Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Senator Mike Frerichs to speak at Y this Friday.

THIS FRIDAY, September 26 @ 12 noon

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Senator Mike Frerichs, Illinois Senate, 52nd District
Illinois State Senator, Mike Frerichs will discuss legislation intended to protect civil rights and civil liberty in the U.S. as well as how these issues will be affected by the upcoming elections. Senator Frerichs represents the 52nd Legislative District that include most of Champaign and Vermilion Counties.

Monday, September 15, 2008

"The American Health Care System in Crisis and the Prospects for Reform" at this week's Friday Forum.

Fall 2008 Friday Forum lecture series“Sick of Sound Bites? Real Issues for the Next Administration”
September 19 @ 12:00 noon
"The American Health Care System in Crisis and the Prospects for Reform"
Robert Rich, Director, Institute of Government and Public Affairs

The United States is the only industrialized society where health care is not a legal right and yet, we spend more than any other country on our health care system. Every time comprehensive health care reform has been proposed since 1932, it has been rejected. What should be the health care reform agenda? What are the prospects for real change?The talk is free and open to the public and is in the University YMCA’s Latzer Hall (located on the corner or Wright and Chalmers.) Lunch is available through the Y Thai Eateryfor $6.00 for non-students and $3 for students (school ID is required).

For more information about the other talks in this series, please visit us online at:

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fall 2008 | Friday Forum lecture series begins September 12. "Sick of Sound BItes? Real Issues for the Next Administration"

Fall 2008 Friday Forum Lecture Series Set to Begin on Friday, September 12.
“Sick of Sound Bites? Real Issues for the Next Administration”

The Fall 2008 Friday Forum lecture series will begin at noon, on Friday, September 12, with a lecture entitled “Crossing the Devil’s Highway: Immigration in the United States” by Luis Urrea, Author, 2005 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for “The Devil’s Highway.”

In May 2001, 26 Mexican men scrambled across the border and into an area of the Arizona desert known as the Devil’s Highway. Only 12 made it safely across. As immigration continues to become a larger and larger issue in our communities and in our nation, Urrea’s “The Devil’s Highway” has become the story for a movement.

The series runs every Friday from September 12 to December 5 at 12:00/noon in Latzer Hall at the University YMCA. A schedule of events for the semester can be found by visiting:

Friday Forum, which has been continuously running at the University YMCA since 1927, has a distinguished history of examining topics in-depth from a variety of perspectives. Lectures run from 12:15 -12:55 p.m. each Friday during the semester, with a questions and answer period from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Individuals from both the campus and the wider community are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion with the speakers.

Lunch is available through the Y Thai Eatery. Individual meals may be reserved in advance through noon the Thursday before the lecture by calling 337-1500.

If you would like a copy of the series brochure, please e-mail Kasey Umland, University YMCA Program Director, at