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WWI poster exhibit on WGLT November,2014 Angela Bonnell with Laura Kennedy Angela Bonnell, Milner Library Government Documents librarian and WGLT's Laura Kennedy talked about the "Answering the Call" exhibit of World War I posters on display on the main floor of Milner Library.
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Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency November 1, 2012 Guy Fraker Guy Fraker, a graduate of the University of Illinois has practiced law in Bloomington since graduation in 1962. His practice took him to most of the counties of Lincoln's Eighth Judicial Circuit.  He is a life long student of Abraham Lincoln, with special interest in Lincoln's career on the Circuit. Fraker has written extensively about Lincoln and his law practice.
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Finding Courage, Hope & Happiness ... September 26, 2012 Bill Grace Bill Grace is a social justice activist, a traveling teacher, storyteller, and an architect of ideas. He promotes leadership that is grounded in spiritual development and compassion both of which deepen our commitment to pursue a just, peaceful and sustainable world. He touches audiences deeply with a heartfelt commitment to global justice, peace and sustainability.
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Negro League Baseball: Yesterday and Today May 3, 2012 Ernie Westfield Ernie L. Westfield played for the Cubs organization in 1958 when he finished high school. He is former Negro League baseball player who pitched for the Birmingham Black Barons. He was the starting pitcher the last East-West All-Star game August 20, 1960, at Comiskey Park in Chicago. After baseball, Westfield received a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and worked with the Illinois Department of Employment Security for 31 years retiring in 1999. Now, he is the CEO of ELW Enterprise, which specializes in Negro League memorabilia.This is the final of four public lectures as part of the Pride and Passion traveling panel exhibit. A book signing will follow the presentation.
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From Cuban Giants to Cuban Stars: The International World of Black Baseball April 26,2012 Adrian Burgos Adrian Burgos Jr., is an associate professor of history at the University of Illinois, specializing in U.S. Latino history, urban history, and sport history. His first book, "Playing America's Game(s): Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line," received the inaugural Latino/a Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association and was also a Seymour Medalist Finalist. This is the third of four public lectures as part of the Pride and Passion traveling panel exhibit. A book signing will follow the presentation.
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We Bought a Zoo April 23, 2012 Benjamin Mee Benjamin Mee, a former bricklayer and decorator, returned to education in his early twenties in order to investigate animal intelligence. While he lived in France and was writing a book on "Evolution of Humour in Man and Animals", the Dartmoor Zoological Park came up for sale. Ben currently divides his time between running the busy zoo and raising his two children, Ella and Milo.
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The Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project April 18, 2012 Jeremy Krock Krock will discuss his project that began in 2003 as an effort to provide proper grave markers to the unmarked graves of former Negro League baseball players and associates. The project has been featured by "The Chicago Tribune," "ESPN," "National Public Radio," "The New York Times," "NBC," and "Sports Illustrated."
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Aaron Elster -- Child Survivor of the Holocaust April 10, 1012 Aaron Elster Aaron Elster escaped the liquidation in Poland and  hid for two years until the war's end. He was educated in Chicago and served in the armed forces in Korea. His presentations touch adults and children alike, and his open and loving style creates extensive discussions and interactive exploration of the Holocaust and its issues.
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Hot Time in the Old Town March 7,2012  Edward Kohn Edward Kohn is assistant professor of United States History at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, where he also serves as chair of the Department of American Culture and Literature. In 2007 History News Network named him a "Top Young Historian." His most recent work is "Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt."
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Picture This: Picturing Community One Lens at a Time February 2, 2012 Tony Preston-Schreck University Galleries and Milner Library are collaborating to present photographic works by area youth beginning on January 17, 2012. Entitled, Picture This: Picturing Community One Lens at a Time, the exhibition highlights the first semester of a yearlong community photography project involving over 12 regional schools and community organizations. The exhibition will be displayed on the second floor of Milner Library until February 28, 2012.A public lecture detailing the project will be presented at Milner Library.
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Behind Louisa's Mask October 11, 2011 Roberta Trites Louisa May Alcott despised the way most of her contemporaries thought of her only as an author who wrote "moral pap for the young." This presentation focused on the less frequently discussed aspects of her life, including her agenda as a radical reformer, her medical condition, and the more scandalous aspects of her personal life.
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Understanding Lincoln's World September 16, 2011 Greene Medford Dr. Medford, Professor Howard University, will present "Understanding Lincoln's World: The Challenge of Race in 19th Century Context." Dr. Medford specializes in nineteenth century African-American history, she teaches courses in Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial America, the Jacksonian Era, and African-American history.
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A Conversation with Dan Savage September 14, 2011 Dan Savage Dan Savage delivers his unique brand of sex advice in the wildly popular "Savage Love", an internationally syndicated column read by millions of people every week. "Savage Love" is a cultural force that, over the years, has brought LGBT relationships into the mainstream.
