Kim Pokin Lee ’99, to give Recital, April 28

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

Lecture: “Is Spanish a Foreign Language?” by Gwen Kirkpatrick, April 25

Thursday, April 25
6:00 PM
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.

Lecture Abstract:
“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.

Symphony Presents Concerts April 26 and 27

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony presents a very special weekend with two events for your musical enjoyment: On Friday night, April 26, the KGS will present “Old Friends,” a piano recital with commentary by Maestro Bruce Polay. Then, on Saturday, April 27, we will have another in our series of exciting symphony concerts. Both events begin at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Here are some highlights:

Friday’s “Old Friends” recital is the 5th year in a row that we have offered this popular event in which audience members are invited to gather onstage while Bruce performs some of his favorite works for solo piano and offers historical and entertaining comments about each work and composer. This year, Bruce plans to play Handel’s “Gigue” from his Suite in G minor, Lecuona’s “Malaguena,” Beethoven’s Rondo in G Major, Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” Chopin’s Polonaise in A-flat Major and Bruce’s own “Siwash Rag,” among others.

Patrons for this performance will be seated, on a first-reserve basis, on the Orpheum Theatre stage with Bruce at the concert Steinway. Advance tickets at $10.00 each are available by calling the KGS Office at 309-341-7268 or by email to Tickets at $14.00 each will be available at the door. Knox and Carl Sandburg student tickets are offered at a 50% discount, and children under 12 are free!

At Saturday’s symphony concert, our soloist will be internationally acclaimed pianist Roberta Rust, who will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Opus 73. This piece is popularly known as the “Emperor” concerto and is one of the most respected and often played in all the piano concerto literature. Saturday’s concert will also feature Nancy Bloomer Deussen’s “American Hymn” and Boaz Avni’s Largo for Strings as part of the KGS International Call for Scores. Finally, the symphony will join forces with the Galesburg Community Chorus directed by Tim Pahel to perform Maurice Ravel’s masterpiece, “Daphnis et Chloe” (Suite No. 2), widely regarded as the French composer’s most impressive achievement and among the greatest ballet scores of the twentieth century.

The concert begins at 7:30 Saturday evening and tickets are still available from the Orpheum Theatre Ticket Office (250 East Main Street, phone 309-342-2299), online at, or at the door concert night. As always, Knox faculty and staff and their families are eligible for a 20% discount on all tickets.

Scholar to Discuss Immigration, April 22

A leading scholar in the field of immigration and nationalism will give a public talk on regulation of immigration in various countries and will meet with Knox College students and faculty in a two-day residency at Knox on April 22-23, sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa.

John A. Agnew, Distinguished Professor of Geography at University of California, Los Angeles, will speak on “Citizenship and Nationality: How Immigration Rules Relate to Different Conceptions of Nationality around the World” at 7 p.m., Monday, April 22, in the Muelder Reading Room, Seymour Library.

While at Knox, Agnew also will meet with students in environmental studies, integrated international studies, and political science. In one of the classes he and the students will discuss the history of cartography and examine selected items in Knox’s collection of rare maps.

Agnew, a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, is an expert in political geography, international political economy, and European urbanization, with a special emphasis on Italy. His publications include the books “Globalization and Sovereignty,” “Berlusconi’s Italy: Mapping Contemporary Italian Politics,” “Hegemony: The New Shape of Global Power,” “The Geography of the World Economy” and “Making Political Geography.” He also has co-edited several reference books, including “Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography,” and “Landscapes, Identities, and Development.”

Fiddler-Poet Ken Waldman to Perform April 19

Fiddler-Poet Ken Waldman
Friday, April 19
4:00 PM
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union

Ken Waldman, long known as Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, has drawn on his 25 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his own. He will perform music and poetry at 4 p.m. Friday, April 19, in Taylor Student Lounge in Seymour Union.

A former college professor, Waldman has published six full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a children’s book and has released nine CDs that combine old-time, Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry.

