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Thursday, 20 September, 2018
Tuesday, 25 September, 2018
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    Even before the rise of commercial air travel and ballistic missiles, air brought to mind direct connections with distant parts of the world more readily than land and water did. This presentation will explore several interrelated aspects of the influences of birds and bird migrations upon Illinoisans’ geographic and environmental perceptions during the first century of Illinois’s statehood.

    First, rural Illinoisans paid considerable attention to wild birds, both as sources of food and as allies in the war against insect pests before effective synthetic pesticides. Second, a sense that bird populations were declining due to habitat loss and hunting led to increased efforts to figure out bird migrations. Third, those who worked to understand migration did so through vast collaborative webs. Fourth, ornithological studies drew attention to connections to distant places. Finally, understandings of bird migrations were influenced by politics insofar as birders tended to consider North America north of Mexico as a main unit of study (thereby distorting the ranges of many birds) and tended to displace blame for declining bird populations.

    Free and open to the public. Register at 581-5114 or https://sce.eiu.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=FA18ALBIRDNG

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Conferences/Meetings | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
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    Even before the rise of commercial air travel and ballistic missiles, air brought to mind direct connections with distant parts of the world more readily than land and water did. This presentation will explore several interrelated aspects of the influences of birds and bird migrations upon Illinoisans’ geographic and environmental perceptions during the first century of Illinois’s statehood.

    First, rural Illinoisans paid considerable attention to wild birds, both as sources of food and as allies in the war against insect pests before effective synthetic pesticides. Second, a sense that bird populations were declining due to habitat loss and hunting led to increased efforts to figure out bird migrations. Third, those who worked to understand migration did so through vast collaborative webs. Fourth, ornithological studies drew attention to connections to distant places. Finally, understandings of bird migrations were influenced by politics insofar as birders tended to consider North America north of Mexico as a main unit of study (thereby distorting the ranges of many birds) and tended to displace blame for declining bird populations.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
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    Even before the rise of commercial air travel and ballistic missiles, air brought to mind direct connections with distant parts of the world more readily than land and water did. This presentation will explore several interrelated aspects of the influences of birds and bird migrations upon Illinoisans’ geographic and environmental perceptions during the first century of Illinois’s statehood.

    First, rural Illinoisans paid considerable attention to wild birds, both as sources of food and as allies in the war against insect pests before effective synthetic pesticides. Second, a sense that bird populations were declining due to habitat loss and hunting led to increased efforts to figure out bird migrations. Third, those who worked to understand migration did so through vast collaborative webs. Fourth, ornithological studies drew attention to connections to distant places. Finally, understandings of bird migrations were influenced by politics insofar as birders tended to consider North America north of Mexico as a main unit of study (thereby distorting the ranges of many birds) and tended to displace blame for declining bird populations.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
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    Scott Samuelson speaks to the big issues in the 28th Annual Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, inspired in part by his work teaching at a prison in Iowa. Don’t miss this “Philosopher of the People” as he addresses the question of "pointless suffering," the theme of his latest book published by the University of Chicago Press!

    Tags: Academic Calendar | Academic/Event Scheduling | Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Arts and Entertainment | Center for the Humanities | Community | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Philosophy
Wednesday, 26 September, 2018
Saturday, 29 September, 2018
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    Come visit a fourth generation family farm and woodland just one mile southwest of EIU campus. Robert and Virginia Lynch purchased Farm 12 of Coles County in 1948. This 40 acre homestead is located on what was then known as Hog Farm Road, our present day University Drive. Hear the history of the farm starting with Robert, who attended EIU from first grade through college, Tom (his son) who attended EIU’s laboratory school through graduate school, and now Mike and Scott Lynch, both EIU graduates as well. The farm was originally a livestock and produce operation which featured a roadside stand that many of Charleston’s most seasoned residents can still remember. Tour the grounds and view the current activities including organically grown tomatoes, pick-your-own sweet corn, a hopyard and pumpkin patch. Learn about the ongoing forest management practices and discuss future plans for the property such as native prairie grass stands and botanical display gardens. As stewards of the land for successive generations, the Lynch Family wishes to create a sustainable, family friendly environment for Charlestonians to enjoy.

    Free and open to the public.  Register by calling 581-5114 or: https://sce.eiu.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=FA18ALLYNCH

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Conferences/Meetings | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
Wednesday, 03 October, 2018
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    Two early prominent citizens of this area, Levin Cartwright and Byrd Monroe, contributed to Coles County during the 1830-1850s time period in distinctly different ways.  One embraced the hunting and gathering lifestyle, while the other brought an entrepreneurial spirit to us - pursuing many opportunities to establish businesses for profit.  You will learn about personalities, history, and intriguing local lore from historian Dick Hummel. 

    Free and open to the public.  Registration requested at 217-581-5114 or: 

    https://sce.eiu.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=FA18ALCARTWR

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Conferences/Meetings | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Thursday, 04 October, 2018
Sunday, 07 October, 2018
Tuesday, 09 October, 2018
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    The topic of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) is quite popular in society today with both hobbyists and organizations. 700,000 consumer UAV’s were sold in 2015 with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ predicting an increase in sales to be 57% in 2016. Just over $2 billion will be directly spent on UAV’s in 2016, with the economic impact reaching over $4 billion. With their popularity, practical purposes are still being deciphered by these multiple entities. Examples of applications in construction, agriculture, distribution, law enforcement, and energy industries are plentiful. Major points:


    · Description of UAV types
    · Regulatory boundaries and licensing
    · Technological limitations of various UAV’s and image capture
    · Current and future applications of UAV’s

    This presentation identifies techniques and applications being utilized by photographers, videographers, advertising, media, and marketing specialists in operation of UAV’s. Additionally, those that educate in the field of graphics will be able to ascertain differences between the respective technology providers, examine boundaries set forth by regulatory agencies and image capture.

