Gender Gap. Guest Interview with Carol Davis

We are pleased to share this podcast interview as two Cuba high school students, Brianna Gorsuch and Caitlin Patterson, interview with the recently retired Carol Davis over the gender gap and how it impacts Forgottonia; both in the past as well as the present.  Carol shares her experience with gender inequality, gender stereotypes and expectations society places on women as a child, as a parent and in the workplace.

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Fulton County Forum on Poverty: Summary Report Part 5 of 5

The following is a summary of a panel discussion about poverty in Fulton County that took place March 23, 2017.  The forum took place at the Canton Church of the Brethren and was moderated by Pastor Kevin Kessler. Panelists included Missy Kolowski of the Health and Wellness Clinic of Fulton County Rolf Siversten Superintendent CUSD #66Paster Monroe Bailey of the First Baptist ChurchBrooke Denniston Executive Director of the YWCAPaula Grigsby Executive Director of the YMCARhonda Morgan from the Salvation Army and Teri Williams director of Spoon River Pregnancy Center.

This fifth and final post explores solutions and offers closing remarks. Listen online here or through our Forgottonia Project podcast (search “Forgottonia Project” on iTunes or wherever you find podcasts.

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Fulton County Forum of Poverty: Summary Report Part 4 of 5

The following is a summary of a panel discussion about poverty in Fulton County that took place March 23, 2017.  The forum took place at the Canton Church of the Brethren and was moderated by Pastor Kevin Kessler. Panelists included Missy Kolowski of the Health and Wellness Clinic of Fulton County Rolf Siversten Superintendent CUSD #66Paster Monroe Bailey of the First Baptist ChurchBrooke Denniston Executive Director of the YWCAPaula Grigsby Executive Director of the YMCARhonda Morgan from the Salvation Army and Teri Williams director of Spoon River Pregnancy Center.

This fourth post features audience questions that were presented to various panelists.

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Fulton County Forum on Poverty: Summary Report Part 3 of 5

The following is a summary of a panel discussion about poverty in Fulton County that took place March 23, 2017.  The forum took place at the Canton Church of the Brethren and was moderated by Pastor Kevin Kessler. Panelists included Missy Kolowski of the Health and Wellness Clinic of Fulton County Rolf Siversten Superintendent CUSD #66Paster Monroe Bailey of the First Baptist ChurchBrooke Denniston Executive Director of the YWCAPaula Grigsby Executive Director of the YMCARhonda Morgan from the Salvation Army and Teri Williams director of Spoon River Pregnancy Center.

This third post highlights remarks made by our panelists exploring solutions to poverty in our county.

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Gender Gap: Interview with WIU Professor Dr. Lori Baker-Sperry

We are pleased to share this interview with Dr. Lori Baker-Sperry from Western Illinois University Department of Women Studies.  We asked Dr. Baker-Sperry several questions concerning the topic of gender, especially in regards to rural America.  This interview prompted us to interview key community leaders to also share their experience with things like gender stereotypes and advice to women growing up in rural America today.  Dr. Baker-Sperry provided us with several links to her responses as well that you will find helpful.  We hope you enjoy and please contact us with any questions you might have.

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Forgottonia Native and Frasier Star John Mahoney dies at 77

Many Americans recognize beloved actor John Mahoney from his days as Frasier’s dad, Martin Crane on the hit NBC sitcom.  However, most natives of Forgottonia may not realize that Mahoney actually lived in McDonough County for a time as a young man.  Although he was actually born in England and associated most with living in Chicago, he came to Macomb, IL to live with his sister where he studied at Quincy University and joined the army to help him become a citizen faster.

According to his bio on Wikipedia, Mahoney taught English for a time during the 1970s at Western Illinois University before settling in the Chicago area. So as many remember Mahoney during his most famous days, Forgottonians remember him during an earlier time.

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Burma Shave Ads and Materialism

Burma-Shave was a brand of shaving cream famous for its humorous advertisements during the 1920s (check out the link here to see some examples for yourself).  They had a reputation sort of like Geico does today; a company known for doing unconventional commercial advertisements with their own quirky sense of style.  Yet perhaps another reason for their success lies not in the content of their ads, but new trends in American life in the 1920s that emphasized more materialistic values of status and wealth.  Or as sociologist and economist Thorstein Veblen called conspicuous consumption; spending money on luxurious goods to flaunt the wealth and status of the buyer.

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