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Saturday, November 23, 2013



SAGE on Stage

Saturday, November 23, 2013
6 p.m. | Sibert Theater
 
SAGE on Stage is an educational and eye-opening series of short, separate theatrical/musical acts that shed light on different aspects of what it is like to be a member or ally of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning) community.
 
Thursday, January 16, 2014

 
 
Corey Harris
 
Joe Patterson Smith Lecture

Thursday, January 16, 2014
7 p.m. | Sibert Theatre
 
Illinois College welcomes Corey Harris, a powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, to campus on Thursday, January 16, at 7 p.m. in Sibert Theatre as the 2013 Joe Patterson Smith lecturer. Harris will deliver an informal lecture and then perform along with his band, “The Rasta Blues Experience.”

Harris has carved out his own niche in the blues genre and has appeared at venues throughout North America, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In 2003 Harris was a featured artist and narrator of the Martin Scorcese film, “Feel Like Going Home,” which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern United States.
 
 
Monday, January 20, 2014

My Childhood Experiences with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Growing up in the Selma Civil Rights Movement

Monday, January 20, 2014
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

Sheyann Webb-Christberg is a nationally known civil rights speaker and author. She is known for her works in Selma, Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King. Mrs. Webb-Christberg encourages students to think critically, innovatively weigh solutions and become contributors to society regardless of  your ethnicity or background.


 
Sunday, January 26, 2014

 
 
The Paths to Homelessness

Sunday, January 26, 2014
3 p.m. | Sibert Theatre

Homelessness is a much misunderstood issue. Based on interview of actual people who are or have been homeless here in Jacksonville, this 30-minute play was researched, written , and will be performed by the first-year seminar TH 130: Theatre As Engaged Citizenship with introductions by Vanessa Tyus, Director of New Directions Warming and Cooling Center, and Pastor Mike Fender of Grace United Methodist Church, which houses the shelter. Come out and see the true faces of homelessness and hear the words of those who have actually been there.
 
 
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

 
 
"Through the Storm" 
 
Mr. John Porter
 
Guest Chapel Speaker


Wednesday, January 29, 2014
10 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

Mr. Porter graduated in from IC 1968.  He is also a trustee emeritus. He grew up in Jacksonville, and has much to share about his life in general. Mr. Porter will talk about a near death experience.  While serving in one of armed services, his plane went down in the Middle East due to mechanical problems.  They crashed on a mountain and a blizzard ensued.  Mr. Porter was not rescued for 3 days or so. Not all of his crewmates made it out.  Prior to this, Mr. Porter said that he wasn’t the most religious person.  In fact, he had been one of the students who pushed for chapel to not be mandatory during his time here.  However, those days on the mountain changed his overall outlook.  
 
Thursday, January 30, 2014



Nordic Choir - Choral Concert

Illinois College Fine Arts Series

Thursday, January 30, 2014
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

The 74-member Nordic Choir has an international reputation as one of the premier collegiate choirs in the U.S. The choir is conducted by Allen Hightower, director of choral activities and professor of music at Luther College. The Nordic Choir tours annually and has performed around the world, appearing in Norway, Ireland, England, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Baltic countries, Mexico and the Caribbean. The choir regularly performs nationally in well-known venues such as Lincoln Center in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

 

 
Friday, February 7, 2014

    
 C.L. Lindsay
Computing and the Law

Friday, February 7, 2014
8 p.m. | Sibert Theatre

College is a fun and exciting time in every student's journey, but as in life, there are certain rules and regulations to follow. All too often students (not to mention admins and profs) get caught up in the web of do's and don'ts and navigating the course can be tricky. The is where C.L. Lindsay steps in. As a successful attorney, C.L. decided to leave his NYC practice in 1998 to found COSTAR, the Coalition for Student & Academic Rights. He has since built a national network of attorneys across the country who volunteer to help students and higher ed staff with their legal problems, free of charge.
 
 
 
Monday, February 17, 2014

 

  "Working Together & The Need For Bipartisanship in Washington" 

Representative Cheri Bustos

 
Phi Alpha Lecture

 

Monday, February 17, 2014
11:00 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
 
Representative Cheri Bustos will be returning to her Alma Mater to give the Phi Alpha Lecture entitled, "Working Together & The Need For Bipartisanship in Washington."
 
Thursday, February 20, 2014


 
Roxane Gay

 

Thursday, February 20, 2014
5:30 p.m. | Fairfield Library - Lincoln Hall

Fiction writer, memorist, and cultural critic Roxane Gay will be on campus to read her newest work. Gay is the award-winning author of AYITI, a collection of short fiction exploring tales of the Haitian diaspora. Her collection of essays Bad Feminist is forthcoming this year, as is her first novel, An Untamed State. Gay's cultural commentary is widely published and read and can be found on Salon, Slate, The Nation, and numerous other publications.
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Jay B. Labov 
 
Jay Labov

Woodrow Wilson Fellow

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
 
Jay Labov serves as a Senior Advisor for Education and Communications for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Research Council (NRC). He also served for three years as Deputy Director for the NRC's Center for Education and was the study director and responsible staff officer for more than a dozen NRC reports, including “State Science and Technology Policy Advice: Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges: Summary of a National Convocation” (2008) and “Enhancing Professional Development for Teachers: Potential Uses of Information Technology” (2007). He also directed a committee of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine that authored Science, Evolution, and Creationism (2008). Dr. Labov was the Co-Principal Investigator for a multiyear grant from the National Science Foundation to the Center for Education to offer workshops to grantees of the NSF's Math/Science Partnership Initiative. Prior to assuming his position at the NRC in August 1997, Dr. Labov was a member of the faculty in the Department of Biology at Colby College (ME). He received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami and an M.S. in Zoology and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. He was elected a Fellow in Education of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005.

