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Lunch hour lectures with an international focus to be offered at Illini Center in Chicago

Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
(217) 333-5491;


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- For a number of years, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has promoted thinking -- and acting -- globally in its strategic development of international programs and studies.

This spring, it is also acting regionally with the launch of a luncheon-lecture series at the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago.

The Distinguished Faculty International Lecture Series, sponsored by the university√ēs Office of Continuing Education and the UI Alumni Association, features presentations by UI faculty members whose research and teaching focus on international topics.

A different program is offered each month, always on a Wednesday. Sign-in, seating and opening remarks begin at 11:30 a.m. in the center's Orange and Blue Room; lunch, from the Quincy Grille, is served at 11:45 p.m. Lectures begin at 12:15 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session at 1:10 p.m. The cost per session is $30.

Upcoming programs include:

Feb. 28, "Taj Mahal Cultural Heritage District: Preserving History and the Environment," presented by Amita Sinha and Terry Harkness, professors of landscape architecture.

March 21, "The Wild, Wild East: Contract Enforcement in Transition Economies," Hamish Gow, professor of international agribusiness management.

April 25, "Nicholas II and the Death of the Monarchy in Russia," Mark Steinberg, professor of history.

For more information, or to register to attend, contact Allison Walter, (217) 333-1993; or send e-mail to