Arts & Lectures

Forum Series

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Highlights of the Spring 2017 Forum Series include a celebration of the 170th anniversary of the signing of Rockford University’s charter, a visit from artist and activist Che “Rhymefest” Smith, insights from a world-renowned art detective and a presentation by the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute.

The Forum Series’ central programming focus is geared toward students. Lectures and performances are concerned with intellectual, social, and cultural matters of general interest to deepen and broaden students’ education at Rockford University. Participation is required for all full-time undergraduate students.

Spring 2017 Lineup 

View printable PDF: Spring 2017 Series

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Action / (Re)action: Orchesis Dance Company in Concert
Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 26-28, 7:30 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

The Rockford University Orchesis Dance Company presents their annual concert of classical and contemporary dance. New works by dance faculty members Amy A. Wright and Mitchell Stolberg include ballet, modern, dance theatre, contemporary jazz, and tap.

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Sex and the Law: C.L. Lindsay
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Attorney, author, and student advocate C.L. Lindsay will explain how the law applies to the more sordid parts of the college experience. Learn the legal aspects of consensual sexual issues, contraception, STDs, public nudity, sexting, stalking, and more.

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14 Traits of Leadership: Chris Czarnik
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 3 p.m., Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall

Leadership is hard to define but easy to see. This seminar analyzes the fourteen traits that leaders must demonstrate on a daily basis in order for others to follow them and for you to lead your own life. We will also discuss the most common mistakes that new leaders make and how to avoid them. Chris Czarnik is a national career search expert with 12 years of job search counseling and motivational speaking experience. His innovative approach to job search has helped thousands of people land rewarding careers.

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The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 23-25, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

You’ll want to sing along with The Great American Trailer Park Musical, a naughty, bawdy, mischievous, and dysfunctional Florida community set to music. Directed by Jeff Hendry, Professor of Performing Arts.

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Charter Day
Monday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

The 170th 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 degrees. This year’s speaker will be Beloit College President Scott Bierman.

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Breaking Down Walls & Building Bridges: Che “Rhymefest” Smith
Tuesday, March 14, 7 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Che “Rhymefest” Smith discusses how to citizens can use positions of leverage to address issues of police brutality, systematic biases, and lack of services. As a writer, artist, activist, political organizer and teacher, Che has cracked glass ceilings and shattered negative stereotypes about hip-hop. Among other awards, he won a Grammy for co-writing “Jesus Walks” with Kanye West and an Oscar for his work on the song “Glory,” featured in the film Selma.

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 Priceless: Robert Wittman
Monday, March 20, 2016, 7 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Called “the most famous art detective in the world,” Robert Wittman founded the FBI’s National Art Crime Team and served for 20 years as the FBI’s investigative expert in this field. He is responsible for recovering more than $300 million in stolen art and cultural property around the world. Since retiring from the FBI in 2008, he authored the New York Times bestseller Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue The World’s Stolen Treasures. He speaks about his FBI career leading audiences through notorious art heists and incredibly daring undercover recoveries.

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Astrobiology: Penelope J. Boston
Thursday, April 6, 4 p.m., Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall

Dr. Penelope Boston is the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute. Prior to joining NASA, Boston founded and directed the Cave and Karst Studies Program at New Mexico Tech, where she also served as a professor and led their Earth and environmental sciences department as chair. She also served from 2002 to 2016 as associate director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, a congressionally mandated institute in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

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A Flea in Her Ear
Thursday-Saturday, April 27-29, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Paranoia, infidelity, and lechery take center stage in raucous bedroom farce A Flea in Her Ear, a hysterical cocktail of chaos that could only have been devised by the master of comic stagecraft, Feydeau. Directed by Deborah Mogford, Performing Arts Chair, Professor of Performing Arts.

Forum Series FAQs

View printable PDF: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Forum Series?

A: The Rockford University Forum series presents speakers from a variety of disciplines and performers of stature in the arts. The series is designed to provide a shared experience for students while broadening their education at the University. The Forum Committee, comprised of faculty and student representatives, selects the events.

Q: Are all students required to attend all the Forum series events?

A: All full-time undergraduate students are required to attend a minimum of two Forum series events each semester. (Exceptions: student teachers and participants in off-campus programs such as Washington Semester or study abroad programs.) In most cases, students who reduce their course load below 12 credits at any point in the semester must still meet the Forum series requirement. Consult with SAS for further information on exceptions to this rule.

Q: Is a ticket required for Forum events?

A: Yes. A ticket is required for all Forum events. Student tickets are free with a Rockford University ID card; one free ticket per student. Tickets must be obtained at the university Box Office, located in Clark Arts Center.

Q: How is Forum series attendance taken?

