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IC welcomes distinguished scholar to speak about poverty


Dr. James Sullivan, professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame, will present a guest lecture at Illinois College on October 3 at 7 p.m. in Kirby Learning Center, room 6.

logoThe talk is free and open to the public. Sullivan will present "How has America Fared in its War on Poverty," about the effects of U.S. programs on poverty over the past five decades. 

Sullivan is director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, a research center he co-founded in 2012 that works with service providers and policymakers to identify evidence-based solutions to poverty in America. He was recently appointed to the U.S. Commission on Social Impact Partnerships and serves on the National Poverty Center Advisory Board.

Sullivan’s research examines the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs at the national, state and local level. Sullivan has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, many of which appear in the top economics journals. 

This program is part of Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholar Program. Since 1932, the quality of an Illinois College education has been recognized by the Phi Beta Kappa chapter on the campus. IC’s chapter was the fifth of 11 chapters in Illinois. IC remains among the 10% of colleges in the nation with a chapter. All students in attendance will receive convocation credit. 

About Phi Beta Kappa
Founded in 1776, the Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression.

About the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program
Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars.The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. Guest lecturers will meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a lecture open to the university/college community and the general public.

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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