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Wise Words Lecture Series invites retiring professors to share their wisdom


The Dorothy Foster Society at Illinois College, in conjunction with the Center for Academic Excellence, is proud to present the Wise Words Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 19, in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6 at 6:30 p.m. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

The lecture series, in its second year, will feature two retiring members of the Illinois College family. To celebrate their time at IC, students chose Jim Proffitt, assistant professor of business administration, and Naomi Hahn, A. Boyd Pixley Professor of Humanities and English, to impart some final words of wisdom during their “last lecture” at IC. Both are retiring after the academic year. 

On April 17, Hahn will present “Beyond Leadership and Service,” which will be an interactive session that she described as “something between a lecture and a class.” Hahn encourages attendees to bring a writing implement to participate and be ready for an evening that includes “a little Shakespeare, a little Homer and a lot of IC’s mission statement.” 

On April 19, Proffitt presents “Take Me Out to the Ballgame: A Trip to Cooperstown,” which centers around his recent visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Proffitt plans to cover the history of the small town and how it found a way to survive through tourism. He said he is thankful to have been chosen by students for the lecture series. 

“I am honored to be invited to make a presentation associated with the Dorothy Foster Society. It means a lot because I am both an alum and a retiring professor,” said Proffitt. 

For more information on the Wise Words Lecture Series, contact Beth Nahlik, director of the Center for Academic Excellence, at 217-291-1646 or at

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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