Convocation Program 2010-2011

Opening Celebration

Monday, August 30, 2010
4 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Faculty, staff, and students gather together to celebrate the opening of the one hundred and eighty-second academic year at Illinois College.
Dead Man Walking
Monday, September 6, 2010
7 p.m. | Sibert Theatre
Professor Adam Porter will give a fifteen-minute lecture on the history of the death penalty and the Innocent Voices Project, followed by a showing of Dead Man Walking.
Dead Man Walking is a 1995 film based on the book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean. Sister Helen establishes a special relationship with a prisoner on death row in Louisiana. She works with him as his spiritual advisor up until his execution.


"From Pain to Purpose"
Shawn Karsten
Thursday, September 9, 2010
7 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Shawn Karsten, son of Emmy-award winning ESPN reporter Adrian Karsten, shares the riveting story of the tragedies that transformed his life from every kid's dream into a living nightmare, and reflects on the destructive decisions he made in the aftermath. Shawn details how he finally began to find peace and meaning in his life by reaching out to help others, in particular kids struggling to survive the same kinds of crises he faced just a few short years ago. Shawn will be available for individual conversations with audience members after the presentation.
"Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues"
Sister Helen Prejean

Monday, September 13, 2010  
11 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Sister Helen Prejean will present this year’s Betty Jane Jost Lecture. Through her work in prison ministry beginning in 1981, she gained insight into the death penalty system and now is an advocate for its abolition. Her Pulitzer Prize nominated book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty, was made into a major motion picture featuring Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen and Sean Penn as a death row inmate. Sister Helen continues to show her commitment to excellence in raising awareness to promote change. 

 Judge John Jones, U.S. District Judge
Middle District of Pennsylvania

"Our Constitution’s Intelligent Design"

Constitution Day Lecture

Friday, September 17, 2010 
7 p.m. | Sibert Theatre

Judge John Jones has presided over several noteworthy and high profile cases, the most significant being the landmark case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School district in 2005. In this case Judge Jones held that it was unconstitutional to teach intelligent design within a public school science curriculum.

In Our Constitution’s Intelligent Design, Judge Jones uses the Kitzmiller v. Dover case as a jumping off point to discuss the need for all U.S. citizens to better understand how judiciary operates and the need to have a better informed public on all matters involving government, including the Constitution. He will also emphasize the need to enhance civics education at all levels, and calls on us to respect the enduring wisdom of our Founders and the durability of the Constitution.
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre | Jazz Music and Dance
Illinois College Fine Arts Series

Saturday, September 18, 2010
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Together on stage, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre redefines the concept of “performance ensemble” by uniquely fusing contemporary dance, live music and visual art. CRDT performances truly satisfy the senses.
 "Dangers of Facebook and Social Networking"
C.L. Lindsay, Attorney
Friday, September 24, 2010 
8 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

Attorney, C.L. Lindsay, is a nationally recognized expert in student's rights. In 1998, he founded the Coalition for Student and Academic Rights (CO-STAR), which is a foundation that helps thousands of students with legal problems every year, free of charge.
C.L. Lindsay lectures on how a student's social-networking profiles can come back to haunt them. He focuses on issues such as online plagiarism, remaining safe from online predators, what potential employers can find on your profile, and repercussions of posting illegal content to one's profile.
"Disagreeing on Everything: A Debate on Attaining Peace in the Middle East"
Khalaf Al Habtoor Lecture Series
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 
7 p.m. | Sibert Theatre
Anisa Mehdi and Michael Lame

Anisa Mehdi is an Emmy-award winning journalist and filmmaker specializing in Islam. Michael Lame is a management consultant and organizational trainer who conducts leadership and communications programs in the U.S. and the Middle East. Together the present, explore, and discuss with the audience various perspectives that keep peace between Israelis and Palestinians at bay.

"Extreme Storm Chasing"
Reed Timmer, Ph.D.
Monday, October 4, 2010 
11 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Having intercepted over 250 tornadoes and a dozen powerful hurricanes during the last decade, Reed Timmer, Ph.D. is well-known as the most successful and extreme storm chaser in the world. He is one of the few people that has been able to capture on camera both an F5 tornado and the most devastating hurricane in U.S. history, (Hurricane Katrina) – feats that show his true passion for extreme weather.

"1st And Foremost: Lift Your Voice"

Illinois College Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies 

Monday, October 18, 2010
11 a.m. | Sibert Theatre
A convocation in celebration of National Freedom of Speech Week.

