FILE - In this July 17, 1980, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan stands before a cheering Republican National Convention in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. Republicans heading to their 2012 party convention in Tampa are eager to hear an earful about the shortcomings of President Barack Obama's record, the woeful U.S. economy and the competing visions of the two presidential candidates. They aren't looking for compromise, which most Americans say is necessary to get the nation on track. The delegates hear rhetoric that is brutal, vitriolic and far from conciliatory. The Republicans want a party like in 1980 when the GOP ousted a Democratic president after one term. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)
Eureka College plans to offer a four-day "Reagan 101" course next week.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be among noted politicians, journalists and authors who'll take part in the examination of the late President Ronald Reagan's life, according to a report from The Pantagraph.
Best-selling author Craig Shirley will focus on Reagan's presidential campaigns as the college's first Visiting Reagan Scholar. Shirley has written two books about Reagan.
The 40th president was an Illinois native who graduated from Eureka College in 1932 and served 18 years on its Board of Trustees.
The free course will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. C-SPAN plans to record the first class as part of its Lectures in History series. There's no word yet on when that will air.