    Free and open to the public.  Registration requested at 217-581-5114 or https://sce.eiu.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=FA18ALDRONES

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Conferences/Meetings | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
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    The topic of UAV’s is quite popular in society today with both hobbyists and organizations. 700,000 consumer UAV’s were sold in 2015 with the CTA predicting an increase in sales to be 57% in 2016. Just over $2 billion will be directly spent on UAV’s in 2016, with the economic impact reaching over $4 billlion. With their popularity, practical purposes are still being deciphered by these multiple entities. Examples of applications in construction, agriculture, distribution, law enforcement, and energy industries are plentiful. Major points:
    · Description of UAV types
    · Regulatory boundaries and licensing
    · Technological limitations of various UAV’s and image capture
    · Current and future applications of UAV’s

    This presentation identifies techniques and applications being utilized by photographers, videographers, advertising, media, and marketing specialists in operation of UAV’s. Additionally, those that educate in the field of graphics will be able to ascertain differences between the respective technology providers, examine boundaries set forth by regulatory agencies and image capture.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
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    The topic of UAV’s is quite popular in society today with both hobbyists and organizations. 700,000 consumer UAV’s were sold in 2015 with the CTA predicting an increase in sales to be 57% in 2016. Just over $2 billion will be directly spent on UAV’s in 2016, with the economic impact reaching over $4 billlion. With their popularity, practical purposes are still being deciphered by these multiple entities. Examples of applications in construction, agriculture, distribution, law enforcement, and energy industries are plentiful. Major points:
    · Description of UAV types
    · Regulatory boundaries and licensing
    · Technological limitations of various UAV’s and image capture
    · Current and future applications of UAV’s

    This presentation identifies techniques and applications being utilized by photographers, videographers, advertising, media, and marketing specialists in operation of UAV’s. Additionally, those that educate in the field of graphics will be able to ascertain differences between the respective technology providers, examine boundaries set forth by regulatory agencies and image capture.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
Thursday, 11 October, 2018
Friday, 12 October, 2018
Wednesday, 17 October, 2018
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    A panel of 3 writers who have published their work will share their wisdom and experiences. This discussion is essential for anyone who writes, wants to publish or is interested in the publishing process and how to make it work. Question and answer time allotted.  

    Daiva Markelis - Publishing vs. self-publishing
    Mary Maddox - Physical book production - cover, interior and ebook conversion
    Michael Murphy - Self-publishing with CreateSpace, professional editing, and other benefits

    Free and open to the public - registration requested by calling 581-5114 or at: https://sce.eiu.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=FA18ALPUBLIS

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Conferences/Meetings | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
Thursday, 18 October, 2018
Tuesday, 23 October, 2018
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    What do you call "antique"? The public infatuation with heirlooms and obsolete items of days gone by has created a market that defies logic…unless you consider what some items mean to Boomers, collectors, and curiosity junkies. Join us at Copper Eagle to learn what's popular now, how pricing works, and what makes antiquing a 'thing'.

    Free & open to the public.  Registration requested at: 581-5114 or https://sce.eiu.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=FA18ALANTIQU

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
Friday, 26 October, 2018
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    Do you enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea? Most of us do! Are you curious about the coffee culture that has developed in the last twenty years? And are you familiar with the history of these two beverages? Join us for a presentation of these topics and more. A beverage and light snack will be offered to each attendee, at no charge. Seating is limited to 20, so register early! Academy members should use their Academy parking passes; non-members may obtain a parking pass at EIU Police Dept., 7th and Grant. 

    Free and open to the public.  Registration required at 581-5114 or https://sce.eiu.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=FA18ALCOFFEE

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
Monday, 29 October, 2018
Wednesday, 31 October, 2018
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    As Halloween approaches, bats are common images that may evoke feelings of fear and curiosity. They aren't blind, dirty or pests. They are, however, critical to many ecosystems and the only true flying mammal. They pollinate plants, distribute seeds, can eat thousands of insects daily, and serve as prey to other animals. Their unique features continue to inspire scientific discoveries, like their membrane wings and echolocation have inspired technological advances in engineering. Learn more about Illinois bats, current research and Citizen Science opportunities.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
Saturday, 03 November, 2018
Sunday, 04 November, 2018
Monday, 05 November, 2018
Wednesday, 07 November, 2018
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    The Lincoln Avenue Recycling Program processes Eastern's recycling with 50+ other customers in our area.  Initially, Eastern Illinois University was the program’s primary source of recycling materials. Over the years, the program has had an increasing number of area businesses and private residents contribute materials to the effort.  The Lincoln Avenue Center focuses on enhancing basic work skills and adult daily living skills for citizens with developmental disabilities and/or other functional limitations in a structured environment. Come to learn about the operation & benefits to the community and see pride in action.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
Thursday, 08 November, 2018
Friday, 09 November, 2018
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    International Education Week (IEW), November 12-16, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is designed to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.  We will publish specific events for this week as they are confirmed on Facebook and in our Quick List email updates. 

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
Monday, 12 November, 2018
Wednesday, 14 November, 2018
Thursday, 15 November, 2018
Wednesday, 28 November, 2018
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    We all know of Burl Ives, the famed singer and actor born just south of Charleston in Jasper County, Il.  Join us to hear stories from friends that knew him and his wife, Dorothy, and worked to get the Burl Ives Studio at EIU built.  Why was it built by the Physical Plant staff? Why was the studio for visual artists named for a musical artist?  Learn another side of this amazing personality who began his life in central Illinois. Parking available around studio with parking pass, or get visitor pass from EIU Police Dept., 7th and Grant.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
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