Cloud County Community College
Concordia campus, (800) 729-5101
Geary County campus, Junction City, (785) 238-8010

For Immediate Release
11/8/2016 12:27:57 PM
Contact: Brent Phillips 785-243-1435 ext 244
Author: Jessica LeDuc

Music Critic to Discuss John Lennon at Cook Event

Author 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 Thursday, Nov. 17. The presentation, which is free, will be at 7:30 p.m. in Cook Theatre on the Concordia campus.
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 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 p.m. 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.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Charles and Marian Cook Series at Cloud County Community College.  The Cooks were travelers who wanted to bring the world to those who could not travel themselves. More than 70 events have been presented under the auspices of the Cook Foundation and the Division of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business in the past 25 years.
For more information, contact Brenton Phillips, Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business at the Cloud County Community College, 785.243.1435.

Tim Riley, Cook Series event presenter

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Tim Riley, Cook Series event presenter

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