Tom Farrey, Author and Journalist
"Game On"

Monday, October 25, 2010
11 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Tom Farrey is a veteran journalist and ESPN correspondent whose work has been recognized among the nation’s best on television, in print and online. His first book, Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children, was honored as 2008 Sports Education Book of the Year. He spent five years researching the way elite athletes are identified and how they develop from the grassroots up. His findings debunk a number of myths about the pathways to excellence in sports and beyond. 


The Future of Korea
  Ambassador Charles L. (Jack) Pritchard, President, Korean Economic Institute, Mr. Daniel J. Tikvart, North Korea Unit Chief, U.S. Department of State, Mr. Wonchang La, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
7:30 p.m. | Kirby Learning Center Room 6
 The panelists will address political, security, economic, and trade issues pertaining to U.S. – Korea relations and the future of the Korean peninsula. A question and answer opportunity will follow the presentation.

Prior to joining the KEI, Ambassador Pritchard was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute from 2003 to 2006, and served as ambassador and special envoy for negotiations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from April 2001 to September 2003.
 Trio Voce | Violin, Cello and Piano
Illinois College Fine Arts Series
Saturday, October 30, 2010
7:30 p.m.  Rammelkamp Chapel

As one voice (“voce” in Italian), Trio Voce thrills audiences with their passion, enthusiasm and ability to make the written music come alive. Performing the repertoire of Haydn or that of present-day composers, Trio Voce brings verve and excitement to audiences of all ages with a new and outstanding synergy, apparent with every performance they give.


"Statistics as a Liberal Art"
David Andrews, Chair of the Department of Mathematics at University of Dallas

Monday, November 1, 2010
11 a.m. | Kirby Learning Center Room 6
The liberal arts are traditionally defined as those areas of knowledge that are needed for the free citizen. Because so much- science, politics, economics- rely on statistical reasoning in the modern world, H.G. Wells suggested over a century ago that a citizen would find statistical reasoning as "necessary... as being able to read and write."

"Seal the Deal: 6 Simple Steps for Getting Your Dream Job"
Pete Leibman, President of Idealize Enterprises
Tuesday,  November 2, 2010
7:30 p.m. | Location: Rammelkamp Chapel
Despite being told it was "impossible" when he was a student, and despite having no personal connections or work experience in the industry he wanted to break into, Pete Leibman networked his way into his dream job to work in pro sports right after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from John Hopkins University in 2003. Pete formed Idealize Enterprises in 2009 when he decided to leave a very successful sales career to become a full-time, service-minded entrepreneur, speaker, and author.
Robert Pinsky,
United States Poet Laureate 1997-2000
"A Poetry Reading by Robert Pinsky"
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 
8 p.m. | Location: ICEBOX Theatre located in Kirby Learning Center 

Robert Pinsky, United States Poet Laureate from 1997-2000, will give a reading of his poetry. The reading will be followed by a reception and book-signing.



by Euripides
Directed by Kindra Steenerson
IC TheatreWorks
Thursday, November 4, 2010 
7:30 p.m. | Location: Sibert Theatre

November 7, 2010
2:00 p.m. | Location: Sibert Theatre
"Hell hath no fury like a women scorned." Compelled by the betrayal of her beloved husband, Jason, Medea exacts revenge in ways too terrible gets a modern treatment set inside a polygamist compound, allowing the critical exploration of themes pointed to by modern scholars: the religious and ethical questions surrounding revenge, the complexities of surrounding revenge, the complexities of supplication and oaths, and the religious and socio-political tension between genders.

Dr. Karen Dean
"Looking for Leadership in all the Right Places"
Monday, November 15, 2010 
11 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
"Leaders are born, not made." – Join Dr. Karen Dean as she considers this assertion in light of the leaders she has met and admired in the venues she knows best:  literature, history, and politics. How do these leaders fit into Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers and what can we learn from them in light of the Illinois College mission to prepare students for "fulfilling lives of leadership and service"? This last IC Connections convocation will also focus our attention as a community on the exciting opportunities that the Al Habtoor Leadership Center now brings to our campus.

John Remington Graham
"The Political Legacy of William Jennings Bryan"
Phi Alpha Lecture
Tuesday November 16, 2010
7 p.m. | Sibert Theatre

The presentation will discuss William Jennings Bryan as one of the great architects of peace in American history and his place among American statesmen with regard to the “money question.” 

