Lunch & Learn Series

Fall 2018 Lunch and Learn Series
Lunch & Learn Series | Fall 2018

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 $23 per person for each session, which includes a hot lunch. Discounted series subscription of only $60 per person is available for purchase now through September 18. Register for the Fall Lunch & Learn Series online or by calling 217.206.6058. Registration deadline is one week prior to each event.

September 26: Artifacts & Anniversaries

Robert Sill, Interim Director, Illinois State Museum, will present Long History: Illinois’ Past in 12 Artifacts. The Illinois Bicentennial is a significant milestone, but barely scratches the surface of the state’s 10,000 years of cultural history, and fossilized record dating back 50 million years.

Pam VanAlstine, Co-chair, Illinois Bicentennial Coordinating Committee of Springfield, will present Commemorating the State’s 200th Anniversary: A Primer for the Next Century. Planning the party of parties requires wonderful ideas, patience and forbearance. And a decent budget helps. Failing all that, it helps to have a great story.

October 23: Governor’s Mansion & Gardens

Jennifer Caldwell, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will present A Gift to the People: The 162-year-old Governor’s Mansion. Restoring the historic Springfield residence of the Illinois governor and first family was a huge undertaking. Now a museum with an education center, the mansion has reopened to the public and it’s time to take a look inside!

Sue Massie of Massie, Massie & Associates, Landscape Architects, will present The Governor’s Garden: What Goes Into Planning a Garden on a Grand Scale, and What Do You Plant for the Past and Future? Hear all that has gone into planting the celebrated and historic gardens of the Governor’s Mansion.

December 3: Celebrating Illinois Statehood Day

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 $23/person allows you to enjoy a delicious hot lunch prepared by Chef Howard.

Morning Sessions 

  • 9:30am – Michael Wiant, Ph.D., former Head of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum and Director of Dickson Mounds Museum, will present Bicentennial Primer: Ten Things Every Immigrant Should Know about the First Illinoisans. 
  • 10:30am *NEW PROGRAM* – Bill Kemp, Librarian and Archivist of the McLean County Museum of History, will present Lincoln’s Lost Speech, examining the fiery speech on territorial expansion of slavery into the western territories that set the stage for Lincoln’s rise to the Presidency.

Lunch and Learn 

  • 11:30am – Dr. Hinda Seif, UIS Associate Professor, Sociology/Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies, will present A Nation of Immigrants: Historical Perspectives on Immigration to the Land of Lincoln.
  • Dr. Tiffani Saunders, UIS Instructor of Sociology and African American Studies, will present The African Diaspora: Communities Descended and Emigrated from Africa’s Peoples to the Prairie State.

Afternoon Sessions

  • 1:45pm – Devin Hunter, Ph.D., UIS Professor of Public History, and students of the program will present History Harvest: Bicentennial Projects of the UIS Public History Program. 
  • 2:45pm – Robert Sampson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Millikin University, will present Bicentennial Exam: What Every Illinoisan Needs to Know About the First 200 Years of Illinois History. 

Lunch & Learn Series Survey
Fall 2017/Spring 2018 Lunch & Learn Survey

Did you attend one of our programs in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018? Please take a few minutes to complete a survey in regards to the Lunch & Learn Series as a whole. Your responses will be anonymous, and will only be used to help us improve your experience at future events. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback!

Highlights from Spring 2018 Series

Nell Clay presenting at Lunch & Learn programCelebrating Culture and History

Elizabeth Alexander and Nell Clay, board members of the Central Illinois African American History Museum, will share the vision of the city’s newest cultural center as they present We Have a Dream: The Future of Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum. Dr. James Cornelius, Henry Horner Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum, will present Lincoln, Lost and Found: Mysteries and Wonders of Illinois’ Lincoln Collection.  See photos from the February session in our Facebook album.

Presenters Ray and Pamela Bruzan, and Mark SorensenRochester and The State Capitol

Raymond and Pamela Bruzan, teachers, writers, environmentalists and community boosters from Rochester, will present Cotton, Violins, and Shots in the Night: A Timeline Visit to Rochester, Illinois. Presenting How the 6th Illinois Capitol Stayed in Springfield will be Mark Sorensen, Macon County Historian, former assistant director of the Illinois State Archives and past president of the Illinois State Historical Society. See photos from the March session in our Facebook album.

Dr. Megan StylesFrom Prairie to Sustainable U

Tom Wood, Archivist, University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), will present on From Prairie to University, and provide a storied look back at the physical infrastructure development of the University. Dr. Megan Styles, assistant professor of environmental studies, will present on the history and social changes of the sustainability movement, sustainable development and on sustainability initiatives at UIS. See photos from the May session in our Facebook album.


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