Kimberlé Crenshaw to Speak, April 30

As the final event of Diversity Art Month, Kimberlé Crenshaw will present a lecture, “The Intersectionality Paradigm: Race & Gender in Work, Life & Politics,” on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

Kimberlé Crenshaw is executive director of the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School. She writes about civil rights, black feminist legal theory, race, racism, and the law. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop and the co-editor of a volume titled Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement.

Professor Crenshaw has lectured nationally and internationally on race matters and on “intersectionality,” a concept she coined to capture the multidimensional dynamics of discrimination. Her work was cited in the drafting of the South African Constitution. Crenshaw has lectured throughout the world, addressing audiences in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. In 1996, she co-founded the African American Policy Forum to highlight the centrality of gender and structural inequality in the discourse on racial justice.

Professor Crenshaw has held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair for Latin America and the Fletcher Fellowship. She is currently a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences.

This event is sponsored by the Student Senate Diversity Committee, Office of the President, Dean of the College, Dean of Students, Cultural Events Committee, and the Janet Greig Post Fund.

Community Chorus Spring Concert, May 2

Spring Concert Verdi’s Requiem
7:30 pm, Saturday, May 2
Central Congregational Church

Verdi’s Requiem is one of the most powerful, dramatic, and beautiful choral-orchestral works ever composed. The Community Chorus will be joined by the Monmouth College Chorale and the Knox College Choir, as well as professional soloists and a full orchestra, for a performance that is sure to be memorable and exciting.

Tickets are $12 ($10 for seniors) and are available at the door or at Innkeeper’s Fresh Roasted Coffee.

Knox 101: Brown Bag Lunch Series, April 29

Dear Knox Community,

We’re pleased to announce the next Knox 101: Brown Bag Lunch series. Please join us on Wednesday, April 29 at noon in Ferris Lounge in Seymour Union for the following:

Perceptions vs Reality: Institutional Research in Action

The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey was conducted last spring and is being conducted this spring. The NCHA has a lot of information about students’ behaviors and perceptions about many health issues. This Knox 101 will use the results from the spring 2014 administration of the NCHA to demonstrate how Institutional Research at Knox is creating knowledge and information for action.

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 Wednesday.


Engage Knox: Spring Day of Service and Community Carnival, April 25

Engage Knox is a campus-wide event sponsored by the Kleine Center for Community Service and Student Senate. There will be a Day of Service in the morning, with volunteers undertaking projects around Galesburg from 10:00-12:30 p.m. In the afternoon, attend a Community Carnival on the South Lawn of Old Main.

12:30 p.m.-3:00p.m. Kids Carnival, including but not limited to:
-Bake Sale
-Mud & Chips lunch for purchase
-Face Painting
-Bracelet making
-Asha For Life Community Booth
-College For Kids Sign-Up
2:00 p.m. — Silk Shepard Dance Performance.
3:00 p.m. — Dance and Musical Performances by Knox and Galesburg community members.
3:00 p.m. — Children’s Yoga on the Grass.
3:30 p.m. — Story Time on the Grass.

Symphony Concert Features Pianist, April 25

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony will feature acclaimed pianist Lisa Leonard at its April 25 subscription concert finale. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, in Galesburg.

Under the direction of KGS artistic director/conductor Bruce Polay, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony will perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor “From the New World” and Torke’s “Adjustable Wrench.” Leonard will perform Grieg’s Concerto in A minor, Opus 16 on the West Music concert Steinway underwritten by Carl Sandburg College.

Hailed as a pianist who “communicates deep artistic understanding….powerful and virtuosic technique,” Lisa Leonard enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator.

At age 17, Leonard made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in six concerts at the Kennedy Center. She has appeared with orchestras throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, and North America, including recent performances with the Oregon Mozart Players, Williamsburg Symphony and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela. An active chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Berlin, Vienna, New York, Cleveland and Cincinnati Symphonies in addition to collaborations with the American and Mendelssohn String Quartets and the Empire Brass Quintet in performances featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “Command Performance” programs.

Single concert tickets start at $10.00 with children and students admitted half-price. Knox Students Free with I.D.; Faculty and Staff will receive a 20% discount. Tickets are available at the Orpheum Theatre Ticket Office (309-342-2299), 57 South Kellogg St., Galesburg or at the door.

