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2015-16 Theme: "Rediscovering the Diversity of the Human Spirit"
Fredonia Convocation

Convocation 2015-2016:
Rediscovering the Diversity of the Human Spirit


Keynote: Wade Davis

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm King Concert Hall


Amazonian Child


The Convocation Committee is pleased to welcome Wade Davis as this year’s Convocation speaker. Wade Davis, an explorer in residence at the National Geographic Society, which has named him as one of the Explorers of the Millenium, will provide our keynote address. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”

Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. He spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making 6,000 botanical collections. His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing of The Serpent and the Rainbow, an international best seller later released by Universal as a motion picture. An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Davis’ work in recent years has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Columbia, Vanuatu, Mongolia and the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland. More information on Dr. Davis’ work can be found on his website:


Funding for the convocation speaker is provided by the Maytum Lecture Endowment and Williams Visiting Professorship Endowment through the Fredonia College Foundation. 

Members of the Convocation Committee are: Zach Beaudoin (student), Tracy Collingwood, Jack Croxton, Dawn Eckenrode, Kevin Gleason (student), Jennifer Hildebrand (Chair), Patrick Rocheleau, Karolyn Stonefelt, Denise Szalkowski, and Guangyu Tan.

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