: Convocation

2013-2014 Theme: Raising Cultural Awareness and Building Global Relations
Fredonia Convocation

Convocation Year 2014-2015 Theme:
  The Joy of Discovery

Keynote:  Bill Nye

"The Science Guy"
Thursday, September 18
King Concert Hall

The Joy of Discovery, Bill Nye The Convocation Committee is pleased to announce that Bill Nye is the speaker for next year’s Convocation keynote, which will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Our keynote is well known for his popular television show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” for which he won seven Emmy awards for writing, performing, and producing. He is the host of three currently-running television series, “The 100 Greatest Discoveries” airing on the Science Channel,  “Eyes of the Nye” airing on PBS, and his most current project, “Stuff Happens,” which airs on Planet Green and focuses on environmentally responsible choices that consumers can make. For the last few years he has served as the Vice President of the Planetary Society and is currently serving as Executive Director of the society, which is considered to be the world’s largest space-interest group. A short video featuring Bill Nye speaking on the topic of the joy of discovery can be found at:

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


All events are free and open to the public.

As part of this year's Convocation, "Raising Cultural Awareness and Building Global Relations", Dr. Tamar Jacobson will be on campus on Thursday, April 24th. Dr. Jacobson is the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Director of the Early Childhood Education Program at Rider University. Her presentation is entitled "Confronting Our Discomfort: Clearing the Way for Anti-Bias in Early Childhood". Among the topics to be addressed are the following:
  • How do our own attitudes get in the way of anti-bias?
  • What prejudices exist in our society?
  • How do prejudices against culture, gender, disability and sexual orientation affect our attitudes and comfort in interacting with others?
For more information about Dr. Jacobson:
Two of Dr. Jacobson's books are available for sale at the SUNY Fredonia bookstore.

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Members of the Convocation Committee are:  Michael Barone, Mira Berkley, Tracy Collingwood, Jack Croxton, Dawn Eckenrode, Lauren Orlowski, Karolyn Stonefelt, Denise Szalkowski, Jefferson Westwood, Rolanda Ward, and Patrick Rocheleau.

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