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Reading of Lincoln's Farewell Address to Springfield, Illinois February 11, 2011 Reading led by Dr. Al Bowman On the 150th anniversary of president-elect Abraham Lincoln's departure from Springfield, President Bowman and other various campus & community dignitaries will participate in a simultaneous reading of Abraham Lincoln's farewell address.
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Bob Zellner: The Wrong Side of Murder Creek January 24, 2011 Dr. Bob Zellner With a PhD. in history, with a focus on the southern civil rights movement, Zellner keeps the stories of the civil rights movement alive. From his memoir, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement,’ to the forthcoming Spike Lee film adaptation of his life, Zellner reveals the sometimes horrific, always interesting story of the commitment to racial justice.
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A Change in Dimension: Book Art in America, 1960 to Today November 2, 2010 Dr. Betty Bright We will consider the influences and current works called book art, a quintessential twenty-first century art form in which artists transform “book’ into a flexible artwork of beauty or even of provocation, using a range of media, materials and strategies. 
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Behind the Sideshow Curtain: The Tattooed Ladies September 23, 2010 Amelia Klem Osterud Amelia Klem Osterud is an academic librarian from Milwaukee who is working diligently on becoming heavily tattooed, just in case she ever wants a second career as a tattooed lady. Osterud has a master’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and writes and lectures on the subject of tattooing. She is the author of “A Life of Her Own Choosing: Artoria Gibbon’s Fifty Years as a Tattooed Lady,” published in the Wisconsin Magazine of History in 2006. Osterud is always planning her next tattoo. This is her first book. 
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Hoboes: Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West August 31, 2010 Mark Wyman Labor, immigration, and the frontier have been at the center of Mark Wyman’s writing, research, and teaching coming together in his sixth book Hoboes: Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West. Wyman left his position as a labor reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune in the 1960s to become a history professor. He taught at Illinois State University from 1971 until his retirement in 2004.
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A Conversation with Ed Begley Jr. and Enid Cardinal April 14, 2010 Ed Begley Jr. A Q&A with Ed Begley Jr. moderated by Enid Cardinal, Coordinator of Sustainability at Illinois State University, took place at Illinois State University Milner Library. Ed Begley Jr., actor and activist, serves on the boards Thoreau Institute, the Earth Communications Office, Tree People, and Friends of the Earth. He is the costar of the hit Planet Green series Living with Ed, a look at the day-to-day realities of living green. 
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Q&A with Frank Warren April 7, 2010 Frank Warren Frank Warren is the bestselling author and creator of the Post Secret Project. As “the most trusted stranger in America,” Frank has received close to half a million revealing secrets from all across the country. This Q&A took place at Illinois State University Milner Library. 
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Norman Rockwell: The Life and Reception of the Four Freedoms, 1943-2010; Making Sense of the Time April 6, 2010 Melissa Johnson This presentation will examine Norman Rockwell in the context of 1930s-1940s American art and the interdisciplinary field of visual culture. Rockwell, historically seen as “illustrator” rather than “artist”, has recently been reevaluated by scholars. Consequently his work is now seen in a new light. 
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A Manifesto of Power and Ideals: FRD’s Four Freedoms Speech in Historical Perspective March 3, 2010 Ross Kennedy Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech had a profound significance for international affairs in both the near and long term. It had an immediate impact on the course of World War II, especially by contributing to Hitler’s decision to attack the Soviet Union. Combining the strategic calculations of power politics with a sweeping vision of a new world order based on democratic ideals, the speech also provided a framework for America’s national security strategy for the next fifty years. 
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The Impact of Fear on Contemporary Political Dialogue February 18, 2010 Robert Bradley The presentation will examine the parallels that exist between Presidents Roosevelt’s and Obama’s warnings about fear in their addresses to the nation. Both presidents were confronting substantial domestic and foreign challenges to the nation, and both were trying to appeal to the nation not to surrender to fear but instead pursue a course of hope. Also included will be a discussion of actions undertaken by both presidents that appear to contradict their messages on fear. 
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John Adams and the Origins of American Diplomacy September 29, 2009 W. Michael Weis Professor of History W. Michael Weis presented“John Adams and the Origins of American Diplomacy” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, in Beckman Auditorium in The Ames Library. Weis spoke on the significance of Adams as a founder of the U.S. diplomatic efforts across the Atlantic, including his work developing treaties and keeping the country out of war in the aftermath of the French Revolution. A specialist in U.S. foreign relations, Weis has been a member of the Illinois Wesleyan faculty since 1988. 
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Hemingway’s Personal Farewell to Arms September 3, 2009 Susan Beegel Dr. Susan F. Beegel offered a presentation entitled, “Hemingway’s Personal Farewell to Arms” at Milner Library on Thursday, September 3. The address focused on the author’s service in World War I Italy, his recovery from wounds received there, his relationship with the nurse, Agnes von Kurowsky, and how it manifested itself in his later works. Her presentation concluded with a round of questions from the audience.
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Ernest Hemingway: The Alchemy of a Writer June 18, 2009 Hilary Justice

Dr. Hilary Justice, Hemingway scholar and Illinois State University professor, discussed how the Illinois writer developed from a high-school educated journalist to international icon and Nobel Laureate. 
