SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois Alumni Association at UIS will sponsor A Taste of UIS: Distinguished Faculty/Alumni Lunchtime Lectures, a series of three monthly presentations to be held at Maldaner's Upstairs, 222 South Sixth St., Springfield. The programs are open to the public; however, reservations are required.
The first program, on Wednesday, February 14, will feature Dr. Keith Miller, UIS professor of Computer Science, speaking on "Computers in Love? The growing debate about intentions and emotions in artificial agents."
The topic for Wednesday, March 21, will be "African-American Women Leaders: Overcoming the Odds." This panel presentation will feature UIS alumnae Nina Harris, president and CEO of the Springfield Urban League; Jackie Newman, executive director of the Springfield Housing Authority; and Nicole Nash Gales, principal of Ball Charter School. Kavitha Cardoza, Springfield bureau chief for public radio WUIS, will moderate.
On Thursday, April 12, Dr. Lynn Fisher, UIS associate professor of Sociology/Anthropology, will speak on "Rain Clouds and Test Pits: First Season of Fieldwork in a Neolithic Flint Workshop in Germany." Fisher's presentation will share findings from her recent research and archeological digs in southern Germany.All three programs will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include a buffet lunch. Cost for each is $20 per person, $15 for Alumni Association members and their guests. Make reservations no later than one week in advance of the event by calling Alumni Relations at 217/206-7395, registering on-line at www.uiaa.org/spfld/, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.