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Current Semester Convocations

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BC Voice - This lecture relates to this year's Big Question, "How do we Decide?"
There is an opportunity to sign-up for dinner with the speaker
There will be a reception and/or book signing after the lecture


Saturday, Aug. 23
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Dr. John Almarode ’02, Freshman Orientation Convocation
Dr. John Almarode, an educator and staff developer for many years, has worked with all age groups in education from kindergartners to graduate students. Almarode graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in physics and mathematics in 2002. He has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on the role of brain research in education. Allowing audiences to experience brain-based learning, his action-packed workshops offer participants ready-to-use strategies and the brain rules that make them work.

Tuesday, Aug. 26
9:30 a.m., Nininger Hall
President David W. Bushman, Opening Convocation
An accomplished academic leader, Dr. David W. Bushman has served as Bridgewater College’s ninth president since 2013. Dr. Bushman came to BC from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. where he was the founding dean of the university’s School of Natural Science and Mathematics. Prior to leading Mount St. Mary’s School of Natural Science and Mathematics, Dr. Bushman served as president of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. He earned his bachelor of science in biology summa cum laude from Loyola College in Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland with both his master of science and Ph.D. in entomology.

Thursday, Aug. 28
4:30 - 7 p.m., The lawn behind Cole Hall
Activities Fair
Head over to the Funkhouser Center for this fun, interactive convocation that will introduce you for the first time or reintroduce to you all of the clubs and organizations that BC has to offer. Attend a short presentation on getting involved on campus, and visit several clubs and organizations to receive credit.

Sunday, Aug. 31
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Dr. Larry Taylor,Bells, Bizet and Buster!” (Faculty Organ Recital)
Dr. Larry Taylor, associate professor of music, will present a recital of organ music, including Louis Vierne's The Bells of Hinckley, J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in G Major and a transcription of Georges Bizet's L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1. The program will conclude with a screening of Buster Keaton's hilarious short film The Balloonatic with organ accompaniment.


Tuesday, Sept. 2

9:30 a.m., Carter Center
Chaplain Robbie Miller, Opening Campus Worship Service
Join with other members of the BC community for our first campus worship service of the new academic year.

Tuesday, Sept. 2
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Heather Abbott, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor

On April 15, 2013, Heather Abbott of Newport, R.I., was struck by shrapnel from the second of the two bombs at the Boston Marathon, which severely injured her left foot. After three surgeries in four days, Abbott made the difficult decision, at the age of 38, to live her remaining years as an amputee and use prosthetic legs.

Just four months following the bombing, she was living independently and returned to her job as a human resources manager, on a part-time basis. Abbott has become certified as a Peer Counselor by the National Amputee Coalition and is helping other amputees adjust to their “new normal,” as an example of hope and determination. She is sharing her story with audiences across the country and inspiring others with her contagious optimism and thoughtful reflection on her journey.
Sponsored by the W. Harold Row Lecture Series

Wednesday, Sept. 3
3-6 p.m., Funkhouser Center for Health and Wellness
Business Expo
The Business Expo connects Bridgewater College students with local businesses and residents. The event, which is sponsored by the BC student chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) and the Greater Ashby Business Council of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, is free and open to the public. Many of the participating businesses will have giveaways and door prize drawings. For further information, contact Dr. Maria V. Lugo at or 540-828-5418 or CEO president Emily Hulse at or 540-476-1984.

Friday, Sept. 5
8 p.m., Cole Hall
Dr. Elaine Richardson, Author of PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved my Life

Raised in a poverty-stricken area of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Richardson was taken in by the street life. Before pursuing a long journey to obtaining her Ph.D., she struggled with staying out of jail, escaping the control of abusive pimps, addiction to drugs and unwanted pregnancies. Today, Dr. Richardson shares her story of sexual exploitation and other forms of bondage to promote healing and empowerment through education. She is the author of PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Cultural Engagement

Monday, Sept. 8
4 p.m., Boitnott Room
Artist Talk: Paul Somers, “Old Broken Men”
“Old Broken Men” is an illustration and exploration of skateboard culture as it thrives within the individual beyond childhood and long into adulthood. These photographs document the lives of adult skateboarders who have educations, careers and families, and yet they continue to identify themselves as skateboarders. Join Harrisonburg artist Paul Somers as he speaks about “Old Broken Men.”

