All spring Mornings with the Professors lectures, Academy of Seniors classes and the Classroom Journey bus trip have been cancelled. Refunds will be issued to those who have pre-registered for these offerings. We do not have a timeframe at this point as to when people will receive those refunds due to employees working from home.
Information about future programs will be shared here when it becomes available.
To learn more about ISU’s efforts regarding COVID-19, visit coronavirus.illinoisstate.edu.
*Walk-in for Everyday Life & Music in the 18th Century, $15.00 for individual session pay at the door.
March 2, 3, 9, 10 (Mondays / Tuesdays)
Music never exists in a vacuum. It reflects the society in which it was created and sometimes is used as a vehicle to drive society toward change. In these four sessions, Dr. Alcorn will present:
March 2: Good Taste, Bad Taste and Pleasure: Aesthetics and the Grand Tour
March 3: "Pretty Little Hands" and Gambling: Music in Domestic Life
March 9: Opera: The Art of Subtle Revolution
March 10: Out with the Old and In with the New: Technology and Class in Musical Instruments
Allison Alcorn, Professor of Musicology, School of Music, Illinois State University
*Walk-in for Women’s Suffrage, $15.00 for individual session pay at the door.
March 24, 25, 31, April 1 (Tuesdays / Wednesdays)
Tuesday, March 24
Hunger strikes, air drops, cross country auto treks, petitions, targeted lobbies, segregated conventions and vigils are some actions used by activists in their quest for the passage of the 19th Amendment. This activism shows the willingness by suffragists to breach the boundaries of respectable behavior and helps to complicate the conversation surrounding the diverse positions of voting activists.
Kyle Ciani, Associate Professor of History and Core Faculty in Women’s & Gender Studies, ISU
Wednesday, March 25
When the 1870 Illinois Constitutional Convention refused to give the franchise to women, the state’s distaff sex worked to gain equal rights and protections by championing individual laws. Through the efforts of determined women, Illinois allowed females to vote in all local and state education-related elections in 1891. Learn of the battle Illinois suffragists fought in 1913 to become the first state east of the Mississippi River to allow women to vote for the President.
Mark Sorensen, Retired Assistant Director, Illinois State Archives
Tuesday, March 31
In 1874, when the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was formed, woman suffrage was definitely not part of its platform. Learn how reformer (and Illinoisan) Frances Willard persuaded a reluctant WCTU to endorse suffrage—and become a surprisingly powerful force in the national women’s rights movement.
Janet Olson, Archivist, Frances Willard Memorial Library and Woman's Christian Temperance Union Archives, Evanston, IL
Wednesday, April 1
Sarah Raymond was the nation’s first female school superintendent, Bloomington, IL. As an early graduate of Illinois State Normal University, a teacher, principal, and superintendent, Raymond challenged issues like progressive pedagogy, gender and race. In 1892 she experienced first-hand women voting in school board elections.
Monica Noraian, Associate Prof of History, Director of History-Social Sciences Education Program, ISU
Wednesday, April 1
Hazle Buck Ewing joined the women’s suffrage movement in 1915, devoting the next four years to working with local, state and national leaders to help secure voting rights for women. Ewing was a lifelong member of the Bloomington League of Women Voters, encouraging women to be informed and active citizens in government.
Toni Tucker, Associate Director University Advancement, Director Ewing Cultural Center, ISU
*Walk-in for History and Competition in the Horn of Africa, $15.00 for individual session pay at the door.
April 2, 9, 16, 23 (Thursdays)
Reports of military ventures in Northeast Africa are all over the news. U.S. troops operate from bases in Somalia, U.S. drones fly from Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, multinational naval forces monitor piracy and U.S. military construction battalions are building a network of roads into the continent. This class steps back from current events to learn about the history and people of the region, the way modern boundaries have emerged, and the growing international interest in the countries of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Somalia.
Janice Jayes, Instructional Assistant Professor, Department of History, ISU
*Walk-in The Evolution of Bloomington-Normal: Where Have We Come From, Where Are We Going?, $15.00 for individual session pay at the door.
May 19, 21, 26, 28 (Tuesdays / Thursdays)
Tuesday, May 19
The story of McLean County is one of people defending their freedoms, as they understood it; living on the land for sustenance as they had the means to do so; and developing communities to sustain their dreams. This presentation is based upon his research and writing on the history of McLean County in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Greg Koos, Executive Director Emeritus, McLean County Museum of History
Thursday, May 21
Into the 1950s, most of Bloomington-Normal lived within walking distance—roughly 1.5 miles—of workplaces. By the 1970s, housing, employment and much else had dispersed along roadways and into subdivisions. This talk traces the area’s decentralization and considers its consequences.
Alan Lessoff, Professor of History, ISU
Thursday, May 21
The heart of Bloomington is reflected in the historic neighborhoods surrounding downtown. While sprawl to the east and southwest has often overshadowed these neighborhoods, they are thriving and continue to be revitalized. What is working and why does it matter?
Ruthie Cobb, Local Historian
Karen Schmidt, Former Bloomington City Council Alderwoman
Tuesday, May 26
Uptown Normal has undergone major changes in the past 25 years. Learn how this transformation was accomplished and what's in store in the future with Normal 2.0 and beyond. Downtown Bloomington has been in the cross-hairs of redevelopment for 50+ years. A major piece of commerce in downtown has been centered in the State Farm building, and now this iconic office building is on the verge of being reborn. Get an overview of the changes in downtown.
Mercy Davison, Town Planner, Town of Normal
Bill Kemp, Librarian, McLean County Museum of History
Thursday, May 28
Hear from a panel of local residents from various minority ethnic groups and cultures who have diversified and enhanced the Bloomington- Normal community. Learn about their first-hand experiences of opportunities and challenges moving here, both the joys and pains, and how the community has changed in the past several generations in terms of acceptance, food, entertainment and more.