Past Speakers

Main Content

2018

Tom Desch - Pizza and Politics - SIU Alumnus and founder of House Painter Media - 11.05.18
Jim Nowlan
- former Illinois State Representative and author - 10.24.18
Samuel Wheeler
- Illinois State Historian -  10.03.18
Ira Shapiro
- Morton-Kenney Public Affairs Lecture Series - former U.S. ambassador - 09.24.18
IL State Rep. Will Davis -
Pizza and Politics - 09.17.18
Pam Smoot
- Pizza and Politics - 09.10.18
Cindi Canary and Forefront
– U.S. Census 2020 Briefing – 05.04.18
Carl Hulse
– Chief Washington D.C. correspondent for The New York Times – 04.23.18
Dr. Marie Griffith – John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Washington University – Morton-Kenney Public Affairs Lecture Series – 04.16.18

2017

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza – 11.14.17
IL State Rep. Dave Severin
– 11.02.17
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
– Paul Simon Institute's 20th Anniversary &  Lasting Legacy – 10.10.17
Katherine Cramer, Ph.D.
– Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service – Morton-Kenney Public Affairs Lecture Series – 09.16.17
Jim Edgar
– Former Illinois Governor – "Reflecting on 20 Years of PSPPI" – 05.04.17
Paul Schimpf and Dale Fowler – Illinois State Senators – 04.20.17
Illinois School Funding Fairness Conference (K-12) – 03.10.17
Tequia Hicks-Delgado – Senior Adviser for Congressional Engagement & Legislative Relations in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs  – 03.03.17
IL State Rep. Will Guzzardi – 01.26.17

2016

Ban Ki-moon – UN Secretary General – 12.21.16 – Youtube Video
Steven Ellis
– Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management – The Gil and Jean Kroening Lecture – 10.20.16
City of Chicago Event
– Illinois Attitudes: Latest Simon Poll Data – 10.06.16
Tim Tagaris and Zach Schneider
– Two Salukis for Bernie Sanders – " A View of Digital Campaign Fundraising" – 09.27.16
Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
– "Following the Campaign Cash: Looking Online at ICPR's Sunshine Database" – 09.19.16
Carol Marin
– "Confessions of a Diehard Political Reporter in an Apocalyptic Year" – The Morton-Kenney Public Affairs Lecture Series - 09.12.16
SIU Debate Team Showcase – "Who would be the best President for Southern Illinoisans?" – 04.12.16
Christopher A. Smith – U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Fossil Energy – SIU Energy Day – 04.06.16
Tom Vilsack – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture – The Morton Kenney Public Affairs Lecture Series – 03.23.16
Dr. Keona Ervin
– "Black Woman Organizing for Worker Justice" – The State of the American Worker Lecture Series – 03.22.16
Roy Norton – Canadian Consul General – 03.03.16
Jeff Mays
– Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security – The State of the American Worker Lecture Series – 02.25.16

2015

Professor Richard Falk – The Morton Kenney Public Affairs Lecture Series – 11.18.15
State Rep. James Durkin
– Illinois House Minority Leader – 11.05.15
Illinois State Senator David Luechtefeld
– Ralph A Dunn Public Service Award – 11.02.15
Jorge Ramirez –
President of the Chicago Federation of Labor – 10.20.15
Cindi Canary
– The Independent Map and Redistricting – 09.28.15
Wes Moore
– Cosponsored Event – SIU Distinguished Speakers – 09.23.15
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti 
– 09.17.15
Loretta Swit (Star of M*A*S*H) & Jan Thompson
– "Never the Same: The Prisoner of War Experience" – 09.14.15
Mike Brown
– Founder of the Brainzooming Group – "Envisioning the Gigabit City" – 07.21.15
Dr. Michio Kaku
– "The Future of the Mind" – Cosponsored Event – 04.22.15
David Axelrod
– "BELIEVER: My Forty Years in Politics" – The Morton Kenney Public Affairs Lecture Series – 04.13.15
Randall Balmer
– The John and Muriel Hayward Lecture – 04.09.15
Congressman James Clyburn
– Assistant Democratic Leader – "Reflecting on the 50th  Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act" – 03.30.15
Felicia Norwood
– Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services – Jeanne Hurley Simon Lecture – 03.26.15
Wendy Davis
– Former Texas State Senator, Cosponsored Event – 03.23.15
Rep. Terri Bryant
– Illinois 115 District – 03.16.15
Gloria Campos
– "Path to Politics, Illinois and the GOP: A Republican Latina Perspective" – 02.26.15
Gary Shafer
– "Chicago in less than 2 hours: An Idea for Direct Commercial Flights from Southern Illinois" – 02.24.15
Dr. Katherine Scott
– Assistant Historian United States Senate – 02.17.15


