Quiner and Steve Wozniak to speak at iWeek

By Tom Quiner

Tom Quiner, with his wife, Karen, at a rehearsal last year for The Pope of the People

I am honored to have been asked to speak at this year’s iWeek event which celebrates the power of innovation.

The event is sponsored by the Des Moines Area Community College and is held at their West Campus at 5959 Grand Avenue in West Des Moines.

I speak on Thursday morning at 8:30 AM and again that afternoon at 2:30 PM in room #116E.

I am but one of many speakers at this week’s event. The keynote speaker is co-founder of Apple Computer, Steve

Tom Quiner and Steve Wozniak are two of the speakers at DMACC's iWeek celebration.

Steve Wozniak is the keynote speaker at iWeek.

Wozniak, who speaks Thursday at 1 PM. The title of his presentation is:  “His journey from computer geek to cult icon.”

My presentation falls under the “Arts” category. I will talk about “The Pope of the People, the John Paul II Musical, a unique fusion of entertainment, history, and faith.”

All of my Quiner’s Diner’s readers are invited. Seating is limited. Having said that, I hope I don’t present to an empty room, because other presentations are going on at the same time as mine!

I believe my topic is immediately relevant to today. As both Pope John II and the late Andrew Breitbart stated, culture drives society and history. As goes the culture goes a nation.

Poland overcame communism and Nazism through the power of their Catholic culture.

By the same token, the Left now dominates critical areas of America’s culture including entertainment, media, and our educational systems.

My presentation on Thursday shows how I simply took a page from Pope John Paul II to use entertainment to evangelize our culture.

The young Carol Wojtyla formed the Rhapsodic Theater, an underground theater group, as a way to counteract Nazi’s attempts to stamp out Polish culture. My mission, which I characterize as “evangelization through entertainment,” in a similar way attempts to thwart the popular culture’s desire to suppress faith in the public arena, and now with the Obama Mandate, in the very heart of our religious institutions.

For my readers in Central Iowa, I hope you can make one of my presentations.



  1. Embattled Farmers on March 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Congratulations! Good for you. It’s an interesting topic, and I’m sure you’ll have a full room.

    • quinersdiner on March 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Thank-you. The Pope’s impact on the world is a very exciting subject to me. His wisdom continues to influence me.

      • Embattled Farmers on March 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        I’m posting your appearance on my blog.
        I read several of his books while going through the RCIA process, so I agree about his wisdom. I’ve always thought his theater background was very cool.

        • quinersdiner on March 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm

          Thanks. I appreciate it. Are you going to fly in from San Francisco? I’ll let you sit in the front row!

          • Embattled Farmers on March 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

            No, sorry, I have two dogs and three cats and don’t travel much. But if I were in Iowa, I’d definitely be there.
            Did you see the Hammerstein show on PBS? I thought it was very good, although too short.

          • quinersdiner on March 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm

            No. Wish I would have. I was a big fan.

          • Embattled Farmers on March 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm

            Check your listings. They keep showing it on the PBS affiliates. It’s on here again tonight. I consider myself an expert on American musical theater, but I learned stuff.

  2. momofsix on March 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Wow, Tom, this is great! I’ll see if I can make one of your talks. I do know that the seats for Steve Wozniak’s talk are all taken. I tried to get a couple of seats when they came open for the public but they were all taken within minutes.