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Wednesday, 17 January, 2018
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    Explore little known historical connections in Coles and Clark counties discovered after examining the Wall Dog Murals in Marshall, IL.  It's like a giant geo-caching project where one discovery keeps leading to another.  Come explore what we've found so far and get inspired to keep the search going!  It's history fever to the max!  You'll be inspired to start your own journey.... some of you may even be able to fill in some of the missing pieces!

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Thursday, 18 January, 2018
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    This presentation contributes to our understanding of major black writers by discussing the promise and problem concerning the extraordinary literary successes of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Colson Whitehead, two of our most widely discussed contemporary African American authors. Over the last few years, in addition to appearing on The New York Times bestseller list and receiving National Book Award honors, works by Coates and Whitehead have been lauded by Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and hundreds of others. Yet, the kinds of remarkable receptions that Coates and Whitehead have enjoyed rarely extended to large numbers of black writers, and thus sometimes prompted noticeable intra-racial resentment. A consideration of the responses to Coates and Whitehead reveals why the rise of major black writers is cause for celebration and frustration. 

    Howard Rambsy II is a Professor of Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has taught a wide range of literature courses, and he has coordinated more than 200 public humanities projects concentrating on African American literature and cultural history. He is the author of The Black Arts Enterprise (2011), a study of a defining African American cultural movement that took place during the 1960s and 1970s, and his articles on black literature have appeared in various publications. He has been an active blogger, charting multiple recent developments in African American writing.  

    Tags: Alumni | Arts and Entertainment | Community | Current Students | Diversity/Inclusive Excellence | English Department | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Tuesday, 23 January, 2018
Monday, 29 January, 2018
Wednesday, 31 January, 2018
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    In this powerful work about the tragic aftermath of the Vietnam War, author and Academy member, Michael Murphy presents the stories of Vietnamese people who fled their beloved country and those who stayed behind and endured, creating a new life in their ever-changing country. You will learn Michael's background and impetus for writing on this subject. There will be time for questions and answers for those interested in this war, culture, and the people left after 'Black April', 4/30/1975.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Thursday, 01 February, 2018
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    Do you long for genuine whole body relaxation, strength and flexibility?  You can gain these benefits in an atmosphere free of competition with Gentle Yoga.  Engaging our mind with movements and breathing are especially beneficial for improved concentration and better sleep.    Six consecutive Tuesdays are included; wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or rug, and bottle of water.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Athletics | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Friday, 02 February, 2018
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    The 10th Annual EIUnity Diversity Conference will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018, from 8 AM-3 PM, in the EIU Martin Luther King Union. The theme for this year's conference is "Changing the Culture for the Culture: A Stand Against the Tradition of Bigotry, Social Injustice and more..." This conference is designed to raise diversity awareness and advocacy across EIU's campus. The conference registration and Safe Zone Training starts at 8 AM with workshops starting at 10 AM, and a luncheon provided during the conference. Please check for the full itinerary on the Minority Affairs website. For EIU students, faculty and staff to register for the conference click on this link: http://www.eiu.edu/minoraff/machform/view.php?id=13. Non EIU Guests may register on the Minority Affairs Website (under Diversity Conference) and the cost for attendance is $10.00 per participant, which may be paid the day of the conference. Cash, checks and money orders will be accepted. Checks are to be made payable to Eastern Illinois University. The deadline for registration is Monday, January 29th, 2018,  at 4:30 PM. If you have any questions, please contact the Minority Affairs Office at 581-6690.

