Wednesday, October 21, 2020

UIS and Community Health Roundtable to host webinar on the health and well-being of children during the pandemic

As part of the Springfield Innovation Hub, the University of Illinois Springfield and the Community Health Roundtable will offer a free public webinar on “The Health and Well-being of Central Illinois Children during the Pandemic.”

The webinar will take place from 12-1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, and will be moderated by Molly Lamb, executive director of the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership, who will also provide brief updates on COVID-19 in Illinois.

COVID-19 has affected children's physical health, mental development and social well-being in unique ways. Community health officials continue to gain a better understanding of its implications. Local experts from education institutions and child advocates will attempt to unpack the affects this pandemic has had on children and families across central Illinois during the webinar.

Kayla Miller, quality service manager at Community Child Care Connection, will discuss experiences with child care across central Illinois. Shelia Boozer, director of teaching and learning for Springfield Public Schools District 186, will discuss caring for students at Springfield Public Schools during the pandemic. Betsy Goulet, director of UIS Child Advocacy Studies Program and clinical assistant professor of public administration, will address providing protective services to children during the pandemic.

Participants can watch the webinar on Zoom at or call 312-626-6799 to participate by phone (Meeting ID: 830 7663 0703).

For more information, contact Bruce Sommer at Past UIS webinars can be found online at

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series to focus on “Lincoln and the American Political Tradition”

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Center for Lincoln Studies invites the public to virtually attend the 2020 Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series discussion on “Lincoln and the American Political Tradition” with professors Lucas Morel and Diana J. Schaub. 

WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 

WHERE: Visit to register for the Zoom webinar 

DETAILS: Morel and Schaub will discuss Lincoln’s admiration for the American founding. Michael Burlingame, holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at UIS, will moderate and provide an overview. This topic is not only timely in our national discussion, but also provides an historical perspective on the importance on the foundation of democracy. 

Morel is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute and professor of politics and head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. His teaching and research interests are American government, political theory, Abraham Lincoln, and black American politics. Schaub is professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland. She teaches and writes on a wide range of issues in political philosophy and American political thought. 

The UIS Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series was inaugurated in 2002. It is now known as the Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series after a generous gift was recently given to the university by the Beaumonts. The series is a part of the UIS Center for Lincoln Studies, which is set to officially open on Feb. 12, 2021. The center will be a national base for scholarship, teaching and public history about Lincoln’s life, leadership and legacy, and give students an opportunity to collaborate with Lincoln scholars on research, history and public policy projects.