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UIS Alumni Association lunchtime lecture takes a look at Route 66

September 17 , 2003

SPRINGFIELD – A Taste of UIS, the lunchtime lecture series sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association at UIS, will begin its fall season with “Searching for Route 66” on Wednesday, September 24, at Maldaner’s Upstairs, 222 S. Sixth St., Springfield. The program is open to the public; however, reservations are required and should be made by September 19.

UIS alumnus Tom Teague, executive director of the Illinois Historical Society and an advocate for the preservation of Route 66, will discuss the infamous road in a presentation that will interest anyone who has ever traveled Route 66, or wanted to. Teague will share the enthusiasm that led him to found the Route 66 Association of Illinois and to write Searching for 66, a guide book to the special features and attractions that still exist and that he researched with a four-month trip along the entirety of “The Road.” Teague is a contributing writer to the Illinois Times, State Journal-Register, St. Louis Magazine, Chicago Reader, and other publications.

Other programs in the series are “Demystifying the Art of Acting” with Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor of communication and director of UIS theater productions, on Tuesday, October 21; “Toons at Noon” with alumnus Chris Britt, award-winning editorial cartoonist at The State Journal-Register, on Wednesday, November 19; and “UIS Abraham Lincoln Presidential Center for Governmental Studies” with executive director Milan Dluhy on Wednesday, December 10.

Each program includes a hot buffet lunch that begins at 11:30 a.m. Presentations begin at 12:10 p.m. and, along with the accompanying question-and-answer session, are over by 12:50 p.m. (Those who have the time are welcome to linger for more discussion.)

Reservations should be made no later than one week prior to each lecture. Cost for each program is $18 per person, $13 for Alumni Association members and their guests. To make reservations, call Alumni Relations at (217) 206-7395 or register online.

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