The Edgar S. and Ruth W. Burkhardt Lecture in History
Friday, April 26
Alumni Room, Old Main
The Edgar S. and Ruth W. Burkhardt Lecture in History, by Catherine Denial, associate professor of history, is entitled, “More Questions Than Answers: The Strange Case of Margaret McCoy’s 1840 Divorce.” The Edgar S. and Ruth W. Burkhardt Fund for History and the Burkhardt Lecture Series which it supports are the gifts of two dedicated and beloved Knox alumni, who have served their alma mater faithfully over a span of more than sixty years. Richard and Dorothy Burkhardt, both members of the Class of 1939, deserve a great debt of gratitude from the entire Knox community for their generosity in establishing the Fund in memory of Richard’s parents.
This event is sponsored by the Edgar S. and Ruth W. Burkhardt Fund for History.
Kim Pokin Lee, one of the soloists for the Knox College Choir’s recent
concerts in Galesburg and in Carnegie Hall, will give a recital,
“Reflections on Womanhood,” at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 28, in Kresge
Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.
The program features “Frauenliebe und Leben,” a song cycle by Robert
Schuman with lyrics by poet Adelbert von Chamisso, as well as operatic
arias and selections from American musical theatre. The piano
accompanist is Tim Pahel, assistant professor of music and director of
choral and vocal activities at Monmouth College.
Pokin Lee is a 1999 Knox graduate who received her bachelor’s
degree in creative writing and performed with the Knox College Choir
as a student. She was soprano soloist for Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass,
directed by Laura Lane, professor of music and director of choral
music, March 25 at Carnegie Hall and April 20 in Galesburg.
Now a full-time voice teacher in Lombard, Illinois, Pokin Lee
performed the role of Cunegonde in Florida State University’s
production of “Candide” and the soprano solo in Saint-Saëns’ Christmas
Oratorio with Grace Lutheran Church in Tallahassee, Florida. She
studied voice with Lane at Knox and Karen Brunssen at Northwestern
Thursday, April 25
Alumni Room, Old Main
Professor Gwen Kirkpatrick, a renown Latin-Americanist and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University, will be visiting our campus on Thursday, April 25. She will give a lecture addressing the Knox community entitled “Is Spanish a Foreign language? Negotiating Babel in our World” at 6:00 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Old Main.
“Demographic changes, international migrations, new trade agreements, and shifting political and economic alliances have changed our mental map of the world. While we are familiar with many of the political implications of these changes, e.g., the debates about immigration or free trade agreements, less attention has been given to the shifting cultural landscapes and multilingual soundscapes of our contemporary world. This talk will examine why approaches such as postcolonial studies, sound studies, transatlantic studies, bilingualism and world literatures have come to figure prominently in foreign language departments, and in Spanish in particular.”
Professor Kirkpatrick will also hold an informal meeting with Spanish majors and minors, along with professors at 4:00 p.m. in GDH 303. The goal of this informal discussion is to share ideas regarding the curriculum of liberal arts colleges and the challenges that instructors face when designing, developing and teaching Spanish and Spanish American literature courses, along with the challenges for students in successfully completing these courses.
Both events are co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies and the Peace Corps Prep Program, Spanish Club, and Cultural Events Committee.
Douglas Wilson, Lincoln Studies Center, gave a talk on “Lincoln and Shakespeare” at New York University on April 9.