March 14, 16, 21, 23 (Tuesdays/Thursdays)
9:30 - 11:30 am
Was Hemingway right? Did Cather not deserve the 1923 Pulitzer Prize? This class explores the breadth of Cather’s major works, like O Pioneers!, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and A Lost Lady, to assess the degree of her skill, influence on other writers and place in the American literary canon.
Mary Ruth Ryder, Distinguished Professor of English Emerita, South Dakota State University
March 27, 29, April 3, 5 (Mondays/Wednesdays)
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Words can tell a story, but they’re not the only way. Artists use the human form to tell stories, and sound conveys more than you know. We will explore unique visual and aural landscapes and unusual, immersive approaches to theatrical storytelling.
Pete Guither, Artistic Director, The Living Canvas; retired Assistant Dean, College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University
May 2, 5, 9, 12 (Tuesdays/Fridays)
1:30 - 3:30 pm
While much of Illinois’ policy making has ground to a near halt during the past two years, issues in public education, and especially the way it is funded have continued. Hear more about recent issues in education policy that have been debated, passed or failed at the Illinois State Capitol.
Amy Ballinger-Cole, Contract Lobbyist in Illinois Education Policy
Our state is in an unprecedented situation with its budget crisis, but why don't people seem to care? Niala Boodhoo, host of the daily statewide public radio talk show, The 21st, will share what she has learned and how she works to provide journalism that helps inform, engage and overcome civic apathy.
Niala Boodhoo, Host and Executive Producer for the radio show “The 21st” – a statewide news and talk show produced by Illinois Public Media
Should we revise how we draw district lines for Illinois? Set term limits on any elected officials? Eliminate any constitutional offices? Toss on your hard hat and get ready to work through these issues with crew boss Sheila Simon, who will share safety tips for this hazardous job.
Sheila Simon, Visiting Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University School of Law
If there is one thing that most Illinoisans can agree on, it is that our current politics and government are dysfunctional. How did this happen? We will examine a few of Illinois’s key characteristics, along with the historical and national context, to try to help answer this question.
Chris Mooney, Director, Institute of Governmental and Public Affairs, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois
* Walk-in for State of the State, $15.00 for individual session pay at the door.
May 15, 17, 22, 23 (Monday/Wednesday, Monday/Tuesday)
1:30 - 3:30 pm
As the Great War ended in Europe, another sort of war erupted at home. Public battles over prohibition and women’s liberation, rising crime rates, race riots and a surge of nativism in the form of the Ku Klux Klan shattered Americans’ sense of peace. This session will examine the fraught aftermath of WWI, a time that gives new meaning to the idea of “the roaring twenties.”
Amy Louise Wood, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of History, ISU
Join us for a prideful march through the history of the New Negro movement, renaissance, as it battles racial violence alongside economic and political disenfranchisement, learning how African Americans were affected by the Great War. It will capture the emergence of an eclectic Black literature in the aftermath of the war that was supposed to end all wars
Ricardo Cortez Cruz, Professor of English and former Associate Chair, ISU
At the end of WWI, the League of Nations embodied the hope of millions of people for a better, more peaceful world order. In the 1920s and early 1930s; however, the League failed to do much to alter international politics. This class will examine why that failure occurred and explore the role the League played in international security in the years after the Great War.
Ross Kennedy, Professor, Department of History, ISU
Activists who reinvigorated women’s suffrage in the 19th century met their share of critics who characterized them as militant, angry, disreputable and insufferable. Instead of buckling to the criticism, they challenged those who saw them as misguided women to see them as citizens deserving of full rights.
Kyle Ciani, Associate Professor, Department of History, ISU
* Walk-in for WWI Aftermath, $15.00 for individual session pay at the door.