Convocation service


The liberal arts curriculum of Gordon College is enriched by the Convocation program. In its various forums and presentations, the Convocation program underscores the great traditions of the liberal arts to promote inquiry and the love of learning and to encourage moral reflection and responsible citizenship. Through its Convocations, Gordon helps sustain a community where, in the words of the great Christian writer St. Augustine, "faith seeks understanding." Read More >>

10.23.2015 - Friday 10:25 AM — 11:15 AM

Convocation - Justice for Kony's LRA: Seeking Peace In Central Africa
Shannon Sedgwick Davis

Presentation by Shannon Sedgwick Davis, CEO of Bridgeway Foundation

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Shannon Sedgwick Davis is the CEO of Bridgeway Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to ending and preventing mass atrocities around the world. As an attorney, activist, passionate advocate for social justice, Ms. Sedgwick Davis has guided Bridgeway Foundation in pioneering solutions to these seemingly intractable issues. More recently, Ms. Sedgwick Davis and the Bridgeway Foundation have been credited for their pivotal role in mobilizing awareness, civilian protection, and recovery efforts against the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony, the first-ever indictee of the International Criminal Court.

Prior to joining Bridgeway Foundation in 2007, Ms. Sedgwick Davis served as Vice President of Geneva Global, and was the Director of Public Affairs at the International Justice Mission (IJM).

Ms. Sedgwick Davis is an honors graduate of McMurry University and Baylor Law School. Ms. Sedgwick Davis sits on the board of several organizations including The Elders, Humanity United, TOMS, and charity: water.

For more information on Ms. Davis and the Bridgeway Foundation, visit

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10.30.2015 - Friday 10:25 AM — 11:15 AM

Convocation: Humanitarian Supply Chains: Emergency Relief, Global Health, and Food Security
Jarrod Goentzel

Convocation presentation by Dr. Jarrod Goentzel

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Our Convocation speaker is Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, founder and director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab in the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and is a research lead for the MIT Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation sponsored by USAID. His research focuses on meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings through better supply chain management, information systems and decision support technology. Dr. Goentzel balances theoretical and applied work through active engagement with the private sector, government agencies, humanitarian, international development, and community organizations on several continents. He has over 20 years of experience designing supply chains and developing information technology solutions.

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11.13.2015 - Friday 10:25 AM — 11:15 AM

Convocation - The Quest for a Moral Presidency: Jimmy Carter, Progressive Evangelicalism, and the Religious Right
Randall Balmer

Convocation presentation by Dr. Randall Balmer, John Phillips Chair in Religion at Dartmouth College

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Randall Balmer, an Episcopal priest, holds the John Phillips Chair in Religion, the oldest endowed professorship at Dartmouth College. Before coming to Dartmouth in 2012, Dr. Balmer was Professor of American Religious History at Columbia University for twenty-seven years. He has also been a visiting professor at Princeton, Yale, Emory, and Northwestern universities and at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America," now in its fifth edition, and, most recently, "Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter."

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11.20.2015 - Friday 10:25 AM — 11:10 AM

Convocation - Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice
Michael Gerson

Convocation presentation by Michael Gerson, syndicated columnist with the Washington Post

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This presentation addresses the situation that there is a perfect storm undermining something important about America: the opportunity for people born into poverty to advance over their lifetimes. Michael Gerson will discuss the ways we can unleash opportunity in our neighborhoods and country.

Michael Gerson is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Public Justice and a nationally syndicated columnist appearing in The Washington Post. He is the author of Heroic Conservatism (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (Moody, 2010). He appears regularly on the PBS News Hour, Face the Nation and other programs. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning. Prior to that he served as deputy assistant to the President and director of presidential speechwriting. Gerson is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois. He grew up in the St. Louis area and now lives with his wife and sons in northern Virginia.

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