November 10, 2014

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

Nov. 18 – Dec. 2 

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. Also, event information is subject to change. 


Walter C. Rodgers, a double alumnus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale whose celebrated longtime broadcast journalism career included working for CNN and ABC, will speak at his alma mater later this month. 

Rodgers will present “Presidents I’ve Known and Liked – Well, Sort Of” on Nov. 20 at Morris Library. The event begins with a 5 p.m. reception in the first floor rotunda followed by Rodgers’ talk at 6 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium.  Rodgers will also display framed signed photos and letters of some the presidents he will highlight: Gerald R. Ford, James E. “Jimmy” Carter and Ronald W. Reagan.

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover Rodgers’ presentation’ He will also be available to speak with media and answer questions after the event at about 7:15 p.m. 

Upcoming Events: 


18 -- Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Luncheon Lecture: John A. Becker, will discuss United States food policy, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., SIU Student Center Ballroom B. Becker is an SIU alumnus and senior policy adviser in the U. S. Agency for International Development. He recently completed an assignment in the Bureau for Food Security, during which he provided policy and program guidance on agricultural development and collaboration with U.S. universities, including support to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Vanessa Sneed, or 453-4004. 

18 -- Student Composers Concert, 8 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Frank Grzych, or 536-8742. 

19 -- Music performance: Percussion ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m., Altgeld Hall, Room 112. The percussion ensemble is headed by Christopher Butler, a lecturer in the School of Music. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Christopher Butler, or 536-8742. 

19 -- Seminar: Robert Jacobson, 4 p.m. Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium. Jacobson is a supervisory research hydrologist for the United States Geological Survey. He has 25 years of experience with the USGS, and has studied geologic hazards, neotectonics, riverine habitat dynamics and more. He supervises a staff of geomorphologists and hyrdologists researching fundamental river processes. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Dana Wise, Coal Extraction and Utilization Research Center, or 453-7328. 

20 -- Music performance: Studio Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Shryock Auditorium. The Studio Jazz Orchestra is the top student jazz ensemble. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Dick Kelley, or 812-239-0656. 

20 -- Presentation: Retired CNN international correspondent Walter C. Rodgers, “Presidents I Have Known and Liked, Sort Of,” 6 p.m., Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium. A reception is at 5 p.m. He is a guest of the Friends of Morris Library. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Morris Library, 453-2818. 

20 -- Presentation: Tomasz Wiltowski, director of the Coal Extraction and Utilization Research Center and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes, talks about the “Future of Energy: Will We Survive?” 7 p.m., The Science Center, inside the University Mall, Carbondale. The presentation is free. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Tomasz Wiltowski at or 453-7000. 

20-24 -- Theater production: “Clybourne Park.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20-23, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 24. There is a free pre-show lecture at 1:30 on Nov. 24. Tickets are $16 for the public, $6 for students. Tickets are available at the McLeod Theater and the SIU Arena box offices, by phone at 618/453-6000, or online at the SIU Ticket Office. Tickets are also available at the theater beginning one hour before each performance. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Vincent Rhomberg, or 453-7589. 

21 -- Music performance: SIU Flute Choir, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main St., Carbondale. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Douglas Worthen, or 453-5832. 

25 -- Music concert: Southern Illinois Civic Orchestra Fall Concert. 5:30 p.m., Shryock Auditorium. The orchestra is an ensemble that includes community members, students and faculty. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Jacob Tews, or 536-8742. 


2 -- Performance: Performance Art Spotlight – The highlights of the Performing Culture class take the stage at the Marion Kleinau Theater (Communications Building) beginning at 8 p.m. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Craig Gingrich Philbrook at or 4553-2291. 

2 -- The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Concert Choir and the Choral Union join forces for a presentation of works by Bach, Barber and Finzi. Edward Benyas and Susan Davenport conduct. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. This performance is not part of the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra season series. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Edward Benyas at or 453-5834; or Susan Davenport, or 453-5800.