From IWU Magazine, Spring 2010
In their teaching and research, Illinois Wesleyan professors
grapple with some of our most challenging concerns.
These days, when people have a question, the solution is often as simple as typing
a few key words into a computer search engine. Who won the 1946 Academy Award for
Best Supporting Actress? Where is the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte? The answers
pop up faster than a bag of microwave popcorn.
Then there are questions whose solutions aren’t found in neat little packages; the
kind that can keep you up at night if you let them. At universities such as Illinois
Wesleyan, pursuing such questions is an honored tradition — a quest that has fueled
countless classroom discussions and been transformed into notable artistic and scholarly
The following stories (see links below) look at three of the many University professors
who — through long hours of study and lightning flashes of inspiration — continue
that tradition. Their work is a testament to the labor and rewards that come when
one dares to tackle a really tough question.
• What is the ultimate fate of our universe?
• Can we rise above racism?
• Can religions coexist in peace?