Tuesday, October 15, 2013



Dr. Theodore Rice


Combinatorial Games


Tuesday, October 15, 2013
4:00 p.m. | Parker 106

Dr. Theodore Rice is a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Illinois Wesleyan University. He has a PhD in mathematics from Iowa State University, written on algebras derived from combinatorial games.

Dr. Rice's talk Bizarre Values in Combinatorial Games will introduce us to the strange world of Surreal Numbers.


 
Monday, October 21, 2013

   

1st and Foremost
Adrienne Hacker Daniels and Adria Battaglia


Monday, October 21, 2013
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Sibert Theatre

The 1st and Foremost convocation will be presented in commemoration of National Free Speech Week, of which Illinois College is a partner institution, which this year is Oct. 21 - Oct. 27. We are presenting our convocation on Monday, Oct. 21. This convocation celebrates many facets of the first amendment. Presenters will include Dr. Adrienne Hacker Daniels, Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and Dr. Adria Battaglia, a faculty member from Angelo State University. Dr. Battaglia will also be bringing two of her best students to participate in the convocation as well.


 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

 

"Believe in Miracles: Maclura Pomifera"

Guy Sternberg


Tuesday, October 22, 2013
7:00 p.m. | Crispin Lecture Hall
 
Guy Sternberg of Starhill Forest Arboretum will present a convocation on this unique species entitled "Believe in Miracles: Maclura pomifera." The program will tell story of Osage-orange, from the Pleistocene to the future. It will begin with its surprising fossil history and continue through its post ice-age adaptation to anthropogenic vectoring, human history, special chemical and structural properties, genetic diversity, adaptability to a world threatened by global climate destabilization, and, of course, the species' unique relationship with Illinois College. Learn about what is the nearest thing we have to a miracle tree!

 
Thursday, October 24, 2013



Duriel Harris
Poet and Performance Sound Artist
 

Thursday, October 24, 2013
5:00 p.m. | Fairfield Library - Abraham Lincoln Hall
 
Poet and performance/sound artist Duriel Harris will read from recent work. Harris is the author of the acclaimed poetry collections Amnesiac and Drag, and her work has been featured and published internationally. A co-founder of the Black Took Collective and member of Douglas Ewart and Inventions free jazz ensemble, she is an associate professor of English and teaches creative writing and poetics at Illinois State University.

 
Friday, October 25, 2013



William Ross
 Organist with Guest Faculty

Illinois College Fine Arts Series
 
THIS EVENT HAD BEEN CANCELLED

Friday, October 25, 2013
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
 
Active as composer, conductor, performer and teacher, William J. Ross has won prizes both for his compositions and his organ playing, and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Classical Music since 1981. His works have been published by several publishers. His major teachers in organ were Donald Willing, Vernon De Tar and Marilyn Mason. Ross Lee Finney and Leslie Bassett at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Karl Korte and Joseph Schwantner at the University of Texas were his major teachers in composition. Ross has taught music composition, organ and music history at St. Mary’s University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is presently organist of Christ Lutheran Church Alamo Heights in San Antonio, Texas.

 
Monday, October 28, 2013



“Rowing the Atlantic”

Katie Spotz

IC Connections Convocation

Monday, October 28, 2013
11:00 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
 
A living example of the power of believing in yourself, Katie Spotz set a world record as the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. As a result of this amazing feat and other adventures, Katie has raised more than $150,000 to provide clean water for those in need. Katie will speak with honesty, humility and passion about the inspiring tales of her adventures of success, failure, risk-taking, overcoming adversity and achieving what we set out to achieve, no matter how steep the odds.
 
Friday, November 1, 2013

 
 
Sara Benincasa
 
Mental Illness

 

Friday, November 1, 2013
7:00 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
 
Sara Benincasa's lifelong struggle with mental illness led her to consider suicide at the age of 21. Her journey from severe depression and panic disorder to healthy adulthood and a successful career in comedy is an inspirational, funny, and engaging tale. Now a comedian, author, and speaker, she intertwines humor with her own experiences to address serious, topical issues in the mental health realm.

 
Monday, November 4, 2013


 
 
From Indian Wars to the Global War on Terror: Reflections on the Making of American Innocence
 
Boyd Cothran, Assistant Professor of US Indigenous and Cultural History at York University
 

Monday, November 4, 2013
11:00 a.m. | Kirby Learning Center, Room 6
 
Much separates the Indian Wars from the Global War on Terror but perhaps not as much as we once thought or hoped. Indeed, as Prof. Boyd Cothran will discuss, throughout the late nineteenth century, Americans waged war on Indigenous peoples in the American West. To justify and make sense of these conflicts, they blamed Indigenous criminality, claiming to act only to preserve or avenge innocent victims. This retreat to American innocence in turn created a script response for understanding foreign entanglements and incidences of traumatic violence which America turned to throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Drawing on his research on the Modoc War, California's so-called last Indian War, and other episodes of nineteenth-century U.S.-Indian violence, Cothran explores how popular culture and historical commemorations combined to make Americans innocent despite their legacy of violence and war.

 
Monday, November 4, 2013


 
 
Micro-Finance and Third World Development
 
Tanya Thomas Cothran, Executive Director, Spirit in Action
 

Monday, November 4, 2013
7:00 p.m. | Kirby Learning Center, Room 6
 
Tanya Thomas Cothran, Executive Director of Spirit in Action will present the program, "Doughnuts, Haircuts, and Dried Fish: Entrepreneurs and Micro-Finance in Africa."



 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

   

"Opening the Doors to Success: The IC Explorer and Environmental Issues Internship Programs."



