Current Offerings

Presentations for September - November 2018

Unless otherwise indicated, presentations are held every Tuesday from 2 - 3 p.m. in the Olin Room (lower level) of the DU Olin Library. The IML does not meet during the months of January, August or December.

September 4
“Libraries Rock! And Other Amazing Things The Library Does for You”
Kathleen O’Dell, Community Relations Director - Springfield- Greene County Library

Kathleen will discuss the transformation of public libraries.

September 11
“A History of the Accordion”
Lou Le Brun, Accordionist/Entertainer

Lou will provide a history of the accordion, its popularity throughout history and entertain us with 2-3 selections from her 80 years of study.

September 18
“The Art of the Memoir”
Dr. Resa Willis, Emeritus Professor – Drury University

Dr. Willis will discuss the popularity and art of the memoir. She is the author of Farmer’s Daughter and I Can Prove It, a humorous reflection on growing up on an Iowa farm in the 1950s and ’60s.

September 25
“Fire Safety and You”
Heather Parker, Fire & Safety Educator – City of Springfield Fire Department

Heather will discuss residential  fire trends, smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and escape plans.

October 2
"What the Heck Should I Eat?”
Pam Duitsman, Nutrition and Health Specialist, University of Missouri Extension Service

How does a person know what to eat these days? Every week there seems to be a new diet study or fad diet that everyone is talking about. Hear from a professional nutritionist for the latest in science-based research on what is healthy to eat.

October 9
Annual Business Meeting

Please arrive at 1:45 for our annual meeting. We will elect new officers for 2019 and discuss the disbursement of funds to the various Drury University departments as a thank you for all they do.

"Chocolate Covered Global Engagement"
Dr. Charles Taylor, Professor of Communications – Drury University

Dr. Taylor will discuss Chocolate University, a longstanding partnership between Askinosie Chocolate, local school districts and Drury University, and how it allows a diverse group of students and local professionals to engage the global community and economy in both Spring eld and Mababu, Tanzania. Dr. Taylor’s presentation will reflect on the lessons of this experience to nurture a much-needed commitment to hospitality, community and humanity.

October 16 
“Street Gang Violence in the U.S.”
Dr. Mike Carlie, Professor Emeritus of Sociology & Criminology – Missouri State University

Dr. Carlie will discuss annual gang violence in the United States. Each year, gangs are involved in more than 50% of all murders committed in the United States. We’ll get an unusually candid look inside law enforcement agencies to learn what they are doing to address this problem.

October 23
“What Will Be The Impact of Mid-Term Elections?”
Dr. Dan Ponder, Political Science Professor – Drury University

While mid-term elections may not be as “exciting” as presidential elections, they often tell us as much or even more about American politics. Dr. Ponder will walk us through some of the possible outcomes and implications of various scenarios for the foreseeable future.

October 30
Dr. Chris Panza, Professor of Philosophy – Drury University

Dr. Panza will present a program on “How do you define good versus evil?”

November 6
"The Ukulele in Word and Song"
Rick & Karen Maxson

Rick is a professor in the Communications Department at Drury, and he and his wife, Karen, teach ukulele. Rick and Karen will speak, sing and strum their way through ukulele history.

November 13
“Henry Rowe Schoolcraft: He Came to Branson Before There Were Music Shows” 
Bob Kipfer, Missouri Master Naturalist

In 1818, a young and naìˆve Henry Rowe Schoolcraft hiked from Potosi, south of St. Louis, to the future site of Springfield, looking for a known lead deposit. His journal, published in 1821, was the first written account of the pre-settlement Ozarks landscape and the life of the earliest settlers on the frontier.

November 20
"What's A Botanist to Do?"
Dr. Ioana Popescu, Professor of Biology – Drury University

Dr. Popescu will discuss her scholarship in medicinal and native plants. What used to be grandma’s remedies or “old wives’ tales” are being investigated anew in the medical field to help deal with common and not so common ailments today. She will share some of what her students in medical botany experience in her classes.

November 27
“Opioid Epidemic”
David Stoecker, LCSW Advocacy/Education Outreach Coordinator for Missouri Recovery Network

Want to learn more about opioids, why so many people are dying from them and how to save someone’s life? Don’t miss this presentation!