Heart & Soul Community Gallery Event, Nov. 18

You are invited to the Heart & Soul Community Gallery Event on Wednesday, November 18 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

During the Community Gallery Event you will have the opportunity to hear the thoughts and reflections of dozens of Galesburg residents, representing a broad spectrum of the community. The event will showcase the results of 17 focus groups recorded by Galesburg High School students.

In addition to hearing from the focus groups, you will have the opportunity to comment on the discoveries of the groups and share your thoughts about Galesburg, which will be recorded by a professional illustrator. These group discussions and the event are part of an effort to prepare for a community planning and development process, known as Community Heart & Soul. Additionally there will be an opportunity to learn more about the various ways to get involved with Heart & Soul.

Please attend on Wednesday (Nov. 18) and invite your colleagues. If you work with an organization or have contacts who you would like to invite to this event, please do so.

The Heart & Soul Galesburg project is a collaboration between the Galesburg Community Foundation, the City of Galesburg and private philanthropy. Community Heart & Soul is a community development method that has helped transform small towns across the country by bringing residents together to determine what they value most about their town and getting people to see strengths and possibilities where they may have seen obstacles.
Heart & Soul lays out a roadmap that then leads to concrete actions the town can take to make positive change. Heart & Soul is organized by and carried out by local residents working towards achievable actions, some of which can be acted on right away and others for the long term.

Cuban Professor Masvidal to Speak at Sandburg College, Nov. 18

Dr. Mario Masvidal, a professor at University of the Arts in Havana, Cuba, will give presentations at 12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Student Center on Carl Sandburg College’s Main Campus in Galesburg, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Masvidal’s visit comes as a result of the trip President Dr. Lori Sundberg and other Illinois community college leaders made to Cuba last February. Their trip was an opportunity to learn and understand the educational system in Cuba and took place just after the United States’ ties with Cuba were being re-established. Masvidal was the first lecturer the Illinois contingent of presidents had during their visit.

“Professor Masvidal’s presentation was absolutely the most insightful discussion I have heard on Cuba,” Sundberg said. “Everyone in the room could have listened to him for hours. As he grew up in Cuba and was educated there, he has a perspective of Cuba that is unique. He is quite fluent in English and understands the curiosity associated with his country. He can speak on Cuban history or Hemingway with equal passion. He is an absolute delight!”

Masvidal has worked in education in Cuba for more than 40 years and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in semiotics, communication theory and other related disciplines. He also has taught courses and led workshops on the history of English-speaking countries, English as a second language, linguistics, English stylistics, Spanish stylistics and professional communication. Masvidal also has hosted a radio talk show in Havana since 2009 and participates in four Cuban TV shows as an interviewer, presenter and writer.

He is a founding member of the Cuban Linguists Association as well as the Teachers Association of Cuba. Masvidal also is a member of the Cuban Artists and Writers Association, Economic Society of Friends of Cuba’s, Cuban Association of Film Critics and Cuban Association of Social Communication.

Knox and the National Movement

Dear Knox Community,

As we near the end of our fall term, students on campuses across the country are raising critical questions about bias and discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender identity, and other forms of identity. I am proud that Knox students have been in the lead on these issues and out in front of the national movement. In dialogues, social media postings, individual protests and demonstrations over the last 18 months, our students have reminded us that we all can do more to live up to our ideal of One Community: to be an inclusive and respectful college where all community members participate fully in every educational opportunity.

Together, we have taken a number of steps toward that goal, including a new bias incident reporting system, a greater focus on diversity in hiring faculty and staff, diversity training for faculty and staff, new programming on issues of inclusion and respect, and the engagement of nationally-known consultants on diversity, equity and inclusion. We anticipate that the consultants’ report will be complete by February and will share the report with the campus. We will also be updating the Becoming One Community website over the winter break to reflect these and other ongoing efforts.

Although these are necessary reforms, we all recognize that the work is incomplete and much more remains to be done. Over the winter break, I hope that every member of the Knox community will pay careful attention to the voices of our own students and those at other campuses so that we can continue our dialogue when we reconvene in January to build a campus culture of respect, equity, and inclusion.

Wishing you good luck on finals and safe travels over the break,


Berlin Poems Published

Monica Berlin (English) has published two new poems. “[All at once & out of nowhere a foundation where once emptied]” and “[Late afternoon, nearly dusk, we’ll name roofline—framed up]” appear in Cimarron Review 193 (Fall 2015).

Gilbert Presented at Midwest Women Artists Symposium

Gregory Gilbert, Art History, presented the talk “The ‘Women’s Network’ in the New Deal and the Illinois Federal Art Projects” at the Midwest Women Artists symposium that was held at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois October 22-23. His talk was part of the panel “The Impact of the WPA’s Fine Art Project on Midwest Women Artists.” The symposium was held in conjunction with the exhibition “Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940-1960,” which is on view at the Riverfront Museum, Peoria, Illinois until January 17, 2016.

The Moth Radio Hour in Galesburg, Nov. 6

The Moth Radio Hour in Galesburg

On Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m., TriStates Public Radio, our local NPR affiliate, is hosting a live broadcast of The Moth Radio Hour at Galesburg’s Orpheum Theatre.

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape, and present it.

Tickets available at the Orpheum Box Office.

Heilmann Presented at Conference

Lena Heilmann, Modern Languages–German, presented at the Coalition of Women in German Conference in Banff, Canada on October 23. Her paper, “Defining and Implementing Responsible Trigger Accommodations in the Classroom,” responded to the pedagogy panel’s overarching theme: “Trigger Warnings in Higher Ed: Censorship or Sensitivity?”

Kasser in Documentary

Tim Kasser, Psychology, recently spoke before and after a screening of the film The True Cost, in which he appears. The film is a documentary concerning the social and environmental costs of the fashion industry (see http://truecostmovie.com). The talk was sponsored by Global Village, a not-for-profit fair trade store, and the Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria, IL.

Dooley Presented Paper at Symposium

On October 23, John Dooley, William & Marilyn Ingersoll Professor of Computer Science, presented a paper at the 15th Biennial NSA Center for Cryptologic History Symposium. The paper is entitled “Spies in America: German Spies and MI-8 in World War I,” and is about German espionage, sabotage, and cryptology in the early period of WWI when the U.S. was still “neutral”. (MI-8 is the Code and Cipher section of the American Military Intelligence organization.)