The preamble of the Illinois state constitution talks about the maintenance of the health, safety and welfare of its citizens through a representative and orderly government. It aims to eliminate poverty and inequality, provide social and economic justice, and the fullest development of the individual. What grade does the state of Illinois deserve for their performance in this 200th year, particularly with regard to its “orderly” government? Professor of History, Political Science and Sociology Merri Fefles and Political Science Professor Kevin Navratil will lead a discussion examining these and other topics. The event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial and sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.
Dr. John Low from the Ohio State University will be speaking about this book Imprints: the Potawatomi Indians & the City of Chicago (2016, Michigan State University Press). Dr. Low will examine the ways some Pokagon Potawatomi tribal members have maintained a distinct Native identity in Chicago, their rejection of assimilation and their desire for inclusion without forfeiting their “Indianness.” This event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial.
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago: Special Guest Dr. John Low?
Honest Abe, Prairie settlement, steel plows, Jane Adams, the blues, urbanization, labor riots, the Black Hawk War, protests, railroads, Barack Obama, and more! Faculty members discuss the history of Illinois to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial and sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.
Moraine Valley is honored to host State Senator Bill Cunningham. Cunningham represents several communities in the Moraine Valley District. He has been a Senator for the past 5 years and was previously a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 2011-2013. Senator Cunningham will talk about his legislative experience in Illinois and some of the opportunities and challenges he envisions for our state in the future such as Illinois budget issues, higher education funding, and the state’s economy. The event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial and sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.
The stories of Nauvoo & Bishop Hill both focus on religious settlements that struggled for survival. Both of these colonies flourished and also faced disaster. But, for all of the ways that their stories are similar, their outcomes couldn’t be more different. Learn about Illinois’ prairie life and the challenge of identity and Americanization in the mid-1800s. The event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial.
This year is Illinois’ 200th birthday and, oh what a history it has been! DuSable, Joseph Smith, Abe Lincoln, the Chicago fire, labor riots, the blues, protests, Barack Obama, and much, much more. Illinois history has impacted national and global events!
We are excited to be part of Illinois’ bicentennial celebration. This discussion with Jessica Crotty, MVCC’s Bicentennial Event Planning Committee, outlines the special events coming in the fall semester.