Rock Valley College

First Tuesday Lecture Series

All RVC First Tuesday Lectures are held in the Student Center Atrium on RVC's main campus. All lectures start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

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

September 3, 2019

Music and Mini-skirts: American culture in Saigon 1960-1975

Presented by Dr. Martin Quirk, Professor of History

In his 21st lecture for this series, Dr. Quirk will present an analysis of the presence of American culture in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Included in the discussion will be the role of American fashion, popular culture, and music. The lecture will feature photographic images, videos and music.

October 1, 2019

Are We Addicted To Our Cellphones?

Presented by Dr. Julie Hernandez, Professor of Psychology

A discussion of what is meant by the concept of “addiction”, the different kinds of addiction (psychological vs. physiological; behavioral vs. drug) and the idea of “acceptable” vs. “unacceptable” addiction. Cell phone use today and relating it back to addiction, Dr. Hernandez will discuss research on attitudes toward cell phone use and the positive and negative effects of cell phone use on self-perception, brain activity, concentration, and interpersonal skills.

November 5, 2019

Assimilation and its Discontents: Jewish Literature and the American Experience

Presented by Dr. Sarah Etlinger, Professor of English

At a time when immigration is at the forefront of our political landscape, this lecture examines the role that Jewish immigrants have played in imagining the American experience through their literary descriptions and interactions with the American dream and ideals. Characterized primarily by the struggles to assimilate, this lecture highlights the crucial roles that Jewish-American literature plays in thinking about the American experience.

March 3, 2020

Dissecting Flat-Earth Conspiracies

Presented by Brian Wagner, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Conspiracy theories have become more prominent with the invention of the internet. Recently there has been a movement of the flat earth society that seeks to discredit the globe model of the earth and all the science with it. For this reason, it can become very dangerous. Professor Wagner will examine the various arguments that flat-earthers put forward, dissect their theories, and demonstrate how conspiracy theories become so convincing in spite of counter-evidence.

April 7, 2020

Addressing the Economic Cost of Domestic Violence

Co-presented by Dr. Michael Youngblood, Professor of Economics and
Sierra Kellen, Project Manager for the Family Justice Center Grant

Dr. Youngblood has been invited by the Mayor’s office to serve on the committee comprised of law enforcement, social services and the healthcare industry, to develop a Family Justice Center, a multi-disciplinary, co-located service center providing services to victims of inter-personal violence for the Rockford area. Dr. Youngblood’s role on the committee is to help estimate the individual and community costs of intimate partner violence (IPV). He will present an overview of the economic cost of inter-personal violence to both the victim and the community. Ms. Kellen will provide specific details about the Family Justice Center.


DISCLAIMER: Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent those of the College, the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees, their agents or employees. First Tuesday Lectures are free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Kathy McCarty in Academic Affairs at 815- 921-4009.

To request disability-related accommodations, or this flyer in an alternative format, please the College’s Disability Support Services office at (815) 921-2356. Advance notice is appreciated.