    Tags: Academic Calendar | Alumni | Community | Conferences/Meetings | Current Students | Diversity/Inclusive Excellence | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Minority Affairs | Prospective Students
Tuesday, 06 February, 2018
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    Do you long for genuine whole body relaxation, strength and flexibility?  You can gain these benefits in an atmosphere free of competition with Gentle Yoga.  Engaging our mind with movements and breathing are especially beneficial for improved concentration and better sleep.    Six consecutive Tuesdays are included; wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or rug, and bottle of water.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Athletics | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Wednesday, 07 February, 2018
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    The Beatles, J. K. Rowling and John F. Kennedy. These are just a few of the signatures on the market these days that in all likelihood are not authentic. In this workshop we will learn some of the basic rules in evaluating autographs and documents. I will also highlight some of the "great" literary forgers of our time and the techniques they used in order to fool even the experts. Several forged documents and photos will be presented to the group for self examination. So bring your eye-glass and Deerstalker cap for an afternoon of detective work.  Max: 10.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Tuesday, 13 February, 2018
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    Do you long for genuine whole body relaxation, strength and flexibility?  You can gain these benefits in an atmosphere free of competition with Gentle Yoga.  Engaging our mind with movements and breathing are especially beneficial for improved concentration and better sleep.    Six consecutive Tuesdays are included; wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or rug, and bottle of water.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Athletics | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Tuesday, 20 February, 2018
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    Do you long for genuine whole body relaxation, strength and flexibility?  You can gain these benefits in an atmosphere free of competition with Gentle Yoga.  Engaging our mind with movements and breathing are especially beneficial for improved concentration and better sleep.    Six consecutive Tuesdays are included; wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or rug, and bottle of water.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Athletics | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Thursday, 22 February, 2018
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    Eating right and staying active are important no matter what your age. As we get older, our bodies have different needs, so certain foods and nutrients become especially important for good health. During this session, you will learn about special nutrient needs of adults who wish to stay healthy. This class will teach you how to cook with nutrient dense foods and participants will go home with easy recipes to try at home.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Tuesday, 27 February, 2018
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    Do you long for genuine whole body relaxation, strength and flexibility?  You can gain these benefits in an atmosphere free of competition with Gentle Yoga.  Engaging our mind with movements and breathing are especially beneficial for improved concentration and better sleep.    Six consecutive Tuesdays are included; wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or rug, and bottle of water.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Athletics | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Wednesday, 28 February, 2018
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    "Brass and Brew" will be an evening of music, conversation, and fine microbrew tastings. EIU Provost Jay Gatrell will give a brief program on the geography of beer and follow-up with a Q & A session. The EIU Graduate/Faculty Brass Quintet will offer musical selections curated to match a variety of regional microbrews (available for purchase) selected for the event. Come for the refreshing education and live music, stay for the dinner special at the Country Club.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Friday, 02 March, 2018
Monday, 05 March, 2018
Tuesday, 06 March, 2018
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    Do you long for genuine whole body relaxation, strength and flexibility?  You can gain these benefits in an atmosphere free of competition with Gentle Yoga.  Engaging our mind with movements and breathing are especially beneficial for improved concentration and better sleep.    Six consecutive Tuesdays are included; wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or rug, and bottle of water.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Athletics | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Wednesday, 21 March, 2018
Thursday, 22 March, 2018
Friday, 06 April, 2018
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    Built in 1890 by the Knights of Pythius, this three-story structure was renovated by a local business woman in 2017 to become a 12 room inn. The owner/operator, Kimberlee Davidson, will be there to give us a guided tour and provide us with full color brochures. There is a lift for those uncomfortable with climbing stairs. We'll be enjoying lunch at the Whitling Whimsy Cafe, 107 E. Main, Casey, before the tour. Let us know if you can attend either or both gatherings.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Monday, 09 April, 2018
Saturday, 14 April, 2018
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    Past Forward Memoir Writers are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a workshop led by award winning novelist Amy Hassinger (Nina: Adolescence 2003, The Priest’s Madonna 2009, After the Dam 2016). Ms. Hassinger will be sharing insights on plot development in two interactive sessions useful to writers of fiction and creative nonfiction alike. Coffee and tea, a sandwich lunch and snacks are included in the registration fee. Space is limited to 30 participants, so register early to reserve your spot. Sponsored by Past Forward, Academy of Lifelong Learning, Coles County Arts Council and Mattoon Arts Council.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Wednesday, 18 April, 2018
Wednesday, 02 May, 2018
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    On April 26, 1952, a guard ship, the USS HOBSON, collided with a larger aircraft carrier, the USS WASP. The HOBSON split completely in two and, in less than 4 minutes, descended into the cold Atlantic water. On that dark and moonless night, 175 US Navy Sailors and their Captain were thrust brutally to the bottom of the ocean where they rest in eternal sleep. Sixty-one survivors of the HOBSON were rescued by the heroic efforts of sailors serving on the accompanying ship, the RODMAN, and on the WASP which had a huge gaping hole in her bow. This book is being written at the request of the son of one of the sailors serving on the HOBSON who died that night. This young sailor was one of the 176 who never got to go home, never experienced family again. He didn’t get to hold the child he was expecting nor care for him as he was growing up. Many stories have been shared by the survivors and witnesses of this catastrophe. This is an account of an error in judgment which resulted in a tragedy met by those who serve with competent action, integrity, kindness, and reverence for those who serve.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Wednesday, 09 May, 2018
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    Bonnie Parr, Historical Documents Conservator of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, will present a program about preserving old family photographs. She will talk about the proper environment for the long-term preservation of photographs, explain and show examples of archival enclosures, and give guidelines on proper handling of these unique and often very fragile materials. Attendees will learn what factors affect the longevity of photographs, understand what is meant by “acid free” paper and which types of plastics are “archival”, and learn useful tips for handling and managing their collections of old family photographs.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Tuesday, 05 June, 2018
Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
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