Kasser Gave Talks in Australia

Tim Kasser, Psychology, recently gave five talks in Melbourne, Australia. He gave two public talks sponsored by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne: “A Scientific, Psychological Perspective on Voluntary Simplicity” and “Consumerism, Society and our Ecological Future: A psychological, empirical approach.” He also gave two brown-bag symposia: “Materialism, well-being, and ecological sustainability: Meta-analytic results and implications for consumer capitalism” at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Business and Marketing, and “Changes in materialism, changes in well-being” at Deakin University’s Department of Psychology. Finally, he was a co-facilitator of a Common Cause workshop for environmental and social change activists.

Documentary & Discussion: Not Quite White, Sept. 30

Jamil Khoury, Artistic Director of the Chicago-based theatre company Silk Road Rising has been appointed playwright-in-residence by Knox.

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Khoury will introduce the film, Not Quite White: Arabs, Slavs, and the Contours of Contested Whiteness, then lead a discussion of it and of the issues it raises.

Not Quite White is a documentary film that explores the complicated relationship of Arab and Slavic immigrants to American notions of whiteness. It is dedicated to a vision of whiteness that is anti-racist and rooted in economic justice.

The presentation seeks to expand the American conversation on race by zeroing in on whiteness as a constructed social and political category, a slippery slope that historically played favorites, advantaging Northern and Western European immigrants over immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe and the Middle East. Participants will be asked to reflect upon contested and probationary categories of whiteness, the use of anti-Black racism as a “whitening” dye, and the ways in which immigrants “achieved” whiteness in order to qualify as “fully American.” Diverse meanings ascribed to whiteness and efforts at redefining whiteness will also be addressed.

For further information, contact Neil Blackadder (nblackad@knox.edu) or Anna Karwowska (akarwows@knox.edu).

Kampwirth published article and gave talks in Nicaragua

Karen Kampwirth, Political Science, published an article entitled “Organising the Hombre Nuevo Gay: LGBT Politics and the Second Sandinista Revolution” in the Bulletin of Latin American Research. Jul2014, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p319-333. Also, in June, she and the historian Victoria Gonzalez-Rivera went on a three city speaking tour in Nicaragua entitled “100 Años de Diversidad Sexual en Nicaragua” in which they presented preliminary findings from their book project on LGBT political history.

Khasma Piano Duo Concert, Sept. 28

On Sunday, September 28, at 3 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, the Khasma Piano Duo, featuring Ashlee Mack and Katherine Palumbo, will present 20th and 21st century works chosen from their 2014 Call for Scores. The program is as follows:

Pianoduo – Michael Ippolito
Memories of 13 snowflakes – Marti Epstein
Clockwork 014589 II -Symeon Waseen
Omaggio – Lawrence Moss
Stanze – Cosimo Colazzo
Fingerdance – Jean Ahn

The concert is free and open to the public.

Switchback Performs at Orpheum, Sept. 26

The Orpheum Theatre presents An Evening with Switchback on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. Switchback plays an eclectic mix of Country, Americana, and Irish music.

Call 309-342-2299 for tickets: Mezzanine $25; Main Floor $20/Students $15;
Balcony $20/Students $15; Upper Balcony $15/Students $10.

Switchback plays an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass and their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and Simon and Garfunkel.

Their Celtic music is authentically Irish, and Ireland has taken Switchback to her heart, with performances at art centers throughout the country.

TKS Named Finalist for Award

The Knox Student has been named a finalist for the 2014 Associated Collegiate Press Newspaper Pacemaker award, which recognizes overall excellence among collegiate newspapers around the country. Judges select Pacemakers based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics. Winners of the award will be announced at the National College Media Convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 1.

TKS is being judged in the four-year, non-daily category for five issues published during the 2013-2014 academic year. Other Pacemaker finalists this year include student newspapers from UCLA, Syracuse University, Temple University, George Washington University, and the College of William and Mary.

Congratulations to last year’s staff, led by former editor-in-chief, Charlie Megenity, and advisor, Tom Martin.

Forecast: “Baseball Size Hail”

According to Athletic Director, Chad Eisle:

There is a strong chance of baseball size hail starting today (Sept. 23) through October 17 in and around the baseball field between the hours of 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm. To avoid your car being hit by this strange weather phenomenon, please avoid the parking areas adjacent to the field and use the gravel lot across the street. Weather is predicted to be much nicer there. Thanks.


Kasser Gave Talks in Seattle

Tim Kasser, Psychology, recently gave three talks in the Seattle, WA area. He was an invited keynote speaker to financial planners participating in a Money Quotient Retreat. His two talks were “A Scientific, Psychological Perspective on Values-Based Approaches to Financial Planning” and “A Scientific, Psychological Perspective on How the Relationship Between Financial Planner and Client Can Catalyze Change and High-Quality Motivation.” He then gave a talk on ““A Values-based, Psychological Theory of Change for Alternative Measures of Progress” at a Happiness Alliance training session.

Students: Are you registered to vote?

Are you planning to vote in the upcoming election?
Are you registered?

As a college student, you are eligible to register to vote in either your home state or here in Galesburg. This is a unique benefit only afforded to college students. So, enjoy this benefit and make sure you are registered!

If you would like to register here in Galesburg, you can do so online through the Illinois Paperless Online Voter Application.

One IMPORTANT note. You must use your actual “Address where you live,” not 2 E. South Street.

The “mailing address” section is where 2 E. South St., Box K-XX, Galesburg, IL 61401 can be entered to receive mail.

You were emailed a list of campus residence addresses. Please refer to it if you are unsure of your actual campus address.

If you would like to vote in your home state, you can register through the website, Rock the Vote.

In Illinois, registration closes on October 7. You must be registered in order to vote in the November election. Other states have different closing dates — and not all offer online registration. Check Rock the Vote for those details.

Get Registered and Vote!