Lunch & Learn Series

Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series

Large-scale events will be held virtually during the Fall 2020 semester. While we miss seeing you in person, we cannot put the health of our loyal alumni and friends at risk. We are not foregoing these events: We are shifting to online formats, and invite you to participate in as many gatherings as you can from the safety of your home or office.

Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series

Please mark your calendars for Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series programs. All programs will be held on Zoom Webinar from noon to 1 p.m. CST. Follow the linked dates below to register for each program. You will receive a confirmation email from each program you register for with the webinar link. This link will also be re-emailed to you one day and one hour prior to the program.

Zoom Webinar enables you to watch and listen to the program without having audio or video of yourself on screen. You’ll be able to type your questions into the Q&A box, which will be answered in the latter half of the program. Please contact the Office of Advancement at 217-206-6058 if this is an accessibility concern for you. We can identify another way for you to ask a question.

These webinars can be accessed through a browser (Chrome recommended) on a computer without downloading the Zoom app. Check out our Zoom Webinar Tutorial for further tech related questions.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Advancement at 217-206-6058.

Timely Talks on Timeless Topics in Celebration of UIS’ 50th Anniversary

Highlights from Spring 2019 Lunch & Learn Series

February 26: Lincoln on the Circuit & Mary Lincoln in the White House

February 2019 Lunch & Learn CollageGuy Fraker, J.D., retired attorney, author and Lincoln historian, will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s 20-plus year career as a lawyer and part-time judge on the 8th judicial circuit.

Kathryn Harris, immediate past president of the Abraham Lincoln Association, and former director of library services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will present a first-person portrayal of Elizabeth Keckley, former slave and Mary Lincoln’s trusted friend and modiste, who later wrote about her White House years.




March 27: Irish Heritage & History

March 2019 Lunch & Learn CollageIn celebration of Irish heritage in Illinois, Dr. Eileen McMahon, professor and chair of the History program at Lewis University, will discuss her research on the parish communities found along the Illinois & Michigan Canal, and the Irish immigrants who built this vital passageway.

Dr. Theodore Karamanski, professor of History and Public History Director at Loyola University Chicago, will present on the Irish in the Civil War. Live music by Wild Columbine.




April 30: Three-I Baseball & Forgotten Voices of Illinois

April 2019 Lunch & Learn CollageBill Kemp, archivist and librarian at the McLean County Museum of History, will explore the Three-I professional baseball league (Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League) and how it shaped the history of professional sports in the Midwest from 1920-1940.

Dr. John Hallwas, award-winning author and editor of more than two dozen books related to Illinois history and literature, and professor emeritus of English at Western Illinois University, will present “Forgotten Voices: Six Illinois Authors You Need to Know”.