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 PM on designated Tuesdays and also will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

These wonderful lectures are free and open to the general public. 

Spring 2022 Schedule

The Politicization of History

Presenter: Dr. Dan Blumlo, Professor of History

Date & Time: February 1, 2022 at 6:00 PM

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".

Calling “BS”: How to Fight the Misinformation War

Presenter: Dr. Sarah Etlinger, Professor of English

Date & Time: March 1, 2022 at 6:00 PM

During the past presidential administration, calls of “fake news” and disinformation campaigns emerged as a central concern for the health of the nation. Once the pandemic hit, it became evident that we faced two diseases at once: the actual virus, and the devastating health effects such misinformation created. This presentation calls on the speaker’s expertise in rhetoric and research methods to address the value and limits of fact-checking, media biases, and offers some strategies towards better information literacy. Indeed, we can “win the war on truth” if we are well-equipped.

Our Darkest Day: The Fall of Saigon – April 1975

Presenter: Dr. Martin Quirk, Professor of History

Date & Time: April 5, 2022 at 6:00 PM

In the early morning hours of April 30th, the last 11 U.S. military personnel departed the U.S. Embassy roof in Saigon just as the North Vietnamese tanks advanced into the capital. Their departure marked the end of 20 years of U.S. involvement and became symbolic of American failure and the limits of the nation’s power. Seen by some as failure, the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan raises significant questions about the limits of our nation’s power. This presentation will discuss the history of the Fall of Saigon in April, 1975 in light of these questions, offering this history of the evacuation and its place in U.S. history.

Dr. Hatten's 2019-2020 Sabbatical Leave Review

Presenter: Dr. Tim Hatten, Professor of Fitness, Wellness & Sport

Date & Time: May 3, 2022 at 6:00 PM

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.

Accessibility Statement: To request disability-related accommodations, please contact RVC's Disability Support Services Office at 815-921-2356. Advance notice is appreciated. 

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions are solely those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent those of the College, Rock Valley College Board of Trustees, their agents, or employees. First Tuesday Lectures are free and open to the general public.