Monday, Sept. 8
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Dr. Russell De Young, NASA Senior Research Scientist: “NASA Advances in Understanding the Solar System”

Dr. Russell De Young is a senior research scientist in the Science Directorate of the NASA Langley Research Center. He will highlight some of the exciting discoveries NASA and other nations have recently made in understanding the unique characteristics of the individual planets as well as the search for life beyond our own planet.

Tuesday, Sept. 9
10 a.m., Nininger Hall
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
(Please note: scanning for convo credit will end at 9:45 a.m.)
Nininger Hall has been central to the academic and athletic life of Bridgewater College since its construction in 1958. Nininger is home to the College’s largest academic department, health and human sciences, and serves as the heart of the College’s 22 NCAA Division III athletic programs. On Sept. 9, we celebrate the completion of the Nininger Hall renovation. Speakers will include President David Bushman.

Wednesday, Sept. 10
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons, “After the Fire”

In the early morning hours of January 19, 2000, on the campus of Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., a fire was started in the 3rd floor lounge of Boland Hall, the 6-story freshman residence hall. As the fire alarms sounded, most students thought it was just another false alarm, like the 30 or more false alarms that sounded the semester before.

Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons, 18 year-old roommates at the time, thought it was just another false alarm as well. As they took their time getting dressed, they had no idea what was simmering down the hall from their room on the 3rd floor. An inferno was burning at temperatures near 1600 degrees and consuming anything in its path. If they had gone to their nearest exit, a stairwell they rarely used, they might have escaped the building without injury. Unfortunately, they went towards the elevators that they used every day and were met by the fierceness of the blaze. Come to convo to hear the rest of their story. Llanos and Simons are advocates for fire safety and prevention, hoping no other students will endure the pain that they suffered.

Monday, Sept. 15
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Izidor Ruckel
Izidor Ruckel was one of thousands of neglected orphans discovered by the American media when Romania opened its doors to foreign press in 1990. ABC’s 20/20 news program produced a special report called “Shame of the Nation,” which revealed the country’s brutal warehousing of the children and featured 10-year-old Izidor with his orphan friends. A San Diego couple, Danny and Marlys Ruckel, learned about Ruckel and adopted him in 1991.

In 2001, 20/20 accompanied 21-year-old Ruckel back to Romania for the first time. He visited the hospital he grew up in, only to discover not much had changed. In addition, Romania had halted all international adoptions, trapping the most vulnerable children in institutions. The trip inspired Ruckel to write his autobiography, Abandoned for Life, and become an advocate for orphans.
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Education

Tuesday, Sept. 16
9:30 a.m., Boitnott Room
Constitution Day Celebration: Small Questions with Dr. Moshe Khurgel

Dr. Moshe Khurgel, associate professor of biology, will host a series of "Informed Discourse Discussion Convos" to supplement the Big Question with some significant small questions. Please join us for this semester's first interactive discussion. (Limited seating, discussion format)

Tuesday, Sept. 16
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Amir Windom, Oscar Nominated & Grammy Award Winning Record Executive

Amir Windom is regarded as one of the top record executives of his generation. He has assisted in developing and managing the careers of fun, T.I., Bruno Mars, Lupe Fiasco, Madonna, B.o.B, Trey Songz and Kanye West, as well as creating global marketing campaigns for Kodak, Adidas and ESPN. He works with the Grammy Foundation, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Boys & Girls Club of America and Hip Hop Institute. Windom provides advice that emphasizes determination, hard work and branding oneself to pursue one’s dream.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Cultural Engagement and the office of career services
Thursday, Sept. 18
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Scarlett Lewis, Mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Victim Jesse Lewis

Scarlett Lewis lost her son Jesse to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. She is the author of Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother’s Journey of Hope and Forgiveness. Lewis is the founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, which advocates for peace.
Sponsored by the Harry and Ina Shank Peace Studies Fund

Friday, Sept. 19
Time and Location TBD
Student Leader Workshop
Student leaders participating in this workshop will be given one convo credit.

Saturday, Sept. 20
Leave BC at 6:45 p.m. (pre-registration required)
Convo on the Road: “Contra Dance,” Staunton Contra Dance and Mary Baldwin College
Contra dancing is a partnered folkdance tradition with English, French and American influence. Come learn the history, steps and culture of contra dance while getting to know your fellow students at Mary Baldwin College. No experience needed! The dance starts with a free lesson.

