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

May 2 at noon

Pop Music Makes an Ambitious Turn: The Beatles’ Revolver and Sgt. Pepper Albums

Popular music in the 1960’s experienced a dramatic turn when the Beatles created the music that would later become the Revolver and Sgt. Pepper albums. As their efforts turned away from creating “hits” and touring, they redirected popular music’s trajectory through compositional and technical choices that had previously been avoided. This lecture will explain many of these choices in an accessible manner, including recorded and live performances of excerpts, and illustrate both the immediate and continuing legacy of these recordings in pop culture.

Presented by Paul Laprade, Professor of Music

May 2 at 6 p.m.

The Science and Skepticism Regarding Global Warming

In 2014, the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change was released to the public with little to no fanfare in the USA. In this presentation, we will review the most recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and examine a few of the likely sources for the skepticism and denial sometimes associated with this topic. Among the topics discussed will be the psychological barriers we must overcome in order to be open to the science of climate change as well as the influence of anecdote, rhetoric, political ideologies and fear to mislead and misinform the public. The information and insight shared will hopefully reframe and redirect conversations concerning climate change and allow for more compassionate, empathetic and effective communication between those of differing backgrounds and ideologies.

Presented by Joseph Haverly, Professor of Life Sciences

Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent those of Rock Valley College, the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees, their agents or employees.

First Tuesday Replay

Coping with the Smart Grid By Using a Smart Phone


Presented by Dr. Tom Lombardo and Stephen Fleeman - Professors, Engineering & Technology Division

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.