Histories of Place: Nauvoo and Alton (watch on-demand recording)

Kim Logan is a 6th generation resident, historian and community leader, who will present on the rich history and fascinating evolution of Nauvoo, IL.

Terri Porter Cameron is a retired director of educational technology and curriculum, historian and native of Alton, IL, who will present on the city's magnificent and impactful history.

The Future of Journalism (watch on-demand recording)

Fletcher "Bud" Farrar, Jr., publisher and editor of Illinois Times, will present on the rise of alternative journalism and issues related to freedom of the press.

Jason Piscia is director of the UIS Public Affairs Reporting program, and will discuss mainstream journalism in Illinois and how university programs are adapting their training of future journalists.

The African-American Experience in Illinois: Slavery vs. Service (watch on-demand recording)

Candice Trees is a public servant and volunteer leader of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., who will present on the history of service of Black fraternal organizations to the region and University.

Tara McAndrew is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in broadcast, print and theatre, and will present on the origins and history of slavery in Illinois.


Fall 2021 Lunch & Learn Series

Enjoy on-demand recordings of our Fall 2021 Lunch & Learn Series.

The Architecture of Place and Sound

David Finnigan, author of Inside Allerton, will discuss his research of Allerton Park, the elegant Monticello estate filled with rich history, surprising stories, formal gardens and woodland trails.

Dr. Paula Pugh Romanaux, professional musician and educator, will discuss Andrew Carnegie’s Organ Benefactions to Illinois and the World.

In Celebration of Springfield
Wednesday, October 27

Ken Page, preservationist and historian, will discuss Firehouse No. 5—the First Black Firehouse in Springfield, IL, home to the city’s Black firefighters in the early 1900s.

Curtis Mann, librarian and city historian, will discuss the History of Nightlife in Springfield.

Arboriculture and Mine Wars
Tuesday, November 9

Guy Sternberg, arborist and author, will discuss The Oaks and Habitats of Illinois and the Starhill Forest Arboretum in Petersburg.

Taylor Pensoneau, author and publisher, will discuss the Mine Wars of Central Illinois.

Spring 2021 Lunch & Learn Series

Enjoy on-demand recordings of our Spring 2021 Lunch & Learn Series: 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 Administration