Brown Bag Lunch Discussions – Back by popular demand!

Brown Bag Lunch Discussions are hour-long sessions featuring local personalities and prominent figures from the artistic, cultural, historical, educational, and media sectors to present a range of topics that audiences can both enjoy and engage in, via question and answer sessions that will follow each presentation.

Brown Bag Discussions are held in the MWC offices on the ground floor of the Rock Island Public Library (410 19th St. Rock Island), and are free and open to everyone. Bring your lunch and join us for an invigorating discussion!

Our next event of the fall will feature arts and entertainment reporter for The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus Jonathan Turner on Thursday, October 19 from 11:30am-12:30pm. Turner will discuss his journalism career, covering the arts in the Q-C, and the process of writing the book, A Brief History of Bucktown: Davenport’s Infamous District Transformed, published in 2016 by The History Press.

Bio for Jonathan Turner:

Jonathan Turner is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, based in Moline. He also writes about business and human-interest features for the daily paper. Jonathan has covered several beats at the paper, since joining the staff in 1995. He’s worked full-time as a journalist since 1988, including daily and weekly papers in Connecticut. His work has been honored by the National Newspaper Association, Illinois Associated Press, the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association and the Moline Preservation Society.

Jonathan is passionate about historic preservation, and has often written about key historic places and people in the Quad-Cities. An accomplished piano player (having studied music at Oberlin College and Indiana University), he has performed for 46 years, and is currently accompanist at Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport, the main piano player for the monthly Bucktown Revue variety show, and plays occasionally at The Grape Life wine store and lounge in Davenport.

Jonathan has accompanied local productions of “Chicago,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Sweeney Todd,” and served as music director/pianist for a Harold Arlen revue. In 2010, Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline premiered his original musical “Hard to Believe,” based on the Book of Job, for which he wrote the music and some lyrics. He wrote a church service setting in 2003, which continues to be performed to this day.

Jonathan lives in Bettendorf, with his wife, Betsy, and has two sons, Alex (23) and Josh (17). 


Upcoming Brown Bag Events:

Thursday, November 16, 11:30am-12:30pm, featuring Dr. Christopher Whitt, Associate Professor and the Chair in the Political Science department and the Director of the Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity  at Augustana College.



The Brown Bag Discussion Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Regional Development Authority and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.