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The Fall 2014 Cultural Season

Welcome to the fall season of arts and ideas, excitement and wonder on the arboretum campus of Elmhurst College. All cultural events are open to the public. Lecture tickets are available online or at the door, depending on availability. For more information or to check ticket availability, call (630) 617-3390.

 

Why We Don't Win Wars Anymore
Thomas E. Ricks

Thomas Ricks

For two tumultuous decades, Thomas Ricks covered military conflicts and national security for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, in the process winning the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, a finalist for the Pulitzer and a number-one New York Times bestseller.

The Rudolf G. Schade Lecture Series
Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

Sponsored in part by BMO Harris Bank

 

Cubed: The Secret History of the Workplace
Nikil Saval

Nikil Saval

About 60% of Americans work in cubicles, and 93% of those dislike them. How did that happen? Nikil Saval, a shrewd, perceptive, entertaining and highly informed student of the modern American workplace, supplies the answers.

Sunday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

 

Este no es un cuento de hadas/This is not a fairy tale
Diana Solis & CHema Skandal!

Graphic designer/illustrator CHema Skandal! and painter/illustrator Diana Solis present work that is not only visually appealing but speaks to their interest, involvement and active participation within the contemporary discourse of urban art making. Solis's acrylic and ink works on paper and Skandal's graphics are inspired by graffiti, retro culture, Mexican and pop surrealism, politics, music and underground art. A reception will held on Thursday, October 2, from 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., with an artist talk at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, September 15 through Friday, October 24
Frick Center, Founders Lounge

For more information, contact Suellen Rocca at srocca@elmhurst.edu or (630) 617-6110.

 

Fall Arts Preview 
Chris Jones, Theater; Greg Kot, Music; Laura Molzahn, Dance; Michael Phillips, Movies; Howard Reich, Jazz; John von Rhein, Classical Music; Moderated by Arts and Entertainment Reporter Nina Metz.

The top arts critics of the Chicago Tribune take the stage at Elmhurst College for a spirited conversation about the trends, highlights and controversies of the fall arts season in Chicago.

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
General admission $20

A Chicago Tribune Press Pass Event in Partnership with Elmhurst College
Sponsored by Nielsen

 

 

The Grace in Dying
Kathleen Dowling Singh

Kathleen Dowling Singh

A psychologist, Dr. Singh works with dying patients at a major hospice in Florida. Her landmark book The Grace in Dying is a moving illumination of the spiritual dimensions of life's final transition. Her work has been compared to the seminal studies of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and her message is one of hope, comfort and spiritual transformation.

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

 

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon

“Parenting is no sport for perfectionists,” Andrew Solomon writes in Far From the Tree, his groundbreaking and compassionate book about what it really means to be a parent. A lecturer in psychiatry at Cornell and the winner of a National Book Award, Solomon spent 10 years interviewing more than 300 families. He focused on parents of children with a range of physical, cognitive or psychological differences, and concluded that “the unhappy families who reject their variant children have much in common, while the happy ones who strive to accept them are happy in a multitude of ways.”

Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

 

The Rights of Immigrants and the Duties of Nations
Eduardo Mendieta

Eduardo Mendieta

Eduardo Mendieta is chair of the philosophy department at Stony Brook University. He is the author of The Adventures of Transcendental Philosophy, and the co-editor of Pragmatism, Nation, and Race: Community in the Age of Empire and The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere.

The César Chávez Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, October 1, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

 

Green Capitalism
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

An activist and attorney specializing in environmental law, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was named one of Time magazine's "Heroes for the Planet" for his success in helping lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. He also was named one of Rolling Stone's “100 Agents of Change.” A professor of environmental law at Pace University, Kennedy is the author of Crimes Against Nature and other best-selling books.

The Rudolf G. Schade Lecture Series
Thursday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
General admission $20

Sponsored in part by BMO Harris Bank

 

 

Human Trafficking: Here and Now
Panel Discussion

Human Trafficking

Over the past year, about 25,000 girls and women in the Chicago area were recruited for or coerced into the commercial sex industry—and the number of such victims is steadily increasing. How has human trafficking become such a big business here? A panel of top law enforcement officials and representatives of social service agencies will examine this most vexing local issue.

Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

 

Theatre: She Loves Me
Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; Music by Jerry Bock
Directed by Frank Del Guidice
Music direction by Scott Uddenberg; Choreography by Amy Lyn McDonald

From the team that brought us Fiddler on the Roof comes the wonderfully human and innocently romantic musical She Loves Me. This play takes place in a 1930s Budapest Parfumerie. Adult pen pals form a loving relationship without knowing that they are also coworkers. As they spar in the shop, their love grows in their letters. This lovely, heartwarming fable encompasses comedy, tragedy and memorable songs.

Thursday–Saturday, October 9–11, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday–Saturday, October 16–18, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 p.m.

