*Walk-in for Mornings with the Professors, $15.00 for individual session pay at the door.
March 27, April 3, 17, 24, May 1 (Friday) No class April 10
Friday, March 27
This lecture will highlight some of the features of the current U.S. tax system, both at the federal and state levels. It will invoke some philosophical and practical arguments for certain kinds of taxes. Learn of various weaknesses of the current tax system and some proposals to make the current tax system simpler and fairer for all.
Bibek Adhikari, Assistant Professor of Economics, ISU
Friday, April 3
Fred Rogers became an American icon for his sensitivity in dealing with children’s wonderings and worries. (“No, you can’t go down the bathtub drain!”) Might his ways of relating to children offer guidance to us adults as well? Maybe it’s never too late to learn more about being a neighbor.
Richard and Charline Watts, Social Justice Advocates
Friday, April 17
Martin Luther famously described humans as being simultaneously saints and sinners. He was very much both, and he left an ambivalent legacy. He reformed the church, resolved an existential crisis and laid the foundation for the modern German language; but he also split the Western church, subordinated the church to the state and was a vicious anti-Semite.
John Freed, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, ISU
Friday, April 24
Artistic Directors of major Shakespeare Festivals often have backgrounds in acting, directing and even arts management, but seldom do they come from the production/design side of the discipline. However, that has been Stark’s path. Learn what makes that unique and what makes the Illinois Shakespeare Festival his artistic home.
John Stark, Artistic Director, Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Friday, May 1
The ethnic, class, racial and urban industrial roots of this musical form will help to understand the tensions and contradictions inherent in post-World War II American culture. Attendees will listen to music from Lonnie Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, the Carter Family, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, “Big Mama” Thornton, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley.
April Schultz, Professor of History, Illinois Wesleyan University