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Spring 2017 Friday Forum Lecture Series

With so many challenges facing our great State of Illinois, especially the impass in our state government, this Friday Forum Lecture Series will shed light on root causes and potential solutions. More specifically, topics include the budget and political gridlock in Springfield, impacts on social services, funding for education, impacts on incarceration, and more.

All Friday Forums are at 12 Noon at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign (in Latzer Hall) unless otherwise noted.

January 27
Melissa Heil, Geography and Geographic Information Science, the state of IL social services

February 3 
Marlon Mitchell and Perry Cline, First Followers, the state of IL incarceration

February 10 
Jim Nowlan, Political Science (ret.) and N-G commentator, the state of IL political gridlock

February 17 
Faranak Mifratab, Urban and Regional Planning and author, Global Heartland, the state of immigration in small town IL 

February 24 
State Senators Scott Bennett and Andy Manar, the state of IL education

March 3 
Jackson Potter, Chicago Teachers Union, the state of labor in IL

March 10 
State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, the state of the IL budget

March 17 
Carol Hays and Andrew Rehn, Prairie Rivers Network, the state of water in IL

Our generous sponsors of the Spring 2017 Friday Forum Lecture Series are:

Center for Advanced Study, Channing Murray Foundation, The Chapel of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, College of Applied and Fine Arts, C-U AAUW, Department of African American Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology, Department of Urban Planning, Education Justice Project, Faith in Place, First Mennonite Church, First Presbyterian Church, Friedman Law Group, Landscape Architecture, Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, Office of the Provost, School of Art + Design, School of Social Work, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign Friends Meeting, Wesley Foundation, Wesley United Methodist Church


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The views expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect the views of the University YMCA, co-sponsors, or the Friday Forum committee. A sign language interpreter is available with a 72 hours notice (contact Carol Nunn at 217-337-1500).

All forums are radio broadcast at 6:00 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 the Wednesday following the lecture. Urbana Public Television also provides recordings of past Friday Forum lectures on their YouTube channel.


About: All Friday Forum events, unless otherwise noted, are at 12 Noon in the Y's Latzer Hall, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL. All Friday Forum lectures and events are free and open to the public. Friday Forum has been a program for over 80 years at the University YMCA, continually adapting to the times while remaining committed to providing talks that address topics of relevance and urgency in our society.

Questions? Contact Ann at 217-337-1500 or at



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