A: In order to receive credit for attendance, students must fill out a Forum card at each event. Forum cards can only be obtained from the faculty member(s) at the door of the event (not other faculty, staff or student workers, etc.). The faculty member(s) will be wearing a badge to identify him/herself. Only one card will be given to each student. Students need to bring a pen to fill out the card.

No Forum cards will be distributed after the event has begun. If students arrive late, they will not receive a Forum card. Forum cards can only be returned to the faculty member(s) at the door of the event (not other faculty, staff or student workers). Only one card will be collected from each student. No cards will be accepted until the end of the performance—including any question and answer period—or the end of an academic procession. (All students are expected to remain seated until the entire event has concluded.) Students should print their information on the cards. If cards cannot be easily read, attendance cannot be recorded accurately.

Use of cell phones and electronic devices or other inappropriate behavior during any Forum event could result in the loss of Forum credit at the discretion of the Committee.

Q: What happens if the requirement to attend two events a semester is not met?

A: Students who fail to fulfill the Forum requirement by the end of any semester will receive an “F” for that semester.

If a student fails the Forum requirement for any semester, the only way to make up the requirement is to submit an essay via e-mail to the Forum Committee based on event recordings (available in the library) from the semester failed (and only from an event you did not attend).

If students have any existing failed Forum grades, essays are due no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2017, to the Forum Committee. Essays must be submitted via e-mail to Forum@Rockford.edu.

Late submissions will only be accepted via e-mail. They can be submitted at any time, but will not necessarily be reviewed at the time of submission. Essays are not reviewed over the summer.

WARNING: You must make up all failed Forum grades before you can graduate. If you plan to graduate in fall, your makeup essays are due by the first Monday of November; if you plan to graduate in spring, they are due by the first Monday of April. Because essays are not reviewed over the summer, summer graduates must also submit essays by the first Monday of April.

Essay Submission Guidelines: Copies of the Forum essays must be submitted to the Forum Committee via e-mail. The Forum Committee will only accept and pass essays that meet the following minimum requirements:

1. A minimum of two full pages, double spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1” margins, word processed. Headers are not part of the page count.

2. It must be based on viewing or listening to a recording of a Forum event that the student did not attend from the semester in which the “F” was received. The recordings are available in the Howard Colman Library and are for in-library use only.

3. The heading of the essay must include the following: student’s full name, the semester being made up and the name of the event/speaker listened to or watched.

4. The essay must clearly show the student has listened to or viewed the entire recording. In the essays, the committee is looking for:

• not a simple summary

• critical thought

• explanation, reflection, and comment upon content/meaning/message of the Forum event.

5. If your essay is not written professionally, following the rules of standard written English, it may not pass. Therefore, please carefully edit your sentences for style, grammar, and punctuation.

The essay-writing option is intended to remove only past semester failed Forum grades, not for the current semester. The Forum Committee reserves the right to deem an essay acceptable or unacceptable. If the essay is not accepted, it must be rewritten and resubmitted (by a deadline set by the committee) in order to remove the Forum failure. Save a copy of the essay until any grade changes are finalized.

If there are any questions about the Forum policies, please contact the current Forum Administrator, Prof. Kyle Stedman at KStedman@rockford.edu.

Notice: Failure to complete the Forum Series requirement bars a student from the dean’s list or distinguished scholars list and from receiving their degree.

How to get tickets

Tickets are required for all Forum events. Student tickets are always free. To get tickets:

  1. Email boxoffice@rockford.edu.
  2. Call the box office at 815-226-4100.
  3. Drop by the box office (Clark Arts Center lobby) M-F, 1-5 p.m.

How to suggest an event

Want to suggest an event for the Forum series? You can do so by filling out the Forum Event Suggestions form at any time; just click here.

Each spring semester, the Forum committee makes selections for the following school year. Suggestions for the following year are most likely to be reviewed and accepted prior to March 1.

Theatres

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Performing Arts Season

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Music Ensembles

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MUSIC ENSEMBLES

The Music program at Rockford University has something for everyone, whether you wish to earn a degree in music or simply take private violin lessons, sing in a choir, or play in a pit orchestra. Rockford University has numerous opportunities to use or develop your musical talents, including four vocal ensembles, two musicals each year, the RU Music Club, private instruction, and an opera workshop.


Regent Singers

Regent Singers is a mixed (SATB) performance ensemble that performs a wide variety of choral music ranging from the Renaissance to Contemporary and from classical literature to folk songs and spirituals. Much of the music performed by Regent Singers is acappella, although there is occasional piano accompaniment and even collaboration with chamber orchestra. The culmination of each semester’s preparation is a final performance at the Winter or Spring Performing Arts concert.


