Knox New Plays Festival Continues

Thursday, May 16, 2013 – Saturday, May 18, 2013
7:30 PM
Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for Fine Arts

The Knox College New Plays Festival will feature works written by Knox students, faculty, and alumni in a series of readings and performances through May 25.
Throughout spring term, the Knox theatre department will present staged readings and bare stage productions featuring students and faculty, in Harbach and Studio theatres in Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

All performances are free and open to the public.

May 16, 17, 18 – 7:30 p.m. in Harbach Theatre
Summer Song by Jon Hewelt ’13, directed by Kathleen Gullion ’14
McComb 1964 by Niki Acton ’16, directed by Emily Antoff ’15

Kendall Dunkelberg ’86: Caxton Club & Davenport Poetry Prizes

Friday, May 17
4:00 PM
Alumni Room, Old Main

Kendall Dunkelberg is currently the director of creative writing at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi, where he also directs the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium and is professor of English, teaching creative writing, world literature, and twentieth-century poetry. Dunkelberg earned a B.A. in English from Knox College (1986) and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. He also received a Mellon Fellowship and a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Ghent, Belgium.

His poems and translations have been published in numerous literary magazines. He served as guest editor of The Literary Review for a special issue on recent Dutch and Flemish writing, and Green Integer Press has published Hercules, Richelieu, and Nostradamus, a book of Dunkelberg’s translations of the Belgian poet Paul Snoek. His first collection of poetry, Landscapes and Architectures, was published by Florida Literary Foundation Press in 2001, and his newest book, Time Capsules, was been published by Texas Review Press in 2009.

Following his reading, Professor Dunkelberg will announce this year’s Davenport Poetry Prizes.

Choir Auditions

From Laura Lane

Dear students: Auditions are being held for the 13-14 Knox College Choir. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to audition. You do not need a prepared piece, and these auditions are very informal. Sign up for a time on the wall beside my (Laura Lane) door, CFA 150. Any questions? Email me llane@knox.edu, or Jmaw Moses jmoses@knox.edu.

Brumberg Talk on Islamists and Arab Spring, May 14

Tuesday, May 14
7:00 PM
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union

Dr. Daniel Brumberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He received his BA in French and Political Science from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. From 1991 to 1993 he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University, and a Visiting Fellow in the Middle East Program in the Jimmy Carter Center. Prior to this he taught in the Department of Political Science of the University of Chicago and Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He lived and studied in Egypt for three years, and has also conducted field research in Iran, Indonesia and Kuwait. The author of many articles on political and social change in the Middle East and wider Islamic World, his Reinventing Khomeini: The Struggle for Reform in Iran was published in April 2001 by The University of Chicago Press.

A member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Democracy and the Advisory Board of the International Forum on Democratic Studies, Dr. Brumberg is also Chairman of the non-profit Foundation on Democratization and Political Change in the Middle East. During the 1997 Spring semester Dr. Brumberg was a Mellon Junior Fellow at Georgetown University and a Visiting Fellow at the International Forum on Democratic Studies. In 1998-1999 he was a Randolph Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, where he pursued a study of power sharing in the Middle East and South East Asia. He is Senior Adviser to the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, where he focuses on issues of democratization and political reform in the Middle East and wider Islamic world. He is also an associate professor at Georgetown University and a former senior associate in the Carnegie Endowment’s Democracy and Rule of Law Project (2003-04).

Knox Reaches $11 Million Alumni Hall Renovation Goal Historic Building to See New Life as Gateway to Campus and Beyond

Eighteen months after introducing a new vision for Alumni Hall, Knox College has reached its $11 million goal in the fundraising drive to renovate this historic campus building.

“Thanks to the generosity of Knox alumni and friends, as well as the leadership of Trustee Mark Kleine and his Gateway Task Force, gifts and pledges now stand at $11 million,” said Knox College President Teresa Amott. “Even more important, $9.5 million — or 94% — of the money will be in cash by the end of June, which places the College in an excellent position to begin renovations.”

Now that the $11 million goal has been reached, Amott notes, the College’s Board of Trustees will vote at its June meeting to set a timetable for the renovation. Two architectural firms — Holabird & Root of Chicago and Metzger-Johnson of Galesburg — are engaged in the renovation process.