Preregistration is required. Please email Dr. Michele Strano at by September 14 if you are interested in attending. In the email, please include your name and whether you would like to carpool from Bridgewater or meet the group in Staunton (Dr. Strano will provide directions).

Leave Bridgewater at 6:45 p.m. from the commuter parking lot (down the hill from Flory on College Street) and return around 11:15 p.m. Admission to the dance paid by the Bridgewater College Convocation Program. Carpool organized and sponsored by the Bridgewater In-Step Dance Club.

Monday, Sept. 22
4 p.m., Boitnott Room
Artist Talk, Isabelle Abbott
Isabelle Abbott studied art at the University of Virginia with painters Richard Crozier and Philip Geiger, earning her B.A. in 2005, followed by an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2011. She paints the Virginia landscape, focusing her art on the idea of place and how we form memories and attachment to the land.

Tuesday, Sept. 23
9:30 a.m., Cole Hall
Graduate School Panel

An expert panel, including top university graduate school representatives and alumni who have successfully navigated the graduate school process, will talk about the graduate school experience and answer questions about testing, interviewing, personal statements, applications, campus visits, interaction with professors, and how they select their candidates. 
Sponsored by the office of career services

Tuesday, Sept. 23
4-7 p.m., JMU Festival Conference and Student Center
Convo on the Road: Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Graduate & Professional School Fair
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Graduate & Professional School Fair, sponsored by the NSVR Consortium (Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, James Madison University and Mary Baldwin College), is an opportunity for you to meet representatives from a large array of graduate programs. Contact Sherry Talbott, director of career services, to sign up for this event at or 540-828-5369.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Alumni Series: Doug Allison ’85, U.S. State Department

Douglas Allison’s security and law enforcement career with the U.S. Department of State has taken him to hot spots all over the world. During Allison’s career, in which he also provided protection to visiting dignitaries such as Prince Charles and the late Nelson Mandela, he has worked as a special agent in more than 50 countries, including Turkey, Uganda, Morocco and Afghanistan.

Allison, who graduated with degrees in economics and business administration from Bridgewater College in 1985, joined the state department in 1987 after applying for the job advertised in the Washington Post. Today, Allison is the deputy assistant secretary responsible for high threat posts for the bureau of diplomatic security in the state department. He is responsible for the safety and security of diplomats serving in America’s most threatened embassies and consulates around the world.
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Education

Tuesday, Sept. 30
9:30 a.m., Cole Hall
PDP Senior Convocation
Do you know what’s expected of you during the senior workshops on PDP Day? Do you know everything that’s required for your senior portfolio? Do you know all of this year’s deadlines? Come to the senior PDP convocation to find out all this and much more.

Tuesday, Sept. 30
9:30 a.m., Carter Center
PDP Junior Convocation
Do you know how to write and effective cover letter and resume for inclusion in your senior portfolio? Do you know how to present yourself on paper to your best advantage? Come to the junior PDP convocation to find out this and much more.


Thursday, Oct. 2
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Veronica Spencer and David Lacks Jr. of the Lacks family, featured in Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Lacks family has spoken to audiences across the country talking about Henrietta Lacks and her contribution to science. The international success of Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, has left people keenly interested in the Lacks family and legacy. In their appearances, the family shares with audiences what it meant to find out—decades after the fact—that Henrietta's cells were being used in laboratories around the world and generating billions of dollars in profit. Their story puts a personal face to issues such as the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics and the legal battles over “informed consent” and whether we control our own genetic material.

Veronica Spencer is Henrietta Lacks’ great granddaughter, and David Lacks Jr. is the grandson of Henrietta Lacks and son of David “Sonny” Lacks. Both Veronica and David represent the Lacks family on the National Institutes of Health panel that reviews applications to conduct research using the HeLa genome.
Sponsored by the Anna B. Mow Lecture Series

Monday, Oct. 6
7:30 PM, Cole Hall
Van Jones, Author and Co-Host of CNN’s Crossfire

A current co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, Van Jones is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, an organization that engages in political advocacy. A Yale-educated attorney, Jones has written two books, The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. In 2009, Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House.

