Spring 2012 Cultural Season | Elmhurst College


Spring 2012 Cultural Season

Welcome to the spring season of arts and ideas at Elmhurst College. This year, we’re taking a close look at the challenges posed by contemporary science, and continuing our conversation on the problems and promise of democracy. Most events are free; all are open to the public. For more information, go to our calendar of events or call (630) 617-3390.

Science Talks

The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer

Science journalist Joshua Foer attended the U.S. Memory Championships in pursuit of a story about intelligence and memory. What he discovered there changed his perspective—and helped him eventually to win the championship. Foer’s best-selling book, Moonwalking with Einstein, explores the nature of memory and details how he became the United States Memory Champion.

The Roland Quest Lecture Series
Thursday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge


The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee traces the history of cancer from its first documented appearances through recent discoveries in the battle to cure and conquer it. Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction, The Emperor of All Maladies was hailed as “an extraordinary achievement” by The New Yorker and “powerful and ambitious” by The New York Times.

The Roland Quest Lecture Series
Sunday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel


The Future of Weather
Heidi Cullen

Are tornadoes, tsunamis and hurricanes our new weather normal? Heidi Cullen is a researcher for Climate Central, a nonprofit journalism and research organization that reports on climate change. The author of The Weather of the Future, she is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University.

The Roland Quest Lecture Series
Thursday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. Frick Center, Founders Lounge


The Democracy Forum

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
Wendy Wolf

A distinguished editor at Viking Books, Wendy Wolf worked closely with the scholar Manning Marable on his monumental biography of Malcolm X. Published just days after Marable’s death last year, the book was hailed by The New York Times as “revealing and prodigiously researched,” and one of the 10 best books of the year.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Guestship
Tuesday, February 7, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge


Religion, Democracy and Civic Engagement
Robert D. Putnam

Acclaimed as “the most influential academic in the world today” by The Sunday Times of London, Robert Putnam is the co-author of more than a dozen books, including Better Together: Restoring the American Community and the seminal Bowling Alone. In his latest book, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, the Harvard political scientist draws on the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on American religion and public life.

Thursday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel


The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University
Louis Menand

Louis Menand is one of the more trenchant observers of the forces that shape higher education in the United States. A professor of English at Harvard and a staff writer for The New Yorker, Menand won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in history for The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America.

Thursday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge


Democracy and Global Security
KT McFarland

Educated at Oxford and MIT, Dr. Kathleen Troia McFarland is a Fox News analyst who served as a deputy secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, a research assistant to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and a member of the National Security Council under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Thursday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge


Truth and Justice in America
Bob Woodward and Judge William J. Bauer ’49

Bob Woodward has won nearly every journalism award in the nation, including the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with his Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. Growing up in Wheaton, he came to know a distinguished family friend, William J. Bauer, President Richard Nixon’s choice as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and, eventually, for a federal judgeship. Today, Bauer is a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. The two old friends reunite for a remarkable evening to discuss issues at the heart of the American experience in democracy.

Thursday, May 17, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel


Speaking of Faith

Evangelizing the Culture
Father Robert Barron

An acclaimed author, speaker and theologian, Robert Barron is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the founder of the global ministry Word on Fire. He is the creator and host of the 10-part TV series Catholicism, and serves as the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein.

The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Guestship
Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge


Correcting Stereotypes
Amy-Jill Levine

A self-described “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in the buckle of the Bible belt,” Amy-Jill Levine teaches Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. She will address “how Jews and Christians bear false witness against each other.”

The Abraham Joshua Heschel Guestship
Wednesday, February 29, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge


H. Richard Niebuhr: A Centennial Appreciation
Martin E. Marty

One of today’s most prominent interpreters of religion and culture, Martin Marty teaches at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. An ordained Lutheran minister and the author of more than 60 books, Marty wrote the new foreword for the 50th anniversary edition of H. Richard Niebuhr’s Christ and Culture, which Marty calls “one of the most vital books of our time.” The lecture marks the 100th anniversary of the graduation of Niebuhr from Elmhurst College, where he later served as president.

The Rudolf G. Schade Lecture
Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge

More Spring Lectures

In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson

In his latest book, the author and historian Erik Larson explores 1933 Berlin and the rise of the Nazis through the eyes of the American ambassador to Germany and his family. Larson, hailed by The New York Times as a “marvelous writer…superb at creating characters with a few short strokes,” is also the author of No. 1 New York Times bestseller The Devil in the White City, about the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.

Service of Remembrance and Holocaust Guestship Lectures
Sunday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge


It Gets Better
Dan Savage

Dan Savage

In September 2010, the author Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller created a YouTube video to inspire hope for LGBT youth facing bullying and harassment. That first video sparked The It Gets Better Project, which to date has inspired more than 30,000 user-created videos, including submissions from athletic teams; the staffs of Google, Facebook and Pixar; the President of the United States and the students of Elmhurst College.

Special Appearance
Sunday, April 29, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

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