Rock Valley College

First Tuesday Lecture Series


First Tuesday Lecture

Rock Valley College is proud to announce the return of the First Tuesday Lecture Series, a tradition since 1981.  The First Tuesday Lecture series showcases excellence in faculty scholarship and creative activity, providing an opportunity for faculty to present that scholarship to the college community and the community-at-large.  The first lecture was presented on October 6, 1981 by R. David Gustafson.

The lectures will be presented live in the Educational Resource Center Performing Arts Room at 6:00 p.m. on designated Tuesdays and also will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

These wonderful lectures are free and open to the general public.  The Fall 2021 schedule is as follows:

Dissecting 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

Presented by Brian Wagner, Associate Professor of Philosophy
September 14, 2021 at 6 p.m. in the Educational Resource Center Performing Arts Room.

Whenever a tragedy takes place there are bound to be conspiracy theories surrounding it.  9/11 was not only such a tragedy, it changed the way people think about politics and religion.  Many have labeled 9/11 as an "inside job."  We will explore the evidence for and against such claims while also exploring the various elements of conspiracy theories.

Dr. Hatten presents his 2019-2020 Sabbatical Leave Review

Presented by Dr. Tim Hatten, Professor of Fitness, Wellness & Sport
October 5, 2021 at 6 p.m. in the Educational Resource Center Performing Arts Room.

This presentation will provide an overview of the activities that Dr. Timothy Hatten was involved in during his sabbatical during the 2019-2020 academic year.  Dr. Hatten will discuss his involvement with Redline Athletics, Fusionetics Health Performance Systems, research he performed with the RVC softball program and application of the knowledge, skills and abilities to Rock Valley College.

The Politicization of History

Presented by Dr. Dan Blumlo, Professor of History
November 2, 2021 at 6 p.m. in the Educational Resource Center Performing Arts Room.

While not a new development, the debate over historical memory has become increasingly politicized in modern-day America.  How should we remember and pay tribute to contributions made by historic figures while also holding those figures accountable for their actions?  Is whitewashing the past, or deliberately trying to conceal unpleasant events from the past patriotic?  Should we judge people who lived hundreds of years ago by today's social norms?  In addressing these questions, this talk will discuss the 1619 Project, the 1776 Report, Critical Race Theory, and "cancel culture".