A roundup of business-related news:
CHARLESTON — Historian H.W. Brands will discuss "The Past, Present and Future of the Dollar" at Eastern Illinois University on Thursday evening.
Brands, who has written more than 25 books on U.S. history, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the Doudna Fine Arts Center.
He will deliver the annual Barry D. Riccio Memorial Lecture, named for a EIU history professor who died in 2001.
Brands, a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has had two books nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2009, he joined a small group of prominent scholars invited to the White House to offer advice and perspective to President Obama.
School to offer class for career in voice-overs
CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois University's School of Continuing Education is offering a class for people interested in career opportunities in voice-overs.
"Getting Paid to Talk: An Introduction to Professional Voice-Overs," will be presented from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday in Room 2340 of EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center.
The class, presented by Voice Coaches, will explain how voice-overs work, which voices are hired most, why there's an increased demand for new voices and how to create a winning demo.
It will also cover advances in recording technology and how growth of the Internet has increased demand for training and educational materials, leading to expansion in the voice-over field.
Cost to register is $25 for EIU students and $40 for community members. To register, call EIU's School of Continuing Education, 581-5114.
Speech set on Asia's effect on U.S. economy
URBANA — Tom Easton, the Asia business editor of The Economist magazine, will speak April 5 at the University of Illinois on the roles Japan and China play in the U.S. economy.
His address, at 2 p.m. in Room 407 of the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U, is free and open to the public.
Easton was previously a senior editor for Forbes magazine and New York and Tokyo bureau chief for The Baltimore Sun.
The speech is the keynote address for a two-day symposium co-organized by Dan Shao, UI professor of East Asian languages and cultures, and Matthew Brown, president of the Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government.
Workshop offered on redeveloping brownfields
CHAMPAIGN — A free workshop on "Economic Redevelopment of Brownfields" will be offered April 18 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture state offices in Champaign.
The workshop is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the offices, 2118 W. Park Court, C.
Brownfields are industrial, commercial and residential properties with actual or perceived contamination. Often they are abandoned, unused or underused and have a potential for redevelopment.
The workshop focuses on how to redevelop properties ranging from a closed steel mill to an abandoned corner gas station.
Speaking at the workshop will be representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University.
Those interested in attending should email Rebecca Rossi at firstname.lastname@example.org  or call her at 309-438-3515.