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Alumni Center

Location:
Alumni Center 1101 N. Main St
Normal,

Upcoming Events

September 2017

Drinking Water: Sources and Concerns

Date:
Friday, September 22nd
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

While Normal uses groundwater as a public water supply, Bloomington uses surface water. What are the differences between the two?

The Freedom of Assembly in Politics Today: What Are Our Rights?

Date:
Monday, September 25th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Over the past few years, high-profile protests have sparked renewed discussions on the right to peacefully assemble. In this session the history and major Supreme Court rulings on the freedom of assembly will be reviewed.

Yelling Fire in a Crowded Theater: Free Speech in the Real World

Date:
Thursday, September 28th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

This session will use a combination of Supreme Court cases and real world examples to explore the way(s) free speech has evolved in the United States since 1787.

Why Danes are Happier Than Americans

Date:
Friday, September 29th
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

The United Nations annually publishes a "World Happiness Report" and almost every year Denmark is ranked as the world's happiest country. What makes Danes happy?

October 2017

Showcasing Local Art and Artists: Claire Hedden and Albion Stafford

Date:
Tuesday, October 3rd
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Artists Claire Hedden and Albion Stafford explore sculpture in different materials.

Showcasing Local Art and Artists: Doug Johnson and Melissa Oresky

Date:
Thursday, October 5th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Doug Johnson and Melissa Oresky explore painting and collage work.

The Power of Nine: Understanding the Supreme Court

Date:
Friday, October 6th
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Explore the evolution of the Court from the least powerful branch to possibly being the most powerful.

Showcasing Local Art and Artists: Barry Blinderman and Doug Johnson

Date:
Monday, October 9th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Barry Blinderman and Doug Johnson will discuss the paths of overseeing artist venues, the University Galleries and McLean County Arts Center.

Showcasing Local Art and Artists: Nancy Fewkes and L J Douglas

Date:
Tuesday, October 10th
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Nancy Fewkes and L J Douglas will explore their works in photography and prints.

Film Noirs: Visual Style and Fortune

Date:
Friday, October 13th
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Bill McBride will explore noir style, learn the language to describe it.

Overcoming Past Victimization for Successful Reentry into Society

Date:
Friday, October 20th
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

This lecture examines narratives of incarcerated women and their experiences with addressing their pasts as a means of successful reentry to society post- incarceration.

Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Fables

Date:
Friday, October 27th
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 pm

Folk tales by Charles Perrault, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, literary fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson and Aesop's fables will be discussed. Some of the oldest stories are still the best.

November 2017

Poetry and Verse Novels

Date:
Friday, November 3rd
Time:
9:30 am - 11:00 am

This session will consider the various forms and functions of poetry for young children, middle graders, and young adults. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences with poems and songs they have memorized from childhood.

Picture Books and Visual Texts

Date:
Friday, November 17th
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Examination of how words and illustrations work together to tell a story. Selection and discussion of outstanding picture books from the history of children's literature.

January 2018

Illinois’ First Farmers: The 1,000th Anniversary

Start:
Tuesday, January 9th 2018
1:30 pm
End:
Thursday, January 18th 2018
3:30 pm

This class with Michael Wiant of Dickson Mounds Museum will highlight archaeological field work and the discovery of extraordinary objects.