Book Giveway at Seymour Library, March 1

Book Giveaway
Friday, March 1
All Day (beginning 8:30am)
Lobby, Seymour Library

Seymour Library will host a FREE book giveaway Friday, March 1 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing into the weekend, as supplies last. Come browse for books, journals, and miscellaneous treasures.

Diasporic Flavours: A Night with Cynthia Nelson, Feb. 28

Diasporic Flavours: A Night with Cynthia Nelson
Thursday, February 28
5:00 PM
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union

Caribbean cuisine is a true representation of food that has travelled and adapted. Drawing its influence from multiple cuisines, the food of the region is simultaneously a nod to the past as it continues to create unique tastes and textures into the future. Come join us for a tasting of Diasporic flavors and conversation with Guyanese-born culinary artist Cynthia Nelson!

This will be a limited seating event. Sign up will be through the Culinary House or directly by contacting William Hope (

This event is co-sponsored by the Anthropology-Sociology Department, Culinary House, Cultural Events Committee, Stellyes Center for Global Studies, Dean of Faculty, and Dean of Students.

Rep Term Begins Feb. 28

Rep Term Begins Thursday, Feb. 28

The Green Bird: Italian comedy from 1765 by Carlo Gozzi, directed by Liz Carlin-Metz
The Caucasian Chalk Circle: Bertolt Brecht’s 1944 ‘parable play,’ directed by Jeff Grace

Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. The Green Bird
Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m. The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Saturday, March 2, 2:00 p.m. The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. The Green Bird
Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. The Green Bird
Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. The Green Bird
Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Saturday, March 9, 2:00 p.m. The Green Bird
Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Community Conversation on How Food Matters, Feb. 27

Community Conversation on How Food Matters
Wednesday, February 27
5:00 PM
Q’s Cafe, Galesburg

Come join the conversation as local and international culinary artists share their experiences and insights on “How Food Matters” at Q’s Cafe, 319 E Main St., Galesburg. Participants include Knox student Yj Yi, Phil Dickinson of the Landmark, and Cynthia Nelson, a Guyana-born culinary artist visiting from Barbados.

This event is free and open to the community.

Raley to give a talk: The Market is Ugly, Feb. 25

“The Market is Ugly” by Gabrielle Raley
Monday, February 25
4:00 PM
Round Room, Ford Center for Fine Arts

Professor Gabrielle Raley will deliver a talk titled “The Market is Ugly: On the Strange Creation of Commercial Art” at 4:00 p.m in the Round Room, CFA. Prof. Raley’s lecture is based on her ongoing research involving the production of film poster designs and the conflicting demands between aesthetics and marketability.

Berlin Presented at Literature Conference

Monica Berlin (English) presented at the “Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900” alongside her collaborator, Beth Marzoni ’04. The pair gave a formal reading, selections from “Dear So & So,” and discussed the nature of collaboration in both writing and teaching at the 40th anniversary of this annual conference.

Knox Jazz wins big: hear them in concert Feb. 25

Over the weekend, the Knox Jazz Ensemble and the Knox Cherry St. Combo performed at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival (competing against 37 college and university jazz ensembles) and return home with great success and a Knox first.

The Cherry St. Combo was awarded one of only four outstanding combo awards at the festival, and all four members – Jake Hawrylak, Josh Calef, Nate Beck, and Kyle Kunkler were awarded individual soloist awards. This combo award is a first for Knox and represents an incredible accomplishment for our “little” school (the three schools with whom we share the best combo award include two state universities, programs with jazz studies degrees, and graduate student performers). Jake Hawrylak was also awarded a second individual solo award for his featured performance with the Knox Jazz Ensemble.

Best yet, you can hear these jazzers tonight (Monday, Feb. 25) at 7 p.m. in concert. Featured will be the Cherry St. Combo (with their award-winning set), the Knox Jazz Ensemble, and we welcome the Bradley University Jazz Ensemble with their guest artist, world-renowned saxophonist Mark Colby for an evening of great music.

Come to Kresge at 7 p.m. to celebrate a truly incredible accomplishment from our student performers.

Dr. Charles Payne to give African-American History Talk, Feb. 25

“Contemporary African-American History: From 1963 to Today”
Monday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Ferris Lounge.

Dr. Payne’s presentation and visit are part of Knox College’s ongoing CommUNITY inclusivity initiative. There will be an opportunity to meet and talk with Dr. Payne at the ABLE Center from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Payne’s presentation will explore the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on current American society. Dr. Payne is the Frank P. Hixon Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. His interests include urban education and school reform, social inequality, social change and modern African American history.

He is currently finishing a book with the working title of “When I Discover Who I Am….”: Reframing the Conversation About Black and Latino Youth (forthcoming, 2013, Beacon Press), which argues that the current national debate about education has become narrowly academic in a way that underestimates the sense of disconnection that many minority youth feel from the larger society and its institutions and the importance of helping those youth develop the capacity to think critically about their social identities.

Dr. Payne has taught at Southern University, Williams College, Northwestern University, and Duke University. He has won several teaching awards; at Northwestern, he held the Charles Deering McCormick Chair for Teaching Excellence and at Duke, the Sally Dalton Robinson Chair for excellence in teaching and research. In 2010-11, he served as the acting executive director of the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community, an effort to dramatically improve youth outcomes in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. He also served briefly as Interim Chief Education Officer for Chicago Public Schools.

Payne holds a bachelor’s degree in Afro-American studies from Syracuse University and a doctorate in sociology from Northwestern.

This event is supported by the Center for Intercultural Life, Center for Teaching and Learning, TRIO, the Office of Student Development, ABLE student organization, and the ABLE Center.

Rep Term: The Green Bird, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Feb. 28-March 9

Rep Term Presents: “The Green Bird,” The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” Feb. 28-March 9

Knox’s unique “total immersion” theatre program– Repertory Theatre Term — presents “The Green Bird,” an
18th-century comedy by Carlo Gozzi; and “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” a 20th-century drama by Bertolt Brecht, in nightly rotation from February 28 through March 9 in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the
Fine Arts.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and Knox alumni,
and free to all students with a current school ID. Tickets are
available at the door or in advance by calling 309-341-7472.

“The Green Bird” opens at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, February 28, with
additional evening performances at 7:30 p.m., Saturday March 2, 7:30
p.m., Tuesday, March 5, and 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7; and a
matinee performance at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9.

“The Caucasian Chalk Circle” opens at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 1, with
a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, and additional
evening performances at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.,
Friday, March 8, and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9.

More about Rep Term

Celebrate Service Fair, Feb. 26

Want to get engaged? The Celebrate Service Fair is for you!
Lincoln Room February 26, 4 p.m.– 6 p.m.

(Engagement Party: Refreshments and door prizes)

Meet our Community Partners and Knox Clubs who sponsor service projects!

The event is sponsored by the Mark & Jeannette Kleine Center for Community Service and Knox’s Government & Community Relations office.