Sundays at 4

Cultural enrichment. Creative expression. Community engagement.

At George Williams College of Aurora University, we strive to connect to the community through programs, summer concerts and community projects. We extend the invitation, welcoming neighbors and friends to join GWC faculty and students for a year-round cultural journey of free events. From special presentations to concerts to lectures, the Sundays at 4 series features today's leaders in arts and ideas sharing their words and talents. Come to our lakeside campus, enrich yourself in GWC history and be inspired to discover what matters and build your life around it.

2016-2017 Season

Speaker  |  Cultural analyst, author and media scholar, Sherry Turkle

This event is at full capacity. Please call 262-245-8501 to be added to the wait list.

Oct. 16, 2016
4 p.m.
Seabury Room,
Beasley Campus Center

MIT professor and noted author Sherry Turkle is a preeminent authority on how technology is changing how we live. For the last 30 years, she has studied the psychology of people’s relationships with technology. Turkle is the author of five books, including the 2015 New York Times bestseller, “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” and is a featured media commentator on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the BBC and NPR. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim and Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, the Harvard Centennial Medal and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“Sherry Turkle is a singular voice in the discourse about technology.”
—The New York Times

Concert  |  Chicago Philharmonic Brass
Festive holiday concert with mezzo-soprano Susan Platts

This event is at full capacity. Please call 262-245-8501 to be added to the wait list.

Nov. 20, 2016
4 p.m.
Seabury Room,
Beasley Campus Center

Since its founding in 1988 by principals of the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Philharmonic has developed into a musical community of more than 200 of the highest-level classical music performers in the Chicago area, performing under the batons of world-renowned conductors and in support of distinguished guest artists. It is also the official orchestra for the Joffrey Ballet.

“One of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras.”
—Chicago Tribune

Concert  |  Aurora University Chorale and Chamber Choir

March 19, 2017
4 p.m.
Seabury Room,
Beasley Campus Center

Music has a long legacy at Aurora University. At the founding of the college in 1893, music was one of the first of four majors offered to students. Open to singers regardless of major, the Aurora University Chorale focuses primarily on vocal skills and the creation of a unified choral sound. Members perform a variety of choral music, ranging from renaissance to contemporary, preparing quality choral literature for performance. Open by audition only, the Chamber Choir is an ensemble for singers who crave a challenge. The group performs advanced literature from all periods, and strives for precise intonation, innovative interpretation and vocal unity.

Speaker  |  Theoretical physicist and author of “The Elegant Universe,” Brian Greene

April 9, 2017
4 p.m.
Seabury Room,
Beasley Campus Center

Professor Brian Greene is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory, which is the idea that minuscule strands of energy vibrating in a higher dimensional space-time create every particle and force in the universe. He has written several best-selling and non-technical books on the subject, each of which have been adapted into a NOVA mini-series. Greene is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and a brilliant, entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts.

“[Greene is] the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.”
— Washington Post


Past events

Speaker  |  Renowned presidential historian and author, Doris Kearns Goodwin
"Every Four Years: The 2016 Presidential Campaign"

This event has passed. Please see above for future events.

Sept. 18, 2016
4 p.m.
Ferro Pavilion

“America’s historian-in-chief” Doris Kearns Goodwin examines the changing nature of the campaign for Commander in Chief from 1896 when 750,000 citizens showed up on the porch of the home of Republican candidate William McKinley to today when Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton communicates in 140 characters or less to her over 4 million Twitter followers. The evolution in presidential campaign communication and strategy underscores the constant focus on personal and professional exposure and accountability that comes with a run for the White House. Goodwin transports audiences back to a simpler time to understand the transformation to our current political system, with its perpetual campaigning, negative slurs and ads, endless fundraising, high-stakes debates, recall elections, and over-reliance on polls. After five decades of studying the campaigns and the candidates for the highest office in the land, Goodwin entertains and educates audiences with the rich stories of polls and spin, privacy and personality behind the quadrennial dance of democracy, and brings us to the current day—the 2016 presidential campaign, a lengthy, exhausting and costly race that will be dominated by the 24/7 news cycle, social media, pop culture and the rise of the Super PACs.

“[She has] a rare understanding and sympathy for the demands of the presidency.”
—Seattle Times

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