Academy of Seniors and Mornings with the Professors programs will begin classes in mid-March and continue through mid-May. Subjects to be explored will include innovative art, the effects of World War I, an examination of Illinois’ budget crisis, the long-lasting impact of Jim Crow laws in Bloomington-Normal, and sustainable communities.

The lifelong-learning classes are sponsored by Illinois State University’s Senior Professionals organization and will be held in the University’s Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St. in Normal.

For a full listing of this spring’s class descriptions, cost, and registration details, visit or call (309) 438-2160.

Academy of Seniors
Willa Cather: Not Just a Prairie Writer
Tuesdays/Thursdays, March 14-23

A Trip Through the Senses with an Avant-Garde Artist
Mondays/Wednesdays, March 27-April 5

State of the State: A Look at Government and Education in Illinois
Various speakers will discuss school policy in Illinois, the budget issue, and potential causes for the dysfunction in Illinois’ politics and government.
Tuesdays/Fridays, May 2-12

WWI Aftermath
Topics covered will include post-war culture, women’s suffrage, and international politics leading up to World War II.
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, May 15-23

Mornings with the Professors
Fridays, March 31-April 28

March 31 – Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns to Perfect Communities

April 7 – What Makes a Musical Masterpiece?

April 14 – From the Kitchen to the Courts

April 21 – One Hundred Years of Native American Sovereignty in Central Illinois

April 28 – Jim Crow’s Lengthy Stay in Bloomington-Normal

Class fees for Academy of Seniors and Mornings with the Professors:
Senior Professional member rate                               $35
Non-member rate                                                          $45
Individual session/walk-in (pay at the door)           $15

 Classroom Journey Bus

Explore the Reddick Mansion in Ottawa and Farnsworth (Glass) House in Plano, Illinois
Thursday, May 18
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Russel Francois, architect and firm principal from Francois Associates Architects, LLC, will lead the bus tour.

Senior Professional member rate                               $55
Non-member rate                                                          $70