February 175th Events

Knox will celebrate its 175th anniversary in February with a wide range of events on and off campus. The college was officially established on February 15, 1837, when the Illinois General Assembly granted a charter to the Knox Manual Labor College. A group of social reformers led by the Rev. George Washington Gale earlier had left upstate New York to found a college and a town on the prairies of Western Illinois. Additional information about Knox’s 175-year history is available on the specially created anniversary web site: 175.knox.edu.

I-Fair, Jan. 28

Knox College, one of the most internationally diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation, will host its 31st annual International Fair on Saturday, Jan. 28. Along with international dining and entertainment, the College’s International Club will present free, public lectures on this year’s theme, “Growing Up International,” providing insights from students and faculty who grew up outside the United States.

The fair on Saturday, January 28 features an international buffet lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Seymour Union. The menu spans the world — from France and Germany in Europe to China, Japan and Thailand in Asia; and in the Americas, Mexico and Venezuela, as well as American dishes from Louisiana and Alabama.

Afternoon activities feature educational and cultural events starting at 1:30 in Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Admission to the fair is $6 per person, which covers all events on Saturday.

The fair caps a week of internationally focused events on the Knox campus. On Tuesday, January 24, Visiting Associate Professor of Spanish Julio Noriega will discuss authors — Ernest Hemingway, Mario Vargas Llosa, Vladimir Nabokov and Gerald Brenan — who found fame outside their native countries.

A student-faculty panel discussion on Thursday, January 26, will include professors Emre Sencer, Gail Ferguson and Ryohei “Mat” Matsuda, who came to the U.S. from Germany, Jamaica and Japan, respectively.

“The ten years I spent in India have definitely influenced the person I am today,” wrote first-year student Armor Wisler in an article in the 2012 edition of “IMag,” a magazine produced by the International Club that will be distributed at the fair. The magazine features 16 articles written and illustrated by students.

“As a Malaysian-Chinese girl born in England and raised in the Philippines and Hong Kong, it would not be farfetched to say that I have struggled with my identity,” wrote sophomore Amanda Shiew. Preparing for International Fair “has been a reminder to be culturally sensitive to other people,” Shiew wrote.

Students in Knox’s International Club created International Fair in 1982.

With 16 percent of this year’s entering class and seven percent of the total student body coming from outside the United States, Knox is one of the most internationally diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation. Knox is 28th among the top 50 for “Most International Students” in the 2012 US News & World Report rankings of National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Knox College International Week 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.
“Becoming Writers Away from Home” — Faculty Lecture by Julio Noreiga, visiting associate professor of Spanish.
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union. Free admission

Thursday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
“Growing Up International” — Student/Faculty Forum with faculty members Gail Ferguson and Ryohei Matsuda
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union. Free admission

Saturday, January 28
31st International Fair.
$6 admission at the door covers all Saturday events.

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. International Buffet Lunch
Oak Room and Lincoln Room, Seymour Union

1:30-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. International Booths
Lobby, Ford Center for Fine Arts

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Student Performances
Kresge Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts

Symphony Casino Night, Jan. 28

It’s time once again for the annual Casino Night Gala and Silent Auction.  This popular event – the only annual fundraiser to benefit the symphony – is now in its 11th year and will be held on January 28 at 7 p.m. at Soangetaha Country Club.  Drawing on nearly 1000 volunteer hours from your friends and neighbors, the benefit will include a silent auction, official casino games, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a 50/50 drawing, and a cash bar, with the “The Bob Clark Combo” providing live entertainment.   All the items in the silent auction have been donated by area businesses and organizations.  This year’s collection will feature a wide spectrum of merchandise and services – everything from household items and apparel to memorabilia and gift certificates for local restaurants – ranging in value from $25 to $2,500.  There are some truly amazing deals to be had at this auction!  Tickets are $30 each, or two for $50, which includes admission, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment, and $10 in gambling chips.

Get a group of friends together and make it an evening, knowing that you are providing much needed support for our award-winning symphony.  Tickets are available at Innkeeper’s, 80 N. Seminary Street in Galesburg, or by calling the Knox-Galesburg Symphony at 309-341-7268.  While supply lasts, tickets will also be available at the door which opens at 6:30 p.m. Tip: Make reservations in advance, as space is limited.

Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Musical tribute
Music, spoken words, and praise dancing
Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m.
1st Baptist Church, 169 South Cherry Street
Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee

Annual Holiday Breakfast
Keynote address by James Jacobs
Monday, January 16, 7:30 a.m.
Central Congregational Church
Tickets: $8 at the door
Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee

Knox College Winter Term Convocation
Keynote address by Konrad Hamilton
Music by the Knox College Choir
Poems read by Fred Hord and Monica Prince ’12
Monday, January 16, 11 a.m.
Harbach Theatre, Knox College