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College to host Great Decisions, Associates Feb. 19-20

Barry McNamara
02/13/2020
Technical Services Librarian Lynn Daw works with students last semester, shortly after the fire at the Monmouth Municipal Airport.
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MONMOUTH, Ill. – Two Monmouth College series will continue Feb. 19-20, as the College will host a Great Decisions discussion and the next Monmouth Associates luncheon.

The Feb. 20 Associates program will feature Lynn Daw, the College’s technical services librarian, who will discuss salvaging treasured archives from the Monmouth Municipal Airport, which suffered $1.1 million in damages from a fire last October. The luncheon program will begin at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of the Stockdale Center.

Among the items rescued that Daw will discuss was a log book belonging to airport operator Mel Lynch. The book contains many years of historical data regarding flights, passengers, destinations and weather conditions. Although water-logged and singed around the edges, the pages were intact.

Daw will also discuss how she was able to use the disaster as a learning experience, engaging the aspiring curators she teaches in an archiving class at the College.

The cost for a buffet lunch is $10 ($9 for Monmouth faculty and staff). Reservations can be made by calling 309-457-2231 by Feb. 18 or by email at alumni@monmouthcollege.edu.

A free shuttle van transports passengers from two locations to every Associates luncheon. The van stops at the northeast quadrant of the Public Square at 11:45 a.m. and at the Faith United Presbyterian Church parking lot at around 11:50 a.m. It returns to both locations immediately following the program. Shuttle reservations can be made by calling 309-457-2231.

Parking is available in the Stockdale Center lot or along North Ninth Street.

The prior evening, Feb. 19, communication studies professor Trudi Peterson will lead the next Great Decisions program at 7:30 p.m. in Room 276 of the Center for Science and Business. The topic for the week is “Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.”

At multiple billions of dollars in international trade per annum, human trafficking continues to be one of the fastest-growing criminal industries.

While undeniably a global phenomenon, the United States, as one of the world’s leading human trafficking importers, bears a special responsibility to combat this practice. The U.S. and the international community have adopted various treaties and laws to prevent trafficking, but to truly understand and combat the issue, they must find the root causes enabling traffickers to exploit millions of victims.