Earth Month Film Series Begins April 4

Earth Month Film Series
Thursday, April 4 – Thursday, April 25
Weekly on Thursday
7:00 PM
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union

This series of recent documentaries highlights some of the best solutions to today’s most pressing environmental and social problems.

April 4 – “We Are Not Ghosts”

April 11 – “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet”

April 18 – “Revenge of the Electric Car”

April 25 – “Your Environmental Road Trip (YERT)”

These events are part of Earth Month 2013. These events are free and open to the public.

Bella Ruse Songwriting Workshop, April 5

Bella Ruse Songwriting Workshop
Friday, April 5
4:00 PM
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts

Bella RuseKnox College Songwriter’s Guild presents a songwriting workshop from Minneapolis pop duo Bella Ruse. The group’s combination of airy folk and crunchy pop transforms rooms into secret gardens and paints pictures of invading bombardiers, salty sea love, and super glued hearts. Surrounded by a laboratory of instruments – typewriter, suitcase organ, glockenspiel, and kazoos – singer Kay Gillette’s antique voice and Joseph Barker’s mournful guitar twist and twirl and dip and dive and carry you deep down the rabbit-hole into their magical musical world. They’ve been traveling the country in a van powered by vegetable oil for two years, opening for Sarah Mclachlan, Heart, and Kate Nash along the way. Their songs have been heard on MTV and Showtime and their most recent album, KUHZOO, spent eight weeks on the CMJ Radio Top 200. They were the Needle in the Haystack artist on and Performer Magazine calls Gillette’s voice “truly unique.”

As part of the Guild’s mission of bringing in musicians and recording artists to give real world advice on the music industry, Bella Ruse will be discussing what goes into making a record, their creative process during studio time, and the process of getting an album from the studio to the public. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hear the DIY way from these two experienced artists.

Knox Celebrates Earth Month

You are invited to participate in the events planned to celebrate Earth Month during the entire month of April. There are concerts, lectures, films, workshops, volunteer opportunities, and community events that provide many ways for you to get involved. The month will end with a true Earth Day celebration organized by Knox Advocates for Recycling & Environmental Sustainability (KARES) featuring the Great American Cleanup as part of a day of service and the first-ever Galesburg Earth Day Festival ending with a Spring EquiKnox Lecture/Concert by Ben Sollee on Saturday, April 27.

Earth Day has helped bring attention to issues of environmental concern for more than 40 years. Knox College has actively observed Earth Day through a variety of activities and educational opportunities. This year, we have made an effort to extend our focus on the important issues of social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic vitality by planning events throughout the month.

For the complete schedule of events, please visit

Film: The Black Fatherhood Project, April 4

Film: “The Black Fatherhood Project”
Thursday, April 4
6:30 PM
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union

Black Fatherhood ProjectFirst-time filmmaker Jordan Thierry will show this 54-minute documentary and then host a discussion and Q&A afterward. Jordan offers context and conversation in this honest exploration of fatherhood in Black America. Through a telling of his own story and interviews with historians, he traces the roots of the fatherless Black home and reveals a history much more complex and profound than is often told. Putting that history into perspective is a dialogue among fathers discussing their experiences, inspirations, and insight on how communities can come together to ensure the power of a father’s love is not lost on America’s Black children.

This is a CommUNITY event hosted by the Center for Intercultural Life, TRIO, Center for Teaching and Learning, Women of Influence, and the Office of Student Development.

Cast Your Ballot in the Galesburg Elections

Make sure your voice is heard here in Galesburg.
The Galesburg Consolidated elections will be held Tuesday, April 9.
You can register and vote now.

If you are not registered:
Voter registration and voting will be held through April 6. To register, bring identification (college students may use a government issued ID or their Knox ID) and evidence of your address (may be postal mail showing your actual address–NOT 2 E. South Street).

You must vote at the time you register, so come prepared to vote.

If you are already registered: You may vote early up until Monday, or vote the day of the election, Tuesday.

The Election Office is held in City Hall (Public Safety Building) at 55 W. Tompkins Street. It is open:
Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday 6 am – 8 pm
Monday voting only 8 am – 5 pm

If you have any questions, feel free to call Karrie Heartlein, Ext. 7340 or contact the Election Office 309-345-3660.

Ray Bradbury Biographer to Speak April 11

Lecture: “Life and Legacy of Ray Bradbury”
Thursday, April 11
7:00 PM
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts

The Big ReadGalesburg Public Library and Knox College Library present “The Life and Legacy of Ray Bradbury” with biographer Sam Weller in Kresge Recital Hall on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. This event is part of the Galesburg area “The Big Read” project of Fahrenheit 451.

Sam Weller is the authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury and a three-time Bram Stoker Award nominee. His book, The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury was a Los Angeles Times best-seller and winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography. Weller is the former Midwest Correspondent for Publishers Weekly magazine. He has written for the Paris Review, the National Public Radio Program All Things Considered, and Slate magazine. His short fiction has appeared in numerous books and journals. He is currently an associate professor in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College, Chicago.

This event is free and open to the public. Free copies of Fahrenheit 451 are available at Seymour Library and the Galesburg Public Library while supplies last. For more information on this or any other The Big Read events, call the Galesburg Public Library at 343-6118 or visit the Galesburg Public Library website. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.