North Central College - Naperville, IL

College hosts three speakers during April

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Diane Grams
Diane Grams

Contact:  Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

March 15, 2011—North Central College has invited three speakers to campus in April to give talks on various topics. All lectures are free and open to the public.

On April 1, author and artist Diane Grams will discuss comparisons between New Orleans and Chicago in a presentation titled “A Tale of Two Cities: New Orleans and Chicago.” On April 12, Glen Ellyn resident Willie DiFabio will talk about his memorable journey and hike in “Adventure on the Appalachian Trail.” Also that week on April 14, author and teacher Zack Furness will give a lecture on the subject of his book “One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility.”

Grams is writing a book on a study of the urban cultures of New Orleans and Chicago and will discuss her research comparing urban art from the two cities at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, in Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Her discussion related to Chicago will be based on her 2010 book “Producing Local Color: Art Networks in Ethnic Chicago,” an investigation of art producers in Chicago’s Bronzeville, Pilsen and Rogers Park communities. Grams is an assistant professor of sociology at Tulane University and has served as assistant director of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. She is also an artist whose work has been displayed in more than 40 exhibitions worldwide.

Willie DiFabioDiFabio will discuss his trip on the Appalachian Trail at noon Tuesday, April 12, in Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Following his retirement from 3M where he had worked for 30 years, DiFabio embarked on a hike of more than 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail, a trip that took nearly seven months in 2008. He’ll describe the people and places he encountered and the exceptional challenges of the trail, including the trail’s geology, terrain and cultures along the way.

A bicycle transportation advocate, activist and college professor, Furness will talk about the history and cultural meaning of bicycling, the subject of his 2010 book, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. His book explores the cultural and political significance of bike advocacy, everyday cycling, and automobile transportation in the United States from the 1890s through the present day. He is assistant professor of cultural studies at Columbia College Chicago.Zack Furness

These lectures are some of the many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).