Friday, January 21, 2011

Educational Series sponsored by U of I Alumni Association announced

Join us for a thought-provoking, three-session educational series that will focus on topics related to Illinois government and political figures, Timely Talk About Timeless Topics, held February 14, March 9 and April 20. Sponsored by the UIS Alumni SAGE Society, the Illinois State Historical Society and the UIS Chancellor’s Office, the series will include an evening lecture and two lunch-time programs.

“Ronald Reagan: The Foundations of a World Leader” is the topic on February 14 at 7 p.m. at Springfield’s First Christian Church, 700 S. Sixth St. An illustrated lecture program will be presented by Dr. Brian Sajko founding curator of the Ronald Reagan Museum at Eureka College. The presentation will focus on the core life values President Reagan experienced during his years as a Eureka College student. February 6 is the 100th anniversary of President Reagan’s birth, the only United States President born in Illinois. A donation of $5 at the door is suggested.

On Wednesday, March 9 a lunch-time program will be presented on the University of Illinois Springfield campus: “Springfield’s State Capitol Buildings”. Wally Henderson, architect for the firm that restored and renovated the Old State Capitol, will share insider information about what was considered an impossible project. Mark Sorensen, recently retired from the Illinois State Archives and currently President of the Illinois State Historical Society, will make an illustrated presentation about our current statehouse and its recent renovations. Bill Furry, UIS graduate and Executive Director of the Illinois State Historical Society will moderate this session.

Wednesday, April 20, “The American People, the Government, and the Public Trust” is the subject for the second lunch time program at UIS. Former UIS Chancellor and political scientist Dr. Naomi B. Lynn will moderate a provocative discussion about our American political institutions with former Governor Jim Edgar and Mike Lawrence. Governor Edgar is Distinguished Fellow with the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Mike Lawrence is recently retired as the Director of the Paul Simon Institute for Public Policy at SIU Carbondale. He has relocated to the Springfield area and is a well known political commentator, syndicated columnist and blogger.

The luncheon programs are from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the UIS Public Affairs Center Conference Rooms C/D. Cost for lunch and program is $20/per person. Enjoy a reduced price for attending both luncheon sessions for $35 if reservations are made by March 2, 2011. The programs begin at noon and seating is available in the back for those who do not purchase the luncheon buffet. Reservations are requested since seating is limited.

Visit for more information and online registration. Additional information is available at or by phoning 217/206-7395.

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