Berlin Essay and Poem Published

Monica Berlin’s (English) essay, “On Beds, or Where We Sleep” has been published in Ninth Letter (8.2). As well, her poem, “Dear So-and-So, [Down the hall, the accordion man turns into a door],” published in The Southeast Review, was selected as a featured poem on Verse Daily.

Annual Kid’s Month Exhibition at the Art Center

Artwork created at the Art Center this month during Kid’s Month by area children will be on display in the Art Center Gallery from January 24th through January 27th. There will be a closing reception on Friday, Jan. 27 from 5-7 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public. Kid’s Month is an annual program sponsored by NAEIR and a grant from the Target Foundation.

Galesburg Civic Art Center hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  For more information, contact the Galesburg Civic Art Center at 114 E. Main St., Galesburg, IL 61401, (309)342-7415 or e-mail at This program is partially sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council a State Agency and our exhibition co-sponsor, Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

I-Fair, Jan. 28

Knox College, one of the most internationally diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation, will host its 31st annual International Fair on Saturday, Jan. 28. Along with international dining and entertainment, the College’s International Club will present free, public lectures on this year’s theme, “Growing Up International,” providing insights from students and faculty who grew up outside the United States.

The fair on Saturday, January 28 features an international buffet lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Seymour Union. The menu spans the world — from France and Germany in Europe to China, Japan and Thailand in Asia; and in the Americas, Mexico and Venezuela, as well as American dishes from Louisiana and Alabama.

Afternoon activities feature educational and cultural events starting at 1:30 in Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Admission to the fair is $6 per person, which covers all events on Saturday.

The fair caps a week of internationally focused events on the Knox campus. On Tuesday, January 24, Visiting Associate Professor of Spanish Julio Noriega will discuss authors — Ernest Hemingway, Mario Vargas Llosa, Vladimir Nabokov and Gerald Brenan — who found fame outside their native countries.

A student-faculty panel discussion on Thursday, January 26, will include professors Emre Sencer, Gail Ferguson and Ryohei “Mat” Matsuda, who came to the U.S. from Germany, Jamaica and Japan, respectively.

“The ten years I spent in India have definitely influenced the person I am today,” wrote first-year student Armor Wisler in an article in the 2012 edition of “IMag,” a magazine produced by the International Club that will be distributed at the fair. The magazine features 16 articles written and illustrated by students.

“As a Malaysian-Chinese girl born in England and raised in the Philippines and Hong Kong, it would not be farfetched to say that I have struggled with my identity,” wrote sophomore Amanda Shiew. Preparing for International Fair “has been a reminder to be culturally sensitive to other people,” Shiew wrote.

Students in Knox’s International Club created International Fair in 1982.

With 16 percent of this year’s entering class and seven percent of the total student body coming from outside the United States, Knox is one of the most internationally diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation. Knox is 28th among the top 50 for “Most International Students” in the 2012 US News & World Report rankings of National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Knox College International Week 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.
“Becoming Writers Away from Home” — Faculty Lecture by Julio Noreiga, visiting associate professor of Spanish.
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union. Free admission

Thursday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
“Growing Up International” — Student/Faculty Forum with faculty members Gail Ferguson and Ryohei Matsuda
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union. Free admission

Saturday, January 28
31st International Fair.
$6 admission at the door covers all Saturday events.

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. International Buffet Lunch
Oak Room and Lincoln Room, Seymour Union

1:30-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. International Booths
Lobby, Ford Center for Fine Arts

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Student Performances
Kresge Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts

Symphony Casino Night, Jan. 28

It’s time once again for the annual Casino Night Gala and Silent Auction.  This popular event – the only annual fundraiser to benefit the symphony – is now in its 11th year and will be held on January 28 at 7 p.m. at Soangetaha Country Club.  Drawing on nearly 1000 volunteer hours from your friends and neighbors, the benefit will include a silent auction, official casino games, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a 50/50 drawing, and a cash bar, with the “The Bob Clark Combo” providing live entertainment.   All the items in the silent auction have been donated by area businesses and organizations.  This year’s collection will feature a wide spectrum of merchandise and services – everything from household items and apparel to memorabilia and gift certificates for local restaurants – ranging in value from $25 to $2,500.  There are some truly amazing deals to be had at this auction!  Tickets are $30 each, or two for $50, which includes admission, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment, and $10 in gambling chips.

Get a group of friends together and make it an evening, knowing that you are providing much needed support for our award-winning symphony.  Tickets are available at Innkeeper’s, 80 N. Seminary Street in Galesburg, or by calling the Knox-Galesburg Symphony at 309-341-7268.  While supply lasts, tickets will also be available at the door which opens at 6:30 p.m. Tip: Make reservations in advance, as space is limited.

KPCK Community Meal, Jan. 12

On Thursday, Jan. 12, the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen (KPCK) will be having another Community Meal. The dinner, served at the Central Congregational Church on the square in Galesburg, is free and open to everyone. Doors open at 5:15 and dinner service will go until 7:00 pm. The Community Meals are a wonderful way to meet new people, share in a sense of community, and have a very fine meal as well!

International Student Scholarship Information

The Pilot Club of Galesburg is presently taking applications for scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The Ruby Newhall Memorial Scholarships are for qualified students from outside the United States or Canada attending an accredited college or university. The field of study must be of a nature that it improves the quality of life for the community in their home country, and the student must plan to return to his/her country within six months of completing studies. The Ruby Newhall Scholarship may not exceed $1,500, and the student must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
For additional information and/or application forms, contact Barb Brown (309) 368-3592 or Applications must be completed by January 31.

Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Musical tribute
Music, spoken words, and praise dancing
Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m.
1st Baptist Church, 169 South Cherry Street
Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee

Annual Holiday Breakfast
Keynote address by James Jacobs
Monday, January 16, 7:30 a.m.
Central Congregational Church
Tickets: $8 at the door
Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee

Knox College Winter Term Convocation
Keynote address by Konrad Hamilton
Music by the Knox College Choir
Poems read by Fred Hord and Monica Prince ’12
Monday, January 16, 11 a.m.
Harbach Theatre, Knox College

Galva Coffehouse

New band to premiere at Galva Coffeehouse
The Jansson 5, a Bishop HIll-based blues/jazz trio will mark its first-ever public performance when they are the featured entertainers at the Galva Arts Council’s monthly coffeehouse on Saturday, January 14.  Members include guitarist Nathan Hahn, bass player Curtis Hawkins and drummer Josh Morrissey. Both Hawkins and Morrissey are colony residents, while Hahn hails from Galva.  The group takes its name from Erk Jannson, the charismatic leader who founded the Bishop Hill Colony in the 1800s.
Doors open at 7:00, with the featured performance beginning at 7:30 at the council’s building on Exchange Street in downtown Galva. An open mic segment will take place after the Jansson 5 set, with all interested artists and musicians invited to participate. Refreshments will be provided and admission is free, though donations are gratefully accepted.

Kampwirth News

Karen Kampwirth (political science) presented a paper entitled “Feminismo, Derechos LGBT, y la Segunda Revolución Sandinista en Nicaragua” at the 10th annual Argentine Congress of Social Anthropology in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 29-December 2, 2011.