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ECCE Speaker Series: Turning Adversity into Positive Career Traits

Turning Adversity into Positive Career Traits | Oscar Garcia | Wednesday, November 9, 12:00 PM | Student Union Ballroom

Each of us has our own story. Our own struggles. Our own victories. Our own purpose. Oscar takes you on a personal journey of belittlement, self-doubt, cultural reaffirmation, and embracing our uniqueness. You'll learn how to turn adversity into positive career traits.

ECCE Speaker Series: Written in Oya: Symbolic Patterns and Women's Work

Written in Oya: Symbolic Patterns and Women's Work | Hale Ekinci | Thursday, October 27, 5:30 PM | Brookens Auditorium

Contemporary artist Hale Ekinci will share and discuss images of her art practice, in which she relies on fiber techniques, found textiles, and images from family archives to explore phases of acculturation, immigrant identity, and ideas about gendered labor.

ECCE Speaker Series: What We Choose to Remember

What We Choose to Remember | Christy Coleman | Friday, October 21, 6:00 PM | Brookens Auditorium (Overflow Room in PAC C/D)

Throughout the United States people are steeped in conversations regarding what should be taught in schools, commemorated on the public landscape and preserved in cultural organizations. These conversations are far from new, nor are they any less thoughtful or virulent than in times past. What is vastly different is voices previously silenced are now engaged.

ECCE Speaker Series: Salt of the Earth, Film Screening & Discussion

Salt of the Earth | Daniel Aguilar, Hinda Seif, & Isabel Skinner | Thursday, October 13, 6:00 PM | Brookens Auditorium

Salt of the Earth presents the true story of Mexican-American zinc miners who strike to end unsafe work conditions and unequal wages with their white counterparts. The film explores themes regarding the role of organized labor, what it means to be American, race, and feminism.

ECCE Speaker Series: The Woman They Could Not Silence

The Woman They Could Not Silence | Kate Moore | Tuesday, September 27, 6:00 PM |Brookens Auditorium

New York Times bestselling author Kate Moore will speak*(virtually) about her latest book The Woman They Could Not Silence.  This riveting tale explores the life of Elizabeth Packard, a Kankakee, Illinois woman who in the years leading up to the Civil War was unjustly committed to the Jacksonville Insane Asylum.

ECCE Speaker Series: Lincoln, Race, Slavery & Citizenship

Lincoln, Race, Slavery & Citizenship | Adam Smith | Tuesday, September 13, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Student Union Ballroom

Join us as we explore Lincoln’s legacy for contemporary society through the perspectives of 20 Illinois artists and a scholar from the United Kingdom. The UIS Visual Arts Gallery*, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and the Springfield Art Association are currently exhibiting 38 new works on Lincoln’s legacy.

Review Process and Advisory Group

All event proposals received by the Office of Undergraduate Education are reviewed by the ECCE Speaker Series Curricular Advisory Group, which is a subcommittee of UIS’ General Education Council.  The committee reviews and approves proposals based on their ECCE relevance.  All approved proposals are then ranked and prioritized based on their contribution to the semester’s program.  The current faculty that comprise the advisory group include:

Information for Prospective Speakers

The Presenter Information Guide (PDF printable version) provides detailed information for Prospective Speakers.


The primary audience for ECCE Speaker Series events is UIS undergraduate students enrolled in UNI 301. Our events are free and open to the public, so campus constituents and community members are welcome to attend as well. Size of the audience may range from 20-200 depending on interest in the topic and size of the venue.