RVC First Tuesday Lecture Series continues Nov. 2 with two offerings

From press release

The Rock Valley College (RVC) First Tuesday Lecture Series continues Nov. 2 with two unique lectures.

RVC Assistant Professor of Business Stacy McCaskill will present “The Ethics of Fair Trade” at noon in the Rock Valley College Student Center Atrium (first floor of the Student Center on the RVC main campus).

This is an overview of the complex issues involved in reducing poverty and eliminating social inequities through the power of social enterprise. What is Fair Trade? How fair is fair? Who decides? How can we make more just and globally-sustainable decisions as consumers of the products we use every day?

The second lecture will be at 6 p.m., Nov. 2, and will also be held in the Student Center Atrium. Dr. Robert Betts, RVC Professor of Speech, will present “Negotiating a Space Between Rioting & Reconciliation: The Civil Rights Rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr., and John F. Kennedy, and Malcolm X, 1961-1965.”

King, Kennedy and Malcolm X used the words “to struggle together” at a time when each was constrained by the situation and one another. Many rhetorical histories have characterized the power and potential of their words. It is hoped we can now take the next step. Each rhetor also helped in the creation of a space for discourse. “Reconciliation” and “rioting” may constitute the ideological hopes and fears of activism, but it is the desire to struggle in an uncertain space that makes consistent social change.

All First Tuesday lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served a half hour prior to each lecture. For more information, call Kathy McCarty at (815) 921-4009.

From the Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2010 issue

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