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April 21, 1999

Former U.S. Senator Paul Simon of Illinois to Speak on Poverty at Middlebury College on April 30

Former United States Senator Paul Simon of Illinois will speak on the topic of poverty when he delivers the 11th annual David K. Smith Lecture at Middlebury College at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, April 30, in the Dana Auditorium of the Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125). The lecture is free and open to the public.

Paul Simon is a professor at Southern Illinois University (SIU), where he teaches classes in political science and journalism. He joined SIU's faculty in 1997, just weeks after retiring from the U.S. Senate. Simon makes his home in tiny Makanda, Ill. (population 402), and teaches at the nearby SIU Carbondale campus.

Simon also is founder and director of the Public Policy Institute at SIU. The institute opened its doors in 1997 and, according to Simon, promises to find new ways of solving some very old problems.

Prior to leaving the U.S. Senate, Simon ranked as Illinois' senior senator. In the 104th Congress, he served on the budget, labor and human resources, judiciary, and Indian affairs committees. He has also served on the foreign relations committee.

The author of 17 books, Simon was a newspaper publisher prior to devoting himself to public service and writing.

The annual David K. Smith lecture-which maintains a focus on applied economics-was established in honor of Middlebury College Professor Emeritus of Economics D. K. Smith, a member of the economics department from 1950-1988, and department chair for 15 of those years. Smith's students established the lecture series in honor of his work as a teacher and mentor.

For more information about the lecture, please contact Melissa Dasakis-Lane of the Middlebury College economics department at 802-443-5327.