Rock Valley College
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 2014


The Role of Humor Against Oppression

by Chris Kramer, RVC Assistant Professor of Philosophy

March 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium

An account of one form of oppression concentrating on the concealed mechanism in stereotypes. Damaging stereotypes perpetuate a specific kind of "civilized oppression" that is difficult to recognize due to the ubiquity and normalizing tendencies of these hidden devices embedded in our language and everyday practices. A non-violent "weapon" in the fight against them is humor. Professor Kramer will argue that humor can be used in revealing hidden errors in our heuristic thinking or stereotypes. Developing a humorous attitude in ourselves fosters epistemic openness, in addition to standing as a form of protest that is quickly transmitted and potentially far-reaching.


The Top 10 Military Fighting Forces of All Time

by Dr. Martin Quirk, RVC Professor of History

April 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium

This lecture will analyze the effectiveness of various fighting forces throughout history using a developed paradigm. Each force will be analyzed and then the criteria for its inclusion will be discussed. The lecture will be accompanied by an interactive slide presentation highlighting strategy and equipment.


The Pygmalion Effect in Higher Education

by Crystal Dinwiddie, RVC Assistant Professor of Sociology 

May 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium

An exploration of research focusing on K-12 about the impact of teacher expectations on student intellectual development and academic outcomes. How might the Pygmalion Effect impact student experiences in college? How might college instructor expectations further widen the existing academic achievement and attainment gaps, or better yet, aid in closing these gaps?


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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