April 3, 2017, 7:00pm
J.D. Vance Lecture
Civic Discourse Week 2017
J.D. Vance, renowned author of the New York Times best-selling book "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis," will present a thought-provoking discussion on Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Vance gives a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. In this timely talk, Vance sheds light on an often forgotten corner of the country, offering not just a powerful picture of how upward mobility really feels, but also the loss of the modern-day American dream.
April 8, 2017, 7:30pm
Adam Trent- The Futurist
Adam Trent is one of the stars of the hit Broadway show 'The Illusionists', which shattered box office records during its 2014/2015 run. He’s made appearances on Good Morning America, America's Got Talent, Disney Channel, ABC, VH1, Rachel Ray, Travel Channel, SyFy and others – making him one of the most in-demand illusionists working today. Described as Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield, his audience interactive performances are part magic, part concert, and part stand-up comedy, with a fast paced variety necessary for today’s theatre audience. He promises that audiences will leave his show feeling differently than they expected to feel after a magic show. Adam has a vast history of philanthropic work for which U.S. News & World Report named him '1 of the 10 Most Influential Youths in America'.
May 6, 2017, 7:30pm
Still the kings of disco. Village People is a one of-a-kind act synonymous with dance music. These six men provide high-energy choreography with fun and lots of singing and dancing. This show is great entertainment for audiences of all ages. They have sold more than 100 million recordings and are known for such hits as “Macho Man”, “Can’t Stop the Music”, “Go West”, and “YMCA”. The group has won many awards including an American Music Award – Favorite Music Group, AGVA’s Georgie Award, West Germany’s Gold Lion Award for Music Excellence and Brazil’s Award for Best Act, to name just a few.