Humanities Students Receive Grant to Attend Annual Chicago Festival
November 7, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Four Illinois Wesleyan University students, along with a faculty
representative, received the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Humanities Fellowship
Award this October. The grant provided them with free access to all events of the
17th annual Chicago Humanities Festival from Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 5
as well as accommodations in the city for the weekend. The two-week festival continues
through Sunday, Nov. 12.
Based on their academic interests and involvement, senior English majors Rachel Shulman,
Rebecca Welzenbach and Anne Wilkinson and senior religion major Drew Snodgrass were
nominated by their respective academic departments for the fellowship, which annually
supports the attendance of four students from each of the ACI's member schools. Dan
Terkla, associate professor of English at IWU, accompanied the group.
This year's festival, themed "Peace and War: Facing Human Conflict," features more
than 150 programs, ranging from a contemporary musical interpretation of Homer's Illiad to debates on the current war in Iraq. The theme coincided with the major international
news event of the weekend: just before attending a lecture on national recovery from
war and human rights violations, the students learned that Saddam Hussein had been
sentenced to death by hanging.
The festival was also a chance to interact with successful professionals in the humanities.
Sunday morning over breakfast, the IWU festival attendees chatted with prolific author
Joyce Carol Oates, the winner of the Chicago Tribune's 2006 literary prize, before
hearing her speak about her writing to a crowd of approximately 1,000 at the Chicago
The ACI is comprised of 24 private liberal arts colleges and universities who work
with business, government and community leaders to enhance the strength of member
institutions, address society's pressing educational problems and increase public
understanding of the value and role of ACI colleges and universities.
Contact: Rebecca Welzenbach, (309) 556-3181