Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Lectures

This fall we are hosting two Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Lectures at the Freeport Public Library. We will allow limited in person attendance and live stream the lectures on our Facebook page. Due to copyright restrictions, we will not be recording the lectures, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Our first lecture is Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 where John Hallwas, Distinguished Professor Emeritus from Western Illinois University presents his talk, “Illinois Memoirs”  Hallwas will discuss Illinois’ rich literary heritage, including Chief Black Hawk’s autobiography, the first by a Native American to be published in the United States; Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs from the Civil War; and Jane Addams’ “Twenty Years at Hull House,” one of the most celebrated autobiographies by a female American author.

Then on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 Cynthia Clampitt, Writer and Food Historian presents “How Corn Changed Itself and then Changed Everything Else”

Nurtured by early farmers in the Oaxaca region, this grain would transform the Americas even before First Contact.  After First Contact, it would span the globe, with mixed results, but for newcomers to North America, it expanded its influence from rescuing a few early settlers to creating the Midwest.  Today, it is more important than ever.  As Margaret Visser noted in her classic work Much Depends on Dinner, “Without corn, North America–and most particularly modern, technological North America–is inconceivable.”

If you need assistance registering for in person attendance or if you need help navigating to our Facebook Event, please call us: 815-233-3000. We hope to see your smiling eyes soon, as masks and social distancing are still practiced inside the library!