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The Rockford University Forum Series presents speakers from a variety of disciplines and performers of stature in the arts. The series is designed to deepen and broaden students’ education at Rockford University. All full-time undergraduate students are required to attend a minimum of two Forum Series events each semester.
 
Admission is free* but tickets are required. Please contact the Box Office at 815.226.4100 for additional information.
*Except theater performances for the general public; Rockford University students are always free.



Upcoming Forum Events


 

FORUM: Constitution Day LectureOpen in a New Window

Constitution Day Guest Speaker
Wednesday, September 17
4 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel


Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution. The U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia. This year's guest speaker will be RU Adjunct Professor Ron Lee.

Tickets are free for this event, but are required. Contact the Rockford University Clark Arts Center Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu to reserve your ticket.

 

FORUM: Rajmohan Gandhi, Ph.D.Open in a New Window

Interview with Rajmohan Gandhi, Ph.D., by President Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Wednesday, September 17
6 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center


Dr. Rajmohan Gandhi is a research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Scholar in residence at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. Associated from 1956 with Initiatives of Change (formerly known as Moral Re-Armament), Dr. Gandhi has been engaged for half a century in efforts for trust-building, reconciliation and democracy and in battles against corruption and inequalities.

Formerly a member (1990-92) of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Indian Parliament), Dr. Gandhi led the Indian delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva in 1990. In 2004 he received the International Humanitarian Award (Human Rights) from the City of Champaign, and in 1997 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Calgary (Canada) and an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Obirin University, Tokyo. He currently also serves as a Jury Member, Nuremberg International Human Rights Award, and Co-chair, Centre for Dialogue & Reconciliation, Gurgaon, India.

Dr. Gandhi is the author of ten books, including Mohandas: A True Story of a Man, His People and an Empire, which received the prestigious Biennial Award from the Indian History Congress in 2007. There will be a book signing at this event.

Tickets are required for this event. Contact the Rockford University Clark Arts Center Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu to reserve your ticket.

Dr. Gandhi will also be presenting during the 15th Annual Peace Awards Luncheon on September 18. To nominate an individual or organization/group for a peace award, please fill out and e-mail, fax, or mail this nomination form by August 15, 2014 to the address on the form.

 

FORUM: Robert Lupton, Ph.D.Open in a New Window

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)
Robert Lupton, Ph.d.
Monday, September 22
7 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel


Dr. Lupton has invested over 40 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta. In response to a call that he first felt while serving in Vietnam, he left a budding business career to work with delinquent urban youth. Bob and his family sold their suburban home and moved into the inner-city where they have lived and served as neighbors among those in need. As an entrepreneur and Christian community developer he brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Since founding the non-profit organization FCS Urban Ministries he has developed two mixed income subdivisions, organized a multi-racial congregation, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. Bob is the author of five books and a monthly circulation. He will be speaking about his newest book, Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It.)

Tickets are required for this event. Reserve your FREE admission ticket by contacting the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4100 or BoxOffice@rockford.edu.

 

FORUM: Tales that the Dead Can't TellOpen in a New Window

Tales that the Dead Can't Tell
Gary Telgenhoff, D.O.
Tuesday, October 21
7 p.m., Maddox Theatre


Dr. Gary Telgenhoff sees dead people — and often in the most gruesome ways imaginable. A real life CSI consultant in Las Vegas, Nev., “Dr. T” is a forensic pathologist and Deputy Medical Examiner who uses science and his own macabre sense of humor to bring audiences of hit television shows “Bones” and CSI” the tales that the dead can't tell.

Tickets are free for this event, but are required. Contact the Rockford University Clark Arts Center Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu to reserve your ticket.

 

FORUM: Tres VidasOpen in a New Window

Tres Vidas
Monday, October 27
7 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel


Tres Vidas is a live music theatre work for a singing actress and instrument trio based on the lives of three legendary Latin American Women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni. The music ranges from traditional Mexican folk and Argentine tango songs and instrumental works. by composers such as Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Golijov.

Tickets are free for this event, but are required. Contact the Rockford University Clark Arts Center Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu to reserve your ticket.         

 

FORUM: The Special Consensus Bluegrass BandOpen in a New Window

The Special Consensus Bluegrass Band
Wednesday, October 29
7 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center


The Special Consensus is a four person acoustic bluegrass band that began performing in the Midwest in the spring of 1975. The first band album was released in 1979 when the band began touring on a national basis, they have recorded fifteen albums since then. In 1984, The Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program in schools across the country and began appearing on cable television and National Public Radio shows. In 2003 they performed on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The band’s sixteenth recording, “Scratch Gravel Road,” was released by Compass Records in March 2012 and was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY Award. The song “Monroe’s Doctrine” from that recording was nominated for the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year award in 2012. “Country Boy – A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver”, the band’s seventeenth album, was released in March 2014 to instant critical acclaim.

Tickets are required for this event. Reserve your FREE ticket by contacting the Clark Arts Center Box Office at 815-226-4100 or BoxOffice@Rockford.edu.

 

FORUM: Motivational Speaker Bill BreakeyOpen in a New Window

Bill Breakey
Tuesday, November 4
7 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel


Throughout his career as a school administrator, business consultant and professional speaker, Bill Breakey has helped organizations find solutions for the long run. He is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer and educator who believes that two of the most important days in our lives are: the day we’re born and the day we discover why we were born.

Tickets are free for this event, but are required. Contact the Rockford University Clark Arts Center Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu to reserve your ticket.
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