LLI: Names on the Land with Convener Dan Dillman

An introduction to the origins of place names in our cultural landscapes that are evolving both historically and geographically. Selections will come from (a) a new nation's names, (b) America discovers Columbus, (c) Yankee New England, (d) Jefferson's western lands, (e) dry country and mountains, (f) patterns of street names, and (g) cotton and the new South. A U.S. map would be helpful to have handy for class.

Please note that this class is part of a Tuesday afternoon Doubleheader with Dan Dillman: America's Empire (first four weeks) and Names on the Land (second four weeks)

Convener: Dan Dillman is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in Geography Emeritus at NIU. He has presented a variety of LLI courses, including US-Mexico Borderlands, Palaces and Vineyards of Europe, and Shapes of U.S. States.

The Northern Illinois University Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI), established in 2000, is a member-directed group of individuals primarily age 50 plus who enjoy learning in informal, flexible, non-competitive groups and like connecting with peers who share their interests. No grades, no tests – just Learning for the Fun of It.

Dial-In Information

When you register for one of our courses, you’ll be given a Zoom meeting ID and password to get into a session along with a link to meet on your computer and a phone number if you chose to call in to the class.

Tuesday, May 4 at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Virtual Event
Event Type

Community Events

Target Audience

Faculty and Staff, Alumni, General Public






A $25 registration fee per person permits users to attend all of the six study group offerings each week.

Center for P-20 Engagement, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development
Contact Email or Phone


Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity

You're not going yet!

This event requires registration.