My Visit with the Illinois Conference

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This past weekend, I had the pleasure of joining the leadership and some members of the Illinois Conference at their annual meeting in Chicago. I had previously met several of those in attendance, and I had the opportunity to meet in person several others with whom I have corresponded about posts to this blog and other AAUP matters. But, I was meeting most of those in attendance for the first time, and everyone made me feel immediately very comfortable: very truly, they made me feel that I was among friends.

The annual meeting was held at the Uptown campus of St. Augustine College, in buildings that in the 1910s served as the production facilities for Essanay Studios. (I would say “soundstages,” but of course, these facilities were used during the silent-film era.) The auditorium in which the annual meeting was held has been restored to something close to the condition…

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