Illinois College welcomes United States Senator Dick Durbin to campus to give the Phi Alpha lecture on Monday, April 2, in Rammelkamp Chapel at 11 a.m.
Durbin will give a brief lecture to students and the community and also be awarded an honorary degree from Illinois College.
The Democrat from Springfield is the 47th United States Senator from the state of Illinois and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation. He also serves as the Assistant Majority Leader, the second highest ranking position in the Senate. Also known as the Majority Whip, Durbin has been elected to this leadership post by his Democratic colleagues every two years since 2006. In 2004 he was elected as Minority Whip and is only the fifth Illinois Senator in history to serve as a Senate leader.
Durbin will be the 15th lecturer in the annual Phi Alpha Lecture Series which began in 1997 with a presentation by the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon. Other speakers include former U.S. Congressman Lee Hamilton (D-Indiana) and longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Oratory has been a large part of Phi Alpha Literary Society’s tradition since the group’s founding in 1845. Many noted speakers and public servants have spoken to the society including Abraham Lincoln who traveled to Jacksonville in 1859 to give the address, “Inventions and Discoveries.”