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Illinois College to host free lunch and learn series


Illinois College will host the Blue Bag Lunch Series, a free education speaker series that is open to the public and held during the noon hour on select Thursdays throughout the summer.

This is the second year for the series which highlights knowledgeable speakers on campus speaking about various areas of the College, including the esports program, IC’s arboretum and community learning opportunities available through the archives. A full listing of sessions and speakers is below. 

Speakers will present for about 30-40 minutes on a topic, followed by time for Q&A and discussion. Programs will be held in the Pratt Classroom of IC’s Schewe Library from noon to 1:00 p.m. Free street parking is available nearby on College Avenue, Park Street, and Grove Street. Handicap parking is available. 

Attendees may bring their own lunch, and a range of desserts will be provided at each session. Advance registration is not required.

  • May 16, Esports 101: What is it and How Are we Doing it? Justin Bragg, Head Coach of Esports 
  • May 30, Harvesting Jacksonville's History: Engaging the Community with the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives, Dr. Jenny Barker-Devine, Associate Professor of History 
  • June 13, The Suicide Contagion: Working with College Students While Promoting Resiliency & Grit, Jessica Flynn, Associate Director of Residential Life 
  • June 27, Get to Know Starhill Forest, the Arboretum of Illinois College, Alana McKean, Starhill Forest Arboretum Curator 
  • July 25, The IC History and Worldwide Future of the Turner Titan Tree, Guy Sternberg, Starhill Forest Arboretum Co-Director 
  • August 8, Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: On Mindfulness Meditation, Dr. Tim McGee, Chaplain, Coordinator of Interfaith and Inclusion Initiatives, Assistant Professor of Religion

The series is organized and sponsored by the Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum and the Illinois College Employee Appreciation Committee. Questions may be directed to Samantha Sauer, Illinois College archivist, curator, and assistant professor of history at 217.245.3595 or

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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