First Tuesday Lecture Series

All RVC First Tuesday Lectures are free and open to the general public. Refreshments are served 30 minutes prior to each lecture start time. For more information call Kathy McCarty at (815) 921-4009.

First Tuesday Lecture

December 1, 2015

Religious Terrorism:  A Recipe for Disaster

While extremists dish out hatred and prejudice on the world, we begin to wonder what causes others to resort to such violence.  What is the recipe for this dish of religious terrorism?  How can a person maintain religious piety without resorting to extremism?  We will examine various ingredients for the religious extremism that oftens leads to violence.

Presented by Brian Wagner, Philosophy Instructor
6:00pm in the Student Center Atrium


February 2, 2016

Community Health Awareness: Hypertension Presentation Signs, Causes and Prevention

An introduction to this silent disease (hypertension) that has multiple serious consequences if left undiagnosed or untreated. National and global statistics, causes and preventive methods will be discussed, and to a small extent, the current practices of management of high blood pressure.

Presented by Dr. Tabinda Azam, Biology Instructor
6:00pm in the Student Center Atrium


March 1, 2016

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A discussion of the causes and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the underlying physiological mechanisms, and what the current research says about the best treatments. Dr. Fisher will also discuss the results of her study on PTSD.

Presented by Dr. Erin Fisher, Professor of Psychology
6:00pm in the Student Center Atrium

April 5, 2016

Down to the Sea in Ships: The 15 Most Significant Naval Battles in World History

Continuing Dr. Quirk’s popular military history series, the 15 most significant sea battles in World History will be examined using visual sources and an analytical mode. The presentation follows Dr. Quirk’s exploration of aerial and land warfare.

Presented by Dr. Martin Quirk, Professor of History
6:00pm in the Student Center Atrium

May 3, 2016

Coping with the Smart Grid By Using a Smart Phone

Commonwealth Edison plans on launching Smart Grid Technology to our region in 2016. Consumers need to understand how this will affect their billing and why it will become very important to manage their own electrical energy usage. Appliances will form part of a wireless Home Area Network (HAN) using ZigBee. The improvements to the grid reliability need to be understood as well as the available scrutiny of our individual electrical energy usage by the power utility.

Presented by Dr. Tom Lombardo and Stephen Fleeman - Professors, Engineering & Technology Division
6:00pm in the Student Center Atrium

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