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Civil Rights | Then & Now (Dedicated Semester 2014)

Annual Convocation

Academic Convocation 2014: Soulful Eight

Tuesday, August 26 & Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Fontbonne University officially opens its 92nd academic year on Tuesday, Aug. 26 and Wednesday, Aug. 27 with the university’s annual Academic Convocation, an opportunity for the campus community to recognize, celebrate and strengthen its identity as a Catholic institution of higher education. The event also kicks off Fontbonne’s Dedicated Semester, this year, devoted to “Civil Rights: Then and Now.”

The 2014 guest speakers will include three members of the “Soulful Eight,” a group of women who staged a sit-in in Fontbonne’s library in 1970 to protest racism at Fontbonne and promote  civil rights on the university’s campus. These women are Katharine Batiste ’73, Rita Hunt Thomas ’73 and Yolande Spears.

Also at the event, Jean Ponzi, last year’s convocation speaker, will receive the Jason Sommer Dedicated Semester Award. Ponzi is a local sustainability advocate and the host of “Earthworms,” a long-running environmental radio show on KSHX 88.1.

At the Theatre

The Mustard Seed Theatre Presents

human terrain

Aug. 28th - Sept. 14th

Film Series


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