- Coles County, Poverty, and COVID-19 What We Know and Where We Are Going |
For nearly a decade, Dr. Michael Gillespie has been monitoring the level of poverty and food insecurity in Coles County and the broader East Central Illinois region. Compared to the region - and the state as a whole - Coles County has experienced an elevated level of poverty, food insecurity, and other risk factors. With the onset and prolonged duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, Coles County also experienced an elevated incidence of both infections and deaths. Join us for a presentation and discussion on the current data on poverty, as well as on how poverty and food insecurity are seen through the experience of this important public health crisis.Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Workshop/Webinar
Lost in a Free Land |
Listening to others' stories helps to build compassion and empathy so that we can gain acceptance of other cultures. This presentation will highlight the story of one man's flight from political oppression of his homeland and the lasting impact on his family. As a child of an immigrant and a first-generation college graduate, I have navigated two diverse cultures for the past 50 years of my life. I challenged my father's culture as well as embraced my heritage and forged a new path for myself. Come and listen to my story and gain a new perspective on cultural diversity, compassion, and acceptance.
Instructor: Amy Davis
Virtual Link for event will be available on our webpage:Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Workshop/Webinar
- Earth Day: Your Ecological Footprint |
In this Earth Day workshop participants will examine how personal lifestyle choices and societal services affect global resource use. After Calculating our "ecological footprints" using the Global Footprint Network model, we will explore strategies for personally reducing waste at home, increasing the sustainability of our purchasing habits, and rethinking the way we look at resource use. We can all take steps towards the same goal: reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink.
Instructor: Lauren Spaniol
Register by: 4/20/2021Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
The Old York Trail |
The Old York Trail was probably a buffalo trail first, then definitely a Native American Trail, then a pioneer trail bringing settlers to Central Illinois. Later the trail was used to transport farm produce to the Wabash River for transport to be sold as well as purchasing supplies from the thriving city of York on the Wabash River. The stories that are being collected are an amazing historical account of our ancestors and early pioneers who were instrumental in making central Illinois a home for their descendants and those who came after them.
Instructor: Carolyn Stephens
Stephens was awarded the Illinois Community College Faculty Assoc. Dr. Joseph T. Cipfl Faculty Research/Workshop Grant to study this historic trail of which the Lincoln Family traveled in part when migrating from Indiana to Illinois.Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Workshop/Webinar
Land of Lincoln Honor Flight |
Established in 2009 by two war veterans, Lincoln Land Honor Flight became part of the National Network that serves WWII, Korean War Era and Vietnam War Era personnel. This group honors vets and their service to our country by providing one-day, no charge flights to Veterans who are willing and able to fly to Washington to visit their memorials. You will learn about the origins of the National Network and LLHF group, how they are funded and what the requirements are to become a 'Guardian', ensuring comfort and safely through their day in Washington. Two veterans are planning to attend and speak about their experience.
Instructor: Mary CoventryTags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Workshop/Webinar