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Students to Represent Trinity at Chicago Humanities Festival

Through a program sponsored by the Associated Colleges of Illinois, four Trinity students were recently chosen to represent the College at this year's Chicago Humanities Festival October 27 through November 11.

ACI Humanities Fellows are:

Kendra DeBoer '10 of
South Holland, Illinois
Josh VanStaalduinen '09 of
Oakbrook, Illinois
Rebecca VanderWilt '10 of
Freeport, Illinois
Emily Ward '09 of
Palos Heights, Illinois

Accompanying the group will be faculty fellow Bill Boerman-Cornell, assistant professor of education.

This year's festival theme, "The Climate of Concern," will examine the long-term issues of global, environmental, and ecological disruption through discussions, exhibits, panels, performances, and more than 120 various programs.

"This year's theme is of particular interest to me as I work with the Social Justice Chapter and the Creation Care Coalition," said VanderWilt, who attended the festival last year. "I know that I will have many opportunities to share what I learn with these groups."

"I'm mostly looking forward to spending time in the city with other people interested in similar topics, such as our environment, fine arts, and the well-being of humanity," said DeBoer.

Selections were based on essays students wrote in response to questions posed by the Honors Committee about their interest in the festival, how it will benefit their area of study, and how they intend to share what they learn. The students will receive tickets to the festival reception and events, complimentary overnight accommodations, and a private meeting with one of the featured presenters.

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