Jones’s awards and honors include being named to Rolling Stones’s “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done” in 2012, TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2009, Fast Company’s “12 Most Creative Minds on Earth” and Essence Magazine’s “25 Most Inspiring African Americans” in 2008. Jones is the founder of Green for All, a national organization working to get green jobs to disadvantaged communities, and the co-founder of two social justice organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change.
Sponsored by the Kline Bowman Endowment for Creative Peacebuilding

Tuesday, Oct. 7
9:30 a.m., Cole Hall
Study Abroad Opportunities
Participants will describe the many study abroad opportunities available through BC. Students who recently travelled and studied aboard will share their experiences.
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Education

Wednesday, Oct. 8
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Bas Lansdorp, CEO of Mars One

Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp has made multiple breakthroughs in the field of science in technology. As co-founder and CEO of Mars One, he is working to make the idea of putting humans on Mars reality by 2025. Mars One plans to send its first unmanned demonstration mission to Mars in 2018 and recently announced a contract with aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin for this mission.
Sponsored by the Harold H. Hersch Educational Fund

Thursday, Oct. 16
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Scott Jost, Shenandoah Valley Apples

Scott Jost, associate professor of art at Bridgewater College and author of Shenandoah Valley Apples, will discuss his recent book entitled Shenandoah Valley Apples. Through oral histories and color photographs of apple orchards and workplaces in the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge regions, Shenandoah Valley Apples tells the story of one of Virginia's most important and rapidly disappearing cultural landscapes. It features orchards ranging from a nine-acre roadside operation and midsized enterprises on diversified family farms to some of the nation’s largest commercial orchards. The book primarily presents the perspective of apple growers who own the land they farm. After the presentation, there will be a reception featuring the opportunity to sample many varieties of local apples and have books signed. Copies of the book will be available for purchase as well.

Friday, October 17
9 p.m., Boitnott Room
G. Yamazawa, Spoken Word Artist
At 22 years old, G. Yamazawa is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. Born in Durham, N.C., Yamazawa is a Kundiman Fellow, National Poetry Slam Finalist, two-time Southern Fried Champion, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and ranked second at the Ontario International Poetry Slam. He has been featured at venues and universities across the nation including the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and TV One’s season 3 of Verses and Flow.
Sponsored by Eagle Productions

Sunday, Oct. 19
4 p.m., Cole Hall
Furia Flamenca, Flamenco Dance Company
Furia Flamenca is a flamenco dance company which brings the ferocity and passion of flamenco to the stage.  Furia Flamenca's style is unique in that it combines flamenco's gypsy heritage with modern flamenco choreography to create an elegant balance of motion and energy making their performances absolutely enthralling and totally entertaining.

Monday, Oct. 20
4 p.m., Boitnott Room
Artist Talk: Ragan McManus
Using the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses as a point of reference, artist Ragan McManus showcases paintings, installation and sculptures that delve into the disease of alcoholism and associated ideas of memory, loss and desire. McManus received her master of fine arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts in 2000 and has shown her work extensively throughout the United States. In addition to her work as an artist, she also serves as a curator, writer and arts administrator.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
9:30 a.m., Cole Hall
Chief Nicholas Picerno, “Bridgewater Campus Crime Prevention”
Chief Nicholas P. Picerno leads the Bridgewater College campus police and safety department, a recognized police agency by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. The chief of police and sergeant are sworn police officers who have full law enforcement authority on campus and can investigate crime, make arrests and enforce all laws. The campus is patrolled seven days a week, 24 hours a day by campus police and safety officers.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Dr. Michael S. Neiberg, Author of Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I

This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Michael S. Neiberg is a professor of history in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. His published work focuses on the first and second World Wars, notably the American and French experiences. His most recent book on World War I is Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I (Harvard University Press, 2011).

Wednesday, Oct. 22
8 p.m., Cole Hall
Mr. BC
Come cheer on your favorite contestant for Mr. BC! Students can attend both Mr. and Miss BC, but will only receive one convo credit.

Thursday, Oct. 23
8 p.m., Cole Hall
Miss BC
Come cheer on your favorite contestant for Miss BC! Students can attend both Mr. and Miss BC, but will only receive one convo credit

The Peace Corps Symposium: BC Alumni Series (Oct. 26-27)
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Education, the Kline Bowman Endowment for Creative Peace Building and the office of career services

Sunday, Oct. 26
7:30 p.m., Carter Center
Alex Murphy ’09, Former Peace Corps Volunteer

Alex Murphy is a 2009 graduate of Bridgewater College with a B.A. in sociology and communication studies. She recently returned to the U.S. after serving three years in the education sector as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, Africa.

