Clarence Mitchell Library Presents:   Spring 2017 Programs


Highland Community College is a cosponsor of the Freeport Public Library's One Book One Freeport.  Learn more about Gloryland by Shelton Johnson and the events coming up in March and April 2017 at the One Book One Freeport web page: 


Tuesday March 28: " A Shameful Affair: The 1908 Springfield Race Riot" ---  EVENT CANCELED

March 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clarence Mitchell Library

"A Shameful Affair: The 1908 Springfield Race Riot" presented by Illinois historian, Kathryn Harris

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Guest speaker Kathryn Harris will speak about the history of the 1908 Springfield, Illinois race riot.  The conflict made national headlines and provided much of the impetus for the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). “A Shameful Affair: The 1908 Springfield Race Riot” will take place on MARCH 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  The riot started because a white woman claimed that she had been raped by a black man. She would later confess that her account had been false, but not in time to prevent a deadly race riot from erupting in the hometown of the Great Emancipator in the summer of 1908.

Kathryn Harris a regional historian and retired library services director at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will relate the history of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot and lead a discussion about current race relations in Springfield, Illinois, and the United States.

The event is being produced in part by the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining, and thought-provoking humanities events for communities.  A roster of speakers, hailing from 20 different towns and cities across Illinois, present topics in history, culture, literature, music, politics, law, science and many  more.

Wednesday March 29: Science Cafe

March 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Clarence Mitchell Library

Highland Community College’s Clarence Mitchell Library and Natural Science & Mathematics Division are pleased to offer a Science Café.  Dr. Jim Mueller of Provectus Environmental Products, Inc. will introduce the topic of bioremediation and describe how bioremediation technologies have been developed and employed to remediate contaminated environments from local gas station releases to open-ocean releases of crude oil such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  There will be time for questions, answers and discussion of the topic at the end of the presentation.

Dr. Jim Mueller is the president of Provectus Environmental Products, Inc. where his work with bioremediation technologies focuses on environmental applications of antimethanogenic compounds.


National Poetry Month

April program information coming soon

April 14: Friday Forum: Internal Monologues

April 14, 2017 at noon in the Clarence Mitchell Library


Friday Forums

Consider sharing your work with the rest of the HCC campus at a Friday Forum. Students, faculty and staff applications for Friday Forums programs are invited.  Past programs have included 30 - 50 minute presentations by various students, faculty and student groups.


Friday Forums applications (PDF format):  student application   faculty/staff application


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