Norman Bemelmans | Piano
Illinois College Fine Arts Series
Saturday, November 20, 2011
 7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Combining lyrical subtlety and virtuosic power, Norman Bemelmans’ interpretations of the works of Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin in particular have received enthusiastic critical acclaim. German publication, Neue Zeitung proclaimed, “Chopin of the highest order . . .The familiar music emerged under Bemelmans’ hands as a revelation . . . We are not accustomed to hearing Chopin performed with such grandeur.”
Jon Voisey
"Anime Mythbusters"
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
7:00 p.m. | Kirby Learning Center Room 6
Jon Voisey will be presenting "Anime Mythbusters" in which he examines the disjunction between popular representations of physics and actual physics. He has been improving and expanding this talk for the past two years, finding better segments of popular culture to pull from and adding in aspects on how the scientific method is used as a tool to gain insight on the world.
Panel of International Students
"Cultural Heritage: 45 Minutes Around the World"
Thursday, January 27, 2011
8:00 p.m. | Kirby Learning Center Room 6
Illinois College is fortunate to have a relatively large population of international students. This program will showcase the college's international diversity and provide local students a chance to learn something about countries with which they have little chance of experiencing for themselves.
Marc Elliot

"What Makes You Tic"

Friday, January 28, 2011
8 p.m. | Sibert Theatre
Marc Elliot will speak on tolerance and living with Tourette's Syndrome. Marc Elliot was born with a condition that left his intestines on the outside of his body. At age nine, he was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome. Having spent his life with the condition, he now tours the country speaking on tolerance and how to "live and let live."
Renowned Jazz Flautist and Lecturer
Sponsored by:
The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Coalition for Ethnic Awareness
Department of Music

Wednesday,  February 2, 2011
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
A renowned jazz flutist who boasts an extensive recording and performance career will perform at Illinois College in celebration of Black History Month.

A former student of Berklee College of Music and graduate of Rutgers University, Galen earned a master’s degree in fine arts and education. The arranger, composer, music director, educator and writer has performed with such revered artists as Billy Taylor, Melba Moore, Sun Ra, John Patton, Jimmy Heath, Houston Person and Sonny Phillips.

His concert performance will integrate music with prepared pieces by selected student poets.

William Neil

National Symphony Orchestra Organist
Illinois College Fine Arts Series

Saturday, February 5, 2011
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

As one of the most sought after keyboard artists in the United States, William Neil is the organist for Washington, D.C.’s National Presbyterian Church and National Symphony Orchestra. A champion of new music, he has a number of critically-acclaimed recordings and world premiers to his credit.

“Making Relationships Matter” by David Coleman -  The Dating Doctor

Saturday, February 12, 2011
8 p.m. | Cummings Dining Hall
A successful relationship improves your self-esteem and overall happiness. David Coleman gives advice on healthy relationships in a humorous, yet challenging way. He gives insightful and heartfelt insights into relationships and dating. Whether you’re married, dating, or searching he has a strategy to give you a successful and healthy relationship. David will unveil approaches to living a daily life that is fulfilling and focused on getting the most from every relationship in your life. David will teach you how to form, mend and sustain meaningful relationships. He will teach how to be more courageous, valuable, respectful, thankful, passionate, committed, spiritual, trustworthy and healthy.

Robi Damelin and Ali Alou Awwad
Parents Circle Speech

Monday, February 14, 2011
11 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Robi Damelin (Israeli) and Ali Alou Awwad (Palestinian) will speak about their personal stories losing family members in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Robi’s son was killed by a Palestinian Sniper, and Ali’s brother was shot at a checkpoint by Israel’s army. Both agree today to renounce revenge and violence and seek to end injustice through peaceful means.
The two speakers will retell their personal stories and how the Parent’s Circle (their organization) has started. The Parents Circle is an organization whose members, like Ali and Robi, have lost their sons in conflict but yet come together for the strong conviction they have that dialogue and mutual understanding shall be the only means to seek justice and prevent future losses on both sides.


 The Concordia Choir 

Illinois College Fine Arts Series

Thursday, March 3, 2011
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

Beginning in 1920, The Concordia Choir is widely considered one of the world’s premier undergraduate vocal ensembles that tours the world, sings for royalty and garners praise from critics. The 72-voice choir continues to affirm its reputation as one of the nation’s finest a cappella choirs and a leader in interpreting and advancing the Lutheran choral tradition.

