Rock Valley College

David H. Caskey Memorial Lecture

Caskey Lecture 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Rock Valley College
Physical Education Center (PEC)
3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford

Keynote Speaker: Award-winning Poet, Activist, and Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Luis J. Rodriguez

Admission: Free

Who can attend? Open to the entire community

The Lecture: “Regeneration in Times of Crisis"  -  Addressing the current state of our world that also touches upon how we address gangs, prisons, crime

2017 Caskey Speaker Luis J. Rodriguez

About Luis J. Rodriguez: Luis Rodriguez is convinced that a writer can change the world. Indeed it is through education and the power of words that Rodriguez saw his own way out of poverty and despair in the barrio of East LA and successfully broke free from the years of violence and desperation he spent as an active gang member. The best selling author of Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., Rodriguez is also known for helping start a number of  prominent organizations — such as Chicago’s Guild Complex, one of the largest literary arts organizations in the Midwest; Rock a Mole Productions which produces music and art festivals, CDs and film; and Youth Struggling for Survival, a Chicago-based non-profit community group working with gang and non-gang youth. In addition, he is one of the founders of the small poetry publishing house Tia Chucha Press, as well as Tia Chucha’s Café & Centro Cultural—a bookstore, coffee shop, art gallery, performance space, and workshop center in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. He and his wife Trini also have a podcast called The Hummingbird and Cricket Hour.

For more information please contact Beth Ingle at (815) 921-3389.