Sarah VowellSarah Vowell, a Montana State University graduate now recognized nationally as an author, social commentator and the voice of Violet in both “Incredibles” films, will speak at MSU’s 2020 fall convocation set for Aug. 27. 

STREAMING LINK FOR MAIN EVENT GOES LIVE AUGUST 27. 

 

Main event will be streamed and available for remote viewing for everyone. If you aren't able to join us August 27, the event will be available for viewing using the link provided after August 27. 

Join Sarah Vowell and President Waded Cruzado for a virtual event celebration
Convocation 2020!

 

Vowell, who graduated from MSU in 1993 with a degree in modern languages and literatures, is a New York Times bestselling author of seven nonfiction books on American history and culture. Her book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” will be MSU’s 2020 summer read.

In addition, Vowell frequently appears as a guest on late-night comedy shows and is recognized for her wit and social observations. She was the voice of teenage superhero Violet Parr in the 2004 film “The Incredibles” as well as its 2018 sequel “Incredibles 2.”

Vowell was a contributing editor of the public radio show “This American Life” from 1996 to 2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program’s live shows. She is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times and has been a columnist for Salon.com, Time, San Francisco Weekly, GQ and Spin, among others. Vowell was the president of the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students aged 6-18 in Brooklyn. She is still a member of its advisory board, along with its sister organization in Los Angeles, 826LA.

MSU President Waded Cruzado said she believes Vowell’s personal story will inspire the incoming freshman class as well as members of the MSU and Bozeman community.

“Sara Vowell’s story gives voice to what happens when talent and curiosity meet access to a land-grant education,” Cruzado said. “Montana State is hugely proud of her many accomplishments, and we are overjoyed to have her return to speak to our freshmen students.”

MSU’s Convocation is the formal welcome of the incoming class, where the university focuses attention on the start of the academic, intellectual and personal journey of first-year students. Convocation demonstrates the support of the university and community to help students reach the goal of becoming the graduating class of 2024. Vowell’s lecture will be part of MSU’s 15th convocation.

Common Reading

In preparation for Montana State University's 2020 convocation, students will read "Lafayette in the Somewhat United States" . Explore information aboutSarah Vowell and the common read “Lafayette and the Somewhat United States” on the MSU Library 2020 Convocation page.

 

MSU Library/KGLT - An Afternoon Chat with Sarah Vowell 

Co-hosted by MSU Library and KGLT August 27, 2020, 3-4 p.m.

 

Montana State University’s Fall Convocation speaker Sarah Vowell will join Rachel Hergett, MSU News Service writer and KGLT volunteer DJ, for an informal conversation. The interview will take place from 3-4 p.m. on August 27 and is one of several activities taking place as part of Convocation.

Vowell, an MSU alumna, is a New York Times bestselling author, is the voice of teenage superhero Violet Parr in “The Incredibles” films and was a contributing editor of the public radio show “This American Life” from 1996 to 2008.

Vowell has written extensively on American history and culture and is known for her wit and social observations. She will discuss her personal journey from MSU student to a successful literary and broadcast career. MSU President Waded Cruzado believes Vowell will be an inspiration to first year students.

“Sara Vowell’s story gives voice to what happens when talent and curiosity meet access to a land-grant education,” she said.

The event will be streamed live from MSU Library Archives and Special Collections. Details will be shared here when they become available.  Follow this link to the live stream Link to the livestream  Face Book event information here.

For additional information, contact Ann Vinciguerra, MSU Library events and communications manager, ann.vinciguerra@montana.edu, 406-994-6857.

Explore information about Sarah Vowell and the common read “Lafayette and the Somewhat United States” on the MSU Library 2020 Convocation page.

 

Student Engagement

Traditionally, Fall Conovcation has been a part of the hugely successful MSU Debut. This year, due to constraints, MSU Debut looks a bit different, but still has lots of opportunities for student engagement. New this year check out the Student Unity Photo Mosaic!


Student Unity Photo Mosaic

Show your connection and solidarity with the MSU Community this semester by submitting your photo to the Student Unity Photo Mosaic. Submissions will be open until September 5. All classes, staff and faculty are welcome to participate. Submit your photo at this link.

Please visit the MSU Debut website for a full list of this year's events.

Event Information

August 27, 2020

Tickets NOT Available to the general public. LIVE STREAM from this link.

 

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More Information

For more information, please contact:

Provost Robert Mokwa
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
406-994-4460
julia.tietz@montana.edu

Disabled students wishing to request an accommodation may contact 406-994-2824.