Press Release


CHICAGO The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) Board of Directors will hold its winter meeting at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N Clark Street, Chicago) on Thursday, January 29, 2009. The Board will convene at 12:00 p.m. The agenda will include a board conversation on the role of the humanities in economic recovery and IHC responses to the economic downturn.  In addition, IHC board and staff will have the opportunity to tour the museum exhibits.

Currently, 36 members comprise the Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors.  They are:

Alton B. Harris (Chicago), Chair; Danielle S. Allen (Princeton); Marti Belluschi (Chicago); Matti Bunzl (Champaign); Frank Cizon (Chicago); Michael C. Dorf (Chicago); Deborah Epstein (Chicago); John L. Fascia (Clarendon Hills); Stuart Flack (Chicago); The Honorable Joan B. Gottschall (Chicago); Clark Hulse (Chicago); J. Paul Hunter (Chicago); Cheryl Johnson-Odim (Evanston); Falona Joy (Chicago); Gary Koch (Springfield); Greg Koos (Bloomington); Robert F. Lipman (Evanston); Grayson Mitchell (Chicago); Constance L. Mortell (Denver, CO); Anita Nagler (Chicago); James M. Newcomb (Wilmette); Gayl S. Pyatt (Pinckneyville); Gordon Quinn (Chicago); Mike Ross (Urbana); Patricia Jean Simon (Makanda); Gerald D. Skoning (Chicago); Arthur M. Sussman (Chicago); Rolf A. Thienemann (Rockford); David E. Thigpen (Chicago); Nancy Tom (Chicago); Maria Torres (Chicago); Kristina A. Valaitis (Chicago); The Honorable George Van Dusen (Skokie); Willard E. White (Oak Park); John A. Wing, (Evanston); and Miriam Zayed (Orland Park).

The IHC accepts public nominations for new Board members throughout the year. For more information about the IHC, call (312) 422-5580 or visit

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is a nonprofit educational organization (501 {c} 3) dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities.  Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.


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