MORNINGS WITH THE PROFESSORS – VIRTUAL
October 2, 9, 16, 30, Nov 6 (Fridays)
No class on October 23
NO VIRTUAL SINGLE-SESSION OPTION AVAILABLE
Friday, October 2
MISTER ROGERS FOR GROWNUPS: WELCOME TO HIS NEIGHBORHOOD
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 Watts, Retired Presbyterian Minister
Charline Watts, Retired Community Volunteer
Friday, October 9
FOR THE MOTHERLAND! FOR STALIN! FOR RUSSIA! – WORLD WAR II IN SOVIET EXPERIENCE AND RUSSIAN MEMORY
World War II was the defining moment of the Soviet era and remains a powerful force in Russia today. This talk addresses Soviet experience of the “Great Patriotic War” and how the traumas of this war and the “Great Victory” that concluded it 75 years ago continue to be commemorated.
Christine Varga-Harris, Associate Professor of History, ISU
Friday, October 16
FROM THE EMPHATICALLY MUNDANE TO THE DIVINE: MAPPING THE MEDIEVAL WORLD
Medieval world maps were useless as route finders, but as repositories of visual information they were and are uniquely rich. These re-presentations of historical events, people, the so-called monstrous races––even geographical features––can tell us much about the cultures that produced and used them. This illustrated program will introduce you to these maps, their makers and users, and, perhaps, show you the road to heaven.
Dan Terkla, Professor Emeritus, English, IWU
Friday, October 30
OUR BIG, BEAUTIFUL, FASCINATING WORLD: A CULTURAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION
Discover fascinating cultural celebrations and events, as well as social and political living in off-the-beaten-track countries. Through vibrant photographs, experience Guatemala’s Day of the Dead celebration; India’s congregation of naked holy men; a bizarre marriage challenge in the Ethiopian tribes; China’s takeover of Tibet; Ethiopia’s fabulous Timket (Epiphany) religious festival; and Nepal’s Hindu cremation rites. Explore the meaning of these events, as well as how politics and corruption affects the peoples.
Laurie Bergner, Photographer with KodaRoamers Camera Club
Friday, November 6
INSURTECH: A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE
Discover how technology is significantly transforming the insurance industry. Using examples, the presentation will explain how technology aims to improve the value of insurance for policyholders. In addition, learn how individuals can best make use of technology when interacting with insurers.
Kevin Ahlgrim, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Finance, Insurance and Law, ISU