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Lecture, arts series at Rockford College will inspire, entertain

Thursday, September 10, 2009  
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For immediate release – 9/10/09
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications, 815-226-3374

Rockford College has put together an outstanding line-up of lectures and arts events for fall, all open to the public and most for free or at very low cost. Here’s a glimpse.

All lectures are free, but do require a ticket. Contact the Rockford College box office at 815-226-4100 for more information.

Gary D. Glenn, "Does the Constitution Still Matter? And, if so, how?,” Thurs., Sept. 17, noon, Maddox Theatre
Gary D. Glenn is Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. In this talk, he discusses the U.S. Constitution as ratified in 1787 with the idea of “the living Constitution,” a view shared by many that the justices today are at liberty to “give meaning” to the original text. Increasingly, he says, “living constitutional law” matters more than the Constitution. Held as part of Constitution Day.

Tony Fitzpatrick, Gallery Exhibit and Lecture, Thurs., Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Maddox Theatre
Described as creative, unorthodox, and inspired, pop artist Tony Fitzpatrick brings a unique flavor to his art through his own experience, whether it’s his upbringing in Chicago, or the inspiration from his trips to New Orleans. An icon in the art world, his works are highly sought after by collectors around the country.  

Frank Warren, “The Most Trusted Stranger in America: Frank Warren’s PostSecret,” Mon., Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Maddox Theatre
Author Frank Warren is the creator of the blog phenomenon PostSecret Project, a collection of more than 200,000 highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displaying the soulful secrets we never voice. The Web site for PostSecret is one of the most popular on the Web, and has been featured prominently in the media in USA Today, on the “Today” show, “20/20,” CNN, MSNBC, CBC, NPR, and Fox News. In 2009, Forbes magazine named Warren the fourth most popular "Web celeb," behind popular bloggers Perez Hilton and Michael Arrington, and the founder of

Eric Alva, “Ending ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’” Tues., Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Maddox Theatre
An Iraq War veteran and gay rights activist, Eric Alva discusses his quest to have the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy repealed and the difficulties the policy causes the military's gay and lesbian community. Alva uses his own experiences dealing with the policy to urge audiences to support his goal and to help create equality and support for the GLBT community members who serve our country. Held as part of Diversity Awareness Month.

Musical performances

The Moeller Duo, “From Baroque to Blues with My Better Half,” Sun., Dec. 6,
3 p.m., Fisher Chapel. Free

The rare combination of the classical guitar and cello make up the Moeller Duo. Together, guitarist Paul Moeller and his wife, cellist Kerena Moeller, have concertized throughout the United States and England.  They have twice won the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition, which showcased them on the Artscape Classics in the Cool Series during the Baltimore Festival of the Arts. Presented in collaboration with the Music Academy of Rockford College.

Art Exhibits
All art exhibits are displayed in the Art Gallery located in the Clark Arts Center and are free and open to the public. 

Tony Fitzpatrick exhibit and lecture (also see lecture listings). September 11 – October 4. Lecture September 24, 7 p.m. in Maddox Theatre. 

Michelle Coakes, October 23 – November 22. Gallery talk October 23.

Theatrical performances
Cheek and Maddox theatres are located in the Clark Arts Center at Rockford College. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors age 55 and up. For tickets, call the box office at 815-226-4100. Season tickets also available. 

“Everything in the Garden” by Edward Albee, October 1–4, Cheek Theatre.
From the play by Giles Cooper; directed by Prof. Deb Mogford.
Set in the late 1960s, we are brought into the wood paneled living room of Jenny (Carol Rice) and Richard (Steve Roberts), a suburban couple dealing with what every person can relate to: bills and not enough money to pay them. The play brings out several dark questions. How far will you go to get that money? And at what cost? That is what Jenny, Richard, and their circle of friends unleash for the audience to decide.
“Parade,” musical performed November 19–22, Maddox Theatre.
Based on the book by Alfred Uhry; directed by Prof. Jeff Hendry.

The tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder is brought to emotional and theatrical life by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (“Driving Miss Daisy”) and Jason Robert Brown, one of Broadway’s most promising young composers (“Songs For A New World”).
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