BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan faculty members Franklin Larey and Marcia Thomas
will host presentations throughout the spring of 2020 semester discussing topics including
the life of Harriet Emma Dean Powell, and the creations of renowned performers such
as Johannes Brahms.
Their presentations are part of the Lunch and Learn series sponsored by the McLean County Museum of History and Illinois Wesleyan University.
All programs begin at 12:10 p.m. in the museum’s second-floor Governor Fifer Courtroom
and are free and open to the public.
CANCELED: On Feb. 13, Karen Bussone, the director of the Illinois Small Business Development
Center (SBDC) of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan was scheduled to give a presentation
on the role of the Center.
On March 12, Illinois Wesleyan Professor Emeritus Marica Thomas will explore the life
of Harriet Emma Dean Powell, the wife of soldier, explorer of the American West, and
former professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, John Wesley Powell. The presentation
will focus on the couple’s journey through the American west in the 1860s during their
first 10 years of marriage, and Emma’s role as Powell’s traveling companion, nurse,
ornithologist and co-explorer.
On May 14, Franklin Larey, Director and Professor of Illinois Wesleyan’s School of
Music will explore a compositional technique used by German composer Johannes Brahms,
known as the Intermezzi. In his talk titled, “Brahms’s use of motive to unify his
Three Intermezzi, Opus 117,” Larey will discuss Brahms’s use of motive to bring structure
and unity to the Three Intermezzi, the compositional pieces that he created for solo
Previous talks included a December presentation by Director of Esports Callum Fletcher
on the development of the professional world of esports, and a presentation by Illinois
State University Professor of Anthropology James Stanlaw on mandolinist Lloyd Loar,
and the history of mandolin orchestras in the United States.