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.