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Friday, April 1, 9:30 am11:30 am

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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, April 22, 2022

March 25, April 1,8,15,22  (Fridays) 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Attend in person at ISU’s Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main Street, Normal (Masks required.)


Watch Online Via Zoom

*Classes are subject to change based on current CDC and IDPH guidelines, as well as ISU policies and procedures.


$35 for Senior Professional members
$45 for non-members

For in person, pricing is per person.
For ZOOM, one registration per household.

Price includes:
• Five 2-hour Mornings with the Professors lectures
$15 single-session option available for in-person (pay at door).

Register online at seniorprofessionals.illinoisstate.edu or call (309) 438-2160.

Seating is limited for in-person viewing.

Zoom participants will receive a Zoom link a week prior to the class(es) for which they’ve signed up and again on the day of each class session.


Class Description:

March 15 – The Crispr revolution: How Genome Editing is Advancing Science

The recent development of the CRISPR genome editing tool has revolutionized science in the last few years. It has improved our ability to understand fundamental questions in biology and has led to the development of new treatments for a variety of human diseases. Along with these advancements comes new discussions of what are ethical uses of this technology.

Alysia Vrailas-Mortimer, Associate Professor of Aging and Physiology, Coordinator of the Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biotechnology Graduate and Undergraduate Programs, ISU


April 1 – Unusual and Unique Sites in Illinois

Explore quirky sites in Illinois with Bob and Reenie Bradley. See what make the state so interesting. The longest epitaph in granite, a memorial in a town square to a circus elephant struck and killed by lightning and a community built to survive the end-of-the-world are a few of the sites that will be featured.

Robert Bradley, Professor Emeritus, Politics & Government, ISU
Reenie Bradley, ISU alum (1983) and Office of Admissions Retiree, ISU


April 8 – The Impact of Rivian: Growth in the Twin Cities

What’s all the buzz about surrounding Rivian and the electric vehicle industry? The addition of Rivian to the area has added a significant number of new jobs, various new business opportunities, valuable partnerships, and evolving Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Technology training programs at Heartland Community College. Local leaders have credited Rivian with energizing the community. Learn why Bloomington-Normal continues to gain national attention as it becomes known for highly-advanced green manufacturing.

Zach Dietmeier, Sr. Manager, Plant Communications, Rivian
Patrick Hoban, Chief Executive Officer, Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council
Curt Rendall, Executive Director, Work Ready Program Development and Innovation, Heartland Community College


April 15 – Banned & Burned: Book Censorship Then & Now

Banning and burning books is nothing new. For centuries books have been censored and sometimes burned for many reasons, including blasphemy, sex, witchcraft, violence, age appropriateness, and more. Learn why books from Junie B. Jones to Captain Underpants and Harry Potter are censored. Hear about several contemporary situations that lead to banning of specific books and how these are resolved.

Pennie Gray, Associate Professor of Educational Studies and Coordinator of Elementary Education, Illinois Wesleyan University
Karen Schmidt, Professor and University Librarian Emerita, Illinois Wesleyan University


April 22 – 1 Ken and 2 Harolds: Impactful Artists

The late 1960s and early 1970s began a unique era for universities across the nation. Expanding enrollment, new majors, and cultural experimentation heralded great shifts for students, faculty, and communities. Emblematic of these changes was the rise of fine arts programs. The careers of Ken Holder, Harold Gregor, and Harold Boyd exemplify this new voice and new place for artists, students, and teachers from the hinterlands of the American Midwest. This program will contextualize these artists, the times in which they worked and their lasting impact.

Doug Johnson, Executive Director, McLean County Arts Center




Friday, April 1
9:30 am – 11:30 am


Alumni Center
1101 N. Main Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
(309) 438-4781
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