FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 Date: September 23, 2002

  Contact: Mary Caroline Mitchell, 206-7395


Alumni Association to sponsor lunchtime lecture series


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.

On Wednesday, October 9, Ray Schroeder, director of UIS’ Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning and professor emeritus of communication, will speak on “21st Century Education: When the campus comes to the student rather than the student to the campus.” More than 60 percent of North America and 10 percent of the entire world is now online. Schroeder’s presentation will address such questions as, What is the role of the university in an online world?  What are the opportunities and the challenges? With students attending UIS from Kosovo, Tokyo, and Amsterdam without ever leaving their home countries, how does this change classes, faculty, and the institution? Michael Cheney, UIS provost and vice-chancellor for academic affairs, will moderate the discussion.

On Wednesday, November 20, Phillip Paludan, professor of history/Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies, will address “Abraham Lincoln and Race.” Lincoln is arguably the best-known American icon, and a large part of the world tries to identify itself with values he represents. Recently, several authors have used Lincoln’s status to draw attention to their own work; however, they have done so by accusations that he was a racist who paid more attention to reelection than to emancipation. Is there a Lincoln we can rely on to stand for our values, or should we dispense with heroes?  Bill Bloemer, dean of UIS’ College of Liberal Arts


and Sciences, will be the moderator.

On Wednesday, December 11, Kent Redfield, professor of political studies and associate director of UIS’ Institute for Legislative Studies, will look at “Old Problems, Old Politics, and New Politicians: Does it really matter who won the 2002 election in Illinois?” From a post-election vantage point, Redfield will look back and help his listeners understand the reasons for specific outcomes. The new governor, whoever he is, and the new legislature will face a wide range of challenges in the spring of 2003 – challenges such as the state budget, funding reform for public education, and gay rights. Will these new faces produce new answers, or the same old stalemates? Moderator will be Glen Cope, dean of UIS’ College of Public Affairs and Administration.

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 are required and 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 or e-mail