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Campus, community come together through Celebrating Arts and Ideas series

Posted by on January 16, 2013

Crimi AuditoriumThe Celebrating Arts and Ideas series continues this month, offering members of the campus and surrounding community the opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique and diverse collection of events, including guest speaker presentations, musical performances, theatrical productions, art and museum exhibits, and films. Spring events will reflect the “Voices of Democracy” theme for the 2012-2013 series, which addresses the issues, beliefs and personalities that are shaping our country. Spring presenters include:

Alan Wolfe
Wednesday, January 30, 2103
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium

Alan Wolfe teaches political science at Boston College, where he is the director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. He is a contributing editor of The New Republic and often writes for publications, such as The New York Times. Wolfe is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including “Political Evil: What It Is and How to Combat It.”

David Shrader
Thursday, February 7, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium

Equally at home in front of a harpsichord, organ, piano or fortepiano, David Schrader is a performer of wide-ranging interests and accomplishments. He returns to Aurora University for an exhilarating concert featuring the Crimi Auditorium pipe organ, Opus 119.

Kay Redfield Jamison
Monday, February 25, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration

In 1995, as professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, Kay Redfield Jamison shocked her colleagues by going public with her own struggle with manic depression in a Washington Post article and subsequent best-selling book “An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness.” She addresses the clinical and personal realities of depression and bipolar disorder in a manner that encourages dialogue, empathy and hope.

Luis Alberto Urrea
March 20, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration

Luis Alberto Urrea isa prolific and award-winning writer of poetry, essays and novels. He is a master of language and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences in his writings to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. Some of Urrea’s books have been incorporated into courses at Aurora University, eliciting student discussion about borders, immigration and the search for belonging.

All Celebrating Arts and Ideas events are free to the public, but reservations are required. To register, visit, email or call 630-844-4924.

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