Access the links below for archived audio, video or more information on notable speakers, including: Ken Burns | Temple Grandin | James E. Hansen | James O. Horton | Tracy Kidder | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Roland S. Martin | Orion Samuelson

  • New Student Convocation 2015

    Professor of Physics Linda French gave the address, "The Value of Not Having All the Answers."

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  • Honors Day 2015

    Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery gave the address, "Reflections of an Accidental Political Scientist," on April 8, 2015.

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  • Founders Day 2015

    Acclaimed Children’s Illustrator & Author Anita Lobel spoke at the Convocation on Feb. 25, 2015.

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  • President's Convocation 2014

    Brando Skyhorse, author of the Summer Reading Program selection The Madonnas of Echo Park, spoke on Sept. 3, 2014.

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  • New Student Convocation 2014

    Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery told new students "YOLO" in her address on Aug. 19, 2014.

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  • Commencement 2014

    Deanna Jent '84 gave the address, "Story and Truth: The Dionysus Connection," at Commencement for the Class of 2014 on May 4, 2014.

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  • Honors Day 2014

    Associate Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Roesner gave the address, "The Art and Science of Living in the Present," on April 9, 2014.

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  • Founders Day 2014

    Luma Mufleh, head coach of the Fugees Soccer Team – subject of the University's summer reading selection, Outcasts United – spoke at the Founders Day Convocation on Feb. 19, 2014.

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  • Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture

    Journalist and commentator David Brooks delivered the 29th Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture on Sept. 24, 2013.
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  • President's Convocation 2013

    Warren St. John, author of the summer reading selection Outcasts United, spoke on Sept. 4, 2013.
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  • New Student Convocation 2013

    Rebecca Roesner, chair and associate professor of chemistry and winner of the 2014 Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, spoke to the Class of 2017 on Aug. 20, 2013.

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  • Commencement 2013

    Juan Salgado '91 spoke at Commencement on May 5, 2013

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  • Honors Day 2013

    Professor of Physics Narendra Jaggi, winner of the 2013 Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, gave the remarks at the convocation on April 10, 2013.

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  • Founders Day 2013

    Civil War scholar Allen C. Guelzo spoke at the Founders Day Convocation on Feb. 27, 2013.

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  • President's Convocation 2012

    Rebecca Skloot, author of the 2012 Summer Reading Program selection The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, spoke at the President's Convocation on Sept. 12, 2012.

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  • Commencement 2012

    Awadagin Pratt, an educator, concert pianist and founder of the Dr. T.A.E.C. Pratt Music Foundation, delivered the Commencement address on April 29, 2012.

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  • Founders Day 2012

    Activist and Dead Man Walking author Sister Helen Prejean spoke on Feb. 8, 2012.

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  • President's Convocation 2011

    Ghanaian-British-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah spoke on Aug. 31, 2011.

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  • Commencement 2011

    Guggenheim Fellow and poet Linda Gregerson spoke to graduates on May 1, 2011.

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  • Founders Day 2011

    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham spoke on Feb. 23, 2011.

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  • Colin Beavan

    President's Convocation 2010

    No Impact Man author Colin Beavan spoke on Sept. 8, 2010.

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  • Commencement 2010

    Neurosurgeon Ann Stroink '76 celebrated lifelong learning in her address on May 2, 2010.

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  • Honors Convocation 2010

    Associate Professor of English Wes Chapman, 2010 winner of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, spoke about the place of happiness in the liberal arts during the Honors Convocation on April 14, 2010.

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  • Founders Day 2010

    Environmental justice activist Dorceta Taylor spoke on Feb. 17, 2010.

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  • President's Convocation 2009

    At the President's Convocation on Sept. 9, 2009, humanitarian Greg Mortenson spoke about his mission to promote peace by building schools and training teachers in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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  • Wes Chapman

    New Student Convocation 2009

    Associate Professor of English Wes Chapman, 2010 winner of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, addressed the New Student Convocation on Aug. 18, 2009.

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  • Commencement 2009

    Howard Fricke '60, retired CEO of Security Benefit Group of Companies, spoke at Commencement on May 3, 2009.

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  • Founders Day 2009

    Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian James O. Horton gave an address titled "Abraham Lincoln: Slavery and the Civil War" for Illinois Wesleyan University's annual Founders Day Convocation on February 18, 2009.

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  • Temple Grandin

    President's Convocation 2008

    Temple Grandin shared personal insights into the unique ways autistic individuals perceive the world during the President's Convocation on Sept. 10, 2008.

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  • Brian Hatcher

    First-Year Convocation 2008

    McFee Professor of Religion and Humanities Brian Hatcher addressed first-year students in their first Illinois Wesleyan convocation on Aug. 19, 2008.

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  • Kevin Dunn

    Commencement 2008

    Actor Kevin Dunn, who attended Illinois Wesleyan in the '70s, delivered the Commencement address on May 4, 2008.

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  • Soul Food Dinner

    Journalist and author Roland S. Martin spoke at the Soul Food Dinner on Feb. 24, 2008.

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  • Founders Day 2008

    James E. Hansen, Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Institute for Space Studies, encouraged the 2008 Founders Day audience to take action before irrevocable damage is done to the planet.

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  • Stevenson Lecture Series

    Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns spoke about his recent series on World War II, The War. Burns visited Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Universities on Nov. 1, 2007, as part of the Adlai E. Stevenson Lecture Series.

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  • President's Convocation 2007

    Tracy Kidder, author of the 2007 summer reading selection, Mountains Beyond Mountains, addressed the President's Convocation on Sept. 26, 2007

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  • Commencement 2007

    Demetria Kalodimos '81, an award-winning news anchor with WSMV Television in Nashville, Tenn., addressed the graduates on May 6, 2007.

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  • Honors Convocation 2007

    James Sikora, professor of sociology and winner of the 2007 Pantagraph Award for Teaching Excellence, addressed the Honors Convocation on April 18, 2007.

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  • Illinois Wesleyan Associates Luncheon

    Orion Samuelson, renowned agribusiness director of WGN and Chicago's "Voice of Agriculture" since 1960, spoke at the Illinois Wesleyan Associates Luncheon on April 17, 2007.

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  • Commencement 2006

    Michael A. Mason '80, Executive Assistant Director for Administration at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington D.C., delivered the Commencement address on Sunday, April 30.

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  • Greg Poland

    Commencement 2005

    Greg Poland '77, director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group, delivered the Commencement address on May 1, 2005.

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  • Commencement 2004

    Immigration attorney Carlina Tapia-Ruano '77 delivered the Commencement address on May 2, 2004.

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