Programs

We are looking forward to exciting, informative, and educational programs in our 2017-2018 season. Please revisit this page in late August when our new lineup will be available.


Past Programs

HAMILTON’S WOMEN:Meet the Real Schuyler Sisters Who Captivated
Alexander Hamilton
Presented by Historian and Actress Leslie Goddard

Alexander Hamilton was not just a powerful Founding Father; he was also a loving husband and father, a flirtatious brother-in-law, and an incorrigible lady-killer. In this new living-history portrayal, you will meet the real Schuyler sisters who captivated Hamilton:

 

  • His wife, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton,
  • Her sister, the charming, witty Angelica Schuyler Church, and
  • Her other sister, high-spirited Peggy Schuyler van Rensselaer

Actress and scholar Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., brings these smart, beautiful women to life as they discuss their complicated relationships with Hamilton and the other men in their lives who helped to shape the new nation. You don’t need to have seen the smash hit musical Hamilton to enjoy this, but if you have, it’ll bring the history behind the show alive!


THE JOURNEY TO MOLLIE’S WAR

 Presented by the Illinois Humanities Council and Road Scholar CYNDEE SCHAFFER

Road Scholar Cyndee Schaffer will speak about her mother Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, who served as an Army nurse during the World War II.  Schaffer will present letters, photos, and a glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in American history— October 1943 to the dramatic moment when the Statue of Liberty came into view upon her return to her country in November 1945– a woman stationed in England during the German Blitz, and among the first nurses to be sent to Normandy following the D-Day invasion.

The presentation invites contemplation of the vital and varied roles that women have fulfilled in the American military. Please join us.


WOMEN AND THE CIVIL WAR
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Presented by Civil War Scholar and Educator
David Overeem

We’ve heard so much about the men in the Civil War, but what about the women? The world and its rules changed suddenly and dramatically in early 1861when the men left. Women’s lives, and their roles in the home and in the community, would never be the same.

Join us as Civil War scholar, educator, and presenter Dave Overeem  discusses this challenging time in our history—a time when women’s roles transitioned from the custodians of hearth and home to breadwinners, munitions manufacturers, nurses, spies, and innovators in the design and administration of hospitals and health care systems From prominent figures such as Florence Nightingale and Harriet Tubman to the less well-known wives, mothers, educators and workers, women were vital to the war effort.

 


“The Economics of Caregiving: Many Layers of Inequality”

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Dr. Sullivan-Dunbar’s work focuses on dependent caregiving –care for children, persons with disabilities, the frail and elderly–as an important part of life that is too often undervalued. For a variety of reasons, including an aging population and the move of more women into the paid workforce, scholars now speak of a “care deficit”: the need for care is greater than the availability of caregivers, and these caregivers are often unpaid or underpaid. As a result, caregivers are economically harmed, and they often find it hard to fully participate in political or social life. The inequality that can arise from the important work of caring for others disproportionately affects women, who still provide the bulk of care.

Dr. Sullivan-Dunbar is pleased to be able to “meet the people who offered the financial support that funded my fellowship, because the AAUW fellowship was key in my ability to finish my book and to obtain tenure.” Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. She holds a BA from Brown University, a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and an MA in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union. She completed her doctorate in Religious Ethics from the University of Chicago. She specializes in ethics.


Below Stairs: The Kitchen Maid Memoirs and the inspiration for Downtown Abbey 

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Presented by historian and actress
LESLIE GODDARD

hinsdale april event 2.jpgWhat was life really like for the servants who worked below stairs in the era of Downton Abbey? In this program, British servant Margaret Powell introduces life below stairs in stately English homes in the early 1920s. Based on her best-selling memoir Below Stairs, this program gives a lively look at the work it took to run a wealthy household and the eccentricities often found among employers. Powell’s 1968 book was among the inspirations for Downtown Abbey and directly inspired the 1970s series Upstairs, Downstairs. Never out of print in Great Britain, Powell’s book was first published in the US in 2012.


INTREPID WORLD TRAVELER

Presented by  JUNE SCOTT,  Sharing her Experiences in Iran

Hear June tell about her experiences in Iran. She will speak about its history, culture and the wealth of antiquities in this ancient controversial country filled with bustling bazaars, historic sights, superb architecture, parched deserts and beautiful snow covered mountains.

After her  presentation, June will entertain questions that still linger in our minds. Please join us for this fascinating Saturday morning program for members and non-members.


Spotlight on STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Please join us as we take a close look at STEM education and career opportunities for women and girls. A panel of successful women in STEM careers will share their stories, challenges, lessons-learned, and secrets for success. Based on AAUW’s ground-breaking report “Why So Few,” we will explore avenues and opportunities for girls in STEM professions.

Panelists Include: 

  • Michelle Allegretti, (B.S. Electrical Engineering) Consultant, Database and Programming Languages
  • Aileen Baldwin, (PhD, MPH, Virology) Research Scientist, United States Drug Testing Laboratories
  • Janet Plate, (PhD Immunology, Microbiology) Professor, Rush University and Harvard University
  • Becky Warren, (MBA, Technology and Programming) Executive Director, MARSH CLEARSIGHT
  • Julia Weigel, (B.S. Chemical Engineering) Process Engineer, SOLVAY Chemical