Vocal Collective

The Rockford University Vocal Collective is a select, mixed choral ensemble of 15 singers that performs a wide variety of choral literature, from Renaissance polyphony to jazz and popular music. The ensemble serves as an ambassador for the university, performing at university functions and representing Rockford University at community events such as sports games, corporate events and city gatherings. Students from all four classes and from many disciplines make up the Vocal Collective. Vocal Collective has sung at local high schools, homeless shelters, churches and country clubs.


Women’s Ensemble

Women’s Ensemble is open to all women on campus. A wide variety of music written for treble voices is studied and performed, including arrangements of pop/jazz/show tunes. In addition to the final Performing Arts Concert at the end of each semester, Women’s Ensemble regularly performs at the beloved Candlelight Carole service each December.


Gospel Choir

The Gospel Choir is open to all students and brings to Rockford University the tradition of gospel music in American culture. Led by Adjunct Professor Charles Matlock, this performance ensemble explores the rich repertoire and performance practice found in the gospel tradition and exists in part to preserve and affirm the African American culture in the city of Rockford.


Opera Workshop

Opera Workshop is offered every other year in the spring, and offers students the opportunity to explore the classical side of the ever-popular marriage between music and theater. The course addresses the preparation, study and performance of representative scenes from the opera repertoire. The semester’s work culminates in an Evening of Opera Scenes.


RU Music Club

If you play an instrument, consider playing with the RU Music Club, a student-directed band that rehearses once a week and alternates semesters playing jazz and rock.There are also fine community bands and orchestras in the Rockford area that welcome student participation.

 

Pit Orchestra

Rockford University is also proud to produce some of the best theater in the region, including two full-scale musicals each year. Student musicians have the opportunity to audition for and play in the pit orchestra for pay. Other students may be more interested in auditioning for a role in the show or helping out behind the scenes. Whatever your interest, there are opportunities for students from all disciplines to get involved. Two beautiful performance spaces and a highly experienced creative team make theater at Rockford University an experience to treasure your entire life.


Private Instruction

Private instruction is available at the university in voice, piano, and most woodwind, brass and string instruments, including guitar. Many music classes are available to all students and include such courses as The Art of Listening, World Music, and Fundamentals of Music. The music faculty, both full-time and adjunct, is made up of some of the finest award-winning, professional musicians in Northern Illinois.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the music offerings at Rockford University, please call or e-mail Professor Timm Adams in the Performing Arts Department at 815-226-4102 or TAdams@rockford.edu.

Forum Series

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FORUM SERIES

The Rockford University Forum Series presents speakers in a variety of disciplines who have achieved success both nationally and locally, and performers of stature in the arts. The Forum Series’ central programming focus is geared toward students. Lectures and performances are concerned with intellectual, social, and cultural matters of general interest to deepen and broaden students’ education at Rockford University. Participation is required for all full-time undergraduate students.

Forum Series presenters and events cover a broad spectrum of scope and genre. Some recent events have included the Tibetan lamas from Drepung Loseling Monastery and their creation of a mandala—a sacred sand painting; Holocaust survivor Zev Kedem, the compelling speaker who worked with Steven Spielberg on the movie Schindler’s List; Oscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on a Central American Peace Plan; quadriplegic Olympic bronze medal rugby player Mark Zupan; film documentarian Barbara Martinez Jitner, who produced “La Frontera;” Davar Ardalan, author of “My Name is Iran;” and traditional University events like the President’s Opening Convocation, Charter Day Convocation, and theater productions.

Admission is free* but tickets are required. Please contact the Box Office at 815-226-4100 for additional information. To request and reserve tickets, please email BoxOffice@rockford.edu.
*Except theater performances for the general public; Rockford University students receive one free ticket to each Performing Arts event upon request with valid ID.


Spring 2017 Forum Schedule

Orchesis Student Dance Company
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Thursday—Saturday, Jan. 26—28
7:30 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

The Rockford University Orchesis Dance Company presents their annual concert of classical and contemporary dance. New works by dance faculty members Amy A. Wright and Mitchell Stolberg include ballet, modern, dance theatre, contemporary jazz, and tap.
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors

 

SEX AND THE LAW:
C.L. Lindsay
Tuesday, Jan. 31
7 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Attorney, author, and student advocate C.L. Lindsay will explain how the law applies to the more sordid parts of the college experience. Learn the legal aspects of consensual sexual issues, contraception, STDs,

 

14 Traits of leadership:
Chris Czarnik
Wednesday, Feb. 8
3 p.m.
Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall

Leadership is hard to define but easy to see. This seminar analyzes the fourteen traits that leaders must demonstrate on a daily basis in order for others to follow them and for you to lead your own life. We will also discuss the most common mistakes that new leaders make and how to avoid them. Chris Czarnik is a national career search expert with 12 years of job search counseling and motivational speaking experience. His innovative approach to job search has helped thousands of people land rewarding careers.

