Lunch & Learn Series

April 30, 2019 Lunch & Learn Program

The UIS Alumni SAGE Society partners with the Illinois State Historical Society to host thought-provoking, expert-led Lunch & Learn programs each fall and spring. These lunch-time programs include a hot lunch prepared by Executive Chef Howard Seidel, and presentations on relevant and interesting topics each session. Stay tuned for details about our fall lineup!

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”.




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