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


March 14 (second Tuesday) at noon

 

Crossed Sabers: A History of the United States Cavalry
 

One of the most enduring, evocative, and romantic images in all of American martial history is the horse mounted cavalry trooper. The image is etched in the American memory. This presentation will explore the birth of the U.S. Cavalry from the Revolutionary War to the present. Important figures, events, and technological developments will be discussed and illustrated.

Presented by Dr. Martin Quirk, Professor of History


March 14 (second Tuesday) at 6 p.m.

 

Presidential Election 2016: A Basket of Deplorable Logical Fallacies. Or, Why Logic And Reason Should Still Have A Place In Public Discourse. Or, What the H@#*! Just Happened?
 

A brief overview of logical fallacies and why it is important to follow the rules of argumentation especially in political debates where the consequences of poor reasoning can be very far reaching. This talk will NOT address particular political policies other than to evaluate the presumed logical connectedness of the candidates’ claims and their stated or assumed conclusions. The talk will focus on how reasoning continues to fail in the highest echelons of American democracy, with the latest election (according to some reports, the most fallacy-infused ever!) leading us further away from the ideals of civilized discourse. Warning: There is a fallacy lurking in this very description.

Presented by Dr. Chris Kramer, Associate Professor of Philosophy

 

April 4 at noon
 

A Case for Religious Pluralism
 

In a world of rich diversity, questions begin to arise about how to interact with people of different religious backgrounds. Are all religions the same? Is it possible for all religions to be true? What does a religious truth look like? We will examine one possible interpretations of religious pluralism as an attempt to resolve religious conflict and differences.

Presented by Brian Wagner, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

 

April 4 at 6 p.m.
 

Language, Bias and Power
 

Examination of the relationship between language and power. Language is multifaceted and goes beyond dictionary definitions of words and syntax, but it (1) directs and limits thinking; (2) creates and perpetuates unconscious biases as it limits thought; (3) serves as a gatekeeper of “valid” and “valued” language and thought. The use of language thereby upholds existing power structures. To truly move beyond inequality, one must examine the relationship between language and power. Cognitive psychology theory and sociological theory will be used to explore these relationships.

Presented by Jessica Oladapo, Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology & Geography


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.