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Summer 2008 • Volume 14, Issue 3  


Joshua Bell, Dean Huberman and Marcia Henry Liebenow

Famed violinist shares Stradivarius stories

Dr. Jeff Huberman, center, dean of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, and Marcia Henry Liebenow, Bradley professor of music, pose with internationally recognized violinist Joshua Bell. Bell’s Huberman Stradivarius violin, made in 1713, was owned and played by Huberman’s great-great-uncle, Bronislaw Huberman (above right with Einstein, with whom he closely worked in the founding of the state of Israel). Bronislaw was a famous violinist between the World Wars and the musician for whom the violin is named. The violin was stolen from his dressing room in Carnegie Hall in 1936. A strolling musician confessed to the theft on his deathbed in 1985. Huberman heard about the Huberman Stradivarius on the CBS Evening News and began researching its history. The violin, owned for a short time by Japanese violinist Midori, was eventually put up for auction for $3.5 million, when Bell purchased the instrument. Huberman says the violin is now worth $5 million. Bell invited Huberman to visit backstage and hold the violin during a rehearsal for his concert with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra on March 24. He was the first Huberman to hold the instrument since 1936.


Speech Team

Speech team duels in Texas

by Tyler Fox ’10

The speech team placed second with 413.5 points at the American Forensic Association (AFA) National Tournament in Austin, Texas, on April 5-7, falling short of attaining its 20th AFA national championship. Individually, the team boasts three first-place winners. ERIN MCCARTHY ’08 won the After-Dinner Speaking category, and EMAMBU ATABONG ’09 and ELIJAH MISIGARO ’09 earned top marks in Duo Interpretation. The team is coached by Dan Smith, temporary assistant professor of communication.

At the National Forensics Association (NFA) Tournament on April 17-21 in Nashville, the speech team repeated a second place finish, with three more first-place winners. Atabong and Misigaro were named national champions in the Duo category, Atabong won the Dramatic Interpretation category, and ADAM SHARPLES ’08 took the Prose category.

In March the team placed first in the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensic Association State Tournament (IIFA) for the 16th consecutive year. Communications major Sharples says, “The IIFA tournament is one of the most difficult state tournaments in the country. Each school is allowed to enter its top four competitors in each event, so the competition is dense and difficult.” Bradley accumulated 317 points. Second place Northwestern University amassed just 80 points.

For graduating members of the team, their focus has turned to the Bradley Forensics Alumni Network (BFAN). Alumni have been an integral part of the success of the speech team. McCarthy says, “Bradley speech alumni are the best in the world. I could not have won nationals without the guidance and encouragement of MISTY NEWBERRY-YORK ’03 and TYLER BILLMAN ’05.”

Visit the speech team's Web site for more information. Go>