 
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

 
The Muslims are Coming!
 

Friday, March 14, 2014
8:00-9:00 p.m. | Cummings Dining Hall

"The Muslims are Coming!" is a road movie that follows a comedy tour of Middle America. A travelling band of comedians visit big cities, small towns, liberal enclaves, conservative hotbeds, rural unincorporated villages, and everything in between to explore the issue of Islamophobia. They'll perform, meet the locals, and take the pulse of real Americans.
 
 
 
 
Saturday, March 15, 2014

African American Gospel Music
 

Saturday, March 15, 2014
7:30-8:30p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

The IC Choirs, Williamsville High School, Mt. Emory Baptist Church, and local musicians, led by Gospel clinician and composer Keith Hampton will present a concert of gospel repertoire.
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, March 16, 2014

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The Baltimore Consort :: Early Music Ensemble
 

Sunday, March 16, 2014
3:00 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

The Illinois College Fine Arts Series will present "The Baltimore Consort," Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel. Delighting audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, "The Baltimore Consort" has been described as a classical instrumental crossover, performing their rich arrangements of early European and American music. The Washington Post says, "The Baltimore Consort" is "full of delightful surprises." Individual concert tickets are just $15. Free admission to students of all ages. Call 217.245.3069 or visit online at ic.edu/fas to get your tickets today. http://www.baltcons.com/
 
 
 
 
Monday, March 17, 2013

Women, Leadership, Power, & Politics: Overcoming Obstacles



Christine Todd Whitman


Woodrow Wilson Fellow
 

Monday, March 17, 2014
11:00 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Christine Todd Whitman was the first (and only) female Governor of New Jersey (1994-2001). She then served in President George W. Bush's cabinet as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2001-2003). Currently, she is co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council (RLC), whose mission is to support fiscally conservative, socially tolerant candidates and to reclaim the word “Republican.” She serves on several corporate and foundation boards. She is the author of a 2005 New York Times best seller that examined the future of the GOP, It’s My Party Too.
 
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2013

The Shifting Environment Policy-making Climate: Staying Ahead While Going Green


Christine Todd Whitman


Woodrow Wilson Fellow

 
Tuesday, March 18, 2013
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
Christine Todd Whitman was the first (and only) female Governor of New Jersey (1994-2001). She then served in President George W. Bush's cabinet as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2001-2003). Currently, she is co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council (RLC), whose mission is to support fiscally conservative, socially tolerant candidates and to reclaim the word “Republican.” She serves on several corporate and foundation boards. She is the author of a 2005 New York Times best seller that examined the future of the GOP, It’s My Party Too.
 
 
Saturday, March 22, 2014

 

 Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra concert

 


 

Saturday, March 22, 2014
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
 
This concert by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will feature music's most famous symphony, Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Also featured will be this year's Grand Prize winner of the symphony's Talent Among Us competition, timpanist Jeremy Hommowun. 
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

 

Public Speaking Showcase

 


 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
7:00 p.m. | Kirby 006
 
The Public Speaking Showcase celebrates the best persuasive speech presentations in the Speech Fundamentals (CO 101) courses of Fall 2013. The top 5 speakers compete for the recognition as the best public speaker within their cohort. The topics may range from advocating for recycling and no texting and driving to soliciting a stance against gang violence in Chicago. 
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

 

 Re-reading Poetry: What That Does to Poems, and to Us

Dr. Michael Hurley 

 
Claridge Lecture Series

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
7:30 p.m. | Lincoln Hall
 
Dr. Michael Hurley is a University Lecturer and Fellow at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. His research focuses on Victorian poetry and poetics. He is the author or editor of A History of Poetics: from classical Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming); Poetic Form: an Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2012); G. K. Chesterton (Plymouth: Northcote House/British Council, 2012); and The Complete Father Brown Stories  (Penguin Classics, 2012).
 
Thursday, March 27, 2014

 

Terminal Cafe
by John Tuttle 
Directed by Aasne Daniels
 
 

Thursday, March 27, 2014
7:30 p.m. | Sibert Theatre

Life ain't easy for the residents of San Gabriel, NM: the back-breaking work in the company coal mine barely earns enough company scrip to pay rent on the dilapidated company homes. Folks are barely getting by. The dawn of World War II seems a blessing. All of a sudden demand for coal skyrockets as fuel is needed for a mysterious experiment over in nearby Los Alamos. The whole town feels the boom, but at what cost? Loosely based on the real-life town of Madrid, NM, Terminal Café explores the price of progress with alternating humor and heartbreak.

 
 
 
 
 
Friday, March 28, 2014

 

  Christianity in Japan

Richard and Kazumi Nix

 

 

Friday, March 28, 2014
7:00 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
 
Richard and Kazumi Nix are going to talk about their experiences doing Christian ministry in Japan. From their personal experiences, they are going to talk about the Christian religion and the impacts that it is having throughout the Japanese culture. 
 

    
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