2014

John Becker – USAID and SIU Alumnus, United State Food Policy – 11.18.14
Cody Sokolski
– Champaign Illinois' One Main Development – "Building a Creative Economy" – 10.21.14
Dan Long
– Executive Director for the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability – 10.16.14
Doug Whitley
– Former president and CEO of Illinois Chamber of Commerce and spokesperson for Transportation for Illinois Coalition – State of the American Worker Series – 10.03.14
Dr. Ann Markusen
– Building a Creative Economy Series – Director of the Arts Economy Initiative – 10.01.14
Sarita Gupta
– "The State of the American Worker" – Executive Director of Jobs with Justice – 09.25.14
Patti Simon & John Oldfield
– "Tapped Out to The Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act." – 09.17.14
SIU Debate Team – "The Paul Simon Debate: A Showcase of SIU's National Champion Debaters – 04.21.14
Dr. David Bositis – Vice President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies – "Raging Against the Dying Light" – 04.14.14
Fr. Gov. Jim Edgar – Institute of Government and Public Affairs – "Term Limits Symposium" – 04.07.14
Dr. Karl Kurtz – National Conference of State Legislators – "Term Limits Symposium" – 04.07.14
Dr. Chris Mooney – Institute of Government and Public Affairs – "Term Limits Symposium" – 04.07.14
Tony Mayville – 115th State Representative Candidate – 03.04.14
Bill Kilquist – 115th State Representative Candidate – 02.27.14
Professor Jini Roby – Brigham Young University – "Issues in Child Welfare – "Here and Around the Globe" – 02.26.14
Terri Bryant – 115th State Representative Candidate – 02.25.14
Robert "Bob" White – 115th State Representative Candidate – 02.20.14
Sylvia Puente – Executive Director of Latino Policy Forum – "Latino Policy in Illinois" – 01.27.14

2013

Gary Grindler – SIU Law School Lecture Series – 10.24.13
Jerry Costello – "If I Were President" & Pizza and Politics – 10.23.13
Dr. Christopher Koch – ISBE Director, Pizza and Politics – 10.22.13
Julia Rendleman – SIU Alum – 10.03.13
Former U.S. Senator Jerry Costello – "Our Nation's Infrastructure: Nearing Crisis?" – 09.25.13
Alan Dixon – A Gentleman from Illinois Book Signing – 09.24.13
Janice Jacobs – Careers in Foreign Service and State Department – 09.23.13
David Shribman – Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 09.10.13
Toni Preckwinkle – Cook County Board President – 04.24.13
Steve Casteel – Former Director of Intelligence for the DEA – 04.18.013
Ben Campbell – SIU Debate Team Public Speaking Workshop for Students – 04.02.13
Cheri Bustos – U.S Representative, 17th District (D-IL) – 03.29.13
Allen LaPointe – Vice President of Environmental Quality, John G. Shedd Aquarium – "The Future of Water: Should We Be Worried?" – 03.28.13
Jerry Costello – Former U.S. Congressman, (D-IL) – 03.19.13
Dr. Dianne Bystrom – Director, Carrie Chapman Catt Center – 02.25.13
Bill Stanhouse – Manager, Southern Region Office of Regional Economic Development – 02.19.13
John Tillman – CEO, Illinois Policy Institute – 02.05.13
Steve Schnorf – Senior Budget and Policy Adviser to Governors Edgar and Ryan – "Illinois' Finances: Budget and Pension Options" – 01.29.13

2012

Toi Hutchinson – Illinois State Senator (D-Olympia Fields) – 11.08.12
Ralph Martire – Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability – "ILLINOIS’ MONEY WOES: WHERE ARE WE HEADED?" – 11.05.12
Jim Thompson – (R-IL), Former Illinois Governor – "Perspectives on Illinois Government: Past, Present and Future" – 10.25.12
Carl Bruch – Senior Attorney, Co-Director Of International Programs – 10.18.12
Glen Browder – (D-AL), Former U.S. Representative – Race, Politics and the 2012 Elections – 09.06.12
Dr. Artemesia Stanberry – Assistant Professor of Political Science at North Carolina Central University – 09.06.12
Nancy Bocskor – "Go Fish: How to Catch and Keep Contributors" – 04.19.12
Jonathan Shay – "Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming" – 04.18.12
Bobbi Steele – First Female to Chair Cook County Board – 04.13.12
Tom Johnson – "Illinois' Money Problems: Is there an End in Sight?" – 04.04.12
Sheila Simon – "Civil Unions: What You Get and What You Don't" – 04.03.12
Charlie Cook – "Forecasting the 2012 Elections" – 03.26.12
Rupert Borgsmiller – "Assuring Fair Elections in Illinois" – 03.06.12
Carolyn Smoot – "Perspectives of the First Female Circuit Judge in Williamson County" – 02.21.12
Ryan Burge – "Religion's Role in the 2012 Election" – 02.16.12
Nancy Sherman – "The Moral Cost of War: Shame, Guilt, and Self-Empathy" – 02.15.12
Gloria Campos – "Winning the Women's Vote" – 02.08.12

