Lunch & Learn Series

Spring 2021 Lunch & Learn Series

Large-scale events will be held virtually during the Spring 2021 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.

Spring 2021 Lunch & Learn Series

Please mark your calendars for Spring 2021 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, February 18: African-American History Makers

Eva Carroll Monroe and the Lincoln Colored Old Folks and Orphans Home presented by Dr. Mary Frances, Artist, Professor and Documentarian.

Walter Thomas Bailey: The First Licensed African-American Architect in the State of Illinois presented by Kent Massie, Principal Planner and Landscape Architect, Massie, Massie & Associates.

Moderator: Kathryn Harris, Historian, Librarian and Community Leader

Tuesday, March 9: The Future is Now

The Future is Now: Business and Social Innovation in a Post Pandemic World presented by Katie Davison, Executive Director, Innovate Springfield; Dr. Ranjan Karri, Professor and Chair, Management, Marketing, and Operations; and Bruce Sommer, Director of Economic Development and Innovation.

Moderator: Dr. Somnath Bhattacharya, Dean, College of Business and Management

Wednesday, April 7: New Paths in History

Illinois History Symposium: The Changing Landscape of History presented by Dr. Devin Hunter, Assistant Professor, History. Information on additional participants to come.

Tuesday, May 4: Presidential Candidates Who Lost

Illinoisans Who Ran for President—And Lost presented by Dr. Jacob K. Freifeld, Illinois and Midwest Studies Research Historian, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, and Forrest G. Keaton, Esq., Historian, Attorney and Partner, Rammelkamp Bradney.

Moderator: Dr. Claire Jerry, Curator, Political History, Smithsonian National Museum of American History


Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series

Enjoy on-demand recordings of our Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series.

  • 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
  • How Medical Crises Change Our Process of Communication
    • Presenter: Ann Strahle, Associate Professor, Communication
    • Moderator: Terri Noel, Founder and Owner, Encore Consulting & Publishing
  • Social Justice on the Prairie: Local to Global
    • Panelists:
      • 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
  • Streaming the Future: Impact of Cable News Networks and Social Media
    • Panelists:
      • Amanda Vinicky, Correspondent and Segment Host, WTTW Chicago
      • 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
  • Societal Norms – Then and Now
    • Panelists:
      • Dr. Sean McCandless, Assistant Professor and Assoc. Director, DPA Program
      • Dr. Jason Pierceson, Professor, Political Science
    • Moderator: Rachel Otwell, Staff Writer, Illinois Times
  • The American People, Government, Finances and the Public Trust
    • Panelists:
      • 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

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