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Convocation Ceremony Scheduled for Sept. 7


Edwidge Danticat, award-winning author and Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Convocation speaker.


As the official kick-off to the academic year, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences will host the 2010 Convocation ceremony on Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Miniaci Performing Arts Center. A reception in the Carl DeSantis Building will follow.

This year’s convocation will feature a keynote talk by award-winning author, Edwidge Danticat. Danticat is a 2009 recipient of the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius Award” fellowship. According to the foundation, the $500,000 “no-strings-attached” fellowships are awarded to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

Danticat, who lives in Miami, was born in Haiti and immigrated to the United States as a child. She is known for her stories about personal hardship and survival. The author will speak on identity, a recurring theme in her work and also the college’s academic theme for 2010–2011.

Also speaking at the event will be Dimitri Giarikos, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of sciences in the college’s Division of Math, Science, and Technology. Recognized by peers for his strong commitment to student learning and student success, Giarikos received the 2010 Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Full-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. NSU’s Dean’s List Scholars will also be recognized during the ceremony.

Prior to convocation, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences encourages new undergraduate students to join the First-Year Reading Program. Participants will receive a free copy of Danticat’s novel The Farming of Bones and engage in small reading groups that provide an opportunity to discuss the book with fellow students and college faculty members. A select group of participants also will receive an invitation to a private seminar dinner with Danticat following convocation. Visit the 2010 Convocation Web site for more information on the First-Year Reading Program and to sign up for this extraordinary opportunity.

Convocation is open to all in the NSU community. For additional information or to reserve a seat, contact the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Office of the Dean at (954) 262-8236.