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The University of Chicago 500th Convocation

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Schedule and Events

2007 Convocation

Photo by Dan Dry 


9:30 a.m. Coffee on the Quadrangle

9:45 a.m. Academic Procession from Main Quadrangle to Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

10:30 a.m. 500th Convocation Ceremony
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. This ceremony will not be ticketed.  Guests are advised to arrive early as seating is limited.  Overflow viewing will be available in Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th Street.  There will also be a live-feed to the dining halls and on the 500th Convocation website.
Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. for general seating.

Valet parking will be available in front of the Chapel on 59th Street.  Please pick up your car by 6 p.m.

12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch in the Dining Halls.  Guests are welcome to eat lunch in the following dining facilities: 

  • Pierce Dining Commons - 5514 South University Avenue
  • Bartlett Dining Commons - 5640 South University Avenue
  • South Campus Dining Commons - 6025 South Ellis Avenue (behind Burton-Judson)

For details on the dining halls and food options, please click here to visit the Dining Services website. Cost for lunch is $7.99 and credit card or cash is accepted.

Lecture series

1:30-2:30 p.m.

“Transgressing Disciplines,” Robert McCormick Adams, Jr., Ph.B.’47, A.M.’52, Ph.D.’57, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego. Hosted by the Department of Anthropology.
Location: Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall

“Religious Identity, Justice, and Hope: The Case of Peacebuilding,” Lisa Sowle Cahill, Ph.D.’76, J. Donald Monan Professor, Department of Theology, Boston College. Hosted by the Divinity School.
Location: Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

“The Effect of Employment Protection on Worker Productivity: Evidence from Public Schooling,” Brian A. Jacob, Ph.D. ’01, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy & Professor of Economics, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. Hosted by the Harris School of Public Policy Studies.
Location: Harris School, Lecture Hall 142

“Boom Town? The State of Black Business in Chicago,” John Rogers, Laboratory Schools ’76, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ariel Investments; Trustee of the University. Hosted by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.
Location: Social Sciences, Lecture Hall 122

“Learning from AIDS: Remaining Challenges in the HIV Epidemic,” Paul A. Volberding, A.B.’71, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair, UCSF Department of Medicine Chief, Medical Service SF Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Co-Director, UCSF-GIVI Center for AIDS Research. Hosted by the College.
Location: Kent Hall, Room 107

“The Human Genome Project: Its Impact on Science and Medicine,” Robert Waterston, M.D.’72, Ph.D.’72, Professor and Chair, Department of Genome Sciences University of Washington. Hosted by the Department of Human Genetics.
Location: Biological Sciences Lecture Center, Room 001

3:00-4:00 p.m.

“Tearing Down the Berlin Wall Intermedially: Alexander Kluge and Heiner Müller in Dialogue,” David Bathrick, Ph.D.’70, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Film, & Dance, and German Studies, Cornell University. Hosted by the Department of Germanic Studies.
Location: Regenstein Library, Franke Institute

“Seasonality, Mood and Migration,” Ruth M. Benca, Ph.D.’79, M.D.’81, Director, Center for Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research; Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hosted by the Department of Medicine.
Location: Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, First Floor Auditorium

“More Unknowns than Equations: Yes, We Can!,” David L. Donoho, Ph.D., Department of Statistics, Stanford University. Honorary Degree Recipient.
Location: Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall

“Chopin’s Pencil,” Jeffrey Kallberg, Ph.D.’82, Professor of Music History and Chairman of the Department of Music, University of Pennsylvania. Hosted by the Department of Music.
Location: Goodspeed Hall, Fulton Recital Hall

“Plato and Paradox,” Stephen Menn, A.M.’84, Ph.D.’89, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, McGill University. Hosted by the Department of Philosophy.
Location: Harper Memorial Library, Lecture Hall 130 (Please note this is a ninety-minute lecture.)

“The Past, Present, and Future of Civil War,” Stathis Kalyvas, A.M.’90, Ph.D.’93, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Yale University. Hosted by the Department of Political Science.
Location: Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema

4:30-5:30 p.m.

“Intelligent Design on Trial,” David DeRosier, S.B.’61, Ph.D. ’65, Professor of Biology Emeritus, Abraham S. and Gertrude Burg Chair of Life Sciences, Brandeis University. Hosted by the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology.
Location: Kent Hall, Room 107

“Evolutionary Trees and Population Genetics: A Family Reunion,” Joseph Felsenstein, Ph.D.’68, Professor of Genome Sciences and of Biology, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington. Hosted by the Department of Ecology and Evolution.
Location: Biological Sciences Learning Center, Room 115

“Civic Republicanism and the Establishment of Religion,” Judge Michael W. McConnell, J.D.’79, Director, Stanford Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School. Hosted by the Law School.
Location: Law School Courtroom

“Proving the Object,” Stephen Melville, A.B.’71, Ph.D.’81, Professor Emeritus, Department of the History of Art, Ohio State University. Hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature.
Location: Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall

“Science, History of Science and the Muse of Discovery,” Ali Mehmet Celâl Şengör, Ph.D., Professor of Geology, Istanbul Technical University. Honorary Degree Recipient.
Location: Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, First Floor Auditorium

“How to Put Together a Goddess out of Musical Scales,” David Shulman, Ph.D., Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Honorary Degree Recipient.
Location: Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema

7:30 p.m. Concert
The ATOS Piano Trio will perform works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Brahms as part of the University of Chicago Presents concert series in Mandel Hall, 1131 East 57th Street. Tickets are required and are available at discount rates by calling (773) 702-8068 (mention 500th Convocation).