Responding to Polio

Responding to Polio

Special Exhibit Speaker Series

6/23/2022 to 6/23/2022 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Online EventStreaming on the Museum of the Grand Prairie Facebook and YouTube pages

Help us kickoff a special speaker series tied to our newest exhibit, “A History of Healing: Infectious Diseases and Community Responses to Defeat Them.” Dr. Leslie Reagan, Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with affiliations in the Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies, Media Studies, and the College of Law, will present this program discussing the history of polio epidemics and the various responses to them. Part of Reagan’s presentation will include a discussion of an influential group of U of I students from the mid-20th century known as "wheelchair students." These students, mostly military veterans, but also included students affected by polio, left a lasting impact on the campus by helping to improve accessibility concerns on the U of I campus. Be sure to visit “A History of Healing” soon to learn more about central Illinois’ response to polio and many other infectious diseases.

This program is supported in part by Illinois Humanities.

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