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Friday, April 16th
9:30 am
Friday, May 14th
11:00 am
$25 – $35

Event Description

March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 (Fridays) 9:30-11 a.m.

Fees Per Virtual Class:

Each Academy of Seniors class includes four 90-minute sessions.

$25.00 for members ● $35.00 for non-members

Only one registration per household required.

No virtual single-session option available.

For registration information, go to https://seniorprofessionals.illinoisstate.edu/educational-opportunities/.

March 26—A Journey through America’s National Park System

David Kroese embarked on a travel adventure of a lifetime. He will share his inspiration for visiting all 422 National Park Service units, a centennial project to say thank you to park personnel, and how the experience ended up in a book. Memorable recollections and visuals of the parks will illustrate systemwide themes and observations.

David Kroese, Author and Guest Lecturer


April 2—What I learned at Shakespeare Camp from 1993 to 2020

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 John 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


April 9—Martin Luther: Saint or Sinner?

Martin Luther famously described humans as being simultaneously saints and sinners. Luther was very much both, and he left an ambivalent legacy. Although Luther reformed the church, resolved an existential crisis, and laid the foundation for the modern German language, 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


April 16—Our Founding Fathers and Islam

Over a decade before writing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson purchased a two-volume copy of the Qur’an. What was his motivation and interest? How did he and other Founders imagine Muslim participation in the soon-to-be United States? How might their debates help us navigate discussion today about the place of Islam in America?

 Richard Watts, Retired Presbyterian Minister


April 23—Cruising Around the Historical Bloc: Origins & Social Meaning of Rock-n-Roll

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, IWU

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.




Senior Professionals
(309) 438-2818