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Friday, October 21 , 9:30 am 11:30 am

September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28  (Fridays) 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Attend in person at ISU’s Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal (Masks are optional.)


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:

September 30 – Water, Steam and the 18th-Century Anthropocene

In 1798, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, future architect of the U.S. Capitol, wrote a letter to Philadelphia’s City Council with a proposal to bring potable water to the city. This was not solely a plan to deliver water but also to control the climate. Latrobe promised that the power of the steam engine would give Philadelphians the power to cool the air. This talk will explore this unexpected connection between steam power and climate change while posing questions about how we entered into our current fossil fuel age.

Keith Pluymers, Assistant Professor, Department of History, ISU

October 7 – Roman Women: From Myth to Birth and Death

When thinking of ancient women (whether Roman, Greek, or Egyptian), we often think of them as a monolithic entity. And yet, the category of “women in antiquity” includes many individuals from different socio economic and educational backgrounds. This discussion will provide an overview of the historical sources and the portrayal of Roman women in myth as well as their lives in the city. We will explore how the myths associated with the founding of Rome set down the expectations and ideal for the female Roman citizen (matronae).

Georgia Tsouvala, Associate Professor of Ancient History, Department of History, ISU

October 14 – Breaking Bread in McLean County

Join creators of the award-winning Breaking Bread in McLean County program series for an in-depth exploration of the 2021 series and the inspiration behind centering foodways as a fulcrum for examining the historic and contemporary lived experiences of local immigrant populations and the cultural exchange and interchange that results. Learn about the tastes, textures, and trials of using food for thought in this context.

David Hirst, BN Welcoming / The Immigration Project
Hannah Johnson, Illinois Art Station
Mike Matejka, BN Welcoming / Not In Our Town
Archana Shekara, Illinois State University

October 21 – THE 2022 Midterm Elections: Likely Outcomes and Consequences

At stake for the 2022 Midterms are: the fate of President Biden’s agenda; control of the House and Senate; the direction of the Democratic and Republican parties; and the future of American democracy. Dr. Bob Bradley will examine factors that will shape the context for the elections, highlight important races to watch, forecast election results, and discuss the significance of those results.

Bob Bradley, Professor Emeritus, Politics & Government, ISU

October 28 – ParkLands Foundation: Protecting Your Land, Water and Wildlife Along the Mackinaw River

ParkLands Foundation has protected land along the Mackinaw River in McLean and Woodford counties for more than 50 years. These lands are dedicated primarily for preserving the biological diversity of the native plants and wildlife and secondarily for passive public recreation, environmental education, and scientific research. Discover different preserves available to hike, bird watch, photograph, and explore within 30 minutes of Bloomington-Normal.

Jessica Chambers, Past President, ParkLands Foundation, and Director, ISU Horticulture Center, ISU
Craig Lutes, Volunteer Steward, Merwin Preserve


Friday, October 21
9:30 am – 11:30 am
$15 – $45


Senior Professionals
(309) 438-2818
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(309) 438-2818

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1101 N. Main Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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