“Like so many buildings on historic college campuses, Alumni Hall has had many lives throughout its 124-year history. It’s now poised to begin a new life as a gateway to the Knox campus and beyond, and I know that the entire campus and community is as excited as I am for its new life to begin,” added President Amott.
The renovation of Alumni Hall will transform this historic building out of the past and into the vibrant future of 21st-century Knox College. The building will house several of Knox’s signature educational programs, including the Gerald and Carol Klail Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study, the Bastian Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development, the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies, and the Mark and Jeannette Kleine Center for Community Service, as well as the Offices of Admission and Alumni Relations.

In addition, visitors to Alumni Hall will learn about the heritage of the College and the City of Galesburg through research and programming at the Lincoln Studies Center and museum-quality displays housed within the Whitcomb Heritage Center. Featuring the original large vaulted ceiling, the transformed building will serve as both a gateway to a Knox education and to life after Knox. Standing on the edge of the historic Knox campus, the building also serves as a gateway to the Galesburg community.

“The intellectual and creative energy that we see on campus every day will now be visible to every person who enters the building, including prospective students, community visitors, and returning alumni,” said President Amott.

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Strickland Honored by ICO

The Illinois Council of Orchestras’ (ICO) 2013 Community Relations of the Year Award was presented to Pearl Strickland, Executive Director, Knox-Galesburg Symphony (KGS) by Dr. Bruce Polay, KGS artistic director/conductor on behalf of ICO Board President Allan Dennis at the KGS April 27 concert at the Orpheum Theatre. Additionally in recognition of Strickland’s ICO Award, Representative Don Moffitt presented her an Illinois State Senate Recognition Certificate on behalf of Senator LaHood and an Illinois House of Representatives Certificate from Representative Moffitt. Deputy Mayor Wayne Allen presented a City of Galesburg Proclamation on behalf of Mayor Sal Garza. On behalf of the Galesburg Symphony Society Board of Director, Polay ended the ceremony with a bouquet of flowers.

The specific criteria for which The Knox-Galesburg Symphony received the Community Relations of the Year was based on projects undertaken which benefited the community as a whole and projects which involved other community organizations.

Celebrate Mom at the Pops Concert, May 11

It’s time for a change of pace. Spring is finally here, Mother’s Day is coming up, and everyone is feeling festive! The Knox-Galesburg Symphony, under the direction of artistic director and conductor Bruce Polay, is ready to help you mark the occasion with our annual “Celebrate Mom at the Pops” concert this coming Saturday, May 11, at the Orpheum Theatre.

This year’s pops concert is a special tribute to jazz legend Ray Charles and will feature David Hoffman on trumpet and Manuel Lopez III as vocalist and on keyboard. The program has been arranged by David Hoffman, who toured with the Ray Charles band for thirteen years, and will include music from every period of Ray Charles’ career including “Let the Good Times Roll,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Crying Time,” “Oh What A Beautiful Morning,” What I’d Say,” and many other Charles tunes.

Joining the KGS will be The Cherry Street Combo with Nate Beck on trumpet, Kyle Kunkler on piano, Jake Hawrylak on bass, and Joshua Calef on drums, as well as special guests Todd Kelly, trumpet, and saxophonists Ivan Keta, alto, Larry Harms, tenor and Nate Moore, baritone.

The concert begins at 7:30 Saturday evening and tickets, starting as low as $10.00, are still available from the Orpheum Theatre Ticket Office (250 East Main Street, ph. 309-342-2299), or at the door concert night. Children and students are half price!

Berlin and Marzoni Poems Published

Monica Berlin (English) and Beth Marzoni ’04 have published two more poems from their ongoing collaboration. “[After unhanging the walls & undressing windows beneath our cupola]” and “[Now everywhere’s always a show played for easy laughs]” appear in the newest issue of ellipsis…literature and art (Vol. 49, 2013). “[Now everywhere’s always a show played for easy laughs]” was also co-winner of this year’s ellipsis award.

Choreographers Workshop Dance Concert: Where We Begin, May 2-4

Thursday, May 02 – Saturday, May 04
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studio Theatre, Ford Center for Fine Arts

This dance concert is the culmination of a two term course entitled “Choreographers Workshop.” Students enrolled in the course have engaged in the process of creating choreography while experimenting with various design elements. The concert features nine student choreographed works and involves collaboration with student lighting designers from the theatre department. The program in dance is proud to present this dance concert “Where We Begin.”

Admission is free to the Knox community, and $8 for general admission.