Dede Bartlett

"What Do You Do When the Devil Wears Prada - Tips to Navigate Any Workplace"
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Lecture
Monday, March 21, 2011 
11 a.m. | Sibert Theatre

A hands-on guide to the unwritten rules of the workplace with practical tips on what you need to do, how you need to act and the strategies you need to adopt to survive in a tough, team playing, and competitive workplace.
Dede Bartlett is director of A Better Chance, immediate past chair of the advisory board of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, former officer of two Fortune 100 companies, and a frequent speaker on domestic violence issues to community and civic groups.

Aladdin Elaasar and Rasha Yow

"The Arab World in Tumult"

  Monday, March 21, 2011
7:30 p.m. | Kirby Learning Center, Room 6 

The World Affairs Council, in cooperation with Illinois College, will present a program, free and open to the public, featuring expert and author on Arab world affairs Aladdin Elaasar. Professor Elaasar, who comes to us from the University of Illinois, was born, raised and educated in Egypt and the United States. He is an expert on Egypt and the Arab World and has been a frequent commentator on the Middle East on American TV and Radio networks. His columns covering international relations, current events, and Arab/American issues have been syndicated through the Tribune/Knight Ridder Syndicate. He speaks English, Arabic, French and Spanish. His most recent book was The Last Pharaoh: Mubarak and the Uncertain Future of Egypt in the Obama Age, published in 2009.

Jacksonville resident Rasha Yow was born in Alexandria, Egypt. She later moved to Cairo and achieved her Bachelors Degree in Economics at American University in Cairo. She relocated to New York City in 1993, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Economics. She moved to Jacksonville in 1993 and subsequently was employed as a policy analyst first for the State of Illinois and later for a private firm. She currently is employed as a freelance French and Arabic translator. She resides in Jacksonville with her husband, attorney H. Allen Yow, and her two children.

Professor Elaasar and Ms. Yow will discuss the current highly fluid situation in Egypt. This program is in cooperation with the Jacksonville World Affairs Council.

Peter Bielagus

"How to Put More Money in Your Pocket Today: A College Personal Finance Boot Camp"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

 Peter Bielagus is a nationally-known speaker about financial management. He has given hundreds of presentations to young Americans about how to manage personal finances and start saving for the future.
Mixing humor and emotion with real-life examples, Peter empowers audiences of all ages to get started today on managing their money. Peter also will talk about issues surrounding credit scores - how to determine one's score, possible mistakes and their implications, and the dangers of poorly-managed finances.

 Dede Bartlett

"The Weaponization of Technology: The Rise of Cyber Abuse Among Teens and Tweens"

 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Lecture
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 
7 p.m. | Sibert Theatre
The problem goes by many names: Sexting, digital abuse, cyber stalking, textual harassment. What they all mean is that advances in technology can lead to dangerous behavior for many teens and tweens, and families need help in dealing with these issues. A discussion of the warning signs of kids in distress and what teachers and families can do to keep them safe.
Dede Bartlett is director of A Better Chance, immediate past chair of the advisory board of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, former officer of two Fortune 100 companies, and a frequent speaker on domestic violence issues to community and civic groups.
“2” featuring composer Elizabeth Vercoe
 Flute and Piano/Harp
Illinois College Fine Arts Series
Friday, March 25, 2011
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Peter H. Bloom, flute, and Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp (the duo "2") have garnered consistent acclaim for creative programming and compelling performances of repertoire from the great works of the European masters to the stunning new pieces of today’s composers. This performance features composer Elizabeth Vercoe whose Butterfly Effects was written for "2." A quotation from Zhuangzi was the inspiration for her piece: "Am I a human who dreamt of being a butterfly or am I now a butterfly who dreams of being human?

Charles E. Morris III
 "My Old Kentucky Homo: The Promises and Perils of Queering Abraham Lincoln"
Monday, March 28, 2011
11 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
In this talk Charles Morris explores the disruptive presence over the past decade of the "gay Lincoln thesis" and its implications for GLBT politics, the politics of history, and national public memory. Morris ultimately reveals the answer to the question, "Was Abraham Lincoln Gay?," and poses what he believes to be a more fruitful proposition: Abraham Lincoln is queer, and he's here to recruit you.
The Current Crisis in Japan

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
7 p.m. | Kirby Learning Center, Room 6
Four current Illinois College students from Japan will present information on the situation in Japan and compare it to other recent disasters. They will then be joined by two other Illinois College students in leading a discussion on what can be done locally to aid Japan.