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Michael Beschloss Question & Answer Session April 23, 2009 Michael Beschloss Michael Beschloss shares his experiences writing and answers questions about his latest book "Great Presidents Past and Present." 
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Democracy Remembered: Abraham Lincoln, Jesse Fell and the Stevensons April 13, 2009 Adlai Stevenson III Adlai Stevenson III talked about the relationship between the Fell, Lincoln and Stevenson families. 
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Measure Him By the Sentiment of His Country April 2, 2009 James Oakes James Oakes, a noted Lincoln scholar, gave his speech of "Measure Him By the Sentiment of His Country: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and the Triumph of Anitslavery Politics" on the main floor of Milner as part of Milner's celebration this spring of Lincoln's 200th birthday. April 2, 2009. 
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Hamilton's Legacy for Judicial Review November 13, 2008 Robert Bradley As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities exhibit "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America", Bradley's lecture is "Hamilton's Legacy for Judicial Review". 
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Hamilton the Warrior November 4, 2008 Susan Westbury As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities exhibit "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America", Westbury's lecture is " Hamilton the Warrior". 
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A Discussion with Alexander Hamilton October 28, 2008 Tim Connors Tim Connors will portray the role of Alexander Hamilton in a press conference with local media from WJBC, WGLT, The Pantagraph, The Daily Vidette and TV 10. 
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The Sin of Censorship September 30,2008 Marilyn Reynolds Marilyn Reynolds presented "The Sin of Censorship" during Banned Books Week 2008. A prolific young adult novelist and Emmy Award nominee, Marilyn Reynolds knows teens. She has taught reading to at-risk high school students for more than 30 years.
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Bryant Jackson Lectureship featuring Ann Seidl The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film May 1,2008 Ann Seidl Ann Seidl is the writer/director of the first full length documentary on librarians and their work.Ms. Seidl discusses the making of the film including the ups and downs.The Q&A following the lecture is included. 
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African American Responses to Emancipation and the Emancipation Proclamation September 27, 2007  Roger D. Bridges As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities exhibit "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation," Bridges' lecture is" African American Responses to Emancipation and the Emancipation Proclamation."
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A Discussion with President Lincoln and Judge Douglas September 27, 2007 Timothy Connors and George Buss As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities exhibit "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation," Connors and Bridges interpreted a discussion between Lincoln & Douglas. 
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Lies My Teacher Told Me and How to Avoid Them: Teaching Lincoln and the Emancipation September 13, 2007  James Loewen As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities exhibit "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation", Loewen's lecture is "Lies My Teacher Told Me and How to Avoid Them: Teaching Lincoln and the Emancipation."
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Emancipation Defended: Lincoln's Letter and the Springfield Rally September 6, 2007  Mark A. Plummer As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities exhibit "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation", Plummer's lecture is "Emancipation Defended: Lincoln's Letter and the Springfield Rally".
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The Emancipation Proclamation: Fatal Blow to Slavery Struck by a Central Illinois Lawyer August 28, 2007  Guy C. Fraker As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Exhibit "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation", Mr. Fraker will present "The Emancipation Proclamation: Fatal Blow to Slavery Struck by a Central Illinois Lawyer."
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Making Crime Pay: An Author's Journey June 8, 2007  Marcia Talley Author of the Hannah Ives Mystery Series, Marcia is a breast cancer survivor like her heroine. She recently finished the fifth book in the series Through the Darkness. Ten percent of the books' profits to to the Susan G. Komen Foundation which supports breast cancer research and educational programs.This event is sponsored by Milner Library, the Community Cancer Center and the Sisters in Crime.
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Our Lincoln May 1, 2007  Richard Norton Smith The 2007 Bryant Jackson Lectureship "Our Lincoln" discussed how each generation rediscovers Lincoln. Smith speaks about Lincoln's role at Illinois State Normal University and the friendship he had with Jesse Fell.
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Exploring the Living Dream April 17, 2007  Robert Ballard Robert Ballard gave an informal presentation about his experiences about his life long passion to pursue learning in science, math, and technology through exploration and discovery. He is best know for his discovery of the Titanic in 1985.
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The Founding of Illinois State Normal University: Normal School or State University? April 5, 2007 John Freed Freed's presentation reexamination the University's early history and educational mission.
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Kate Charles Book Launch of Secret Sins March 7, 2007 Kate Charles,
Al Bowman, Cheryl Elzy
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Stephanie Epp

 

Kate Charles launching of her eleventh book "Secret Sins" took place at Milner Library on the Illinois State University campus. The launch presenters spoke of Kate's contributions to literature and her relationship to ISU as a 1972 graduate. Kate spoke about her passion for writing and her gratitude to ISU for providing a solid educational foundation.
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1906 San Francisco Earthquake Exhibit Lecture February 1,2007 Becky Dailey Becky Dailey will share her story about the discovery of her great aunt's photos taken after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, CA. 
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