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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: 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.

 

FORUM: "The Soap Myth"Open in a New Window

The Soap Myth
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
7:00 p.m., Peterson Auditorium, Starr 207

More than a half century after WWII, at the desperate urging of a passionate survivor, a young investigative reporter finds herself caught between numerous versions of the same story. Played out against the backdrop of deadline reporting and journalistic integrity, the critically acclaimed "The Soap Myth," by Jeff Cohen, questions who has the right to write history — and what is all our responsibility once we know the truth? Although a work of fiction, "The Soap Myth: is, in the words of the program, "inspired by real people and real events including Holocaust survivor, Morris Spitzer. 

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: Babes In ArmsOpen in a New Window

BABES IN ARMS
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Lorenz Hart,    
Book by George Oppenheimer,
directed by Jeff Hendry, Professor of Performing Arts and Costume Designer
Nov. 20 - 23, 2014, Thu.-Sat. @ 7:30 pm & Sun. @ 2 pm

The quintessential "Hey kids, let’s put on a show!” musical boasts one of the greatest scores ever written. Songs include My Funny Valentine, Where or When, I Wish I Were in Love Again, The Lady is a Tramp, and Johnny One-Note.


Single ticket admissions is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors age 55 and up and for students. Group rates are available. For tickets or information, please call the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or visit Rockford.edu. Dates and locations are subject to change.

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10/23/2014
EDP: Seminar #1 - Leadership, Beyond Management

10/27/2014
FORUM: Tres Vidas

10/29/2014
NICNE October Leadership Cafe

10/29/2014
FORUM: The Special Consensus Bluegrass Band

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