Library Accepting Applications for Honors Offices

Seymour Library is now accepting applications for Honors offices in the library from those who have already applied to the Honors Program. To apply for an office, go to this link:

The application is submitted online. The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday, Sept. 27.
Please read the application rules and criteria carefully, and contact the librarian for your subject area as listed if you have any questions.

Kasser Gave Lecture at Skidmore

Tim Kasser, Psychology, recently gave the Charles N. Dowd Lecture in Psychology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. The lecture was titled “Capitalism, values, and well-being: An empirical, psychological approach.”

McAndrew to Give Talk on the Awkwardness of Family Life, Sept. 27

Sunday, September 27, 2015
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria

We all know, “you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family!”

Most of us can count on our families when the chips are down, but at the same time, no one knows how to push your buttons like family, and they never seem to miss an opportunity to do so.

In conjunction with “Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibit,” Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, will give a talk on the Awkwardness of Family Life, exploring how the collision between the psychology that evolved in our distant past and the demands of the 21st century produces the comedy and tragedy of modern family life.

McAndrew is a social psychologist who studies human social behavior from an evolutionary perspective, usually relying on an experimental approach. He focuses on gossip, aggression, creepiness, and the psychology underlying social media.

Free with general admission. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Artist Paints Portrait(s) of Galesburg’s People

The Artist-in-Residence this fall at Knox wants to paint a picture of the people of Galesburg — more than 300 of them.

During a three-month residency with the Knox Art Department,
John Bakker, a Chicago-based artist and educator, will be producing a
multi-part work he calls the Galesburg Portrait Project. His goal is
to make portraits of more than 300 local residents — at least 1% of
the city’s population.

“Since the mid 90s, I’ve been producing public artworks consisting of
hundreds of hand painted portraits of the people who make up various
communities,” Bakker explains. In 2004 he painted portraits of over
500 people from the neighborhood around Chicago’s 6th District Police
Station. In 2010 he created an exhibit featuring hundreds of portraits
based on photos from the on-line student directory at Wheaton College.

“Throughout history, portraits have been painted mostly for the
wealthy and powerful,” Bakker says. “What interests me is the way a
hand made portrait shows the unique meaning and dignity of the
individual. The time and attention given to painting a portrait is a
way of valuing people for who they are, not what they achieve or the
money they make.”

Painted portraits provide a striking contrast with our “culture of
instant images that are as disposable as they are convenient, as well
as the attractive but highly manipulated advertising images that
actually undermine our sense of dignity,” Bakker says.

Bakker has prepared more than 300 wooden panels. Ultimately the
individual panels will be arranged in a single massive display, 6 feet
tall and 20 feet wide, but can be reconfigured to fit a variety of
exhibit spaces. Because the portraits are on panels of boxes, the
project can be placed next to a wall, or free-standing in an exhibit

“My hope is that it will travel around the community to schools,
storefronts, public buildings before finding a permanent home in
Galesburg,” Bakker says.

The next step is soliciting photos from people who would like to be
included in the Galesburg Portrait Project. Photos can be e-mailed to Printed photos can be delivered in
person to Bakker at The Box, 306 E. Simmons. Submissions should
include the name and occupation of the person pictured.

“As an option, you can include a few words about Galesburg as a
community because I am considering the possibility of including your
text within the portraits,” Bakker says.

More information on the project and full instructions for submissions
are on-line at

The Knox College Artist-in-Residence is made possible by support from
Blick Art Materials, and hosted at The Box, a community arts space run
by the Knox Art Department and located at Simmons and Kellogg in

First Knox 101 of the year: Discovering our Histories

Dear Knox Community,

We are pleased to announce the first Knox 101: Brown Bag Series of the 2015-16 academic year! Please join us on Friday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room in Alumni Hall for the following:

Discovering Our Histories in the Whitcomb Heritage Center and the Wilson Gallery

Join Jeff Douglas, director of Seymour Library, as he introduces us to the recently installed Alumni Hall and Old Main history exhibits. We’ll start the afternoon in the Trustees Room, where Jeff will provide us with information on both exhibits, followed by guided tours of each. He will be joined by Owen Muelder ’63, director of the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, for the tours. Please stay for ice cream sandwiches on the Plomin Terrace and more discussion with Jeff and Owen.

The Knox 101: Brown Bag Series is sponsored by the President’s Council and Human Resources.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th–come for the history, stay for the ice cream!


Lincoln Scholar Richard Carwardine, Sept. 11

Renowned Lincoln scholar Richard Carwardine will give the
2015 Lincoln Studies Center Lecture, “Abraham Lincoln and
Emancipation,” at 4 p.m., Friday, September 11, in the Trustees Room,
Alumni Hall.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Lincoln
Studies Center, the annual event features a lecture by
a member of the Center’s Board of Advisors.

Carwardine is president of Corpus Christi College at Oxford University
in England. He taught American history for 30 years at the University
of Sheffield and most recently held the Rhodes Professorship of
American History at Oxford. Among his five books is the
highly-acclaimed biography, “Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power,”
which was awarded the 2004 Lincoln Prize. He also co-edited “The
Global Lincoln,” a collection of essays that explores how Lincoln
transcended 19th-century American history “to become a symbol of the
common people’s universal struggle.”

The Lincoln Studies Center at Knox is co-directed by Rodney
Davis and Douglas Wilson, both emeritus professors. A member
of the Center’s Board of Advisors, Carwardine gave the Lincoln Studies
Center Lecture at Knox in 2006 and spoke again on campus in 2013 for a
meeting of the Lincoln Colloquium.

Victor & Penny Concert at the Box, Sept. 12

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, please consider the Victor & Penny concert on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at The Box, 306-B East Simmons Street.

“With tight vocal harmonies, fearless feats of guitar daring and a fiery ukulele, Victor & Penny bring a modern voice to prohibition era jazz and clever original tunes.” That’s how the duo is described by Tri States Public Radio, which is presenting the concert as part of its Celebration series.

Tri States Public Radio can be heard locally on WVKC 90.7 FM.

Tickets are $10 for TSPR members and $15 for the general public. To get tickets, call 309-298-1873 or 800-895-2912, or go online to

Pumphandle! Sept. 9

Wednesday, Sept. 9 4:00 p.m.
Pumphandle and One Community Picnic
South Lawn of Old Main/Gizmo Patio (Rain: T. Fleming Fieldhouse/Oak Room)
Featuring the Knox Jazz Ensemble