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“The Art of the Motorcycle,” is featured at Phi Beta Kappa Lecture on March 15

Friday, March 09, 2012  
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For immediate release – 3/9/12
Contact: Rockford College Box Office, 815-226-4100
Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374


Rockford, Ill., – Charles Falco, Ph.D., Professor of Optical Sciences and Chair of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Arizona will present the spring 2012 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture entitled, "The Art of the Motorcycle” on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the College’s Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

In addition to his scientific work, Dr. Falco is a motorcycle historian and co-curated the industrial design exhibition, The Art of the Motorcycle that set attendance records at the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Las Vegas, and Bilbao, Spain.

Dr. Falco describes his lecture, which includes many visual references, as one that "examines the interrelationship of the relevant technological, cultural, and aesthetic factors over the past century that have, amongst other things, resulted in standard production motorcycles—incorporating such materials as carbon-fiber composites, maraging steels, and "exotic" alloys of magnesium, titanium and aluminum—that can exceed 190 mph (300 km/hr) straight from the show room floor. It also examines the important role motorcycles can play in providing environmentally-conscious transportation for a world facing increasing demands on its limited resources.”

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required. Clark Arts Center is accessible. For tickets contact the Rockford College Box Office at 815-226-4100.

The talk is sponsored by the Rockford College Eta of Illinois Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is part of the Spring 2012 Forum Series. To see the complete Spring 2012 series line-up visit:


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