October 13, 2014

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

Oct. 21-Nov. 4 

This weekly email brings together all the arts and cultural events happening in a two-week period at SIU Carbondale. From music to art, film to dance, guest lectures to workshops and theater, you will find the information here. Please note that information listed under “for the media” is to assist reporters and is not intended to be published or aired. Also, event information is subject to change.  


Members of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale community and the City of Carbondale will  join to discuss “Race, Policing, Justice and the Media: Lessons from Ferguson.” The event is from 4 to 8 p.m., Oct. 27, in the Carbondale Civic Center

The first panel discussion, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., will focus on “Media Coverage and Involvement in Ferguson.” Event organizers expect to host media representatives directly involved in covering events in Ferguson, Mo. 

From 5:45 to 7 p.m., the symposium will examine “Race, Policing and Justice in Carbondale.” This panel will include representatives from the Carbondale community and SIU campus. An open discussion period will follow. 

The symposium chair is Uche Onyebadi, director of the SIU School of Journalism. 

Several organizations, units and departments from campus and the city are lending support to this event. Main organizers are the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, the School of Journalism, Imagining Geographies, and the Carbondale Human Relations Commission. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Peter Lemish, peterlemish@siu.edu, or 534-3989. 

Upcoming Events: 


21 – Visiting Artist Adam Mysock, a young painter with his own brand of Americana and an international following of admirers, visits SIU to discuss his painting and drawing techniques and perspectives. His presentation begins at 7 p.m. at Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Diane McClain-Inman, dinman@siu.edu or 453-4313. 

21 – The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, “Building a Creative Economy” series continues with guest Cody Sokolski, 11:30 a.m. in the Saluki Athletics Stadium Club. Sokolski is CEO of One Main Development, LLC, a property management and development company that successfully promotes sustainable redevelopment in downtown Champaign. Sokolski is also co-founder and adviser for the Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council, Performing Arts Marquee Council and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact is Carol Greenlee at the PSPPI, cgreenlee@siu.edu or 453-4009. Contact One Main Development at contact@1-main.com or 217/531-1122. 

22 – Campus Sustainability Day, begins at 11 a.m., all events in the Student Center. Here is a look at the schedule:

The latest round of Green Fund Award winners will be announced at 2 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a carnival-themed “Sustainival!” with games and information from several campus and community groups will be in the Student Center Art Gallery. At 3 p.m., there will be a workshop to make your own body scrub and hair tonic, followed at 4:30 p.m. by a free yoga session in the Old Main Room. At 6 p.m., in the Student Center Auditorium, there will be a free screening of “Plastic Paradise,” an award-winning documentary about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” near the Midway Atoll, a spot in the Pacific Ocean where discarded plastic and other debris collect. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Kris Schachel, krissch@siu.edu or 453-2846. 

23 ­– Astronomy Observation – partial solar eclipse. 4:30-7 p.m., Neckers Astronomy Observation Deck

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Bob Baer, rbaer@siu.edu or 453-2729. 

23-25 – Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival, readings, panels, receptions and book signings. All of the events are in Morris Library, either the John C. Guyon Auditorium or the Rotunda:

Oct. 22: 8 p.m., reading by Kathleen Hale

Oct. 23: 11-11:30 a.m., fiction panel; 2-3:15 p.m., readings by Dan Albergotti and T. J. Jarrett; 3:15-4:30 p.m., reception and book signing; 4:30-6 p.m., readings by the 2014 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award Winners in Poetry and Prose, Steven D. Schroeder and Victoria Redel.

Oct. 24: 11-11:50 a.m. poetry panel; 2-2:50 p.m., readings by Justin Herrmann and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Jon Tribble, jtribble@siu.edu or 453-6833. 

