Autumn Barn Dance, Nov. 1

The Knox Autumn Barn Dance is Saturday, Nov. 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Oak Room, Seymour Union. Live music will be provided by the Prairie Fireflies, Knox’s own student-faculty old-time string band, and all the dances will be taught and called by veteran caller (and Knox alum) Gail Hintze.

The dance is sponsored by the Knox Anthropology-Sociology club. Students, faculty, families and friends are all welcome! Admission free, no experience or dance partner ​necessary.

Football Teams Up to Make a Difference

The Knox Prairie Fire and the Illinois College Blueboys football teams are asking you to donate a can of chicken noodle soup at the football game on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. in the Knosher Bowl.

The collected cans will be placed in backpacks for King, Nielson and Steele Elementary students. Each weekend 350 Galesburg elementary students receive backpacks from Blessings in a Backpack. Among other items, these backpacks contain two cans of chicken noodle soup.

You may donate a can of chicken noodle soup at any gate or cans of chicken noodle soup will be available for purchase for $1.00 each. Cash donations will also be collected at every gate to benefit the Blessings in a Backpack program.

Come cheer on the Prairie Fire and make a difference!

Volunteers Needed for Special Olympics Bowling, Nov. 2

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Special Olympics Illinois West Sectional Bowling Tournament Sunday, Nov. 2, at Northgate Lanes in Galesburg.

Hundreds of athletes from Special Olympics Illinois Western/Area 4, West Central/Area 11 and Sangamon/Area 17 are expected to compete in singles, doubles, team and ramp divisions at Northgate Lanes 1576 North Henderson, Galesburg.

As with all Special Olympics events, volunteers play an integral part in the organization of a quality tournament. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old and present a valid photo ID when they arrive on Sunday. In return for their time, volunteers will receive a Special Olympics Illinois volunteer T-shirt.

Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of positions at the tournament:
• 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 – Lane supervisors, scorekeepers and lane assistants are needed.

Volunteers can sign up for the Nov. 2 event at

If you have questions regarding volunteer opportunities at the bowling tournament, please contact Area Director Cathy Betar at 309-734-5903 or via e-mail at

Poems by Berlin and Marzoni Published

Monica Berlin (English) and Beth Marzoni ’04 have published two new poems from their ongoing collaboration. “[Maybe just as clouds make their own streets]” and “[En plein air the fields themselves]” appear in the newest issue of Water~Stone Review 17.1 (fall 2014).

Writer Sayed Kashua to Speak on “Balancing Humor and Stereotypes,” Oct. 27

Sayed Kashua, writer and creator of the hit Israeli television program “Arab Labor,” will present a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, October 27, in Ferris Lounge in Seymour Union. His talk, “Balancing Humor and Stereotypes: Why Jewish Israelis Fell in Love with a Sitcom about Arabs,” is free and open to the public.

Kashua’s show, “Arab Labor,” looks at life from the viewpoint of an Arab living in Israel, and the program has been compared to “All in the Family,” the groundbreaking U.S. comedy from the 1970s. “Arab Labor” pokes fun at both Arab and Jewish intolerance of “the other.” It won the award for Best Television Series at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

The author of several award-winning novels, Kashua won the 2004 Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature. He won the 2011 Bernstein Prize for his novel “Second Person Singular.” His other books include “Dancing Arabs” and “Let It Be Morning.”

Kashua also is the subject of the documentary, “Forever Scared.”

His appearance at Knox is sponsored by the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies, the Knight Religious Studies Fund, and the Cultural Events Committee.

Eberhardt gives talk on Buddhism

Nancy Eberhardt, anthropology/sociology, presented a paper, “Changes in Buddhist Practice in Rural Thailand,” at the Council on Thai Studies Conference, which met in Madison, Wisconsin on Oct. 17-18.

Brown Bag Lunch Series Invitation

Dear Knox Community,

In the continued effort to make sure the entire Knox community is well informed of College happenings, as well as larger trends in higher education, I am pleased to introduce to you the inaugural Knox 101: Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 29 at noon in Ferris Lounge for the following:

Now that Alumni Hall is Transformed, What’s Next?

With Alumni Hall transformed and soon to become a lively campus and community destination, what is next on the fundraising agenda? Beverly Holmes, vice president for Advancement, will talk about Knox’s current fundraising priorities, known as Above & Beyond: The Initiatives for Knox, and how these intersect with our new Knox 2018 strategic plan. She’ll also share new trends in fundraising.

The Knox 101: Brown Bag Lunch series is sponsored by the President’s Council and Human Resources. Bring your lunch and join in this discussion to learn more about these important campus initiatives.

We look forward to seeing you on the 29th.


Defamation, Drama with a Twist, Oct. 23

Defamation: A Courtroom Stage Drama with a twist; the audience is the jury
Thursday Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts

Knox students, faculty and staff (mandatory for first-year students as part of orientation) are invited to the Center of Intercultural Life presentation of Defamation, a courtroom stage drama intended to stimulate critical dialogue on issues of race, religion, and social class.

In this case of a striving African American professional woman suing a wealthy Jewish businessman for defamation, the real issues on trial are race, religion and class, all of which the audience/jury must openly untangle in order to reach a verdict. The resulting conversation comes at a critical time as numerous indicators show American society is becoming less integrated and accepting of differences. The 70-minute courtroom drama will be followed by 15 minutes of facilitated jury deliberation by the audience.

Kasser Happenings in Australia

Tim Kasser, Psychology, recently gave several more talks in Australia. He gave two public talks on “Consumerism, Society and our Ecological Future: A psychological, empirical approach,” one in Canberra co-sponsored by Australian National University and the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, and the other in Sydney sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney. He also co-facilitated two Common Cause workshops in Canberra and Sydney, and he spoke on “Ethics in Advertising” at Agency, a creative studio in Sydney that works for social change. Finally, Kasser gave two talks in Mooloolaba at the 7th Australian and New Zealand Conference of the Association of Contextual and Behavioural Sciences. He presented an invited keynote on “The Good Life or the Goods Life? Using the Science of Values to Live Well Together” and facilitated a workshop on ”Using the Science of Values to Live Well Together: A Fuller Practical Discussion.”

Hellenga Novella to be Published

The Truth About Death and Other Stories, by Robert Hellenga, will be published by Bloomsbury. Publication date not set yet. The Truth About Death is a new novella. Seven of the eight “other stories” have been published previously.