The event is free and open to the public, sponsored in part by the John & Elaine Fellowes Fund at Knox College.

English Department Announces The 2013 Davenport Fiction Contest: Submission Deadline May 1

The English Department Announces The 2013 Davenport Fiction Contest: Submission Deadline May 1st

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Davenport Prize in Fiction sponsored by the English Department. This year’s judge will be Lucas Southworth. Prizewinners will be announced at Southworth’s Caxton Club reading on Monday, May 20th at 4 o’clock in the Alumni Room, Old Main.

Lucas Southworth received his MFA in fiction from the University of Alabama, where he currently teaches. He is also a co-partner and editor of Slash Pine Press, an initiative that specializes in community outreach and publishing chapbooks with undergraduate interns. His stories have appeared in Mid-American Review, West Branch, PANK, Willow Springs, and others. He grew up in Oak Park, IL, and also holds degrees from Knox College and Iowa State University. Southworth won the 2012 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, sponsored by AWP for his short story collection, Everyone Here Has a Gun (forthcoming, U of Mass P 2013).

1) entrants must be in “good standing” but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course; students who completed coursework on campus during the 2012-13 school year, but have not yet commenced and are not currently enrolled are eligible to submit, provided they will be commencing from Knox in June;

2) only one story per author is allowed;

3) submitted stories need not be written especially for the contest, but cannot have been previously published off campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a poem from entry); no story that has received a prize in a Knox contest may be submitted to any subsequent contest, although a rejected manuscript may be submitted a second time;

4) each submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name and complete contact information, as well as the titles of the story; please leave name off subsequent pages;

5) each submission should be double-spaced and paginated;

6) each submitted manuscript is limited to 10,000 words;

7) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);

8) all entries must be submitted in hardcopy to Monica Berlin’s office (Old Main 302) no later than WEDNESDAY May 1st by 4 p.m.) If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Monica Berlin
[Note: Cash prizes are determined by the English Department, in consultation with the judge’s recommendations for awards. As well, the prize-winning manuscripts each year will be retained by the college and may be published on the English Department’s website.]

Dunn Scholarship Applications Due April 29

Interested in field biology research?
Need money to support the research?
Want to work at Green Oaks this summer?

The biology department would like to invite students to apply for the David “Burney” Dunn Student Field Research Scholarship. The Burney Dunn Scholarship will provide a stipend of $2500 to support a student engaged in field biological or ecological research during the summer of 2013. Preference will be given to students conducting their research at Green Oaks. Interested students should discuss possible research plans with a mentor and then submit an application to Linda Dybas, Biology Department Chair, by Monday April 29 at the latest. The proposal should be no more than two pages long. The proposal should describe the project, provide a basic outline of methods, and a timeline for the project.

Be a Part of Run-a-thon 2013: Dog Days

Alpha Phi Omega is hosting our annual Run-a-thon fundraiser on April 26th and 27th and invite you to join. This year, 100% of proceeds will go to the Knox County Humane Society.
Run-a-thon is our annual walking fundraiser that takes place on Turner Track. During the 24 hour event (which starts at 3 pm on the 26th), we invite you to come walk/run on the track and participating in various fun activities that APO has lined up.

Below is the schedule for Run-a-thon. Registration is $12 and staff and faculty are eligible for raffles once registered. Some prizes include a themed decoration from Calico Cat, 4 free dog wash coupons, and 1
free large bag of Eukanuba cat or dog food. Additional raffle tickets for each raffle can be purchased at the event.

Additionally, there will be all natural homemade dog cookies for sale for $5 a bag available all throughout the event.

Please use the follow link to register and we hope to see you there!

Lorraine Smith Prize Entries Deadline is May 3

The Lorraine Smith prize in English is awarded annually to the second year student writing the best essay in an English course. Prize given in books. Entries for the Lorraine Smith prize in English should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to Rob Smith ( by Friday, May 3. Judging is by the English faculty.

Prizewinner will be announced at Professor Audrey Petty’s Caxton reading in May.