Monday, Oct. 27
Noon, Boitnott Room
Peace Corps Symposium Luncheon
Thinking about participating in the Peace Corps after college? Join other interested students and a Peace Corp recruiter for lunch.

Monday, Oct. 27
7:30 p.m., Carter Center
Peter Barlow ’04, Former Peace Corps Volunteer

Pete Barlow is a 2004 graduate of Bridgewater College. From 2009-2011, Barlow served as a Peace Corps volunteer on Leyte Island, Philippines in the municipality of Babatngon.

Tuesday, Oct. 28
9:30 a.m., Boitnott Room
Ethics Bowl Finals

Using the college model of academic competition, the Virginia Foundation of Independent College Ethics Bowl challenges student teams on a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas. Finalists traditionally represent Bridgewater College at the state wide Collegiate Ethics Bowl. Contact Dr. Jacob Graham at for more information and how to participate.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 & Thursday, Oct. 30
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Convo on the Road: UVA Fall Job and Internship Fair
Meet recruiters from more than 100 corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Students have the option to attend both days, but only one day will count toward convo credit. Free shuttle provided. Please contact Sherry Talbott at to sign up or for more information. 
Sponsored by the office of career services

Wednesday, Oct. 29
7:30 p.m., Carter Center
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide project of Samaritan’s Purse that sends shoe boxes containing school supplies, toys, necessity items and notes of encouragement as gifts to millions of children in need worldwide. Attend this meeting and learn how you can get involved. Contact Raqueliz Mejia at with questions.


Tuesday, Nov. 4
9:30 a.m., Carter Center
Fall Spiritual Focus: Ted and Company, “Creation, Dysfunction & Destiny”
In “Creation, Dysfunction & Destiny,” Ted Swartz and Jeff Raught bring to life the characters of the Old Testament in hilarious and unexpected ways.

Tuesday, Nov. 4
7:30 p.m., Carter Center
Fall Spiritual Focus: Ted and Company, “The Jesus Stories”
Parables and parallels wrapped and unwrapped have a way of revealing Jesus living among us. In “The Jesus Stories,” Ted Swartz and Jeff Raught offer a fresh look at the Gospel stories and discover that when uncorked, these stories pour out sparkling drops of laughter Jesus must have found in the people he met along the way. After all, humor is part of God’s creation as well.

Thursday, Nov. 6
7:30 p.m., Carter Center
Kandinsky Trio
Now in its twenty-fifth season, the Kandinsky Trio – Elizabeth Bachelder, Benedict Goodfriend and Alan Weinstein – is celebrating one of the longest and most successful artist residencies in the United States: more than a thousand concerts of chamber music in the U.S., Europe and Canada.
Program sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Friday, November 7
7:30 p.m., Carter Center
Jazz Ensemble Concert

The Bridgewater College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Christine Carrillo, will present "Horace Silver: Influences from the Past and Present,” in tribute to the recent passing of jazz legend Horace Silver. Selections will include works by Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Nat King Cole and of course, Horace Silver

Thursday, Nov. 6-Saturday, Nov. 8
8 p.m., Cole Hall
Sunday, Nov. 9
3 p.m., Cole Hall
Theatre at Bridgewater College Presents: Agamemnon by Steven Berkoff
Following his victory in the Trojan War, Agamemnon, king of Argos, returns home after 10 long years. His queen, Clytemnestra, is bent on revenge for his sacrifice of their daughter. Intense and highly poetic, Steven Berkoff’s free adaptation of Aeschylus’ great tragedy, Agamemnon, portrays the cyclical nature of violence told through the story of war, lust, murder, betrayal and revenge. 

Talk-back and reception after the performance on Friday, Nov. 7.

Tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors and non-BC students
For more information, call 540-828-5631.
For mature audiences. Features adult themes.
Note: While students may attend more than one performance of the play, only one convo credit will be awarded.
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Sunday, Nov. 9
3 p.m., Carter Center
Oratorio Concert
The Bridgewater College concert choir, chorale and oratorio choir will present a concert under the direction of Dr. John McCarty.

German Film Festival (November 10-15)
Sunday, November 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This weeklong festival of German language films focuses on the city of Berlin.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Cultural Engagement and the Center for International Education

Monday, November 10
7 p.m., Cole Hall
Rabbit Without Ears (2007)
111 minutes, subtitled in English
In Rabbit Without Ears, gossip columnist Ludo finds himself sentenced to 300 hours of community service at a children's day-care center, where he meets Anna, a woman on whom he used to play endless practical jokes when they were at school.

