Friday, February 13, 2015

UIS Lunch & Learn Series presents “A Celebration of New Orleans”

The University of Illinois Springfield Alumni SAGE Society, Illinois State Historical Society and UIS Office of the Chancellor invite you to experience “The Big Easy” without ever leaving Springfield; as part of the Lunch and Learn Series.

The program will take place on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center (PAC) Conference Room C/D, located on the lower level of the PAC on the UIS campus.

New Orleans is decadently rich in culture, tradition, history and heritage, all woven into the American fabric. Historian Dale Phillips, former unit manager of Chalmette, the site of the Battle of New Orleans, will discuss the battle and the 2015 Bicentennial of America’s “Second War of Independence.”

UIS executive chef Howard Seidel, a former resident of New Orleans, will share the differences between Cajun and Creole culture, anecdotes of the area, and life in “The Big Easy”. A New Orleans themed menu will highlight the program.

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.

A discounted series subscription is available for $50/per person. The Lunch & Learn Series event for March will discuss the principles of civil liberties and human rights.

The lunch-time programs stimulate thinking as they build upon the university's tradition of open and intelligent dialogue.

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

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