of Navel Gazing," Kiese Laymon, author and Hubert H. McAlexander Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Mississippi

Thursday, May 27, 2021
11:10 a.m.
Honors Convocation: “The Stars: Mansions Made by Nature's Hand”
Megan Pickett, associate professor of physics

Main Hall Forum

Main Hall Forum presents a wide range of lectures by Lawrence faculty and distinguished guest speakers on historical and contemporary issues and recent scholarship in the humanities.

Economics Colloquium

The Economics Colloquium began in 2010 and features talks from visiting scholars, distinguished alumni and guests, and Lawrence faculty.  Topics run the gamut from hardcore economic theory (presented in an audience-friendly  fashion, of course) to social science and policy issues more generally.  The Colloquium typically features an author of the Senior Experience work in economics.

Science Hall Colloquium

The Science Hall Colloquium presents a series of cross-disciplinary lectures that address research developments in diverse areas of the natural, physical and social sciences.

Fine Arts Colloquium

The Fine Arts Colloquium presents several occasional lectures during the academic year that touch on topics related to art, art history, and theatre.

The Mojmir Povolny Lectureship in International Studies

Established in 1987 and named in honor of long-time Lawrence government professor Mojmir Povolny, the lectureship promotes interest and discussion on issues of moral significance and ethical dimensions.