Robin Metz, Philip Sidney Post Professor of English and the longest serving member of the Knox faculty, died peacefully in his sleep early in the morning on Tuesday at his beloved Buck Creek Farm in Ferryville, Wisconsin. I will send an obituary and other details as they become available.
In the meantime, Robin’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers gifts may be made to the Robin Metz Fund for Creative Arts, a fund established by Robin and Elizabeth Carlin Metz. The fund will bring to campus an array of poets, fiction writers, play- and screenwriters, essayists, and scholars each year to to ensure that Robin’s passion for exposing Knox students to such talent will live on forever. You can give here.
In deepest sorrow,
Due to the severe weather on November 26, many roads remain impassable, especially in outlying areas.
To serve our students, it is important that we attempt to stay open whenever possible. At the same time, we do not expect or ask that you take unwise chances in attempting to get to work. Employees who can are urged to work from home. If your work involves caring for students who live on campus (esp. dining service, building services, student life), please contact your supervisor immediately so that we can maintain as many services as possible.
Campus buildings will remain locked. If you need a building unlocked, please contact campus safety at ext. 7979, but be patient. Also, please note that the City of Galesburg snow emergency remains in effect. Please park in campus parking lots, not on city streets.
Use common sense, and call your supervisor if you encounter difficulties in getting to work on time. We expect road conditions to improve throughout the day, but we much appreciate your patience and dedication.
Todd Heidt (Modern Languages – German) presented at the annual American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference, which took place November 15-18 in New Orleans, LA. Heidt’s presentation, “Inclusive Materials and Strategies for Postsecondary Elementary German,” outlined curricular changes introduced at Knox which have significantly increased enrollments in German courses by underrepresented student groups and international students. The talk was sponsored by ACTFL’s committee on Small Undergraduate German Programs.
Robin Metz (Professor of English and Director of the Program in Creative Writing) published three poems in The American Writers Review–a Literary Journal, Summer 2018 edition (D. Ferrara and Patricia Florio, editors. San Fedele Press):
New Moon Rising, Buck Creek Wisconsin
Postcard, Block Island Rhode Island
Cyn Kitchen Fitch’s (English) poem, “God Spoke” was published in the November ’18 issue of K’in Literary Journal.
An article written by Peter Schwartzman (Environmental Studies) entitled “Responding to Climate Change in Galesburg,” was published in the Galesburg Register-Mail, the week of November 12.
An online version can be read at:
An article entitled Afro-Hispanic Aesthetics and Identity through Cuban Underground Hip Hop of Los Paisanos and Obsesión by Jesse Dixon-Montgomery (Spanish) was recently published in PALARA.
In the last two weeks of October, Frank McAndrew (Psychology) engaged in a wide-range of Halloween themed media activity.
McAndrew gave a talk on “the Psychology of Creepiness and Horror” at Western Illinois University’s Quad City campus, he did a radio interview about zombies on the Lisa Valentine Clark Show for KUMT Radio in Utah, and interviewed with CNN regarding the design of haunted houses (https://www.cnn.com/style/article/haunted-houses-architecture-psychology/index.html). His essay on why haunted houses creep us out was published by India TV News (https://www.indiatvnews.com/ap/world-news-evolutionary-psychology-explains-why-haunted-houses-creep-us-out-476362) and his essay on “How the God You Worship Influences the Ghosts that You See” appeared in Raw Story (https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/god-worship-influences-ghosts-see/).
In recent weeks, McAndrew also did interviews on topics unrelated to Halloween with The Atlantic, Quartz, New York Magazine, & The Christian Science Monitor.
Fred Hord (Africana Studies), was invited–by the University of Illinois Press–to present on a panel at the “100 Years of Publishing Lincoln” symposium in Springfield, Illinois. The book on African American views of Lincoln, which he co-edited with Knox alum, Matt Norman, and contributed to, will be published next spring by that press as part of the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center.
Hord (Executive Director/founder of ABCC & Chair of Africana Studies-Knox College) also presented at the Association for Black Culture Centers’ 27th conference at Rutgers University. The ABCC is a national organization of Black, Latino, Asian American and Native American Centers across the country that network to share various experiences, and learn best practices in working with Culture Centers across the country. This conference provides Professional Development opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and their local communities. Over 40 colleges and Universities were represented. The conference theme was “Where Do We Go From Here: Treasuring the History and Future of Our Culture.” Knox sent 5 representatives to the conference, including 3 students; it serves as the current ABCC headquarters.
Tim Kasser (Psychology) recently gave two invited talks. The first, entitled “Materialism, Consumerism, & Capitalism,” was part of the “Isms” series at the Hawthorne Club in Galesburg. The second was a virtual talk as part of a panel for the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Global Action Project in London, UK; Kasser spoke about the intersection of science and activism.