Arts/Communications/Social Sciences

February 22, 2018

Kishwaukee College is hosting Dialogue: Violence in America on Wednesday, February 28 from 12:30 – 1:30p.m. in Room A1222 in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center. Participants should park in Lot A/South and enter through Doors #16 and #17.  Dialogue: Violence in America is free and open to the public. 

Violence pervades every aspect of our culture: from the establishment of our colonies to the battles we choose to fight. Americans have included violence into their language, relationships, movies, games, sports, and music. Dialogue: Violence in America participants are encouraged to voice their opinions with fact-based reasoning to share differing viewpoints and promote greater understanding among the group.

Dialogue: Violence in America is one of a series of open forums that are being held during the spring semester at Kishwaukee College. The Dialogue series is designed to foster fact-based open discussion about topics that have a contemporary focus with an historical and sociological perspective. Coordinated by Jennifer Jossendal, Assistant Professor of History, and Pernevlon Ellis, Assistant Professor of Sociology, the Dialogue series will be held approximately once each month and allows for members of the community to join Kishwaukee College faculty, staff and students in thoughtful, civil discourse on topics relevant to the current events and issues facing the United States and its role in the world. 

For more information on Dialogue: Violence in America, contact Jennifer Jossendal at jjossendal@kish.edu or 815-825-9376.

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January 26, 2018

The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery will be hosting a group exhibition by the Chicago Area Cartoonists and Comics. The show will run January 31 – March 1. There will be an Opening Reception on Thursday, February 1 from noon – 2:00p.m. in the Gallery. Hours for the Kishwaukee College Art Gallery for Spring 2018 are Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. The Gallery and Opening Reception are both free and open to the public.

The exhibition will include works by: Je‑rey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Kevin Budnik, Jessica Campbell,

Anya Davidson, Chris Eliopolis, Mike Freiheit, Andy Glass, Emily Greer, Andy Hongisto, Yewon Kwon, Amy Lockhart, Lane Milburn, Ben Nadler, Alex Nall, Chloe Perkis, Aaron Renier, Keiler Jean Roberts, Tim Seeley, Conor Stechschulte, and Chris Ware. Some of the exhibitors included in the show are multiple Ignatz Award Winners, multiple Eisner Awards Winners, a Harvey Award Winner, a National Cartoonist Society Award Winner, and two New Yorker cover artists.

The show is curated by Miles Halpern, Assistant Professor of Art at Kish. Halpern stated, “Chicago Area Cartoonists and Comics features a diverse range of original works on paper, prints, zines, and books, from both award-winning established and emerging regional cartoonists, artists, and illustrators.

­The city of Chicago has a rich history of nurturing many great alternative and independent cartoonists. Some of the best visual narrative works in the past few decades were all created with the city of Chicago as a backdrop.”

Halpern noted that a gallery installation of cartoons and comics poses unique challenges as the art by its nature is made to be held and viewed in a context.  “In a gallery setting, a comic may appear out of context and incomplete presented on a gallery wall,” he explained. “A goal of the exhibit is to give respect and visibility to the multiple aspects of creating and experiencing comics, from the literary and visual, to the process itself. Th­is is done by presenting comics at these various stages of development, side-by-side, to educate the public about the creative, technical, and commercial process of comics.”

For more information on by the Chicago Area Cartoonists and Comics exhibition, contact Jaime Long, Dean of Arts/Communications/Social Sciences at Kishwaukee College, at jlong@kish.edu or at 815-825-9532.

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Pictured is Mr. Peach by Ivan Brunetti. The left piece is red pencil on newsprint; middle is india ink on bristol board; right is inkjet print on bristol board. The work demonstrates the various stages of development of a single comic. Brunetti is a Chicago teacher, editor, illustrator and cartoonist and his works have occasionally appeared in The New Yorker magazine.

October 18, 2017

Kishwaukee College will be hosting a series of open forums during the fall and spring semesters titled Dialogue to foster fact-based open discussion about topics that have a contemporary focus with an historical and sociological perspective. The first will be Dialogue: Civil Disobedience and will be on Tuesday, October 24 from 12:30 – 1:30p.m. in Room C1134 in the Kishwaukee College Student Center.  Dialogue: Civil Disobedience is free and open to the public.

Coordinated by Jennifer Jossendal, Assistant Professor of History, and Pernevlon Ellis, Assistant Professor of Sociology, the Dialogue series will be held approximately once each month and allow for members of the community to join Kishwaukee College faculty, staff and students in thoughtful, civil discourse on topics relevant to the current events and issues facing the United States and its role in the world. 

Jossendal stated, “We hope to provide an opportunity to gather and dissect important, and often concerning issues, in a manner appropriate for an academic institution: where you are comforted by historical truths and offered the security of your Constitutional rights, as we discuss together, the moments in which we are living.” 

Dialogue: Civil Disobedience will examine the history of non-violent protest movements through history with particular emphasis on the 1960’s and the Civil Rights Movement and Anti-Vietnam Protests. The discussion will then move into current examples of Civil Disobedience and their roots and relationship to similar movements in the past, comparing and contrasting the past with present. Participants are encouraged to voice their opinions with fact-based reasoning to share differing opinions and promote greater understanding among the group.

The second forum in the series will be Dialogue: Violence in America and will be held on Wednesday, November 15 from 12:30 – 1:30p.m. in C1134.

For more information on Dialogue: Civil Disobedience, contact Jennifer Jossendal at jjossendal@kish.edu or 815-825-9376.