Lunch & Learn Series

Fall 2019 Lunch & Learn Series

You’re invited to the thought-provoking, expert-led Lunch & Learn Series presented by the UIS Alumni SAGE Society and the Illinois State Historical Society this fall. These lunch-time programs will stimulate thinking as they build upon the University’s tradition of open and intelligent dialogue.

All sessions will be held at the UIS Student Union (campus map). Cost is $25 per person for each session, which includes a hot lunch. Discounted series subscription of only $65 per person is available for purchase now through September 3. Register for the Fall Lunch & Learn Series online or by calling 217.206.6058. Registration deadline is one week prior to each event.

Tuesday, September 10: New Salem & Stephen A. Douglas

The Reconstruction of New Salem: A Brief, Passionate History presented by Dr. Mark B. Pohlad, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture, DePaul University.

The Rise of Stephen A. Douglas: Illinois Politician, American Statesman presented by Reg Ankrom, author of Stephen A. Douglas: The Political Apprenticeship.

Tuesday, October 8: Footprints of Sangamon

The Strawbridge-Shepherd House: The First Footprint of Sangamon State University presented by Richard Hart, J.D., Trustee, Elijah Iles House Foundation, which led restoration of the oldest physical structure on campus.

The Early Days of Sangamon State University: A Retrospective from a Founding Faculty Member presented by Dr. Judith Everson, Professor Emerita of English, Department of English, UI Springfield.

Tuesday, December 3: 2nd Annual Illinois Statehood Day Symposium

Illinois History Symposium
In addition to the Lunch and Learn program occurring this day, join us for one or all of the Symposium sessions. Morning and afternoon presentations are free to attend with complimentary snack refreshments. A registration fee of $25/person allows you to enjoy a delicious hot lunch prepared by Chef Howard.

Thematic based programs on the 19th Amendement, Creating Lincoln and The Aesthetics of Scent.

Morning Sessions 

  • 9:30am – Women’s Work: The Scholarship and Activism of Suffrage-Era Women at Illinois State Universitypresented by Dr. April Karlene Anderson-Zorn, University Archivist, Illinois State University.
  • 10:30am – Every Girl Pulling for Victory – Suffrage and Service during the Great War presented by Debra M. Dudek, author and Head of Adult & Teen Services, Fountaindale Public Library District.

Lunch and Learn – 11:30am-1:30pm

  • Casting Lincoln: The Sculptures of John McClarey presented by John McClarey, internationally renowned sculptor of Decatur, Illinois. McClarey’s works are sited throughout the U.S. and international locales in Russia, Japan and Cuba.
  • Art Scents: Exploring the Aesthetics of Smell presented by Dr. Larry Shiner, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, History and Visual Arts, Department of Philosophy, UI Springfield.

Afternoon Sessions

  • 1:30pm – Suffragist of Suffragette, What is the Difference? presented by Tina Beaird, Genealogy/ Local History Librarian, Plainfield School District.
  • 2:30pm – Women’s Rights, Railroads and the Illinois Constitutional Convention of 1870 presented by Dr. Bernard H. Sieracki, author and instructor, Public Administration, UI Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology and UI Springfield.

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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