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Filipink to Deliver Sept. 11-12 John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture

August 20, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University History Professor Richard Filipink will deliver the 17th annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture, "It Depends Who Writes the History, Henry: History's Role in the Liberal Arts and Creating an Educated Citizen," Wednesday, Sept. 11 on the Quad Cities campus and Thursday, Sept. 12 on the Macomb campus.

The Quad Cities lecture begins at 3 p.m. in the Quad Cities Complex, room 2102, and the Macomb lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Filipink came to WIU in Fall 2006, moving from assistant professor to full professor since that time. Prior to coming to WIU, Filipink taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, Saint Bonaventure University and Buffalo State College. He has published one book, called "Dwight Eisenhower and American Foreign Policy During the 1960s: An American Lion in Winter," as well as several journal articles and book reviews.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to deliver the 2019 Hallwas Lecture and talk about the importance of American History in, as the title of my talk states, 'creating an educated citizen,'" he said.

Filipink received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the State University of New York.

At Western, he teaches a variety of classes, including U.S. history since 1977, military history and foreign policy. He has received numerous awards from the University during his time here, including research awards and excellence in teaching awards.

The John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture is named for WIU Professor Emeritus and Historian John Hallwas, who delivered the inaugural College of Arts and Sciences lecture in September 2003. The Liberal Arts Lecture is an outgrowth of WIU's College of Arts and Sciences liberal arts discussion group, formed in 2002, as a way to express commitment to a liberal arts education at Western and share approaches for maintaining a high quality educational program.

The College of Arts and Sciences announced the renaming of the lecture to the John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture in September 2004, at Hallwas' retirement reception, where he was honored for 34 years of service to Western Illinois as an English professor and archivist, as well as a public scholar, regional historian and community activist.

For more information about the Hallwas Lecture, visit

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