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Contemporary Conversations: Debates, Decisions, Demands—The Political Landscape of Illinois

  • Event Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
  • Time: 4:00 pm–5:30 pm (CST)
  • Location: Join Zoom Meeting (external link); Meeting ID: 883 3538 7838; Meeting Password: 422547
  • Cost: Free Admission

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The Contemporary Conversations program series explores conversations around contemporary cultural issues, themes, and ideas. The Spurlock Museum is hosting a conversation to connect with the exhibit Debates, Decisions, Demands: Objects of Campaigns and Activism. This exhibit highlights objects that “convey a devotion to a set of ideals, positions, and possibilities” and “attest to the enduring power of democracy and political participation in the United States” (quoted from the exhibit text).

This virtual program, “Debates, Decisions, Demands—The Political Landscape of Illinois,” is scheduled for Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm (Central) and explores notable campaigns and past political issues that have shaped contemporary Illinois.

This program is moderated by exhibit curator Dr. Nathan Tye, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

Panelists include:

  • Kathryn Oberdeck, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Department of History
  • Ian Toller-Clark, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History
  • Augustus Wood, Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Labor and Employer Relations

Zoom Instructions:

Use the button below to join the event. You may need to input the Meeting ID and Meeting Password.

  • Meeting ID: 883 3538 7838
  • Meeting Password: 422547
Join Zoom Meeting


  1. Visit https://zoom.us (external link).
  2. Click "Join a Meeting" at the top of the page.
  3. Type the Meeting ID: "883 3538 7838" in the box and click "Join".
  4. When it asks for the Meeting Password (or passcode) type "422547" into the box and click "Ok".
  5. Wait for the host to begin the event!

Please note that this program does NOT take place at the Spurlock Museum.
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For further information on this event, contact Katya Reno at or (217) 244-8483

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.