Mill Theatre

For more information and tickets, contact the Mill Theatre Box Office at mill@elmhurst.edu or (630) 617-3005.

 

Small Screen, Big Mirror: Television Reflections in the New Millennium
Alessandra Stanley

Alessandra Stanley

Alessandra Stanley is the chief television critic for The New York Times. A former Rome and Moscow bureau chief, Stanley taught a course at Princeton University entitled “Investigative Viewing: The Art of Television Criticism,” which she called an “intensive introduction to criticism as it is undertaken at the highest level of a cultural institution.”

Thursday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

Bullied: Youth, Gender and Homophobia
C.J. Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe

The sociologist C.J. Pascoe has conducted groundbreaking research on youth, gender, sexuality and homophobia. She is fascinated by the ways teenage boys come to see themselves as masculine. Pascoe spent 18 months following male students at a California high school and noted a striking phenomenon: they attempt to demonstrate their masculinity by hurling gay slurs at one another. “To call someone gay is like the lowest thing you can call someone,” one teenage boy told Pascoe. “That's like saying that you're nothing.” Pascoe's work has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and on a Frontline documentary.

The William R. Johnson Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, October 22, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

Fragile Structures
Steven Carrelli

Chicago artist Steven Carrelli creates meticulously crafted drawings and paintings in which common, often disposable objects share an invented space with a variety of architectural structures and historical artworks. Using a strategy of poetic juxtaposition to create unexpected interactions between the monumental and the mass produced, the works in this exhibition explore the relationship between the permanent and the temporary. In combining images of flood and collapse with subjects ranging from Renaissance furniture to rubber bands, they invite reflection on the ambition and the frailty of human enterprises. A reception will be held on Tuesday, November 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with an artist's talk at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 28 through Saturday, November 22
Frick Center, Founders Lounge

For more information, contact Suellen Rocca at srocca@elmhurst.edu or (630) 617-6110.
 

Yearning for Values, Leadership and God
Eric H. Yoffie

Eric H. Yoffie

An expert on modern Israel, Rabbi Yoffie has written widely on issues of peace and security in Israel. He also is a pioneer in interfaith relations who has addressed both the church-wide assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the convention of the Islamic Society of North America.

The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture
Thursday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.

Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

 

Heroic Conservatism
Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson writes a nationally syndicated column for The Washington Post and is a senior advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. He served as a top aide to President George W. Bush. He believes that “if Republicans run in future elections with a simplistic antigovernment message, ignoring the poor, the addicted and children at risk, they will lose, and they will deserve to lose.”

Sunday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

 

Against the Tide: The Radical Leadership of Pope Francis
John Allen

John Allen

The world has watched in astonishment as Jorge Mario Bergoglio has worked to reshape the Roman Catholic Church in the spirit of his papal namesake, Francis of Assisi. John Allen is the senior Vatican analyst for CNN and The Boston Globe, the former Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, and a journalist other reporters look to for the inside story on the world's largest religious communion. 

The Cardinal Bernardin Lecture
Thursday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.

Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

 

Theatre: The Caucasian Chalk Circle
By Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Janice Pohl

The Caucasus mountains of Russia serve as a setting for this highly theatrical exploration of morality, ethics and survival. Written on the heels of World War II, Brecht’s epic parable pushes us into the chaos and aftermath of civil war. Amidst the turbulence, a governor’s wife abandons her child and a servant cares for it. When the conflict subsides, a corrupt judge tries to determine which of the women is the true mother. In a contest of might vs. right, who wins?

Thursday–Saturday, November 13–15, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday–Saturday, November 20–22, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 23, 2:00 p.m.
Mill Theatre

For more information and tickets, contact the Mill Theatre Box Office at mill@elmhurst.edu or (630) 617-3005.

 

The Eighth Annual Governmental Forum
Panel Discussion

Breakfast and panel discussion on a great state's problems and promise.

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:30 a.m.
Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace
General admission, including breakfast, $25

 

The Future of the Mind
Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku

A theoretical physicist and one of the most widely recognized figures in science today, Michio Kaku is an international authority on both Einstein’s unified field theory and on the ways scientific research can anticipate business trends. A best-selling author and engaging personality, he appears regularly not only on science documentaries but also on 60 Minutes and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In his latest book, The Future of the Mind, Kaku examines the science of consciousness. “Kaku claims the mysteries of the mind will soon be mysteries no more,” The New York Times reports. “It’s an audacious assertion backed up, he says, by a flood of new neuroscience technologies. But behind his buoyant optimism lie questions….”

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 7:00 p.m. 
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
General admission $20

 

Inside the White House: Then and Now
Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Julie Nixon Eisenhower

The best-selling author and the younger daughter of President Richard M. Nixon discusses the unparalleled thrills and challenges of the presidency and life in the White House.

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

A Nun on the Bus
Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell

The author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change and Community describes her experiences as an attorney, poet, social advocate and professed religious—all at once. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

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