September 03, 2015

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

Sept. 4-25

This bi-weekly email brings together the highlights of arts and cultural events happening at SIU Carbondale. From music to art, film to dance, guest lectures to workshops and theater, you will find the information here. Event information is subject to change. 


Touch of Nature welcomes “The Gathering Place Off Broadway” and its special musical guests on Sept. 11, “A Salute to the Heroes of 9/11 Concert.” Johnny Cash tribute artist Bill Forness and One More Round will perform Cash hits from the early days through his last days. Call 618/967-9338 for tickets, contact Cynda Tanner, for event information.

Jonathan Gray, associate professor of communication studies, is also a writer and director of thought-provoking performance art. His most recent creation, “The Matter in Hand,” comes to the Marion Kleinau Theater Sept. 24-26, with performances at 8 p.m. Gray uses puppetry and masks to examine all the angles of our relationships with “non-human organisms” – the ones we love and the ones we use, the ones we embrace and the ones we fear. “Animals… are trapped between our projections of ourselves onto them and our distancing of ourselves from them,” he wrote in an introduction to his performance.

Here are select upcoming events:


9 – Guest speaker. “A Journey Back from Sexual Assault,” 7 p.m., Student Center Ballrooms. Entrepreneur Sheri Poe will share her story of going from survivor to “thriver” and the efforts of her philanthropic organization, P.O.E. IMPACT, to address and reduce violence against women through advocacy and education. 

11 – Concert: “A Salute to the Heroes of 9/11,” 6-10 p.m., Touch of Nature Camp II Friends Room, sponsored by “The Gathering Place.” 

12 – Performance. Graduate Student Performance Hour, 8 p.m. in Marion Kleinau Theater. 

14 – Film showing. “Never the Same: The Prisoner of War Experience,” a documentary by Jan Thompson, professor in the Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media, 7 p.m., Student Center Auditorium. Emmy award winning actress Loretta Swift, narrator, is a special guest for this event. Swift is known in part for her role as Major “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the long-running show M*A*S*H*. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute supports this event. 

17 – Discussion. Paul Simon Public Policy Institute luncheon session with Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, 11:30 a.m., SIU Saluki Stadium club room. 

23 – Guest speaker. Author, businessman, television personality and U.S. Army veteran Wes Moore will deliver the Distinguished Speaker Series lecture, 7:30 p.m., Student Center Ballrooms.

24 – Artist lecture. Blaine de St. Croix talks about his large-scale installations and sculptures, 6:15 p.m., John C. Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library.