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War, love, more on tap for Rockford Forum Series

Tuesday, August 10, 2010  
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Aug 10, 2010 @ 10:50 AM

The Forum Series at Rockford College, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, for 2010 features speakers at events that are free and open to the public. The lineup:

President’s Opening Convocation, noon, Aug. 27, Maddox Theatre. Formal opening of the academic year, with traditional faculty procession and remarks by Rockford College President Robert Head.

"Sexual and Relationship Health: Hooking Up and Beyond,” with Amber Madison, 7 p.m. Sept. 9, Maddox Theatre. Madison is the author of "Hooking Up: A Girl’s All-Out Guide to Sex and Sexuality,” a book for college and high school-aged women about sexual health, sexuality and relationships.

"Cellobration,” a celebration of the cello with 10 local and regional cellists performing pieces ranging from Bach to the Beatles, 4 p.m. Sept. 12, Maddox Theatre. Presented in collaboration with the Music Academy of Rockford College.

"The Constitution, the Supreme Court and Religious Freedom,” a special Constitution Day talk with Gary Glenn, Northern Illinois University professor emeritus, noon, Sept. 17, Maddox Theatre.

"Our Mothers’ War,” with Emily Yellin, journalist and author, 4 p.m. Oct. 14, Maddox Theatre. Yellin will discuss her book, "Our Mothers’ War,” which chronicles the lives of women at home and at the front during World War II.

"Where Am I Wearing?” with Kelsey Timmerman, 7 p.m. Nov. 8, Maddox Theatre. Author of "Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People That Make Our Clothes.” A journey to find out where our clothes are made.

"Flying Solo: The Remarkable Bessica Raiche,” 2 p.m. Dec. 5, Fisher Chapel. An original one-woman play that tells the story of Rockford native Bessica Medlar Raiche, who became the first woman in America to fly solo on Sept. 16, 1910.

For more information, call 815-226-4100 or go to page=forumseries.

— Compiled by Georgette Braun

College's theater lineup also announced

Musicals and lightheartedness are in store for the 2010-11 theater season at Rockford College. The lineup:

"The Robber Bridegroom,” Oct. 7-10, Maddox Theatre. A bawdy musical set in 18th-century Mississippi.

"Uncommon Women & Others,” Nov. 18-21, Cheek Theatre. This play delves into the lives, loves and aspirations of a group of seniors at a prestigious women’s college.

"Hands Across the Sea” & "Trouble in Tahiti” (two one-act plays), Feb. 24-27, Cheek Theatre. "Hands” is a short comic play by Noel Coward set in colonial times. "Trouble” is a one-act opera in seven scenes composed by Leonard Bernstein.

"Guys and Dolls,” April 28-May 1, Maddox Theatre. In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a craps game. A musical based on "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown.”

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets to all performances are $10; $7 for seniors 55 and older; $7 for students. Season subscriptions are $30, $21 for senior citizens and students.

For information or tickets: 815-226-4100, page=theatreseason

This story appeared at on August 10, 2010.

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