Phi Alpha to Host Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) as 17th Phi Alpha Lecturer
Bustos to Deliver Convocation and to be Made an Honorary Member
April 9th, 2015
The Phi Alpha Literary Society is delighted to announce that it will be hosting Congresswoman Cheryl Callahan Bustos as its 17th Phi Alpha Lecturer as part of its ongoing Phi Alpha Lecture Series. Congresswoman Bustos will be visiting the campus of Illinois College on Monday April 20th, 2015 and will take part in several private and public events during her time here.
The general public is cordially invited by the Society to attend the Lecture, which will bear convocation credit, at 11 AM that morning in Rammelkamp Chapel. Following her speech, Mrs. Bustos will be inducted into the Honorary Membership of the Society at a private ceremony in Historic Main Beecher Hall. Only Actives and Alumni of the Society, as well as distinguished guests will be allowed to attend that ceremony.
The Phi Alpha Lecture Series is a tradition that dates back to the 19th century when the Society invited Abraham Lincoln to deliver a speech on the campus of Illinois College titled “Discoveries and Inventions”. Since then the tradition has been upheld, albeit more routinely since 1997, and includes among its participants several stewards of American democracy and culture including Mark Twain, Senator Paul Simon, Rami Khouri, Lee Hamilton, Helen Thomas, Senator Richard Durbin, and most recently President James Earl Carter Jr. Following their delivery of their lecture, participants are customarily inducted into the Honorary Membership of the Society. Mrs. Bustos will be the second woman to be granted this honor.