NIC's 2006 Popcorn Forum returns to Chautauqua performances from some of the great minds in history


North Idaho College’s Popcorn Forum Convocation Series Symposium is returning to its popular Chautauqua format for this year’s series “A Journey Through Time: Dialogue with Great Minds From History” March 20-24.
 
Dozens of distinguished presenters will portray thinkers and innovators throughout time during the 36th annual Popcorn Forum series, both speaking and dressed as the character they are portraying.
 
“Chautauqua performances have a way of drawing the audience in so each person feels that they are really in the presence of these historical figures,” said NIC’s Popcorn Forum Coordinator Tony Stewart. “So many people love seeing the Chautauqua format in the Popcorn Forum, and we’re pleased to bring it back this year with another group of outstanding performers.”
 
A musical prelude performed by NIC music faculty and staff will begin each day’s events.
 
On Monday, March 20, the symposium will kick off with a brief welcome by NIC President Michael Burke and Associated Students of NIC President Josh Gittel at 8:45 a.m. in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium followed by a presentation by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, portrayed by NIC History Instructor Sharla Chittick, at 9 a.m. A response panel including several Chautauqua performers, such as American Aviator Amelia Earhart and Anthropologist Angie Debo, will follow at 1 p.m. in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building.
 
The ninth annual Human Rights Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Coeur d’Alene Inn, located at 414 Appleway in Coeur d’Alene. The featured speaker is Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. Hood and Neshoba County Prosecutor Mark Duncan’s closing arguments to a Philadelphia, Miss., jury helped convict Klansman Edgar Ray Killen in 2005 for plotting the murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. Tickets for the banquet are $25 and must be purchased by mailing a check to the Human Rights Education Institute at P.O. Box 2725, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 83816, by Thursday, March 16.
 
NIC Communication Instructor Mona Klinger will portray Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, during a presentation at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21 in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium. Response panelists, including Chautauqua performers such as Journalist Nellie Bly and Neurologist Sigmund Freud, will review the presentation at 1 p.m. and at 7 p.m. in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of Edminster Student Union Building.
 
National Chautauqua performer Charles Everett Pace will portray anti-slavery leader Frederick Douglass at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22 in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium. A response panel including several Chautauqua performers, such as First Lady Abigail Adams and American Statesman Benjamin Franklin, will follow at 1 p.m. in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of Edminster Student Union Building.
 
Professor of philosophy and religion at the University of North Dakota and Furman University in South Carolina George Frien will present as Herman Melville, the author of Moby-Dick, at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 23 in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium. Melville and Douglass will stage a conversation discussing various issues at 11 a.m. in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium followed by a response panel of Chautauqua performers, such as American journalist Joseph Pulitzer and Queen of France Catherine d’Medici, reviewing their discussion at 1 p.m. in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of Edminster Student Union Building.
 
Professor of western and eastern civilization at Johnson Community College in Kansas Fred A. Krebs will portray pioneer of modern physics Galileo at 11 a.m. Friday, March 24 in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium. A response panel including Chautauqua performers such as British statesman and Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Medical Ethics Professor Dr. Joseph Fletcher, will discuss Galileo’s talk at 1 p.m. in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of Edminster Student Union Building.
 
A special concert by the NIC Jazz Ensemble will explore “The Musical World of Duke Ellington” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium. Under the direction of NIC Music Director Terry Jones, the ensemble will journey through Ellington’s favorite pieces throughout his 50-year career as a composer and musician.
 
“Ellington was a fascinating man and you can’t help but be touched by his music,” Jones said. “We hope that is conveyed to audience members during the concert.”
 
All Popcorn Forum events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the Human Rights Banquet March 20.
 
Visitor parking permits will not be required on NIC’s campus the week of the Popcorn Forum, but visitors are encouraged to utilize NIC’s free Shuttle Express, which leaves every 15 minutes from the Museum of North Idaho parking lot and the Shuttle Express Station at the northeast corner of campus.
 
To receive a free printed program, call the NIC College Relations Office at (208) 769-7764 or view it online.


For More Information
NIC Popcorn Forum Coordinator Tony Stewart, (208) 769-3325

Posted: Friday, Feb. 17, 2006

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