Bicentennial series: Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle for Freedom

Join the LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning this Sunday, June 17, at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. for “Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle for Freedom.” The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Illinoisans played prominent roles in antislavery movements preceding the Civil War. Understanding the wide range of motivations that might lie behind any given individual’s opposition to slavery — commitment to human rights, belief in racial equality, economic considerations and religious convictions — is important to understanding the escalation to war. Our speaker, Jeanne Schulz Angel, explores the role that the Underground Railroad played in the lives of freedom seekers and includes information about several significant slavery and antislavery sites in Illinois, including sundown towns. Her presentation will demonstrate the complexity of responses to the idea of slavery in the early days of statehood and link it to the impact of human trafficking in present-day Illinois.

Jeanne Schultz Angel’s work on the antislavery movement has continued since she wrote an award-winning graduate thesis on the topic in 2005. She previously served as the executive director of the Lombard Historical Society, where she managed the Sheldon Peck Homestead, listed on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Angel has extensive experience in museum management, including work as executive director of the Illinois Association of Museums. She is currently executive director of the Nineteenth Century Club and Charitable Association in Oak Park, Illinois.

Bicentennial series: Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle for Freedom

Join the LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning this Sunday, June 17, at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. for “Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle for Freedom.” The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Illinoisans played prominent roles in antislavery movements preceding the Civil War. Understanding the wide range of motivations that might lie behind any given individual’s opposition to slavery — commitment to human rights, belief in racial equality, economic considerations and religious convictions — is important to understanding the escalation to war. Our speaker, Jeanne Schulz Angel, explores the role that the Underground Railroad played in the lives of freedom seekers and includes information about several significant slavery and antislavery sites in Illinois, including sundown towns. Her presentation will demonstrate the complexity of responses to the idea of slavery in the early days of statehood and link it to the impact of human trafficking in present-day Illinois.

Jeanne Schultz Angel’s work on the antislavery movement has continued since she wrote an award-winning graduate thesis on the topic in 2005. She previously served as the executive director of the Lombard Historical Society, where she managed the Sheldon Peck Homestead, listed on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Angel has extensive experience in museum management, including work as executive director of the Illinois Association of Museums. She is currently executive director of the Nineteenth Century Club and Charitable Association in Oak Park, Illinois.

Submit community education teaching proposals

LLCC Community Education is seeking highly motivated faculty, staff and community members who are interested in teaching topics of personal interest, current trends and/or subject expertise.

Please submit your spring 2019 course proposals by July 1, 2018 at http://www.llcc.edu/teaching-proposal.

If you are interested in sharing your time and talents as a community education instructor, please consider the following applicant criteria:

  • Possess knowledge and skill in proposed subject area.
  • Have passion and desire to share proposed topic with others.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and/or have teaching experience.

For additional information, email Laurel.Bretz@llcc.edu or call 786-2430.

Summer Midday Yoga begins June 6

You can use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind. Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. Midday Yoga is a course designed to accommodate the needs of beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. Participants will practice physical postures that stretch and open the body. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. There is a course limit of 20 participants, so sign up as soon as possible!

Course: Midday Yoga
Instructor: Lissa Overbey
Dates: Wednesdays, June 6–July 18, 2018, no class July 4
Times: 1-2 p.m.
Location: Montgomery 1143/44
Fee: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-06

Midday yoga

Use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind. Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. Practice physical postures that stretch and open the body. Midday Yoga is a course designed to accommodate the needs of beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. There is a course limit of 20 participants, so sign up as soon as possible.

Course: Midday Yoga
Instructor: Lissa Overbey

Dates: Wednesdays, March 21–April 25, 2018
Times: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Trutter Center
Fee: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-03

Illinois Bicentennial Speaker Series Begins Sunday

Join the Academy of Lifelong Learning this Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Our state historian, Dr. Samuel Wheeler, will present “Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial,” which focuses on the ways our state has celebrated milestone anniversaries from statehood in 1818 through the centennial in 1918, as well as the sesquicentennial in 1968. He will discuss the ongoing bicentennial celebration plans and will help us remember what makes our state unique, which events are truly worthy of celebration and the many Illinoisans who are worthy of admiration.

The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Bicentennial series: The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans

A special bicentennial series of programs, “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans,” will be held the third Sunday of every month from February through October 2018. The series is presented by LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar speakers offered by Illinois Humanities.

The first program in the series is a presentation by Illinois State Historian Dr. Samuel Wheeler. It will be held on Sunday, Feb.18, 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Dr. Wheeler’s topic is “Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial” and focuses on the ways our state has celebrated milestone anniversaries from statehood in 1818 through the centennial in 1918, as well as the sesquicentennial in 1968. He will discuss the ongoing bicentennial celebration plans and will help us remember what makes our state unique, which events are truly worthy of celebration, and the many Illinoisans who are worthy of admiration.

Other programs in the special Illinois Bicentennial series will examine Native American settlements, the establishment of early government, the role of transportation in binding the state together, the anti-slavery movement, the roles of entrepreneurs and employees, the prairie and agricultural growth, art and literature and concludes with a special presentation of the music that has been part of our history during 200 years of statehood. Read more and view the full series of events.

For more information, contact LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning at 786-2477.

Midday Yoga

Use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind. Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. Practice physical postures that stretch and open the body. Midday Yoga is a course designed to accommodate the needs of beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. There is a course limit of 20 participants, so sign up as soon as possible. Register for one or both sections!

Course: Midday Yoga
Instructor: Lissa Overbey

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan 31–Mar 7, 2018
Times: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Trutter Center
Fee: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-02

Dates: Wednesdays, Mar 21–Apr 25, 2018
Times: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Trutter Center
Fee: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-03

Academy of Lifelong Learning to mark 25th anniversary at Winter Celebration Jan. 26

Academy of Lifelong LearningThe Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) will observe its 25th anniversary at the ALL Winter Celebration on Friday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Trutter Center. Guests may attend the free event, which includes lunch, entertainment and cruise-themed activities. Register by calling 217-786-2477 by Tuesday, Jan. 23.

ALL offers educational adventures to individuals 50 and older. Currently ALL has more than 400 members and is accepting new ones. Classes and activities are planned and presented by members who enjoy meeting interesting friends, sharing ideas, exploring topics of interest, learning from one another and having fun.

ALL was formed in 1992 under the sponsorship of LLCC. The following year, ALL was chartered as part of the national Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) Institute Network. It was the first such organization chartered in the state of Illinois for seniors who would determine for themselves what they wanted to learn. The continuity of ALL over 25 years is a testament to that early recognition of the power of continued pursuit of knowledge by adults as they age.

More information on the LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning is available at www.llcc.edu/academy-lifelong-learning.

LLCC Community Education offers midday yoga

Use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind. Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. Practice physical postures that stretch and open the body. This course is designed to accommodate the needs of beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. There is a course limit of 20 participants, so sign up as soon as possible. Register for one or both sections!

Course: Midday Yoga
Instructor: Lissa Overbey

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 31–Mar. 7, 2018
Times: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Trutter Center
Fee: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-02

Dates: Wednesdays, Mar. 21–Apr. 25, 2018
Times: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Trutter Center
Fee: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-03