Honors Convocation Program
Amy Ongiri

May 28, 2020, 11:10 a.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel


Improvisation et Caprice
Eugène Bozza

Matt Fowler ’20, saxophone

Land Acknowledgement
President Mark Burstein


Recognition of Students Elected to Honor Societies
and Recipients of Awards and Prizes
Mark Burstein


Introduction of Professor Amy Ongiri
Catherine Kodat
Provost and Dean of the Faculty


The Importance of Failure
Amy Ongiri
Jill Beck Director of Film Studies and Associate Professor of Film Studies and recipient of the 2020 Faculty Convocation Award
Sarabande from Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Johann Sebastian Bach

Clay Knoll ’20, double bass

Amy Ongiri

Amy A. Ongiri joined the Lawrence faculty in 2014 as the Jill Beck Director of Film Studies and associate professor of film studies. She had been a professor of English at the University of Florida since 2003. Her scholarship interests focus on African American literature and culture, film studies, cultural studies, and gender and sexuality studies. She is the author of the 2009 book, Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Bryn Mawr College, a master’s degree from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Convocation Q & A with Professor Amy Ongiri and President Mark Burstein at 1:30 p.m.

For more information please see www.lawrence.edu/info/news/convocations