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
- Thursday, October 8 – Pandemics and Epidemics: Past and Present
- Presenter: Dr. Donald Graham, Infectious Disease Specialist, SIU School of Medicine and Springfield Clinic
- Moderator: William Furry, Executive Director, Illinois State Historical Society
- Wednesday, October 21 – How Medical Crises Change Our Process of Communication
- Presenter: Ann Strahle, Associate Professor, Communication
- Moderator: Terri Noel, Founder and Owner, Encore Consulting & Publishing
- Friday, November 6 – Social Justice on the Prairie: Local to Global
- Dr. Larry Golden, Professor Emeritus
- Dr. Jan Droegkamp, Professor Emerita
- Dr. Tiffani Saunders, Assistant Professor, Sociology and African American Studies
- Moderator: Rev. Susan Phillips, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
- Wednesday, November 18 – Streaming the Future: Impact of Cable News Networks and Social Media
- Jason Piscia, Director, PAR program
- Randy Eccles, General Manager, NPR Illinois
- Terry Martin, Executive Director, Illinois Channel
- Moderator: Sean Crawford, Director of Editorial, NPR Illinois
- Thursday, December 3 – Societal Norms – Then and Now
- Dr. Sean McCandless, Assistant Professor and Assoc. Director, DPA Program
- Dr. Jason Pierceson, Professor, Political Science
- Moderator: Rachel Otwell, Staff Writer, Illinois Times
- Tuesday, December 15 – The American People, Government, Finances and the Public Trust
- Rich Miller, Owner and Publisher, Capitol Fax.com
- Dr. Kenneth Kriz, Distinguished Professor, Public Administration & Director, Institute for Illinois Public Finance
- The Honorable Tim Butler, Illinois State Representative
- Moderator: Dr. Robert Smith, Dean, College of Public Affairs and Administration
Highlights from Spring 2019 Lunch & Learn Series
February 26: Lincoln on the Circuit & Mary Lincoln in the White House
Guy 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
In 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
Bill 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”.