Gilbert Interviewed for Grant Wood Article in the Iowan

Gregory Gilbert (Art and Art History) was interviewed and quoted for an article on the artist Grant Wood in the March/April 2016 issue of The Iowan magazine. The article is titled “Iowan Icon: Grant Wood” and examines the art historical and cultural reassessment of Wood, who was a major Midwestern Regionalist artist of the 1930s.

In April 2014, Gilbert presented the paper “Federal Art in the Midwest in the 1930s and the Meeting of Rural and Urban Cultures: A Challenge to Grant Wood’s ‘Revolt Against the City'” at the Grant Wood Symposium at the University of Iowa. His paper will be in the forthcoming anthology Rediscovering the American Midwest: How Modernism Met Midwestern Culture, which will be published by Hastings College Press.

Galesburg Portrait Project Unveiling, March 31

We hope many of you will be able to join us at the Box, Kellogg and Simmons Streets, on Thursday, March 31, from 5-7 for the ‘unveiling’ of the Galesburg Portrait Project. There will be a time for brief remarks by the artist and others, starting about 6:15 p.m.

At 7 p.m., (following the party) the artist, John Bakker, will talk further about his work, motivations, and process. All are welcome.

In keeping with the community spirit of the project, we’re inviting people to bring cookies to share – but if you can’t, just come!

–Mark Holmes

Kasser Virtual Lecture

Tim Kasser (Psychology) recently gave a lecture (virtually) to a graduate-level class on Ecological Design at Schumacher College in Totnes, UK. The talk was titled “A Values-based, Psychological Theory of Change for Alternative Measures of Progress.”

Invitation to Participate in Downtown Galesburg – Plans, Projects and Priorities for Public Spaces

Galesburg residents are invited to attend one of these focus groups:

The City of Galesburg and the Galesburg Downtown Council are seeking community members who have an interest in downtown public improvements. The project will focus on a geographically defined downtown area and will look at the streets, sidewalks, public parks, plazas and parking areas. Potential improvements will be identified and priorities for implementation will be defined. This project will NOT focus on privately owned buildings, structures or vacant lots.

There are five designated focus groups about Downtown Galesburg:

Hardscape: Pavements, utilities, ADA access, parking areas, storm water drainage, etc.
Technology: Street lighting, architectural lighting, emergency communications, holiday light decorations, etc.
Discovery: Wayfinding signs/markers, visitor orientation, event banners, parking information, Wi-Fi/apps, etc.
Aesthetics: Street/park furniture, decorative banners, public art, fencing/barriers, park/plaza features, holiday/seasonal decorations, etc.
Greenscape: Street trees, tree grates/guards, groundcover/flower beds, planters, hedges, recycling units, storm water swales/basins, watering systems, etc.

The focus groups will be meeting at different times between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at the Bondi Building, 311 East Main Street, in the basement conference room. Each focus group will meet for approximately 1 ½ hours, times to be determined.

Participants will be asked to offer ideas or opinions on the location, scope, design concepts and alternatives for proposed projects. The comments and feedback voiced by the members of these focus groups will be taken into consideration in the development of the final project report.

If you have an interest in one of the five focus groups and would like to volunteer 1 ½ hours of your time on April 21, please call the City at 345-3619 and provide your name, contact information and the focus group in which you would like to participate.

Chemistry faculty and students present at ACS in San Diego

Mary Crawford (Chemistry) presented an invited oral presentation entitled “Impact of the NSF-S-STEM on student retention in the sciences at Knox College” at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition held March 13-17 in San Diego.

Crawford also serves as Chair-Elect of the Professional Relations Subcommittee: Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies Subdivision and had a poster presentation entitled “Welcoming work environments and broadening participation for LGBTQ+ chemists.”

The subdivision put on a symposium entitled, “LGBT Chemists’ Symposium on Chemical Biology” which provided career development advice for young and mid-career chemists.

Helen Hoyt (Chemistry) presented an oral presentation entitled, “Aryl-substituted BIAN complexes of iron dibromide: Synthesis, electron structure, and catalytic hydrosilation activity.”

Seniors, Alex Volkov and Bradley Musselman each presented a poster in the area of Inorganic Chemistry. They are research students of Hoyt and Tom Clayton respectively.

The Knox ACS Chapter was also honored with an honorable mention.

Steinberg Paper Presented In Boston

Anne Steinberg (French) presented a paper at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference in Boston March 17 in a seminar entitled “The Female Voice”.

Description and title of paper:

​Working girls: from prostitutes to attributes, « Les Converseuses » in Rétif de la Bretonne’s Le Palais-Royal (1790)

Prostitutes’ voices have no room in the literature of the Enlightenment until Rétif de la Bretonne, “friend of the truth” as he often calls himself, manages to make them stand out and stand up for themselves. In a desire to reform her “girls”, Mme Janus decides that her prostitutes will no longer sell their bodies but their stories to men of good condition and good money or aristocratic women. Believing in the curative and elevating power of conversations, Mme Janus trains her “girls” to become storytellers. With wit and finesse, they become more than “converseuses”. They create a community of working girls, where their voices become their tool to transform their uncertain fate and social path. Marriage, procreation and permeation of societal strata will redeem their initial unfortunate condition thanks to their ability to be, literally, heard. In other words, the prostitutes grow into attributes to society, announcing, in a somewhat utopian way, the long struggle ahead for women to be recognized as citizens and powerful voices.