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.