Street view of the Normal Theater.

Illinois State University Speaker Series

Series Schedule

The Illinois State University Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process.

Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 University Speaker Series at Illinois State will feature speakers that include a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a celebrated chef, a CEO of national insurance company, and a disrupter in the cause of race and education.

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    CEO and President of Progressive Insurance
    3:30 p.m. February 22
    Center for Performing Arts, Illinois State University
    2018 Business Week Keynote Speaker
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    Professor of critical race theory and education
    Are we there yet?: Race, protest and the challenge of multicultural education
    7 p.m. February 28
    Prairie Room, Bone Student Center
    Black History Month Speaker
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    Classical archaeologist and art historian
    Race and Representation in the Roman Empire: African Athletes as Case Study
    Noon March 29
    University Galleries, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, IL
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    Deaf Community ambassador, Dancing with the Stars winner
    6 p.m. March 29
    Prairie Room, Bone Student Center
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    Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006
    A World of Three Zeroes: Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emission
    7 p.m. April 14
    Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center
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    Chef, restaurateur, and author
    Riding Shotgun with an L.A. Chef: An Evening with Roy Choi
    7 p.m. April 17
    Prairie Room, Bone Student Center
  • Brittney Cooper
    Writer, teacher, and public speaker
    Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpowers
    1 p.m. April 20
    Prairie Room, Bone Student Center
    23rd Annual Women's and Gender Studies Symposium Keynote Speaker
  • Lynn Hunt
    Historian and author
    Inventing Human Rights
    7 p.m. April 26
    Prairie Room, Bone Student Center