Studio Theatre: Death to The Audience, Sept. 28-29

Studio Theatre: Death to The Audience
Friday, Sept. 28 – Saturday, Sept. 29
7:30 p.m.
Studio Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts
Come to “Death to the Audience,” a Studio Theatre production in Knox’s 40ft x 60ft flexible “black box” theatre-a room within which the arrangement possibilities are nearly endless, seating about 100 people on average. Studio Theatre is student run, directed, and designed.
This production is being directed by Jon Hewelt ’14.
Production Description: We are tired. Weary. Beaten. Worn-down. Night after endless night, under cruel and unforgiving light, we twist into the most grotesque of phantasms for your perverted pleasure. You laugh at us. Mock us. Clap as if we were apes shackled, dancing only for you. We are sick, sick of the eyes. The eyes watching us always, forever, no! No more. Now. Oh yes. Now, it is your turn.

Steve Fineberg to give talk: Theseus and the Krommyon Sow, Sept. 28

Steve Fineberg, Szold Distinguished Professor of Classics
“Theseus and the Krommyon Sow”
Friday, Sept. 28 – 4:15 p.m.
Round Room (refreshments beginning at 4 p.m.)
About the talk, Fineberg says: “This talk examines a striking moment in the mythological biography of the Athenian hero Theseus. As Plutarch tell us, the heroic deeds of Theseus, who appeared in Athens in the late 6th century B.C.E., were modeled on the famous labors of Herakles, the Pan-Hellenic hero of Archaic Greece (7th-6th centuries B.C.E). Among his labors, Herakles engaged in mortal combat with a wild boar that was ravaging the countryside; Theseus, however, battles not a male boar but a sow (female), and this innovation is especially striking in the vase paintings of fifth century Athens. To explain this surprising innovation, I draw upon both literary and visual evidence (sculpture and painted vases), and – be warned – my interpretive strategies are psychoanalytic. Finally I test my results against historical events in the city itself, because myth, as I understand it, is an expression of psychic conflict, not simply of an individual, but of the culture within which it takes form.”

Duo Piano Recital, Sept. 27

Friday, September 28, 7:30 PM
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts
The Knox College music department presents a duo piano recital featuring Katherine Palumbo and Ashlee Mack. The program will include Sonata by Paul Bowles, Nuages from Nocturnes by Claude Debussy, Souvenirs by Samuel Barber, and a world premiere by James Romig.
Katherine Palumbo has performed throughout the United States and Europe. She has performed with Alia Musica, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and has accompanied at both Duquesne and Chatham Universities. Currently, she performs with the Trillium Ensemble as a founding member and teaches piano at the Winchester Thurston School and privately from her home in Pittsburgh. Ashlee Mack has performed throughout the United States, Italy, and Germany. Her recordings are featured on Navona Records and a Milton Babbitt memorial CD published by Perspectives of New Music/Open Space. She has been teaching at Knox since 2005 and is the Coordinator of Piano Instruction.

Lecture: Turing @ War, Sept. 27

“Turing @ War: Alan Turing at Bletchley Park”
7:00 PM, Sept. 27. Room E-117, Science-Mathematics Center
Alan Mathison Turing (1912 – 1954) is considered the founder of modern computer science and the most influential mathematician involved in the breaking of the German Enigma cipher machine by the British during World War II. This talk will explain the Enigma and walk us through Turing’s work at the Government Code and Cipher School at Bletchley Park during the war. Turing was among the first group of mathematicians recruited for cryptology work by the British government in 1939. He was put in charge of breaking the German Naval Enigma cipher machines and helping to preserve Britain’s lifeline in the Atlantic. Turing’s analysis and method of breaking the Naval Enigma and his design of the electromechanical “bombe” machines that did the work of finding Enigma keys was one of the high points of the work done at Bletchley Park. Turing went on to consult with the Americans on Enigma and on speech cryptographic machines and to contribute to the design of the Colossus computer that helped break the German Lorenz cipher machine that was used for all top-level German military communications. By the end of the war Turing was turning his thoughts back to Cambridge and to his next project “building a brain.”
Sponsored by the Iowa-Illinois Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society.

Prairie Players Presents Unnecessary Farce, Sept. 20-23

Written by Paul Slade Smith, this delightfully hilarious farce involves a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor, his female account, two undercover cops, and a video camera. Sounds straight forward, but who has taken the money, who has hired a hit man, and why does the accountant keep taking her clothes off?
Performances are at Sandburg Mall Theater, September 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and September 23 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students are available at Innkeeper’s Coffee, 80 N. Seminary Street, or at the door one-half hour prior to the show.

Pizza & Power — A Constitution Day Discussion

Monday, September 17
5:30 PM
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union
Join this discussion on the United States Constitution in recognition of Constitution Day and Community Week 2012.
Moderated by Alex Uzarowicz of the Knox Conservatives and Gretta Reed of the Knox Democrats, this conversation explores the rights embedded in the U.S. Constitution. What does the Constitution cover? What rights are enumerated? What is not protected by the Constitution?
If the Constitutional Convention were held today, what rights would you enumerate?
Pizza and beverages will be served.

Javits Fellowships

Every year some 80-100 students who are beginning graduate school receive Javits Fellowships. These fellowships are administered by the U. S. Department of Education and provide stipends of up to $30,000 per year. Javits Fellows are eligible for up to four years of support. Fellowships are available for most major areas of study in the humanities, arts and social sciences. A grade point of 3.25 or higher is recommended. The campus deadline is September 24, 2010 (the Program deadline is September 30, 2010). Interested seniors should make an appointment with Dean Haslem as soon as possible. Applications and information may be downloaded from the Javits website.

Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships

Each year the Rhodes and Marshall Programs offer free tuition and maintenance for study in Britain for two years. Thirty-two Rhodes and at least forty Marshall Scholarships are awarded annually to American students; Rhodes scholars study at Oxford, Marshall scholars study at universities throughout Great Britain.

These are the most prestigious–and competitive–awards for which seniors at colleges and universities in the United States can apply. If you are planning to apply, it is important to make an appointment to see Dean Lori Haslem (OM 105, Extension 7215). Very high grade averages are expected of applicants. An index of 3.70 would be the minimum that these programs would expect of interested college seniors. Please note early deadlines: A campus deadline of September 23 is needed. (Program deadlines are Rhodes 10/5/12; Marshall 10/3/12)

Websites that you may consult for more information and applications: