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Past Convocation Program Speakers

Convocation 2010

Convocation 2010 was held in the Carolina First Arena. Members of the class of 2014 were introduced to the College and its traditions. In addition to welcome speeches by President P. George Benson and Provost George Hynd, the students also heard from Dr. Margaret Hagood, who spoke about the importance of Greg Mortensen’s book “Three Cups of Tea,” which was chosen as the College Reads book for the 2010-’11 academic year. Along with Elise Lasko (Class of 2011), Dr. David Desplace spoke about Technology for Africa, an initiative that he and his students have established to help educate rural students in Cameroon.

Convocation 2009

Convocation 2009 was the first time convocation was held in the Carolina First Arena.

Tim O'Brien, the author of "The Things They Carried", spoke to the campus community in October 2009.  In 2009, the convocation reading program has moved to The College Reads! program.

Convocation 2008

Featured Convocation Speaker: Dava Sobel , author of "Longitude".

Convocation 2007

Featured Convocation Speaker: Bret Lott , author of "Jewel".

Convocation 2006

Featured Convocation Speaker: Geraldine Brooks , author of the "Year of Wonders:  A Novel of the Plague" and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.

Convocation 2005

Featured Convocation Speaker: Jennet Robinson Alterman, former Peace Corps member in Afghanistan and country director in Africa. The convocation reading was "River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze" by Peter Hessler.

Convocation 2004

Featured Convocation Speaker: Dr. Charles Johnson , Professor at the University of Washington, noted scholar of African-American literature,  1998 MacArthur Fellow and author of  "Middle Passage".

Convocation 2003

Featured Convocation Speaker: Steve Olson, author of "The Great Wide Open".

Convocation 2002

Featured Convocation Speaker: Kathleen Hall Jamieson, author of "The Demise of Fact in Political Debate".