Rockford, Illinois

First Tuesday Lecture Series

Rock Valley College experts lecture on a wide variety of interesting topics. All lectures are open to the public and free of charge. Refreshments are served 30 minutes prior to each lecture start time.

All RVC First Tuesday Lectures are free and open to the general public. For more information call Kathy McCarty at 815-921-4009.

Spring 2015

February 3

Thesis in Hip-Hop:The Rise of the Sharpened Sword

Adjunct English Instructor Grant Schubert will explore how the thesis statement gradually arose in Hip-Hop, from D.J. Hollywood to the Sugar Hill Gang and to the battle between Kool Moe Dee and Busy Bee, and the eventual realization of the thesis with Rakim.

Presented by Grant Schubert, RVC Adjunct Instructor of English
6:00 pm

Student Center Atrium

March 3

Post-Modernism:What Is It And Where Is It Going?

It’s what comes “after modernity." But does anyone know what that means? This presentation will survey some of the basic tenets of post-modern philosophy with a focus on epistemology (what we can know). The purpose of this lecture is to consider various possibilities for where postmodernity might be headed in the future.

Presented by Brian Wagner, RVC Instructor of Philosophy
6:00 pm
Student Center Atrium

April 7

The 10 Most Important Battles of the last 100 years of U.S. History

Strategy and tactics as well as the role of the American military leadership will be examined. There will also be a discussion of weapons and tactics utilizing a visual format. This presentation is a continuation of Dr. Quirk’s ongoing First Tuesday series of “top ten” military related topics.

Presented by Dr. Martin Quirk, RVC Professor of History
6:00 pm

Student Center Atrium

May 5

Miracles, Freedom, and the Problem of Evil

A brief account of miracles, free will, and the problem of evil or immense unnecessary suffering. Professor Kramer will argue the following:

  1. Miracles imply intervention on the part of a divine being (omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, or God);
  2. Historically, theists have not presumed such interventions disrupt human free will;
  3. Historically, theists have argued that God does not intervene (miraculously) to prevent horrible evils because doing so would limit human freedom, a worse scenario than allowing the evil;

This leads to at least two unpleasant conclusions for the theist: (a) Miracles do, in fact, limit human freedom; or (b) Miracles do not limit human freedom, but then there is no defense for God’s failure to prevent horrible evils.

Presented by Chris Kramer, RVC Associate Professor of Philosophy
6:00 pm

Student Center Atrium

Where is the Student Center Atrium?

The Atrium is located in the Student Center building on RVC's main campus, located at 3301 North Mulford Road in Rockford. Enter RVC from Mulford Road and park in lots 1 or 2 for the easiest access to the Student Center (see campus map).

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