Alum Talk: Indian Diaspora, Identity, and Television, March 2

On Friday, March 2 at 4 p.m. in GDH 303, Indira S. Somani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at Washington and Lee University and ’92 Knox alum, will speak about her recent research in India that explores a “dual frame of reference” or “dual identity” among specific cohorts of the Asian Indian diaspora. Somani’s research indicates that both American and Indian television programs play a role in shaping this cohort’s identity. Asian Indians identify with Indian traditional values, language and characters in the programs, but they also reject some of the common threads developed in the Indian entertainment and news programs. Somani’s research in India, funded by a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship, allowed her to conduct interviews with various writers, producers and news executives in the entertainment and news industry to understand the changing face of India’s media.

Hellenga to Present Paper in Chicago

Robert Hellenga (George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English) will present a paper on the South Midland Dialect at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair in Chicago Feb. 29-March 3. A book signing will be held.

Writer’s Block & Red Room Schedule

As you prepare for finals please remember that both Writer’s Block & Red Room end this week.
Take advantage of this academic support by visiting
WRITER’S BLOCKM-F 10AM-4PM – in the CTL (last day = March 2)
*also TWTH 7-9PM at Red Room
RED ROOM – TWTH – 7-9PM (last night = March 1)
Good luck with finals!

175th Celebration Continues with Stellyes Lecture, Feb. 28

Journalist, author, and foreign policy analyst Robin Wright will present a lecture, “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.
A book-signing will take place after the lecture.
Wright, a longtime international correspondent, has reported from more than 140 countries and written for various publications, including The Washington Post, the Sunday Times of London, The New Yorker, TIME, and Foreign Affairs. She has worked in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
The lecture also will be available via Livestream.

Knox Choir to Perform, Feb. 26

Preparing for its upcoming performance tour to Barcelona, Spain, the Knox Choir will perform at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, February 26, in First Lutheran Church, Galesburg. The concert is free and open to the public.
The 53-member choir, conducted by Laura Lane, (music) will perform works by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Tomas Luis de Victoria, and Felix Mendelssohn, as well as a composition by one of the choir members, Edward Davis, a music and English literature major from Chicago. Several selections were chosen specifically for the performances in Barcelona during Knox’s spring break, March 11-20. The Choir will present its home tour concert on the Knox campus on March 23.

Muelder to Give Talk at Galesburg Public Library, Feb. 28

On Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m., Owen Muelder, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College, will host a talk on his book, Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery Society, in conjunction with Black History Month. The talk will be held at the Galesburg Public Library and will be followed by a book signing.

CD Release Party Celebrates 175th, Feb. 25

CD Release Party! On Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. come to First Presbyterian Church, 101 N. Prairie St., (corner of Prairie and Ferris streets) for the release of the church band’s first CD with vocals by Knox’s own Sandra Mehl featured. No admission is required. CD’s will debut and be on sale for $10. Proceeds from the CD will go to the Missions of FPC. There will be live bands, refreshments, door prizes (including concert tickets), and more! Don’t miss this awesome night as part of the 175th Anniversary celebrations of Knox College, First Presbyterian Church, and the Galesburg community.