Peacebuilding Conference with Jody Olsen, April 12-13

Friday, April 12, 2013
7:00 PM
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts

Peacebuilding Conference

Keynote Address — Storytelling: A Key to Peacebuilding Locally and Globally
Jody Olsen, former Peace Corps acting director who was involved in the creation of Knox’s Peace Corps Prep Program

Jody Olsen, now a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, started in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Tunisia, where she taught English and developed community health programs. She moved up the ranks to country director, then to regional director, and, in 1989, to chief of staff, a position she held for three years. In 2002, Olsen was tapped by the president to be deputy director of the Peace Corps. She served as acting director in 2009.

Outside of the Peace Corps, she has served as senior vice president at the Academy for Educational Development, executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and president of the University of Maryland Alumni Association.

A Utah native, Olsen received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Utah, a master’s degree in social work (with a specialization in community organization) from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from Maryland’s College of Education.

A series of panel discussions on Saturday, April 13 will feature Knox College alumni and students serving in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and KnoxCorps. Western Illinois residents who are former Peace Corps volunteers also will make a presentation about how their careers were influenced by the Peace Corps.

In addition, a two-hour workshop presented by Play for Peace will engage participants in peacebuilding exercises. The April 13 workshop will especially appeal to current and future educators. Space is limited for the free workshop, and registration is required.

Registration also is encouraged, but not required, for the entire conference. For more information, go to

This event is part of Earth Month 2013 and is free and open to the public.

Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival Opens with Knox Faculty and Friends Combo

Thursday, April 11, 2013
8:00 PM
McGillacuddy’s Restaurant, Galesburg

Now in its 33rd year, the Rootabaga Jazz Festival opens on Thursday, April 11 with the Knox Faculty and Friends Combo at McGillacuddy’s Restaurant, 58 S. Cherry St., Galesburg. The performance features Knox’s accomplished jazz faculty and outstanding local jazz musicians.

2013 Knox Rootabaga Festival
April 11-13

Thursday April 11
8:00 p.m.-Midnight — Knox Faculty and Friends Combo
McGillacuddy’s, 58 S. Cherry, Galesburg
Admission $7 at the door
Dave Hoffman, Kevin Malley

Friday April 12
8:00-9:00 p.m. — Knox Alumni Big Band, Justin Haynes, Director
9:30 p.m.-Midnight — The Deep Blue Organ Trio
McGillacuddy’s, 58 S. Cherry, Galesburg
Admission $10 at the door

Saturday April 13
10:30 a.m. — Rootabaga Kids: Meet the Artists
A family-friendly talk and presentation by The Deep Blue Organ Trio
Galesburg Public Library, Community Room
Free and Open to the Public

Saturday April 13
5:00 p.m. — Ben Williams and Sound Effect; The Knox Jazz Ensemble, Nikki Malley, Director
Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg, Galesburg
Admission: $12 – floor and balcony; $15 – mezzanine

2013 Joe W. Morgan Lecture by Lara Moritz ’90

Wednesday, April 10
4:00 PM
Alumni Room, Old Main

Lara Moritz ’90 will deliver the 2013 Joe W. Morgan Lecture in Journalism. Moritz is an evening news anchor at KMBC-TV, Kansas City, Missouri.

An award-winning TV news anchor who has won two Emmy’s and two Edward R. Murrow awards, Moritz will talk about the power of listening as a way to get the stories that a community needs to hear. In her 18 years at KMBC, Moritz has interviewed everyone from serial killers and teenage cancer survivors to President Barack and Michelle Obama. An English major at Knox, Lara holds her master’s in journalism from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism. Her lecture is entitled, “Giving a Voice … even when it’s uncomfortable.” This event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is sponsored by the Joe W. Morgan ’34 Fund for Journalism, established in 2007 by Ann Lee Morgan, Knox ’62, in honor of her father, a longtime journalist and regional editor for United Press International