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Diverse Line-up of Speakers Featured in Fall Forum Series

Tuesday, August 16, 2011  
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Rockford College Box Office, 815-226-4100
Contact: Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., – Rockford College has announced its Forum Schedule Fall 2011. The Rockford College Forum Series presents speakers from a variety of disciplines and performers of stature in the arts, sciences, politics and education. The series is designed to further deepen and broaden students’ education at Rockford College, while also inviting the public to enjoy the variety of presentations.

The 2011 Fall’s line-up includes:
  • President’s Opening Convocation, Friday, August 26, 2011, noon, Clark Arts Center-Maddox Theatre. The Opening Convocation marks the formal opening of the academic year with a faculty procession in full academic regalia and remarks by President Robert L. Head, Ph.D. The Opening Convocation is a long-standing Rockford College tradition.
  • The Cheating Culture, David Callahan, Ph.D., Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Clark Arts Center-Maddox Theatre. Dr. David Callahan author of the bestseller The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead has appeared at colleges and universities around the country to discuss issues of ethics and academic integrity.
  • Five-and-Half Common Misconceptions about the United States Constitution, Jules Gleicher, Ph.D., Thursday, September 15, 2011, noon. Fisher Memorial Chapel. Although the U. S. Constitution is much revered, it has attracted a number of popular, and in some instance partisan, misunderstandings.  This lecture explores and attempts to correct five or six such common errors.
  • Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring. A classic comedy that kills with kindness! Spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster are devoted to charity and family. But they have taken on another project as well—befriending lonely older gentlemen and then poisoning them with arsenic-laced elderberry wine. Clark Arts Center-Maddox Theatre. September 29–October 2, 2011.Thursday-Saturday at 7:30p.m. Sunday at 2:00p.m.
  • Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein, Thursday, October 6, 2011, 7:00 p.m., Clark Arts Center-Maddox Theatre. Gender theorist Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright and performance artist. She's best known for her ground-breaking books on postmodern gender theory, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us; and My Gender Workbook. Her 2006 Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives To Suicide For Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws is a runaway underground best-seller.
  • To Write Love on Her Arms, Jamie Tworkowski, Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 7:00 p.m., Clark Arts Center-Maddox Theatre. Worldwide 121 million people struggle from depression. Listen as Jamie Tworkowski dialogues on depression, the Gospel, brand development, and honesty with stories woven in from his personal experiences with the To Write Love on Her Arms organization. Jamie is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit organization which aims to present hope and find help for young people struggling with depression, self-injury, addiction and suicide.
  • Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Conductor Misha Rachlevsky, Friday, October 28, 2011, 7:00 p.m., Clark Arts Center-Maddox Theatre. Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has earned international recognition as one of Russia's leading ensembles comprising some of Russia's finest young string players. It has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Whether it is the highly-acclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin's warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.
  • Report from Tiananmen Square, Jianli Yang, Ph.D., Tuesday, November 29, 4:00 p.m., Clark Arts Center-Maddox Theatre. A major Leader of the Chinese Democracy Movement, Dr. Yang was imprisoned for five years by Chinese government for his activism, including his protests in Tiananmen Square when the infamous massacre took place. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives on the Human Rights situation in China.
Contact the Clark Arts Center Box Office for tickets and additional information at 815-226-4100 Monday-Friday 1-5:00p.m.  To learn more about the Fall 2011 Forum Series visit:
http://www.rockford.edu/?ForumSeries.



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