Meeting Room B

Why Illinois Was Ground Zero for Innovation

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ripples generated by technological innovations that have occurred in Illinois have traversed the globe. It was here that John Deere invented the self-scouring plow and Cyrus McCormick perfected and manufactured his mechanical reaper, dramatically increasing the efficiency and productivity of American agriculture. Author John Wasik will discuss how and why Illinois became such a hub of innovation. He will invite audiences to contemplate what must be done to ensure that our state can thrive in a global economy in which automation and digital technology are increasingly prevalent.
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Are You Curious About Medical Cannabis?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Kirsten Velasco, Board member of Illinois Women in Cannabis, will present the safety, science and application process for the Medical Cannabis Program in Illinois. Everyone is fascinated to learn that medical cannabis is a safe and effective anti-inflammatory and pain reliever and is available in many forms (tinctures, capsules, salves, etc.). Discover why so many states provide access to this ancient therapy.
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Coal Swamps, Coral Reefs, and Continental Glaciers

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Raymond Wiggers, author of the popular earth-science guidebook Geology Underfoot in Illinois,presents an illustrated lecture incorporating a diverse selection of outstanding scenic locales and geologic sites in Illinois. The presentation covers all major sections of the state---from Chicago's monumental downtown to the great river valleys of the central counties, and from the canyons and lead mines of the Galena region to the soaring cliffs of Shawnee National Forest, far to the south.
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