Tickets are still available for the May 9 “Celebrate Mom at the Pops” concert with “Music from the Great American Songwriters” featuring arrangements by David Hoffman and the KGS Combo. Knox College student vocalists Paula Castanos, Michiko Li, Caitlyn Morgan, and Hayle Richter will also perform.

At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the Orpheum Theatre, KGS soloist Lisa Leonard, KGS artistic director/conductor Bruce Polay and James Hutchings, coordinator of music at Carl Sandburg College will host Music Mornings and present awards to winners of the 22nd Annual KGS Young Pianists Competition who will perform on the concert Steinway. Music Mornings, a FREE concert preview program for children ages preschool through fifth grade, is co-sponsored by the Knox-Galesburg Symphony and the Galesburg Public Library in cooperation with Galesburg School District 205. Music Mornings Incentive Awards will also be presented. Winners and honorable mention winners will also perform in a public recital at Knox College’s Kresge Recital Hall on Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate Carl Sandburg Days!

Members of the Galesburg community have joined together since 1996 for a celebration of the life and legacy of Galesburg native, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and Lincoln biographer, Carl Sandburg. The 20th Annual Festival in 2015 will be held this week
— April 21-25, 2015 — with events both on campus and off. Events include an evening with Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet and U.S. Poet Laureate, on Tuesday, April 21; a reading by author Jennifer Niven, on Thursday, April 23, and the annual Poetry Slam with Mark Smith on Saturday, April 25.

Read the full schedule here:

Nova Singers Features Harpist, April 18-19

Nova Singers, under the direction of Laura Lane, presents two performances of “Lullabies and Folksongs” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at Kresge Recital Hall, and 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.

Nova Singers will be joined by harpist Erin Freund for an evening of music for harp and voices. Soak up the romantic harmonies of Brahms’ “Four Songs” for women’s voices, harp, and two horns, and the nostalgia and charm of familiar English and American folksongs arranged by Cecilia McDowall, Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. Everyone will love Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies” featuring harp, guitar and marimba.

Freund is a versatile harpist, equally at home performing solo music, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire. Freund is a frequent recitalist and embraces the challenge of performing virtuosic solo repertoire, spanning ancient and modern works that display the full capabilities of the harp. She is a part-time Assistant Professor of music at Augustana College where she teaches both private harp lessons in her studio, and sections of Music Appreciation in the classroom. Freund is a registered Suzuki harp teacher, and has served on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend’s Raclin School of the Arts, as well as the Music Institute of Chicago.

Tickets are available at the door or online at Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge. For information about tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers events, call 341-7038, or email

Tickets Available for Polay Piano Recital/Commentary

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony and West Music will present Dr. Bruce Polay and “Old Friends,” a piano recital with commentary on Friday, April 24, at 7:30 PM in the Orpheum Theater. In this 7th annual event, Polay will perform some of his favorite works for solo piano on the nine foot concert Steinway provided by West Music and will offer historical and entertaining comments about each work and composer.

The program will consist of works by “old friends” including Hensel-Mendelssohn, Moeran, Mompou, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Mussorgsky.

Patrons will be seated, on a first-reserve basis, on the Orpheum Theatre stage with Polay at the concert Steinway, a handcrafted piano of rare quality and global renown. Advance tickets at $10 each are available ONLY by calling the KGS Office at 309-341-7268 or by email to Tickets at $15 each will be available at the door. Knox students are $5 w/I.D. Children under 12 are Free.

Pulitzer Winner Natasha Trethewey Will Speak on Campus April 21

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States and Knox’s 2014 Commencement speaker, will read from her four poetry collections.

Tuesday, April 21
7:00 p.m.
Petrovich Atrium (2nd Floor)
Alumni Hall

Her reading is the keynote address for Galesburg’s annual Sandburg Days Festival. Trethewey will read selections from her books Thrall; Bellocq’s Ophelia; Domestic Work, which won the inaugural Cave Canem Prize for the best first book by an African American poet; and Native Guard, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Read the full story. The event is free and open to the public.

2015 Porter Prize Problem

The 2015 Porter Prize Problem is out! The Porter Prize is funded by Carroll Porter, ’32, and is awarded annually for the best solution to a complex physical problem. This year’s mind-boggling physics problem concerns a “rotary engine”, a heat engine whose cyclic process is a circle in the PV-plane. Check out a detailed statement of the problem, posted around SMC or available at Any Knox student may submit a solution. Turn in your solution to Prof. Tom Moses, D110 SMC, by 4 p.m. Friday May 1 and win a place in Knox history (and a cash prize).