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Timely Talks on Timeless Topics in Celebration of UIS’ 50th Anniversary

African-American History Makers (watch recording on-demand)

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

The Future is Now (watch recording on-demand)

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

New Paths in History (watch recording on-demand)

Dr. Devin Hunter, UIS Assistant Professor of History, will present on Changing Landscapes and provide a preview of the 2021 Illinois History Symposium.

Dr. Jessica Harris, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Historical Studies, SIU-Edwardsville, and Dr. Connie Frey Spurlock, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director, Successful Communities Collaborative, SIU-Edwardsville, will present Narrative Change and Racial Equity: SIUE’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center’s E-Stories Project.

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 Administratio

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”.