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11/27/1897

110,000 spectators crowd into Soldier Field for the Army v. Navy game, which resulted in a tie at 21-21. It was also the day the field was officially dedicated as Soldier Field.

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Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series – The American People, Government, Finances and the Public Trust (Via Zoom)

UIS Alumni SAGE Society & the Illinois State Historical Society

Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series – The American People, Government, Finances and the Public Trust (Via Zoom)

Panelists:

  • Rich Miller, Owner and Publisher, Capitol Fax.com
  • Dr. Kenneth Kriz, Distinguished Professor, Public Administration & Director, Institute for Illinois Public Finance
  • The Honorable Tim Butler, Illinois State Representative

Moderator: Dr. Robert Smith, Dean, College of Public Affairs and Administration

Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series: Societal Norms – Then and Now (Via Zoom)

UIS Alumni SAGE Society & the Illinois State Historical Society

Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series: Societal Norms – Then and Now (Via Zoom)

Panelists:

  • Dr. Sean McCandless, Assistant Professor and Assoc. Director, DPA Program
  • Dr. Jason Pierceson, Professor, Political Science

Moderator: Rachel Otwell, Staff Writer, Illinois Times

Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series – Streaming the Future: Impact of Cable News Networks and Social Media (Via Zoom)

UIS Alumni SAGE Society & the Illinois State Historical Society

Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series – Streaming the Future: Impact of Cable News Networks and Social Media (Via Zoom)

Panelists:

  • Jason Piscia, Director, PAR program
  • Randy Eccles, General Manager, NPR Illinois
  • Terry Martin, Executive Director, Illinois Channel

Moderator: Sean Crawford, Director of Editorial, NPR Illinois

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