Tuesday, November 5, 2013
 5 - 8 p.m. | Kirby 6, Kirby 112, Parker 106, Parker 107

Through this program, past IC interns will present their research findings and final projects completed during summer internships through IC Explorer and Environmental Issues programs. This convocation will allow students to discover ongoing internship opportunities that have taken students throughout Illinois, the nation, and the world. Following the presentations, a half-hour meet-and-greet will be offered to allow students to immediately connect with presenters and site supervisors who are present.

 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013



"James Madison and Twitter: How the Digital Generation Can Change the World."


Wednesday, November 6, 2013
7:00 p.m. | Kirby 6

Ken Paulson, president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center, had served as editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today and USATODAY.com. He is now a columnist on USA Today's board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues.


 

 
Thursday, November 7, 2013

The United States and Torture After 9/11

David P. Forsythe

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Thursday, November 7, 2013
7:00 p.m. | Kirby Learning Center, Room 6

Dr. David Forsythe, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, will give a talk titled The United States and Torture After 9/11. Dr. Forsythe is University Professor and Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Thursday, November 7, 2013

 
 
Caucasian Chalk Circle

IC TheatreWorks

Thursday, November 7, 2013
7:30 p.m. | Sibert Theatre

Brecht wrote The Caucasian Chalk Circle as an exile finding haven in America during World War II. He was concerned about how war benefits the rich, the contractors, and those who can gain power by it but often hurts the common folk. Nobility and heroism in this play are found not in the upper classes but in a servant with a good heart who does what is right at great personal peril. Will her sacrifices be rewarded? What is the meaning of family? The Caucasian Chalk Circle offers a thought-provoking answer.


 

 
Saturday, November 9, 2013

"A Legacy of Honor"

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Concert



Saturday, November 9, 2013
7300 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel

In recognition of Veterans Day weekend, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will commemorate the legacy of both conflict and peace, as expressed through music. We will mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address with music from the motion picture "Gettysburg," including a narration of the address. In addition to other music, the concert will feature Beethoven's "Wellington's Victory" Battle Symphony, which vividly depicts a conflict between the British and the French.

 

 
Sunday, November 10, 2013

 
 
Caucasian Chalk Circle

IC TheatreWorks


Sunday, November 10, 2013
2:00 p.m. | Sibert Theatre

Brecht wrote The Caucasian Chalk Circle as an exile finding haven in America during World War II. He was concerned about how war benefits the rich, the contractors, and those who can gain power by it but often hurts the common folk. Nobility and heroism in this play are found not in the upper classes but in a servant with a good heart who does what is right at great personal peril. Will her sacrifices be rewarded? What is the meaning of family? The Caucasian Chalk Circle offers a thought-provoking answer.

 

 
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Human Trafficking


  Amnesty International




Thursday, November 14, 2013
7p.m-9 p.m. | Sibert Theatre

An intriguing documentary about human trafficking that will make you see the world in a different light, followed by brief presentations from experts in the field of human trafficking, finished with a Q&A session between the audience and the experts. Amnesty International of Illinois College in partnership with the Jacksonville World Affairs Council presents the ‘Not My Life’ convocation.


 
Thursday, November 14, 2013


Panel Presentation about Men's Health Issues



Thursday, November 14, 2013
7 p.m. | Kirby Learning Center, Room 6
 
Join a panel of experts from across the region to discuss men's health issues. Doctors and cancer survivors will share their stories and answer your questions about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and more during this month of "Movember!"
 
Friday, November 15, 2013


Band Ensemble Fall Concert



Friday, November 15, 2013
7:30 p.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
 
The concert is free and open to the public. The IC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Christian Secrist, will present a mix of traditional jazz standards and contemporary works by Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, and Herbie Hancock. The IC Brass Ensemble, directed by Brett Burchard, will present an enjoyable program of music through the decades. The Illinois College Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Secrist, will present a dynamic program that includes works by Vaughn Williams, Bizet, and Stravinsky.

The Wind Ensemble is also fortunate to welcome Dr. Milton Allen as a guest conductor for the evening. Dr. Allen is a noted conductor, author, and lecturer in the field of music education. In his 26-year teaching career, he has held faculty positions at Eastern Illinois University and The Ohio State University. He is currently an independent clinician and lecturer for Hal Leonard Corporation and Meredith Music Publications, and is the featured keynote speaker for the upcoming Illinois Music Educators Association State Conference in January 2014. Since completing a residency with the IC Wind Ensemble in September, Dr. Allen has traveled to present at schools and conferences in North Carolina, Montana, and Japan. He returns to campus on Wednesday, November 13th to work with our students in rehearsal and in the classroom, culminating in the Friday evening concert.

 
Saturday, November 16, 2013



Improvised Shakespeare Company

Comedic Improvisation Theater

Illinois College Fine Arts Series

Saturday, November 16, 2013
7:30 p.m. | Sibert Theatre

Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Each of the players has brushed up on his “thees” and “thous” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Any hour could be filled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, sword-play, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, persons in disguise and all that we’ve come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard. The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy or history. Nothing is planned-out, rehearsed or written. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new!

 

 
Monday, November 18, 2013



“Character: The Ultimate Survival Tool”

Ethan Zohn

IC Connections Convocation

Monday, November 18, 2013
11 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
 
What would you do if you won a million dollars? What Ethan Zohn did might surprise you. After winning $1 million on “Survivor Africa”, Ethan followed his gut and invested his winnings in something much bigger than himself, a non-profit organization called Grassroot Soccer which promotes HIV and AIDS prevention education to Africa’s youth. Ethan Zohn has been selected as the Betty Jane Jost Lecturer for the 2013-14 academic year.
 

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