23-25 – Performance – “30 Days: A Story of Confinement,” performances at 8 p.m. all nights, Kleinau Theater. This production explores how stories are told amidst adversity, authority and confinement. Set in a correctional facility, four people confess under interrogation to crimes of civil disobedience. Directed by J. J. Ceniceros. Karthi Veeramani is assistant director. Tickets are $7 for the general public, $5 for SIU students with valid student identification. Tickets are available at the door beginning one hour before the performance. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact J. J. Ceniceros, jjceniceros@siu.edu; or Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, craiggp@siu.edu or 453-2291. 

23-26 – Theater performance: “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-25, 2 p.m., Oct. 26, C.H. Moe Theater. This is an adaptation of the famous story by Robert Louis Stevenson. Critics say Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation ‘honors the original, but gives a more complex interpretation of the dual nature of man.’ Tickets are $16 for the general public, $6 for students. Tickets are available at the McLeod Theater box office, by calling 453-6000, or online

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Vince Rhomberg, mcldpub@siu.edu or 453-7589. 

25 – Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, a popular, annual sale of glass pumpkins, is a major fundraiser for Southern Glassworks, a student group affiliated with the SIU School of Art and Design. The sale begins at 9 a.m. at the Carbondale Town Square Pavilion and continues until the pumpkins are gone. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Diane McClain Inman, dinman@siu.edu or 453-4313 or Jiyong Lee, jiyong@siu.edu or 453-4315. 

27 – The SIU School of Law and the School of Journalism, along with the Carbondale Human Relations Commission, present “Race, Policing, Justice and the Media: Lessons from Ferguson,” a panel discussion and presentation, 4-7 p.m. at the Carbondale Civic Center

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Peter Lemish, peterlemish@siu.edu, or 534-3989. 

27 – Public Speaking Workshop with Josh Rivera, 5 p.m., Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Josh Rivera is one of the winningest debaters in SIU history. Rivera is a two-time winner of the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship and the 2013 National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence National Champion. The institute requests pre-registration at rsvp@paulsimoninstitute.org

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact is Carol Greenlee at the PSPPI, cgreenlee@siu.edu or 453-4009. 

28 – This year’s Emeritus Faculty Lecture includes a performance. Professors emeriti Jeanine Wagner and Margaret Simmons present “It Takes Two,” 7:15-9 p.m. in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. Light refreshments follow. Vocal soloist Wagner and accompanying pianist Simmons have performed together many times across North America and they co-edited “A New Anthology of Art Songs by African American Composers,” available from SIU Press. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact William Wright, wright@cs.siu.edu. 

29 – Turkish Cultural Night, 6-8 p.m., Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium. The Turkish Student Association hosts this event. The registered student organization promotes and supports cultural activities aimed at introducing Turkish culture and history to the SIU community. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Yildiz Dak Hazirbaba, yildiz.dak@gmail.com or yildiz.dak@siu.edu. 

30 – The Center for Ecology Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Jill Baron, director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis. Baron will talk about “The Long View of Global Change: Ecosystem Ecology in Support of the Public Good,” 4-6:15 p.m., Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium. She is involved in ecological research and monitoring in the Loch Vale Watershed in Rocky Mountain National Park. A reception follows. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact James Lovvorn, lovvorn@siu.edu or 453-4127; or Jill Baron, jill_baron@usgs.gov or 970/491-1968. 

30-31 – “This is Not a Minstrel,” 7:30-9 p.m., Communications Building, C. H. Moe Theater. The registered student organization Africana Theater Laboratory presents this performance of excerpts and monologues featuring the African American lifestyle. There is no charge. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Modupe Ogunyemi, mopay07@siu.edu or 305-4747. 


2 – Astronomy Observation, 7-9 p.m., Neckers Observation Deck. The Moon, Mars, Neptune, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Ring Nebula should be available for viewing. Free admission. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Bob Baer, rbaer@siu.edu or 453-2729. 

4 – The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra presents Klassics for Kids at 10 a.m., Altgeld Hall, Room 112. The program is for children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. Children learn listening skills and get an introduction to the musical instruments used in an orchestra. Admission is free. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Edward Benyas, benyas@siu.edu or 453-5834.