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The Spring 2015 Cultural Season

Welcome to the spring 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.

 

The Future of the Mind
Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku

Memory implants, telepathy, pills that make us smarter? It all sounds like the stuff of science fiction. But physicist Michio Kaku says such scenarios may not be so far-fetched. In his book The Future of the Mind, Kaku introduces readers to neuroscientific technologies that he says are unlocking the mysteries of the mind and creating amazing advances on the frontiers of consciousness. Join him for a mind-blowing foray into a bold new world. 

The Roland Quest Lecture Series
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

For more than 200 years the White House has served twin roles, as the seat of executive power in the United States and as residence for America’s presidents and their families. Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of President Richard M. Nixon, experienced at close hand one of the most consequential presidencies in American history. She offers a unique perspective on life as it is lived behind the closed doors of America’s most famous home.

The Rudolf G. Schade Lecture Series
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

Sponsored in part by BMO Harris Bank

 

The Strange Eventful History of Young Soul Rebels
Daniel McNeil

Daniel McNeil

Cultural historian Daniel McNeil traverses national and disciplinary boundaries to engage the transatlantic world of the past two centuries. His Sex and Race in the Black Atlantic: Mulatto Devils and Multiracial Messiahs is the first volume published by Routledge in a series on the African diaspora. He is at work on a study of cultural critics influenced by anti-colonial intellectuals of the 1950s and 1960s. 

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

The 48th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival
Jimmy Heath and the Jimmy Heath Big Band; Bill Holman Big Band

The 48th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

One of the oldest and best collegiate jazz festivals in the country, the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival will celebrate its 48th year from Thursday, February 19, through Sunday, February 22. This year’s featured performers include Jimmy Heath and the Jimmy Heath Big Band, the Bill Holman Big Band, trumpeter Sean Jones, saxophonist Ralph Lalama, percussionist Dennis Mackrel and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band. 

Thursday, February 19, through Sunday, February 22
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.elmhurst.edu/jazzfestival

 

Writing Women’s Lives: The Biographer and Her Subjects
Megan Marshall

Megan Marshall

Megan Marshall’s Pulitzer Prize–winning work Margaret Fuller: An American Life established her as one of the nation’s foremost biographers. New York Times critic Dwight Garner called it “as seductive as it is impressive” with “the grain and emotional amplitude of a serious novel.” Marshall considers the peculiar relationship between biographer and subject and explores the challenges of making sense of other lives lived in other times. 

The Genevieve Staudt Intercultural Lecture
Monday, March 2, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

Sister Simone Campbell: A Nun on the Bus
Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell 

In 2010, Sister Simone Campbell came to public attention as the author of the “nuns’ letter,” an argument in support of health care reform. As the leader of Nuns on the Bus cross-country tours, she has advocated for immigration reform and defended social programs against proposed cuts. She tells her inspiring story of social justice advocacy rooted in faith. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
General admission $10

 

Reading Changes Lives
Robert Shindler 

Robert Shindler was looking for ways to help his son overcome a reading deficiency when he decided to volunteer with the Literacy Center of Chicago. Working with a diverse group of adult learners, Shindler received his own education about the realities of learning disabilities and adult illiteracy. A Chicago-based attorney and author, Shindler now leads Reading Changes Lives, an initiative to promote literacy as a matter of social justice.

Sunday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

The al-Ghazali Lecture
Katrin Jomaa

Katrin Jomaa teaches political science and philosophy at the University of Rhode Island. Her interdisciplinary research encompasses classical and modern political philosophy, as well as Islamic thought and Qur’anic exegesis. She is particularly interested in the relationship between politics and religion in the Middle East. 

The al-Ghazali Lecture Series
Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

The Niebuhr Forum on Religion in Public Life
James Cone

With two seminal works, Black Theology and Black Power (1969) and A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), James Cone won recognition as a powerful and important theological voice. His work provided a reconsideration of Christianity from the perspective of the black community in America. Cone is a professor of theology at Union Theological Seminary. His work insists on, in the words of critic Stanley Kurtz, “an authentic Christianity fully identified with the poor and oppressed.”

The Niebuhr Forum on Religion in Public Life
Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage
Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan

Journalist and author Andrew Sullivan wants to redeem American conservatism from what he sees as the fundamentalist excess of the Republican far right wing. Sullivan warns against the creation of America’s first fundamentally religious political party, arguing instead for a secular, fiscally restrained conservatism. Join Sullivan for his provocative take on how the Right has gone wrong. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

Service of Remembrance and Holocaust Education Project
Bernd Wollschlaeger

The son of a decorated Nazi officer, Bernd Wollschlaeger is the author of A German Life: Against All Odds Change Is Possible, which recounts his struggle to reconcile the truth about Nazi Germany with his father’s past. Wollschlaeger eventually converted to Judaism and lived in Israel before relocating to Florida, where he is a practicing family physician with a specialty in addiction medicine. 

Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 p.m
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission is free.

 

The Legacy of Ben Bradlee: Journalism Then and Now
Carl Bernstein

Carl Bernstein

Few journalists have influenced their own times as profoundly as Carl Bernstein. When he and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for the Washington Post in the early 1970s, they helped define modern investigative journalism and changed the way a generation regarded those in power. For 40 years, his reporting and writing have offered access to often-hidden worlds of authority and influence. Bernstein supplies a revealing look at media and government from Watergate to the present.

Monday, April 13, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

 

Inside the Hot Zone
Richard Preston

Richard Preston

Twenty years ago, Richard Preston’s nonfiction thriller The Hot Zone introduced readers to the alarming story of the Ebola virus. With outbreaks escalating in West Africa, Preston’s book has reappeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and he has returned to reporting on attempts to stop the virus and the suffering it causes.  Join him as he tells the story of the fight against an invisible killer. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
General admission $20

 

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