October 27 2022, 3:30pm
SIUE Arts & Issues - Learning Lessons from East St. Louis
East St. Louis is a remarkable place, and both SIUE and Dr. Theising have spent decades there. He believes the city, despite its struggles, sets some good examples for SIUE to keep front of mind. The city has had more than its share of struggles, and the people of East St. Louis have been overcoming those obstacles for generations. It has long been called “The City of Champions” not just for its athletes’ prowess on the field, but also for its residents’ triumphs in the written word, music, dance, statecraft, and so much more. It is a well-deserved title! And so the message for SIUE is to “go celebrate your champions” – not just those on the athletic field, but also those excelling in the classrooms, volunteering in the MUC, tutoring in the library, and in all reaches of all three campuses.
Join Dr. Theising for interesting and inspirational stories from East St. Louis, and hear more ways SIUE can learn from East St. Louis in a message of hope and revival. Dr. Theising has retired from SIUE but not from East St. Louis. They both have work to do there. Let’s get busy!
Dr. Theising’s research subfield is urban politics, with particular emphasis on industrial legacy issues in urban cores. His research has been used by media nationwide, including Sports Illustrated, Columbia Journalism Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and the PBS Newshour – the latter receiving an Emmy Award for the feature on his work. He was the author, editor, or collaborator on nine books while at SIUE, including the award-winning book Made in USA: East St. Louis (Virginia Publishing, 2003) – the first comprehensive scholarly account of East St. Louis and companion book to the Emmy-Award-winning public television documentary of the same name (find it at your local library). His forthcoming book is Mid-Mod Mayor: The Raymond Tucker Years in St. Louis. He retired from SIUE in 2022 after 25 years of teaching in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Theising’s family has lived in the St. Louis/southern Illinois area for over 175 years.
The Emeriti Faculty Association in partnership with the Provost Office and the Academic Deans annually invite students, faculty and staff to nominate a faculty member to present their thoughts, advice and insights about academic life during the “One More Thought…” lecture series. Emeritus Professor Stephen Hansen was chosen to deliver the inaugural lecture in the spring of 2022.
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