FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Date: March 11, 2003

 Contact: Mary Caroline Mitchell, 206-7395


A Taste of UIS series to present refresher course on ERA


SPRINGFIELD Dr. Delinda Chapman, AAUW representative to the ERA Illinois Campaign, will speak on “ERA in Illinois: Past, Present, and Future?” Wednesday, March 19, at Maldaner’s Upstairs, 222 S. Sixth St., Springfield. The presentation is part of the Taste of UIS lunchtime lecture series sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association (Springfield campus). The program is open to the public; however, reservations are required.

The program will begin with a buffet lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. Chapman’s presentation will begin at 12:10 p.m. and conclude by 12:50 p.m. (However, those who have the time are welcome to linger for more discussion.)

First introduced in Congress in the 1920s, the Equal Rights Amendment is still three states short, including Illinois, of the number required for ratification. Chapman will provide a refresher course on the ERA’s history and look at plans for its revival in the Illinois legislature during the spring session. A UIS alumna, Chapman recently retired from a 20-year career in state government.

Cost is $18 per person, $13 for members of the Alumni Association and their guests. Reservations must be made no later than Friday, March 14, by e-mailing the Alumni Association at or by phoning 206-7395.

Upcoming programs in the Taste of UIS series are (April 23) Hei-Chi Chan, assistant professor of Mathematical Sciences, speaking on “Fascinating Physics in Simple Terms” and (May 21) Charles Schweighauser, professor of Astronomy/Physics, speaking on “What’s New in the Solar System.”

For more information, contact Mary Caroline Mitchell at 206-7395.