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Rockford University Forum Series: ‘The Surprising Effect of Stories’

02/13/2018 1:46 pm

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Rockford University’s Spring 2018 Forum Series continues with a free author lecture from an alumna on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The Surprising Effect of Stories on Sane
(and Crazy) People: Jacquelyn Mitchard, ’73 
Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall

The thing that authors want most is connection, which is the whole reason they write stories. The New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard recounts some of the most moving, and scary, stories about the way readers feel about her stories.

A Chicago native and graduate of Rockford College (now Rockford University), Mitchard is a professor of creative writing in Miami University of Ohio’s low-residency Masters of Fine Arts program, and lives on Cape Cod with her husband and their nine children. She was the first author to be featured in Oprah’s Book Club.

With the exception of Performing Arts events, the Forum Series is free of charge. Events take place on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Tickets are required and can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or

Other highlights of this semester’s Forum Series include lessons on forgiveness from a Holocaust survivor, an appearance by Rockford’s new mayor, a visit from a New York City-based jazz pianist and a musical presented in collaboration with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

View the full lineup at