 

The Great American
Trailer Park Musical
Thurs.—Sat., Feb. 23—25, at 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 26, at 2 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

You’ll want to sing along with The Great American Trailer Park Musical, a naughty, bawdy, mischievous, and dysfunctional Florida community set to music. More info >>

$12 adults, $9 students and seniors

Rockford University students receive one free ticket to each Performing Arts event upon request with valid ID.

 

Charter Day
Monday, Feb. 27
4 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

The 170th 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 degrees. This year’s speaker will be Beloit College President Scott Bierman.

 

 

Breaking Down Walls & Building Bridges:
Che “Rhymefest” Smith
Tuesday, March 14
7 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Che “Rhymefest” Smith discusses how citizens can use positions of leverage to address issues of police brutality, systematic biases, and lack of services. As a writer, artist, activist, political organizer and teacher, Che has cracked glass ceilings and shattered negative stereotypes about hip-hop. Among other awards, he won a Grammy for co-writing “Jesus Walks” with Kanye West and an Academy Award for his work on the song “Glory,” featured in the film Selma.

 

Priceless:
Robert Wittman
Monday, March 20
7 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Called “the most famous art detective in the world,” Robert Wittman founded the FBI’s National Art Crime Team and served for 20 years as the FBI’s investigative expert in this field. He is responsible for recovering more than $300 million in stolen art and cultural property around the world. Since retiring from the FBI in 2008, he authored The New York Times best-seller Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue The World’s Stolen Treasures. He speaks about his FBI career leading audiences through notorious art heists and incredibly daring undercover recoveries.

 

Astrobiology:
Penelope J. Boston
Thursday, April 6
4 p.m.
Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall

Dr. Penelope Boston is the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute. Prior to joining NASA, Boston founded and directed the Cave and Karst Studies Program at New Mexico Tech, where she also served as a professor and led their Earth and environmental sciences department as chair. She also served from 2002 to 2016 as associate director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, a congressionally mandated institute in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

 

A Flea in Her Ear
Thurs.—Sat., April 27—29, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Paranoia, infidelity, and lechery take center stage in raucous bedroom farce A Flea in Her Ear, a hysterical cocktail of chaos that could only have been devised by the master of comic stagecraft, Feydeau. More info >>

$12 adults, $9 students and seniors

Rockford University students receive one free ticket to each Performing Arts event upon request with valid ID.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Forum Series? The Rockford University Forum Series presents speakers from a variety of disciplines and performers of stature in the arts. The series is designed to provide a shared experience for students while broadening their education at the University. The Forum Committee, comprised of faculty and student representatives, selects the events.

Are all students required to attend all the Forum Series events? All full-time undergraduate students are required to attend a minimum of two Forum Series events each semester. (Exceptions: student teachers and participants in off-campus programs such as Washington Semester or study abroad programs) In most cases, students who reduce their course load below 12 credits at any point in the semester must still meet the Forum Series requirement. Consult with SAS for further information on exceptions to this rule.

Is a ticket required for forum events? Yes. A ticket is required for all Forum events. Student tickets are free with a Rockford University ID card; one free ticket per student. Tickets must be obtained at the university Box Office, located in Clark Arts Center.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Box Office
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4100
fax: 815-394-5167

boxoffice@rockford.edu

Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Fri - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours:
Mon-Thu - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Box Office

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Arts & Lectures

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ARTS AND LECTURES

“…those best results of civilization upon which depend the finer and freer aspects of living must be incorporated into our common life…if we would have democracy endure.” – Jane Addams
The speakers, artists, scholars, dedicated citizens and performers, who are our guests on campus throughout the academic year, are role models for our community. Events include exhibits and lectures from the Art Gallery, speakers and performers within the Forum Series, and the Performing Arts line-up of plays and musicals. These events invite all members of our campus community, as well as members of the general public, to share in moments that explore different cultures, uplift unique art forms, and connect themes from the classroom to our modern and changing global society.
Reflecting the variety and scope of programming, such noted speakers as Dr. James Orbinski of Doctors Without Borders, South Africa’s Naomi Tutu, Pakistan’s former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and Arun Gandhi, grandson of spiritual leader Mohandas “Mahatma” Ghandi, all have visited the campus. Other offerings have included a slide lecture by world famous installation artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, a vocal recital by Jubilant Sykes, and a lecture by Oscar Arias, Nobel Laureate and former president of Costa Rica.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Box Office
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4100
fax: 815-394-5167

boxoffice@rockford.edu

Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Fri - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours:
Mon-Thu - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm