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2016-2017 Cook Series Presentations

Tim Riley:“John Lennon—The Man, The Myth, The Music”

Tim Riley, 2016 Cook Series presenterAuthor Tim Riley, a music critic for National Public Radio, will present “John Lennon: The Man, The Myth, The Music” as the second event of Cloud County Community College’s Cook Series on November 17 at 7:30 in Cook Theatre.

In addition to writing musical reviews for NPR, Riley has published his writing in the Washington Post,,, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times. He has appeared on PBS NewsHour, CBS Evening News, MTV, the History Channel, and Morning Joe. He frequently addresses topics such as the impact of social media on culture and censorship in the arts and music. His musical experience includes training as a classical pianist at Oberlin College and Eastman School of Music. Riley currently teaches digital journalism at Emerson College in Boston.

His books include Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary; Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary; Madonna Illustrated ; Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender in America; and Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music - The Definitive Life.

As an added bonus, Riley will conduct a session at 11:00 a. m. in Cook Theatre with CCCC students about the impact of social media on our culture. The public is invited to attend this session as well.

Riley’s evening lecture will follow the presentation of the 2016 Cook Legacy Award for the Arts to Susan Sutton, which will begin at 7:00 in Cook Theatre. A reception for Riley and Sutton, as well as a book signing, will take place in the college’s library immediately following the program.



Dr. David Simmonds: “The Native American Art of Blackbear Bosin”

American Art of Blackbear Bosin, Cook SeriesDr. Simmonds is the stepson of Blackbear Bosin, a Native American artist of Kiowa and Comanche heritage whose most famous work is The Keeper of the Plains, the large sculpture along the Arkansas River in Wichita. Bosin also produced many painting and illustrations that exemplify the legends, mythology, and spirit of Native Americans.
May 4, 2017, 7:00 pm
Cook Theatre, Cloud County Community College
2221 Campus Drive
Concordia, KS 66901
Admission: FREE!