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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 National Endowment for the Humanities grant, which will provide $60,000 to support his year-long study in African American Literature.

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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Tuesday, Jan. 21


Through March 4 – "Existential Byproduct" and "Ranch Style House" on Exhibition in Merwin and Wakeley Galleries

2 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Bookstore Presentation –  Potential bookstore partner Follett will present information to interested faculty, staff and students about its proposal for serving the campus.

6 p.m., Young Main Lounge/Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Etiquette Dinner – Patricia Simpson, a professional etiquette consultant, will take students through a guided dinner with tips for success in professional settings. Sponsored by the Career Center. *Registration for this event is now closed.*



Wednesday, Jan. 22

10 a.m., Merwin / Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Gallery Talk - Kirsten Valentine – Kirsten Valentine will give a talk in conjunction with her exhibit, Ranch Style House, now on display in the Wakeley Gallery.

10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Walk-In Wednesdays – Bring your resume or cover letter and have Hart Career Center staff review it. Have a quick question about Handshake? Need help preparing for an upcoming interview? We're here to help.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hansen Student Center – MLK Teach-In

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: A Faith that Does Justice – Come hear from Graham Dano '22 as we learn more about an inspiring social justice warrior, Archbishop Oscar Romero. A clergy member in El Salvador during that country's civil war in the 1970s, Romero spoke out against poverty and social injustices being committed at the time. Romero is remembered today as a saint and martyr. Sponsored by IWU Interfaith and the Office of Multifaith Engagement.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Wheaton College  – Live streaming video at



Thursday, Jan. 23

4 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Study Abroad Fair – Whether you're just getting started or ready to apply, the IWU Study Abroad Fair is a perfect next step. Advisers and program representatives will be there to answer questions. We will be doing a raffle at the fair – stop by for a chance to win one of three Amazon gift cards! Sponsored by the International Office.

5 p.m., SFH 210, State Farm Hall – Investigating Otho: On John Keats's Forgotten Tragedy – In the summer of 1819, poet John Keats completed his only full-length play, "Otho the Great." The play has rarely been performed and is little studied. Senior English major Adam Cady '20 will discuss the work he did on "Otho the Great" as a 2019 Eckley Scholar, scholarship that appears in The Keats Letters Project. Sponsored by the English Department.



Friday, Jan. 24

11 a.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – FYFF: "Interviewing 101 Workshop" – Part of the Hart Career Center series, "For Your Future Friday." Interviews can be challenging experiences, but preparation is key. Can you provide behavioral examples of your strengths? Do you know what questions to ask? This presentation will give students the knowledge & confidence to make every interview a great interview.

6 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving vs. Millikin and North Central




Saturday, Jan. 25

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.MUSE: An Undergraduate Humanities+ Conference – The conference will feature over 40 presentations by undergraduate students from colleges and universities in the region. Student presentations will be on a range of topics in the humanities and in creative writing. The conference also will feature two panels: one on humanities-related professions and another on the book publication process. The conference will culminate with a keynote address by Professor Andrew Delbanco of Columbia University. Sponsored by IWU Humanities Fellows, IWU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (the international English honors society), and Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society).

11 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - I-55 Triangular



Sunday, Jan. 26

6 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate General Assembly Meeting

9 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, Memorial Center – "Otho the Great" – The English Department will sponsor a staged reading of the only full-length play by poet John Keats.

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Save the Date – 2020 Recognition Luncheon

The 2020 Recognition Luncheon, where faculty and staff with milestone anniversaries and retirees are honored, is planned for Monday, April 6 from 12-1:30 p.m. Please be sure to save the date! All full-time IWU faculty and staff are invited. An RSVP announcement will follow.



Passport Acceptance Fair


Need a passport? Let the International Office make it easy for you at the Passport Acceptance Fair on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Vinyard Room (formerly Davidson Room) of the Memorial Center. The fair is open to students, faculty and staff. Please complete the instructions found here to apply for a passport; it is important to prepare in advance. Scholarships for students are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Display Space Available at The Ames Library


Do you have a collection you'd like to share? Have you created a scholarly or artistic work? Are you involved with a campus group or sponsoring an event you want others to know about?
The Ames Library Exhibit Team invites staff to contact us about utilizing display space in the library. There are several exhibit spaces in the library to promote guest speakers, organizations, events, achievements or topics of interest that you'd like to share with the campus community.
If you are interested in scheduling a display, please contact Meg Miner at or ext. 1538.

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