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Three Seniors Awarded Fulbright Fellowships

Three Seniors Awarded Fulbright Fellowships

Graduating seniors Kathryn Frank, Erin McKinstry, and Julia Sievert have been awarded prestigious Fulbright fellowships for international study.

Kathryn, a history and Spanish major, will use her award to support her work next year in Argentina teaching English, volunteering at a community service project, and conducting oral history research. Kathryn said she specifically applied for a Fulbright fellowship that would allow her to return to Argentina, where she studied in 2010 with the Knox College Program in Buenos Aires.

Erin, a Spanish and German language major, will be traveling to Germany to teach English. She also plans to pursue an internship, perhaps with an organization specializing in international women's issues, and work on a research project about the impact of Turkish-German women writers on contemporary German literature.

An environmental studies major, Julia has two minors: one in German and the other in studio art with a focus on ceramics. Though she will be focusing primarily on teaching English in Germany, she plans to immerse herself in her new community. One way to do that, Julia said, will be to share her love of crafts. She spent time last year in Freiburg, Germany, an area known for ceramics.

Learn more about Kathryn, Erin, and Julia's Fulbright Fellowships and study abroad opportunities at Knox.

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175th Anniversary
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Knox Receives National Award for Community Service

Knox College's outstanding record of engaging students in community service -- more than 16,000 hours last year -- is being recognized with a national award, the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012. This is the third time in the past four years that Knox has won the award from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Knox was selected for the Honor Roll based on community service that totaled 16,546 hours last year, ranging from adult literacy tutoring to helping with in-school programs. Read more about the award and community service at Knox.

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International Political Analyst Delivers Distinguished Stellyes Lecture

Journalist and political analyst Robin Wright delivered the inaugural Stellyes Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs as part of the College's 175th anniversary celebration. The lecture was based on her most recent book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World, which focuses on a cultural change in the Middle East through activism, art, music, and media. With two-thirds of the populations of the Middle East under the age of 30, this baby boom generation is breaking away from the status quo of the region, according to Wright. "We have a tradition of great speakers," Knox President Teresa Amott said when introducing Wright. "Eleanor Stellyes believed that knowledge of cultures is key to American success. Robin Wright embodies that commitment to and passion for insight and understanding." Read more about Wright's presentation and the annual Stellyes Lecture.

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Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival 2012

The 2012 Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival drew a crowd of about 1,000 people for live music performances on March 29-31. The annual festival concluded with a Saturday night double-bill as the award-winning Knox Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Knox jazz program director Nikki Malley, opened for the headliner concert by the Noah Preminger Group. The three-day jazz festival, a tradition for more than 30 years, also featured performances by the Knox Faculty and Friends Combo, the Knox Alumni Jazz Band, and Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls. See images from the event, and learn more about the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, and Knox's music program.

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Sustainability and Food Go Hand in Hand

Junior Yeojin Yi from Sammamish, Washington, is cooking her way through school, channeling her passion for all things food into a job at En Season Café. Yeojin, who goes by YJ, is pursuing a self-designed major in food, community, and sustainable development and a minor in English literature at Knox. As sous chef, YJ helps prepare a menu of meals made from locally grown produce and other ingredients from nearby farms. But she isn't the only one with a focus on consumables. Knox's Food Over Food society combines conservation, literacy, and the culinary arts to discuss topics related to food and life. "Coming together to discuss food while eating food is the way food conversations should happen," said senior Elizabeth Cockrell. Learn more about YJ, the Food Over Food society, and Knox's focus on sustainability.

Forum On Iran: Knox Students Quiz Professors

Alt TextInspired by recent international events, the Knox Democrats student organization hosted a forum in which a panel of Knox faculty members offered their academic perspectives on Iran. The participants were Professor of Economics Roy Andersen, Professor of History Emre Sencer, and Professor of Political Science Daniel Beers. Junior Anna Meier, who moderated the event, said the Knox Democrats hosted the forum because there recently has been "increased belligerence," especially in the media, toward Iran. "We believe that conversation is vital to understanding the complex issues that characterize the modern world," she said. Read more about the forum.

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Sophomore Launches Podcast that Explores Life at Knox

Sophomore Christopher Poore writes, "When people ask me what's going to happen on This Is Where We Live, I like to ask them about the sounds they've heard today in Galesburg, Illinois. There's a soundtrack here, tangled in the air: birds cawing, choirs practicing, lawn mowers zooming by. This show wants to listen to these sounds and tell the stories behind them." The first episode ever of This Is Where We Live investigates the crows that roost in Galesburg each winter. Infamous for their droppings and their large numbers, the crows have recently garnered the attention of Kip Canfield at the Galesburg Police Department. He's planning an all-out assault on the crows that will chase them out of town next winter. But two Knox professors -- Jim Mountjoy and Monica Berlin -- aren't so sure that's a good idea. Learn more about Christopher and listen to his podcast.

Fulbright Fellow and Knox Alum Returns to Discuss the Media in India

Alt TextKnox graduate Indira Somani returned to campus recently to discuss her research into Indian media and its effects on the Indian diaspora. Somani, a professor of journalism and mass communication, spoke on "Indian Diaspora, Identity, and Media." She described how ethnic media can contribute to an ethnic group's sense of identity, especially for those living far from their culture of heritage. "What I'm trying to work toward is getting a firmer understanding as to what TV executives are moving toward," Somani said, "because media is really having an influence on how the cultural values are changing in India." Learn more about Somani's research and Knox's journalism and global studies programs.

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Journalist Discusses the Aftermath of the Haiti Earthquake

Jonathan Katz, former chief correspondent in Haiti for The Associated Press, visited Knox College to discuss his experiences reporting on the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath. Katz, the first to report in the international news media about the earthquake and later trace the source of a deadly cholera epidemic, has appeared regularly in major media outlets including The Washington Post and MSNBC.com. His presentation is titled "The Big Truck That Went By: Reconstruction and Missed Opportunity in Post-Earthquake Haiti." The event was sponsored by the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies which brings guest speakers from around the world to the Knox campus. Learn more about Katz’ presentation and Knox’s global focus.

Knox Celebrates Earth Week 2012 with a Presentation by Author Paul Greenberg

Alt TextKnox College celebrates Earth Week 2012 with a series of events, including a presentation by author Paul Greenberg and a dinner open to the community showcasing sustainably raised seafood. Greenberg is the author of "Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food," a New York Times bestseller and winner of the James Beard Award for food writing. Local restaurants will offer special items inspired by Greenberg's work, and hold a drawing for a free signed copy of his book. In addition, Greenberg's presentation will be streamed live over the internet for all to see on Monday, April 16th at 5:00PM CST. Learn more about the presentation and follow this link to watch live.

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