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Aurora University announces October Celebrating Arts and Ideas events

Posted by on September 23, 2014

The ninth season of the Celebrating Arts and Ideas series continues with October events that are free and open to the public. For the complete 2014–2015 season schedule or to register for events, visit, email or call630-844-4924.

AU Faculty Speaker Series: Jeffrey Bulanda, Assistant Professor of Social Work
“Top Lessons Learned Living Abroad in Sierra Leone”
Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Perry Theatre at 349 S. Gladstone Ave., Aurora, Illinois
Jeffrey Bulanda documents his year as a Fulbright Scholar in Sierra Leone where he worked as a university professor, created a youth empowerment program and assisted an extraordinarily disadvantaged primary school.

Film: “College” featuring Jay Warren on organ
Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium at 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, Illinois
This 1927 silent film, accompanied by Jay Warren on the Crimi Auditorium pipe organ, features a bookish young man (Buster Keaton) going off to college to become an athlete with hopes of impressing his girlfriend.

Main Stage: Gregg Edelman: “Broadway in Love” featuring the Don Cagen Orchestra
Saturday, October 11, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium at 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, Illinois
Celebrate favorite Broadway tunes and classic melodies from the Great American Songbook as four-time Tony Award nominee and Chicago native Gregg Edelman performs with the energetic Don Cagen Orchestra. A storyteller, Edelman will share his experiences from his rich history of working on Broadway. His string of shows includes “Cats” and “Anything Goes,” which led to his starring role in “City of Angels” in 1989.

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Concert: Mark Ponzo, trumpet and James Brown, organ
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium
Crimi Auditorium at 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, Illinois
Mark Ponzo, AU Instructor of Trumpet, and James Brown, Chair of the Music Institute of Chicago Evanston campus, explore literature written or arranged for trumpet and organ.

The 2014–2015 series includes events that complement the historic happenings at Aurora University and the current experiences of students and faculty. There will be educational presentations reflecting the addition of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on campus. Professional artists will inspire audiences and students involved in AU’s growing music, theatre and art programs. Additionally, the new speaker series will feature faculty sharing stories about their research and areas of expertise.


Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning, annually educating more than 4,900 degree-seeking students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The university has a long tradition of preparing students for lives of service and leadership, and using its resources and expertise to meet the needs of the community. In addition to its main campus and the Orchard Center in Aurora, Illinois, AU offers programs online, at its George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and at the Woodstock Center in downtown Woodstock, Illinois. Learn more at

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