Academy of Seniors and Mornings with the Professors classes will begin September 19 and run through January 17. Classes will be held in the University’s Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St. in Normal.

The adult-enrichment programs are sponsored by Illinois State University’s Senior Professionals organization. Topics to be explored will include the Illinois budget and long-term debt reduction, the opioid epidemic, the 1968 and 1969 American crisis, and exploration of Illinois’ archaeology.

This year’s class trip will be to Chicago’s Newberry Library and American Writers Museum. Kathleen Kirk, a published writer, actress, and librarian will accompany the group to enhance the learning experience.

For a full listing of the class descriptions, cost, and registration details, visit Illinois State University Senior Professionals’ website or call (309) 438-2160.

Academy of Seniors
Balanced Illinois Budget and Long-Term Debt Reduction
Wednesdays/Thursdays—September 19, 20, 26, 27 (9:30-11:30 a.m.)

The Opioid Epidemic
Tuesdays/Thursdays—October 16, 18, 23, 25 (1:30-3:30 p.m.)

America in Crisis: 1968 & 1969
Mondays/Wednesdays—November 5, 7, 12, 14 (1:30-3:30 p.m.)

An Archaeological Exploration of Illinois A.D. 100
Tuesdays/Thursdays—January 8, 10, 15, 17 (1:30-3:30 p.m.)

Mornings with the Professors
Fridays – September 28, and October 5, 12, 19, 26 (9:30-11:30 a.m.)

September 28 – John Wesley Powell: The One-Armed Naturalist from Bloomington Who Became the Nation’s Greatest Explorer

October 5 – Medieval Heritage and Modern Racism

October 12 – Foreign Involvement with U.S. Elections: Lessons Learned and Possible Remedies

October 19 – We Must Do Better Than This: Dr. Seuss as a Social Critic

October 26 – The Ashcan School: Urban Realism in Early 20th Century American Painting

Class Trip—Tuesday, October 9 (7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

Venues: Newberry Library and American Writers Museum, Downtown Chicago
Cost will include transportation, museum fee, snacks, lunch, and box dinner.

For more information, see the Senior Professionals’ website or call (309) 438-2160.