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CEO of Jeremiah Project Gloria Perez speaks at First Thursday
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CEO of Jeremiah Project Gloria Perez speaks at First Thursday

The sound of bagpipes called to attention the large crowd assembled for First Thursday convocation on the morning of September 7. Everyone, from students and faculty seated in folding chairs to latecomers sitting in the bleachers, rose to greet the procession of students holding flags entering the room. They had assembled for the annual ceremony…

Marlon James welcomes Macalester to the 2016–2017 year
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Marlon James welcomes Macalester to the 2016–2017 year

In front of a packed audience, English professor and acclaimed novelist Marlon James gave his First Thursday speech on September 1 to welcome the Macalester community to the new year. To open the event, President Brian Rosenberg, Chaplain Kelly Stone, Provost and Dean of Faculty Karine Moe and Macalester College Student Government (MCSG) President Merrit…

Yale professor James Forman Jr. speaks at Convocation
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Yale professor James Forman Jr. speaks at Convocation

Yale Law Professor James Forman Jr. spoke at the 2015-16 convocation last Thurs. Sept. 3. His speech, “Struggling for Racial Justice in Our Times,” emphasized the individuals he had worked with in his fight against the school-to- prison pipeline, while encouraging students to believe in their abilities to make change and concluding with a call…

New convocation tradition begins: Dan Gilbert talks happiness
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New convocation tradition begins: Dan Gilbert talks happiness

On Thursday, September 4th, Dr. Daniel Gilbert addressed around 1,250 members of the Macalester community for opening convocation. His talk, entitled “Stumbling on Happiness,” sought to reexamine three aspects of life which are commonly thought to be sources of happiness. Or, as Gilbert put it, the three things which his mother says are the source…

Opinion Roundup: convocation conversation
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Opinion Roundup: convocation conversation

What did you think of the Convocation speaker, Daniel Gilbert? “He was cool, but I think he was kind of culturally biased. This idea of marriage, he kind of took it for granted that everyone thinks of it in the same way. I’m from the Netherlands, and there many people are still together, just not…

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco addresses a packed Kagin
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Inaugural poet Richard Blanco addresses a packed Kagin

Richard Blanco addressed the Macalester community this Wednesday in a packed Hill Ballroom at opening convocation, an event made all the more memorable as the audience watched the poet receive his first honorary degree. An accomplished poet, writer, engineer and public figure who served as the Inaugural Poet to welcome in President Obama’s second term,…