Monday, September 17, 2012

UIS Lunch & Learn Series presents "Chasing the American Dream to the Heartland"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Alumni SAGE Society and Illinois State Historical Society presents “Chasing the American Dream to the Heartland” as part of its annual Lunch and Learn Series.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) Conference Room C/D, located on the lower level of the PAC on the UIS campus.

DETAILS: Mike Lelys, executive director of Oak Ridge Cemetery and a first generation Lithuanian-American, will discuss the two distinct waves of Lithuanian immigration to Sangamon County, and how that culture has struggled, survived, and thrived in Illinois. Victor Juarez, Philadelphia campus taxpayer advocate for the IRS and first generation Peruvian-American, will share perspectives on Latino and Hispanic culture and immigration to central Illinois.

The cost for the hot buffet lunch and program is $20/per person. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. Seating is available in the back for those who do not purchase the luncheon buffet.

Other upcoming Lunch & Learn events include “The Sky is Falling” on November 9 and “Gerontological Education: Early Foundations and Future Demands” on December 5. A discounted $35 series subscription is available if reservations are received by October 1. Lunch is complimentary for the November 9 program as part of the "Back to Class for a Day" event.

Visit to register online. For more information, contact the UI Alumni Association at UIS at 217/206-7395 or email

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