The NIU Libraries’ Research and Artistry Series serves as a venue for NIU faculty and instructors to share their knowledge, creativity, and hard work with others at Northern Illinois University and the broader NIU communiversity. At least once a month, faculty and instructors from all NIU colleges will have the opportunity to deliver a public lecture or performance. Since these lectures and performances are for a diverse audience, we ask that presenters tailor the content of their lectures to a general audience, with the intention of educating and entertaining in order to foster lifelong learning.