Tuesday, Nov. 11
7 p.m., Cole Hall
The Tunnel (2001)
150 minutes, subtitled in English
The Tunnel fictionalizes the true story of the digging of a 430-foot tunnel running under the Berlin Wall in 1964, as those on the west side labor to find a way out for friends and family in the Communist East.

Wednesday, Nov. 12
7 p.m., Cole Hall
Summer in Berlin (2005)
106 minutes, subtitled in English
Summer in Berlin is Andreas Dresen's microscopic examination of the humdrum lives of Katrin and Nike, best friends who live in the same Berlin apartment building.

Thursday, Nov. 13
7 p.m., Cole Hall
The Lives of Others (2007)
137 minutes, subtitled in English
Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this thriller takes place in East Berlin in 1984. Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman, a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland.

Saturday, Nov. 15
7 p.m., Cole Hall
Good Bye, Lenin! (2004)
121 minutes, subtitled in English
A 2004 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. A heart attack leaves Christiane Kerner in a coma, and when she awakens eight months later, the Berlin Wall has fallen and it's a whole new world. To protect her from the shock, her son Alex develops a plan to keep her in the dark.

Sunday, Nov. 16
3 p.m., Cole Hall
Symphonic Band Concert
The Bridgewater College Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Christine Carrillo will present a concert featuring a wide variety of orchestral music.

Monday, Nov. 17
7:30 p.m., Carter Center
Rose Ensemble
Founded in 1996 by artistic director Jordan Sramek, the Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient with vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind, and lifts the spirit. The Saint Paul, Minn., group tours internationally with a repertoire spanning a thousand years and 25 languages, including Middle Eastern, European and American vocal traditions.

Tuesday, Nov. 18
9:30 a.m., Carter Center
Chaplain Robbie Miller, Thanksgiving Campus Worship Service
Please join us for this special opportunity to gather as a community and give thanks for the blessings we experience all year long.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall

Dr. Hope Harrison, “The Fall of the Berlin Wall”

In 2003, Dr. Hope Harrison published a prize-winning book on the East German and Soviet decision to build the Berlin Wall, Driving the Soviets up the Wall: Soviet-East German Relations, 1953-1961. Co-founder and co-director of The George Washington University’s Cold War Group, she is fluent in Russian and German and worked extensively in archives in Moscow and Berlin. She is currently working on a book manuscript for Cambridge University Press entitled After the Wall: Memory and the New Germany, 1989 to the Present.
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Education

Thursday, Nov. 20
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Jeff Alt, “Life Lessons from the Trail”

Jeff Alt is a talented speaker, hiking expert, and the award-winning author of A Walk for Sunshine, Four Boots One Journey and Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun. He has shared his Appalachian Trail adventures with guests in the Shenandoah National Park for over ten years as well as several other outdoor venues along the Appalachian Trail. He has walked the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month old daughter along the coast of Ireland on a family hike.
Sponsored by the department of student life and outdoor programs


Tuesday, Dec. 2
9:30 a.m., Carter Center
Chaplain Robbie Miller, Christmas Campus Worship Service
Experience the wonder of Christmas in scripture, candle-lighting, drama and song as we celebrate the birth of Christ into our world.

Thursday, Dec. 4
9:30 a.m., Cole Hall
The Big Question Challenge “Final Four” Public Speaking Competition

Come see the final four speakers in “The Big Question Challenge,” as each present their speech on this year’s topic, “How do we decide?” The winner of this student speech competition will be awarded a $100 gift card, with each runner-up receiving a $50 gift card. Speeches will be selected from all oral communication classes, but if you would like to enter independently, contact Professor Jennifer Babcock ( or Professor Ben Erickson ( for details.

Friday, Dec. 5
7:30 p.m., Carter Center
Saturday, Dec. 6
3 p.m., Carter Center
Holiday Extravaganza
Come out to the Carter Center to enjoy a traditional holiday celebration featuring classic holiday music and carols for the season. Music will be performed by the symphonic band, chorale, concert choir, gospel choir, jazz ensemble and the handbell choir.
Please note: Convo attendance may be obtained for attendance at either performance, but students cannot get two credits for attending both performances.

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