Lifelong Learning Institute: Notables

Since its beginning, LLI has had weekly talks by experts, most often NIU faculty. We're continuing that tradition on Zoom this fall, so come join us for our traditional Notables talks at a new time. A full schedule of topics and speakers will be distributed later, but we already can promise you topics ranging from the historical glory of Venice to parental obligations to today's college students. We will end the term on November 4, the day after the election, with comments on the election from NIU political scientist, Matt Streb, an LLI favorite. As always, there will be time for questions of our speakers.

September 16

Cops, Cameras & Citizens: A Lens into the New Police Accountability

Kirk Miller, East Carolina University, formerly NIU Department of Sociology


September 23

The Fiscal Implications of COVID-19 on DeKalb

Bill Nicklas, City Manager, DeKalb


September 30

What are Parental Obligations?

Jason Hanna, NIU Department of Philosophy


October 7

Navigating Disasters: 2,000 Years of Human Response to Catastrophe

Trude Jacobsen, NIU Department of History


October 14

Serenissima: The 1,000 Year History of the Republic of Venice

Christopher Nissen, NIU Department of World Languages & Cultures, retired


October 21

How to Survive a Robot Invasion

David Gunkel ,  NIU Department of Communication


October 28

NIU in 2020: The Changing Profile of Today’s Students

Kelly Wesener-Michael, NIU Dean of Students & Associate Vice President of Student Affairs


November 4

Elections 2020: A Look Back & Analysis

Matt Streb, NIU Department of Political Science

Wednesday, September 30 at 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM

More dates through November 4, 2020

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Lectures, Presentations and Workshops, Community Events


Arts and Culture

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General Public





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

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Mark Pietrowski

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(815) 753-0277 or

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