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Champaign Public Library
Head to the Champaign Public Library on Tuesdays for socializing and learning something new.
In this 8-week journey, Fred Christensen will take you along the Thames River to learn about the sights and surprises around every bend—in history, literature, nature, art, music, and archaeology. Each week will be a new topic related to the unique and historic river that flows through the English heartland
Sep 14—The Infant Thames: The river begins its journey
Sep 21—The Youthful Thames: Nature, history and art west of Oxford
Sep 28—The Thames Near Oxford: Nature, poetry and literature near the dreaming spires
Oct 5—The Boaters’ Thames: Art, scenery and nature
Oct 12—The Royal Thames: From Hampton Court to Kew Gardens
Oct 19—The Splendid Thames: Through the heart of London
Oct 26—The Thames east of London: Charles Dickens’ river
Nov 2—The Thames Estuary: The river reaches the sea
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About the presenter: Fred Christensen is a former history instructor at University of Kentucky and ROTC instructor at the University of Illinois, and spent eight years teaching the Army’s Command and General Staff Course. Fred spent 28 years in the US Army Reserves (including 5 years of active duty), retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1997. He retired in 2007 from the University of Illinois Admissions and Records office where he was in charge of issuing all diplomas for graduates and of maintaining graduate records for PhD candidates.
Since retirement, he has taught adult-education classes for 13 years at the University of Illinois’ OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) program. His passion for the study of history and archaeology has contributed to these classes and their content. Other accomplishments include teaching for Parkland College’s Community Education program and serving as president of ECIAS (East Central Illinois Archaeological Society) for the last seven years. His wife, Judie, is a retired librarian from the Champaign Public Library. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wonderful son and daughter-in-law, and their three amazing grandchildren.