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The Illinois Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the arrival of its newest family member! Music Director Alastair Willis and his wife Stevie are the proud parents of a beautiful & healthy baby girl, Hazel Grace Chartres Willis. Hazel arrived at 9.5 Lbs & 22" long on Tuesday, February, 10, 2015. Everyone is doing well.

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Spring "Lunch and Learn" series begins February 26

The Office of the UIS Chancellor, the UIS Alumni SAGE Society, and the ISHS are sponsoring the spring "Lunch and Learn" lecture series at UIS beginning February 26. All programs are held in the UIS Public Affairs Center, conference rooms C-D, and include a delicious hot buffet lunch. Individual seats are $20, but the complete series is $50. Programs begin at 11:30 and end promptly at 1:30. Call 217-206-7395 to make your reservations today!

Lunch and Learn Series 2015
February 26
A Celebration of New Orleans
New Orleans is decadently rich in culture, tradition, history, and heritage, all woven into the American fabric. Historian Dale Philips, former unit manager of Chalmette (Battle of New Orleans site), will discuss the Battle of New Orleans and the 2015 Bicentennial of America’s “Second War of Independence.” UIS executive chef Howard Seidel, a former resident of New Orleans, will share the differences between Cajun and Creole culture, anecdotes of the area, and life in “The Big Easy.” A New Orleans-themed lunch menu will highlight the program!

March 12
Holocaust and Civil Liberties
The confluence of human rights and civil liberties is a living and sometimes confusing mix of moral principles, societal norms, and legal principles. UIS professor emerita of Legal Studies, Kathryn Eisenhart, J.D., will discuss the principles of civil liberties and human rights. Rabbi Barry Marks, Temple Israel, will talk about Holocaust remembrance and commemoration in light of the resergence of anti-semitism in Europe and America.

April 23
Abraham Lincoln and John W.E. Thomas
As part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the end of the American Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Wayne Temple, author and internationally recognized authority on the 16th President, will discuss “The fight for Lincoln’s burial site” and the selection of Springfield as Lincoln’s final resting place. Dr. Dave Joens, author and director of the Illinois State Archives, will explore the journey and legacy of John W. E. Thomas, a former slave who became the first African American to be elected to the Illinois General Assembly.
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