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Dillard to Deliver Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture 2024

April 4, 2024

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University will celebrate its 21st anniversary of the annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture. This year, WIU Trustee, Locke Lord LLP Partner, Regional Transportation Authority Chair and former State Senator Kirk Dillard will present on "The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in 2024," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Senator Dillard will speak about how his liberal arts education has contributed to his professional success.

The lecture series began in 2003 after WIU's College of Arts and Sciences program initiated an effort to slow the decline in public interest related to broader education and concerns about the negative impact on democracy and social commitment. Since the initiative began, many WIU faculty have delivered impactful lectures.

Dillard's lecture will dive into perceptions of the value of a liberal arts education and why it continues to benefit contemporary college students as they begin and proceed through their professional lives.

"The College of Arts and Sciences is excited to highlight one of its most distinguished alumni for this year's Hallwas lecture. Senator Dillard's successful career in law, politics, and public service illustrates how a liberal arts education benefits both our graduates individually and society as a whole," CAS Interim Dean James Schmidt said.

Following the lecture, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of Dillard, as well as enjoy light refreshments.

The event is open to the public. If you're unable to make the in-person event, the lecture will be on WIU's YouTube channel.

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