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Jan. 21, 2020

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JimFounders' Day Keynote Addresses Fight Against Fake News
Casual news readers are caught in a daily battle between the dissemination of credible information and disinformation. It's a fight that Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and Founders' Day speaker Jim Kirk said journalists must win. Watch the convocation.

EricGardner '89 Awarded Second National Humanities Grant
Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Eric Gardner '89 was awarded a $60,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support his year-long study in African American Literature – a fascination that began with his studies at IWU.

Gospel festMLK Teach-In to explore "Dr. King: Who Was He Really?"
Sundiata Cha-Jua, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will deliver the keynote address during Illinois Wesleyan's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-In on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

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Chicago publisher Jim Kirk spoke at Illinois Wesleyan's Founders' Day Convocation about journalism in the fake news era. More coverage from The Pantagraph.

The Pantagraph

Kicking off IWU's Day of Celebration and Commitment on MLK Day, Associate Professor Jessie Dixon-Montgomery told fellow faculty and staff that "each of us can play a role" to advance freedom and equality.



The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival was hosted at Illinois Wesleyan, where Dr. King spoke twice in the 1960s. Also on WHOI-TV.

The Pantagraph

Martin Luther King Jr.'s two visits to Illinois Wesleyan were remembered through photos.


Emeritus Professor Dan Terkla has co-edited a book on medieval maps.


Charlene Recio '02 was elected by members of the Will County Women's Bar Association as president of its executive board.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan's basketball win over Illinois State 50 years ago, fueled by a last-second shot from Tom Gramkow '70, lives on. More coverage from WEEK-TV.

The Pantagraph

Retired University Librarian Karen Schmidt was honored for commitment and devotion to promoting the cause of human rights and to honoring the legacy of Dr. King in the Twin Cities.



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Alumni Events

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Titan Mixer - Arizona
Network with young alumni (graduates of the last 15 years)
Thursday, January 23  |  5 - 7 p.m.
The Harp Pub - Mesa, Arizona


Presidential Welcome Tour - Arizona
Sunday, January 26  |  12:30 - 3 p.m.
McCormick Ranch Golf Club - Scottsdale, Arizona



Jack Sikma Hall of Fame Celebration
Saturday, February 1, 2020  |  6 - 8 p.m. 
Hansen Student Center, Center Court


School of Theatre Arts (SoTA) Senior Showcase
Monday, February 3, 2020  |  6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Stage 773 - Chicago, Illinois 


IWU Council for Women Summit
Friday, February 21 - Saturday, February 22  | Time TBD
Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington


Co-Choir Pre-Tour
Saturday, February 29  |  7:30 p.m.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church - LaGrange, Illinois





Co-Choir Pre-Tour
Tuesday, March 3  |  7:30 p.m.
Asbury United Methodist - Kankakee, Illinois


Presidential Welcome Tour - Florida 
Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 4 - 6 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club - Naples, Florida


Career Immersion Excursion Student and Alumni Networking Event
Tuesday, March 10  
AT&T Stadium - Arlington, Texas  |  4:30 - 6 p.m.
Texas Live! 
|  6 - 8:30 p.m.


Pride Alumni Community Student and Alumni Panel  
Thursday, March 26 |  8 - 10 p.m.
Illinois Wesleyan University - Memorial Center, Turfler Room 





Presidential Welcome Tour - Chicago 
Sunday, April 26, 2020 | 3 - 5 p.m.
The Metropolitan - Chicago

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In recent highlights, Peter Berg '83 was named the Director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University, where he has been a professor for 21 years.

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