Thursday, January 28, 2021
11:15 a.m. (please note time change)
“The Radical Possibility and Democratic Necessity of Navel Gazing”
Kiese Laymon, author and Hubert H. McAlexander Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Mississippi.
Virtual Convocation, Interview and Q & A
Thursday, September 24, 2020
11:15 am (please note time change)
“Finding Home: Belonging During a Pandemic”
President Mark Burstein
Webcast from Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Read more about this year’s Matriculation Convocation address.
“Strange New Worlds: Is Earth Special?”
Phil Plait is an American astronomer, skeptic, writer and brainchild behind the popular science blog “Bad Astronomy,” on which he tries to debunk scientific myths and misconceptions.
Though never a NASA employee, he has worked as part of the Hubble Space Telescope team as well as engaging in public outreach advocacy for several NASA missions focused on high-energy forms of light emitted by black holes, exploding stars and super-dense neutrons stars.
Plait is the author of two books, “Bad Astronomy” and “Death from the Skies!,” in which he provides real science behind all the ways astronomical events could wipe out life on Earth. Plait attended the University of Michigan and earned a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Virginia.