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UIS Alumni Association to sponsor lunchtime lecture series

February 3, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois Alumni Association at UIS will sponsor A Taste of UIS: Distinguished Faculty/Alumni Lunchtime Lectures, a series of three monthly presentations to be held at Maldaner’s Upstairs, 222 South Sixth St., Springfield. The programs are open to the public; however, reservations are required.

On Wednesday, February 25, Cullom Davis, UIS professor emeritus of History, will make a presentation titled “The Politics of Penance.”  In recent years, public officials, nations, organizations, and corporations have been pressured to atone for past atrocities – such as slavery or the Holocaust – which occurred decades or even centuries earlier. Davis will reflect on the current reparation movement that is influencing political and public policy on a local, national, and global scale. 

On Wednesday, March 24, UIS distinguished alumnus Brad Swanson, general manager of public radio station WUIS/WIPA, will speak on “WUIS: The Third Decade.”  Many in the area recall the earlier days of the station as WSSU and WSSR.  Like the campus itself, the station has undergone a name change, but its tradition of excellence continues.  Swanson has been with the station for 28 years and, as WUIS enters its third decade, he will share reminiscences, hopes, and dreams for the future of public radio.

On Wednesday, April 28, UIS distinguished alumna and former mayor of Springfield Karen Hasara will present “Public Policy, Cow Chips, and Chicken Dinners: Reflections on 28 Years of Public Service.”  Having served in all three branches of government during her years of public service, Hasara will reflect on how she became involved in politics in 1975 and balanced family life with politics at a time when few women were seeking elected office.  She will also share her perspectives on changes in campaigning and holding public office as well as personal views of Illinois and Springfield politics. 

Each of these programs includes a hot buffet lunch that begins at 11:45 a.m.  Presentations begin at 12:10 p.m. and, along with the accompanying question-and-answer session, are over by 12:50 p.m. (Those who have the time are welcome to linger for more discussion.)

Cost for each program is $18 per person, $13 for Alumni Association members and their guests. Reservations should be made no later than one week prior to each lecture.  To make reservations for any of these programs, call Alumni Relations at (217) 206-7395, register on-line at, or e-mail


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.