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Friday, September 24, 2021, 9:30 am11:30 am

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, November 5, 2021

$35 – $45

September 24, October 1, 8, 22, 29, November 5  (Fridays) 9:30-11:30 a.m.

*No lecture on October 15

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:
• Four 2-hour sessions (one Academy of Seniors class)
• Six 2-hour Mornings with the Professors lectures

No single-session option available.

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 Descriptions:

September 24 – How Do You Get to Sesame Street?

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph will discuss character development and how the arts and Sesame Street play a key role in helping kids navigate life to grow “stronger, smarter, and kinder.” She will share her personal journey, educational background, and her artistic skills as a performer-creator in a “show-and-tell” approach to her work on Sesame Street. Paul Rudolph will share insight about Sesame Street music from “page to stage” and how songs are created for the show, plus live performance and celebrity experiences.

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, puppeteer, 5-time Emmy-nominated performer, Sesame Street

Paul Rudolph, vocal music director, 3-time Emmy-winning music editor, composer, recordist, Sesame Street


October 1 – Could What Happened in Texas Happen in Illinois?

With more frequent extreme weather, is Central Illinois increasingly vulnerable to a prolonged power outage? What went awry in Texas and what needs to be done in Central Illinois to protect against energy catastrophes? How does the generation and use of renewable energy in McLean County compare to the rest of Illinois and the nation? How are water supply and treatment systems affected during extended power outages? Will the current U.S. grid system require major updates to accommodate more renewables?

David Loomis, professor of economics and executive director of Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies, ISU


October 8 – Introduction to Picasso

Pablo Picasso, an extraordinary and talented artist, produced an enormous volume of art for 80+ years. An anarchist, a destroyer, and a man of unparalleled imagination with stamina and character, his art changed the concepts and techniques of the art world forever. For more than 40 years, Robert Baller has studied Picasso as a personality and extensively researched his art. Discover the many faces, personalities, and complexities of Picasso, and learn how he became one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.

Robert Baller, art collector and Picasso aficionado


October 22 – Our Big, Beautiful, Fascinating World, Part II: A Cultural Photographic Exploration

Take a journey to experience fascinating cultural and religious events in far-off, exotic countries. Through vibrant photographs, see up-close the Hindu practice of cremation in Nepal and Ethiopia’s famous colorful Timket (Epiphany) festival. Discover religious practices in Tibet, hear how young girls in Nepal are worshiped as goddesses, and learn how religious practices interface with poverty in Cambodia and Myanmar. Explore the meaning of these events and what they mean to the people who live them…and more!

Laurie Bergner, photographer, KodaRoamers Camera Club


October 29 – Hidden Gems of America’s National Park System

Explore our national park system’s stunning hidden gems, places largely unfamiliar to the public and all but serious park enthusiasts and rangers. Discover sites from across the continent and into the Pacific and Caribbean, exploring lesser known but spectacular natural and historical parks that remain some of our National Park Service’s best kept secrets.

David Kroese, author and guest lecturer


November 5 – A History of Secret Writing

What secrets were so scandalous, so dangerous, that they could only be communicated in ciphers and codes? Learn about the history of secret writing during the early modern period when soldiers, politicians, and lovers learned cryptology in order to exchange private thoughts, warn one another of threats, and conspired to assassinate kings and queens. Looking closely at real ciphers, Katherine Ellison will also discuss the early 20th century, when study of those early modern secrets influenced the establishment of the first intelligence agencies.

Katherine Ellison, director of Graduate Studies, professor of literature and culture, Department of English, ISU







Friday, September 24, 2021
9:30 am – 11:30 am
$35 – $45


Senior Professionals
(309) 438-2818
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Alumni Center
1101 N. Main Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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(309) 438-4781
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