In the community

Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor of political science, gave three lectures at the Great War Encampment event Nov. 8 at the Illinois Military Museum. Approximately 350 individuals attended the event. Chris spoke on gas warfare, WWI photographs, and Sangamon County and the Great War. WICS did this advance story on the event.

Dr. Ashley Green presents at Illinois History Conference

Dr. Ashley Green, assistant professor, English, and Writing Center coordinator, presented at the 17th Annual Conference on Illinois History Sept. 24-25 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Sponsors for the conference included the Illinois Historic Preservation Society and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

Dr. Green participated in a panel with MacMurray faculty, Philosophy Professor Dr. Eric Berg, History Professor Dr. Chris Strangeman and English Professor Dr. Jeannie Zeck. The panel, “What is the Place of the Humanities?,” offered discussion on the importance of the humanities in building a better society and preparing students better for workforce success.

Dr. Eric Berg spoke about the importance of philosophy in teaching students how to think analytically and critically about their world; in addition, he believes philosophy helps students understand the why behind social and healthcare policies. Dr. Strangeman spoke to the importance of history in helping individuals feel a part of a historical continuum and global community. Dr. Zeck talked about the importance of literature, poetry and theater as a way to understand the human experience and develop a greater sense of empathy. Dr. Green discussed the significance of figurative language as a vehicle by which trauma victims can communicate their experience. Trauma, by definition, eludes articulation and full understanding. Dr. Green argued that through the use of figurative tools, a traumatized individual can best process his/her experience, express it to society and, finally, come to fully understand the traumatic event and integrate it with his/her identity.

In the community

Truck Driver Training’s Bob Howard and David Foster Truck Truck 2participated in “Touch the Truck Day,” a family event sponsored by State Senator Sam McCann, at Chatham Middle School Saturday, Sept. 12. A large number of attendees viewed the various types of trucks that were on display for children to see and experience.

In the community

Dick Rogers, automotive technology professor, spoke to the Association of Information Technology Professionals June 16 about automotive automation. His presentation included the role of computers in the automobiles in the past and what is coming in the future.

In the community

Lorie McDonald, director, LLCC-Litchfield & Hillsboro, spoke to the Illinois State Retirees Association Mary 12 at the Hillsboro Moose Lodge on Litchfield and Hillsboro credit and non-credit opportunities.

In the community

David Bowman, workforce development coordinator, spoke recently at an energy efficiency legislative breakfast sponsored by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

In the community

Chris McDonald, Ph.D., political science professor, is presenting Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at the Illinois State Military Museum. Professor’s McDonald’s presentation is based on his newly published book, “”Three Lying or Four Sitting”–From the Front in a Ford.”