Heather Glessner, MS, CGC

 "Getting Comfortable in your Genes"

Monday April 11, 2011
11 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

To celebrate DNA Day 2011, Heather Glessner, a board certified genetic counselor, will provide insight into the importance of knowing your family history, information about common genetic disorders, and some of the ethical issues that surround genetic testing.


R. Bruce Hutton
, Ph.D.
"Leadership and Social Responsibility"
 Khalaf Al Habtoor Lecture Series
Thursday, April 14, 2011
7 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
 What does leadership look like in a world characterized by exponential change; a world that Klaus Schwab, President of the World Economic Forum, said has never been more dangerous or uncertain but which also carries great opportunity. Certainly it involves creativity and the power to connect the seemingly unconnected. But, even more so, leaders must face the question, what should we do? This talk examines the challenges and opportunities today’s—and tomorrow’s—leaders in business, government, and civil organizations face in fulfilling their social responsibility to society.  

Dr. Rodney Daris,
Co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College
Newton Bateman, Lincoln's "Little Schoolmaster"


Monday April 4, 2010
11 a.m. |  Sibert Theatre
In this talk Dr. Davis will appraise Newton Bateman, an early graduate of Illinois College who went on to an illustrious career as an educator in the state of Illinois, in his four significant careers: as a teacher, a school administrator, a college president, and a historical co-editor. He will also give some attention to Bateman’s relations with Abraham Lincoln.

Love of the Nightingale
Directed by Nancy Taylor Porter
IC TheatreWorks

Thursday, April 14, 2011 
7:30 p.m. |  Sibert Theatre

Sunday, April 17, 2011 
2 p.m.| Sibert Theatre
This adaptation of a Greek myth portrays another story of betrayal and revenge but in contemporary language and with modern twists in an almost filmic progression of scenes, each more compelling than the last. This moving play asks us to consider why violence happens even within families and how justice can be achieved when those in power are corrupt. Join us for thought-provoking evening that moves swiftly to a powerful ending.
Tim Wise
"Diversity, Multiculturalism, and 'Whiteness'"
Monday, April 18, 2011
11 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Wise, who was recently named one of "25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World" by Utne Reader, has spoken in 49 states, on over 600 college campuses, and to community groups across the nation.

Rajmohon Gandhi

"A New India on the Global Stage”

Monday, April 18, 2011
7:30 p.m. | Kirby Learning Center, Room 6

Professor Gandhi will speak on India today. This program is in cooperation with the Jacksonville World Affairs Council.

Professor Gandhi, who is a grandson of the legendary Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, is Research Professor in the Department of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from St. Stephens College in New Delhi, India. Professor Gandhi is an author and well-known human rights activist. Professor Gandhi has worked to promote peace between Hindus and Muslims in his home country of India, where he has also served as a member of the Rajya Sabha (Indian Senate). He has held research and teaching positions at a number of prominent institutions, including the Woodrow Wilson Center, George Mason University, and the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. His books include Revenge and Reconciliation, The Good Boatman: A Portrait of Gandhi, and Eight Lives: A Study of the Hindu-Muslim Encounter. His latest book, A Tale of Two Revolts: India 1857 and the American Civil War will be released later this year.


William Neil

National Symphony Orchestra Organist


Illinois College Fine Arts Series

Thursday, April 28, 2011
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

As one of the most sought after keyboard artists in the United States, William Neil is the organist for Washington, D.C.’s National Presbyterian Church and National Symphony Orchestra. A champion of new music, he has a number of critically-acclaimed recordings and world premiers to his credit.


"Opening of the Celebration of Excellence"
Friday, April 29, 2011
1 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

Dean Tobin will speak on academic excellence, followed by the presentation of four major awards for teaching, service, and academic excellence. This program opens the annual Celebration of Excellence, in which students present publicly the results of their research efforts.

Presentations During the

Celebration of Excellence
Friday, April 29, 2011
2-4  p.m. | Concurrent Sessions in multiple locations

Rammelkamp Chapel, ICEBOX Theatre, Parker 106/107, Lincoln 122, Woodcock Art Gallery in McGaw Fine Arts Center, Sibert Theatre, Mundinger Rotunda in Kirby Learning Center, Common Grounds Coffeehouse,  Rotunda in Parker Science Building.

Attendance at three or more student presentations during the Celebration of Excellence will earn credit for one convocation. Attendance at a poster session may count for only one of the three presentations.

Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah
Monday, May 2, 2011
11 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Information to be announced.

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