Illinois State University’s Senior Professionals will begin their Academy of Seniors and Mornings with the Professors. All classes will be held in Illinois State University’s Alumni Center at 1101 N. Main St. in Normal.

For more information or to register, go to or call (309) 438-2160.

Academy of Seniors
Academy of Seniors will offer sessions on subjects including Mark Twain, World War I, evil, and American music.

Mark Twain’s Controversial Legacy from Illinois State’s Distinguished Professor of English Roberta Seelinger Trites will be Wednesday, September 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The series World War I: More Impacts and Consequences presented by Illinois State’s Department of History faculty will be October 6, 13, 21, and 28 from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and include:
October 6–Russia and the Great War: From Visions of Constantinople to the Fall of the Romanovs from Associate Professor of History Christine Varga-Harris
October 13–Germany in WWI: Total War and Subtle Shifts from Associate Professor Katrin Paehler
October 21–On the Home Front in the United States from Academic Advisor and Professor of History Daniel Stump
October 28–The Elusive Peace: Woodrow Wilson and the Versailles Treaty from Professor of History Ross Kennedy

What is Evil? from Illinois State’s Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Religious Studies Minor Daniel Breyer will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. November 9, 11, 16, and 18

The American Music Makers series will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. January 12, 14, 19, and 21, and include:
January 12 – Folk Music Refuses to Die: A History of Folk, Old Time and Bluegrass Music from Bruce Bergethon, manager of WGLT at Illinois State
January 14 – Revolution: Rock Music and the Birth of the New Era from Illinois Wesleyan University’s Professor of History Michael Weis
January 19 – The Giants of Jazz from Andy Ament, education associate at Jazz St. Louis
January 21 – American Adventures in Sound from Illinois Wesleyan’s David Vayo, the Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Composition and Theory

Special program
The Great Race: A 2016 Election Primer from Professor Emeritus of Politics and Government Robert Bradley will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. November 3. It will be a single-session course. No pre-registration will be accepted for this program.

Mornings with the Professors
October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 (Fridays)
9:30-11:30 a.m.
October 2 – Sold into Extinction: Understanding the International Endangered Species Trade from Illinois State’s Professor of Criminal Justice Sciences Jacqueline Schneider
October 9 – Another Life Transition–Oh Boy from Jan Elfline, president of Aligned Action International
October 16 – Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make–A Drone Could Be Watching You from Illinois State’s Professor Emeritus of Politics and Government Robert Bradley
October 23 – Globally Local: A Food System for the 21st Century from Dave Bishop, owner of PrairiErth Farm
October 30 – Napoleon Bonaparte: Hero or Villain? from Illinois State’s Department of History Chair Anthony Crubaugh

Class fees:
Senior Professional member rate                                 $35.00
Non-member rate                                                            $45.00
Individual session/walk-in (pay at the door)             $15.00 (all except What is Evil)


Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
Thursday, September 24
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Led by Illinois State’s Professor of History Ross Kennedy
Senior Professional member rate                     $60.00
Non-member rate                                                $75.00