Rockford University Spring 2014 Forum Series
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
release – 1/22/14
Contact: Director of
Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374
Rockford, Ill. — Rockford
University is pleased to announce its Spring 2014 Forum Series schedule. The
University will host ten events this spring that span a wide variety of topics
and interests. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all events. With
the exception of the theatre productions, forum events are offered at no
charge. All lectures and performances take place on the Rockford University
campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Tickets are required for all events.
Please contact the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4100 or
email@example.com to reserve
your tickets or for more information.
Friday, January, 24
4 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel
James Marten, Ph.D.
Marten is professor and chair of the history department at Marquette
University and is founding secretary-treasurer and current President of the
Society for the History of Children and Youth. Dr. Marten has written or edited
more than a dozen books on the sectional conflict and children’s history. His
book, The Children’s Civil War won
the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit National Book Award for History in 1999 and was named
an "Outstanding Academic Book” by Choice Magazine. He was appointed to the
Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program in 2004
and became editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth in 2013.
Friday, January 24
7 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Espirit Creole
Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt takes
listeners on a musical odyssey not so different than from his own musical
journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole culture. Taught to play fiddle by local
Creole fiddlers living along the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Dennis is
now the authority on this regional pocket of American antiquity. A vibrant
blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds, this unique music bridges gaps
between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families
in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact and true to the
traditions that have been passed down over three centuries.
Wednesday, February 5
6 p.m., Fisher Memorial
The Right to Vote and the Rockford Connection
Lathrop returns (as portrayed by Amy Nyman) to explain
more about the role students at Rockford Female Seminary (now Rockford
University) played in working for voting rights. Catherine Forslund, Ph.D.,
dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and chair of the History Department
at Rockford University, will review historical events leading to the passage of
the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Marissa Leibling, LLD, staff attorney at the
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and who leads the Voting
Rights Project, will discuss the current and future impact of the Supreme Court
decision of June 2013 that overturned several sections of the 1965 Voting
Rights Act. There will be an opportunity to register to vote at this event. A
reception will be held at 6 p.m., with the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m.
27-Sunday, March 2
Heartbreak House presented by Rockford University Performing Arts
Maddox Theatre, Clark
Written by George Bernard Shaw and set in the English
countryside on the estate of Captain Shotover during World War I, an
extraordinary assemblage of guests gathers for one Hesione Hushabye’s infamous
weekend parties. Affairs begin, engagements end and hearts and minds become
irreparably ensnared in a young woman’s dilemma—whether to marry for love or
for money. Shaw, considered a master of wit and social thought, bitingly
chronicles the demise of the middle class in his favorite play, Heartbreak House.
For tickets and
more information, contact the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4032 or
BoxOffice@Rockford.edu. Adults $10, Seniors and Students $7. Group rates are
Wednesday, March 5
4 p.m., Maddox
Theatre, Clark Arts Center
the 167th anniversary of the signing of the charter for Rockford
University. Includes an academic procession of faculty in traditional robes
depicting their rank, with stoles representing their respective alma maters and
Tuesday, March 25
7 p.m., Maddox
Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Surfing for Change
Thiermann is a 23-year-old pro surfer who has created some serious waves around
the world. He is the creator and host of the hit YouTube series, Surfing For Change. Combining surfing
great waves with making a series of short films about current issues, Thiermann
focuses on the power you have to create a better world through everyday
decisions. His first YouTube movie in the series details how money kept in
multinational banks is used to finance destructive projects all over the world.
He graduated from Gaia University with a Bachelors of Science in Green Business.
He has been featured in media throughout the world, including Outside Magazine,
Discovery Channel, and Surfer Magazine.
Saturday, March 29, 4
Sunday, March 30, 2
The Shakespeare Conspiracy presented by Artists’ Ensemble
Cheek Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Marlowe is the most celebrated poet and playwright in England. He’s reached the
pinnacle and there is nowhere to go but down. When a warrant is issued for
Marlowe’s arrest for treason, his situation is abruptly desperate. Then the
news of Marlowe’s shocking (yet oddly convenient) death in a tavern brawl
breaks. Now Constable Henry Maunder is assigned to investigate Marlowe’s death.
Was it murder? Was it something else? This new play from Ted Bacino and
Ensemble member Rufus Cadigan ponders "What if…” and is based on Bacino’s novel
of the same name.
Tuesday, April 1
7 p.m., Fisher
Juan Egea, Ph.D.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – Lecture
University of Wisconsin
Spanish Professor Dr. Juan Egea is an expert in Spanish cinema and poetry.
Originally from Alicante, Spain, he received his doctorate from Harvard. Professor Egea teaches contemporary peninsular poetry
and film. He is the author of La poesía del nosotros: Jaime Gil
de Biedma y la secuencia lírica moderna (Madrid:
Visor, 2004) and Dark Laughter: Spanish Film, Comedy and the
Nation (Madison: UW-Press, 2013). He is
also working on the relations between poetry and film and on Bécquer’s poetry in the context of the cultural production of
the second part of the 19th century in Spain. Dr. Egea’s teaching and research
interests include cultural and visual studies.
Monday, April 7
4 p.m., Peterson
Auditorium, Starr 207
Yi Lu, Ph.d.
Sigma XI Guest
Dr. Yi Lu received his B.S. degree from Peking University in
1986, and his doctorate from University of California at Los Angeles in
1992. After two years of postdoctoral
research in Professor Harry B. Gray group at the California Institute of
Technology, Dr. Lu started his own independent career in the Department of
Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1994. He is now
th Jay and Ann Schenck Endowed Professor of Chemistry and HHMI Professor in the
Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering and Materials Science
and Engineering. His research interests lie at the interface between chemistry
and biology, with specific interests including fundamental understanding of
DNAzymes and their applications in environmental monitoring, medical
diagnostics, and targeted drug delivery. Dr. Lu has received numerous research
and teaching awards, including the Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (2007), Early Career Award, Society of Biological Inorganic
Chemistry (2007), Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor Award (2002),
Camile Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1999), Alfred P. Sloan Research
Fellowship (1998), Research Corporation Cottrell Scholars Award (1997), and the
Beckman Young Investigators Award (1996).
Tuesday, May 6
7 p.m., Maddox
Theatre, Clark Arts Center
United States Poet Laureate
Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi. She is
the nineteenth Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of four
collections of poetry, Domestic Work (2000); Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); Native
Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize—and, most
recently, Thrall, (2012). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A
Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the
recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the
Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at
Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for
Advanced Study at Harvard. At Emory University she is Robert W. Woodruff
Professor of English and Creative Writing.
About the Rockford University Forum Series:
Each semester, 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. The series has hosted many notable
presenters like Oscar Arias, the Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling monastery,
Benazir Bhutto, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Naomi Tutu, and Twyla Tharpe.