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Academic Convocation - August 31, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Academic Convocation will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 3 p.m. in the Peterson Recreation Center.

Convocation, which marks the official opening of our Centennial year celebration, will welcome new members of our community - students in the Class of 2020, transfer students, and new faculty. It is open to the entire community. All classes have been cancelled for the day to allow for full participation. A full list of Convocation day activities are listed below.

Faculty Reflect​​​​​​ions

8:30 - 10:20 a.m.​​​​​

Sessions 1 and 3
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105
8:30 - 9:20 a.m. The Impact of Foreign Language Studies on a Liberal Arts Education
9:30 - 10:20 a.m. Health Care in 1917 Providence

​Sessions 2 and 4
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room LL05
8:30 - 9:20 a.m. Psychology at Providence College: The Beginnings, Advances, and Accomplishments
9:30 - 10:20 a.m. British Empire and Race in America: Service and Mission in the Wider World of 1917

Session #1: The Impact of Foreign Language Studies on a Liberal Arts Education

8:30 - 9:20 a.m.
Department: Foreign Language Studies
Presenters: Dr. Monica Simal, Dr. Salvatore Cappelletti, Dr. Alison Caplan
Ruane Center for the Humanities 105

The Department of Foreign Languague Studies has played an important role in PC's liberal arts curriculum - promoting cross-cultural awareness for generations of students. The department's impact, aligned with the mission and future strategic plans of the College, will continueas the College enter its second century. Past and present professors from the Department of Foreign Language Studies, current students, and alumni will participate in this dialogue, which will include a discussion of the impact of PC's study abroad programs.​

Session #2: Psychology at Providence College: The Beginnings, Advances, and Accomplishments

8:30 - 9:20 a.m.
Department: Psychology
Presenters: Dr. Thomas Guilmette
Ruane Center for the Humanities LL05

Explore the​​ genesis of the Department of Psychology at Providence College, its growth over the last four decades, and the contributions of the department's faculty and students to the discipline of psychology. In addition, the presentation will highlight the early history of the field of psychology in relation to the opening of Providence College.

Session #3: Health Care in 1917 Providence
9:30 - 10:20 a.m.
Department: Health Policy and Management
Presenters: Dr. Todd Olszewski, Dr. Deborah Levine
Ruane Center for the Humanities 105


Learn about Providence's rich healthcare history in this discussion about Charles Chapin, Providence's health superintendent and one of the leading figures in American public health, and the Providence City Hospital (now PC's lower campus). Discover how 1917's debates about health insurance and universal coverage were not entirely unlike those still happening today.


Session #4: British Empire and Race in America: Service and Mission in the Wider World of 1917
9:30 - 10:20 a.m.
Department: History
Presenters: Dr. Tobias Harper, Dr. Rene Alexander Orquiza
Ruane Center for the Humanities LL05

At the time of Providence College's founding in 1917, the world faced many changes and challenges after three years of total war. In the British Empire, America, and the rest of the world, war raised fundamental question that resonate today with the College's mission: who gets to be included or excluded in democratic political processes and in celebration of service to the nation?


Centennial ​​Opening Mass

11 a.m.
Peterson Recreation Center
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Diocese of Providence will be the principal celebrant and College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 will be the homilist of this Mass, commemorating a century of Catholic and Dominican tradition at Providence College.


Centennia​​​l Photo

Following Mass, a Centennial photo will be taken on Hendricken Field. Don't ​miss this opportunity to be a part of an extraordinary moment at Providence College!

PC 100 Centenni​al Lunch Market

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Slavin Lawn
Let's do lunch! Enjoy classic RI ​​food selections served market style on Slavin Lawn. Local culinary food favorites are also available for your enjoyment. Be sure to take part in our Instagram trivia challenge - a great way to learn more about PC's campus and history. 

Academic Convocat​​ion ​

​3 p.m.​
Peterson Recreation Center

This event will welcome new members of the community - students in the Class of 2020, transfer students, and new faculty members.


Keynot​e Spea​​ker

During the ceremony, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof will deliver the featured address. Kristof has been a columnist at The Times since 2001 — focusing on human rights, women’s rights, health, and global affairs. Along with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, Kristof earned a Pulitzer in 1990 for his coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square movement. Kristof was awarded his second Pulitzer in 2006 for his columns on the genocide in Darfur. In addition to his work at The Times, he has co-authored several books with WuDunn, including Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. 

Reception immediately follow​ing on Slavin Lawn

Q&A and Book-signing w​​​ith Nicholas Kristof

4:30 - 5 p.m.
Slavin Center, '64 Hall

If you are a person with a disability and require an assistive device, service, or other accomm​​odation to participate, please contact College Events (401-865-2344) well in advance of Convocation.

Registration for this event is now closed. Please contact College Events at 401.865.2344 if you would like to register.