What is Convocation?
Convocation is a special gathering of a group of people for the purpose of focusing on a particular topic. SUNY Broome’s annual student Convocation Day, will be held on Tuesday, April 17th 2018, to bring together the College community and, in spirit, the larger community of which the College is a part to address themes around our Convocation speaker’s best-selling book, The Invisible Gorilla. This book has critics calling it enlightening and entertainment in its examination of the dark side of our ability to pay attention and the everyday cognitive illusions that greatly affect our daily lives.
Convocation Day Spring 2018 – Tuesday, April 17th
The campus-wide Convocation Committee is pleased to announce that Christopher Chabris psychologist and co-author of the best seller, The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us, has been selected as our 2018 Convocation Day speaker. Chabris earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University and taught there before his current teaching post at Union College. He has spoken at Google, Goldman Sachs, and Microsoft, among other places. Our speaker is a chess master and games enthusiast who writes a monthly column for the Wall Street Journal.
Convocation 2018 will focus on important and relevant themes such as how cognitive illusions impact our daily lives. As a creator of one of the most famous experiments in psychology, Chabris will discuss how our intuitions lead us astray, affecting our decisions in business, the criminal justice field, the health sciences and even how we drive.
We hope that Chabris will inspire students and faculty alike to consider how illusions about attention, memory, confidence, knowledge, cause and potential can cost us dearly, and how to manage these illusions. Please note that Tuesday April 17, 2018 is Convocation Day on which no day or evening classes will be held.
Convocation 2018 will focus on important and relevant themes such as the role attention plays in police-civilian encounters, the problems with eye-witness testimony and memory, the ways in which talented medical experts and pilots may miss what is right in front of them and how our belief in the power of confidence shapes our selection of leaders.
Attention Teaching Faculty: Important information regarding the Convocation Faculty Scholars program and the Wednesday January 24, 2018 Convocation Institute for teaching faculty will be released shortly. Note that our three previous Convocation Institutes for teaching faculty have filled up quickly and over 80 teaching faculty enrolled as Convocation Faculty Scholars in 2017.
More About the Themes of Convocation Day, 2018
Convocation 2018 will focus on important and relevant themes from social psychology which may lead us to question our certainty about the ways in which our mind and memory works.
Campus-Wide Convocation Day Committee Members
Professor Irene Byrnes (Chair)
Professor Anne Haner-Uncapher, Health Sciences Division
Dr. Victor Lamoureux, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Division
Associate Librarian, Dr. Amanda Hollister, Library
Professor Gian Roma, Business and Public Services Division
Professor Carla Michalak, Liberal Arts Division
Dr. Virginia Shirley, Liberal Arts Division
Orion Barber, Student Assembly