2011

David Yepsen – Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute – 12.01.11
Dan Long – Director of the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability – 10.13.11
Stephen Katsinas – Director of the Education Policy Center – "Delyte W. Morris: An Educational Visionary" – 10.04.11
Dana Jay – Reporter for WSYX/WTTE – 10.03.11
Terri Bryant – Illinois Republican Coalition Leader – 09.29.11
Stephen Katsinas – Director of the Education Policy Center, Higher Education Access and Funding in Illinois – 09.21.11
Sheila Simon – Illinois Lieutenant Governor – 09.19.11
John P. Andrews – Director of Counterintelligence for U.S. Department of Home – 09.19.11
Christine Todd Whitman – Former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – 09.13.11
Bill Holland – Illinois Auditor General – 04.19.11
Justin Nichols – Mayor of Manitowoc, Wisconsin – 04.09.11
Jehan Gordon – Illinois State Representative (D-Peoria) – 04.09.11  
Terrance Gainer – U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms – 03-28-11
Patricia Bellock – Illinois State Representative – 03-07-11
William Atwood – Executive Director of the Illinois State Board of Investment– 02-22-11
Dr. Rita Cheng – SIUC Chancellor – 02.08.11
Ra Joy – Executive Director at Arts Alliance Illinois – 02.07.11
Eugene Trani – President Emeritus of Virginia Commonwealth University, "Town-Gown Relations" – 02-01-11

2010

Tom Logan – Founder of Marion Medical Mission – 11.30.10                    
Rick Pearson – Chicago Tribune political reporter – 11.17.11
Leonard Gross – SIUC law professor – 11.15.10
Kayne Robinson – Former president of the National Rifle Association – 11.15.10
Chris Boyster – Representative from the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence – 11.15.10
Jeffery Sedgwick – Former Assistant Attorney General under President Bush and Professor Emeritus at University of Massachusetts at Amherst – 11.08.10
David Luechtefeld – Illinois State Senator – 11.09.10
John Bradley – Illinois State Representative – 11.09.10
Dr. Tobin Grant – Associate Professor in the SIUC Dept. of Political Science – 10.28.10
Tom Swoick – Executive Director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association – 10.26.10
Thomas Grey – Senior Advisor to Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation – 10.26.10
Janice Jacobs – Ambassador, Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Consular Affairs – 10.25.10
Dr. Sara Imhof – Concord Coalition – 10.18.10
Dr. Scott Gilbert – SIUC Economics Professor – 10.18.10
Iris Martinez – First Latina Illinois State Senator – 10.06.10
Phil Gilbert – Federal Judge  – 09.28.10 
Lilly Ledbetter – Fair Pay pioneer and inspiration for Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, signed into law by President Obama – 09.16.10
John Shimkus – U.S. Congressman (R) – 09.16.10
Ethan Watters – Author, Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche – 04.29.10
Tim Feldheim – 04.23.10
Michael Dannenberg – U.S. Department of Education – 04.22.10
Mike Boland (D-Moline) – Chair of House Higher Education Committee, State Representative – 04.22.10
Don Sevener – Deputy Director of External Eelations, Illinois Board of Higher Education
Anne Neal – President, American Council of Trustees and Alumni – 04.22.10
Sandy Baum – Professor of Economics, Skidmore College and Senior Policy Analyst, The College Board – 04.22.10
Phil Keene – 04.16.10             
Dick Durbin – 04.07.10
Dr. Barbara Brown – 03.21.10 
Kenneth J. Gray – Former U.S Representative – 02.16.10
Fulton Armstrong – Foreign Relations Committee's Western Hemisphere specialist and former adviser to President Clinton – 02.22.10
Glenn Poshard – SIU President – 01.12.10

2009

Rep. Mary Flowers – 11.30.09
Christine Radogno – State Senate Minority Leader – 11.08.09
Richard A. Baker – U.S. Senate Historian – 10.23.09
Tom Johnson – 10.20.09            
Thomas Patterson – American political and media scholar – 10.14.09
Robert E. Hartley – Author, former newspaper editor and Illinois political historian – 10.05.09
Dejuan Kea – 09.16.09             
John Cullerton – Illinois Senate President – 04.14.09
Howard Buffett – United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger, philanthropist, environmentalist and humanitarian – 04.09.09
Scott Simon – Peabody and Emmy award-winning broadcaster, commentator and host of National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” – 04.07.09
Michael Mandlebaum – Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and chair of the Department of American Foreign Policy. – 03.23.09
Cornel West – Author, Professor of Religion at Princeton University and Director of the Afro-American Studies program – 02.20.09
Joseph A. Saloom III – Former Ambassador and Director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office for two years – 01.29.09

2008

Doyle McManus – Washington bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times – 11.17.08
Lisa Madigan – Illinois Attorney General – 10.21.08
Ted Sorensen – Special Counsel and Adviser, and Speechwriter, to President John F. Kennedy – 10.08.08
Harry Miller – Former Associate Vice President, Southern Illinois University Carbondale – 09.29.08
Rachel Jones – Internationally respected Journalist and Media Consultant – 05.08.08
Ray LaHood – U.S. Congressman (R-Peoria) – 04.28.08
Dan Hynes – Illinois State Comptroller – 04.23.08
David E. Sanger – Chief Washington correspondent, New York Times – 04.16.08
Desiree Rodgers – First African American and first female to hold the title of president within the Chicago-based Peoples Energy Corp. – 04.15.08
Alexi Giannoulias – Illinois State Treasurer – 04.06.08
Patrick J. Fitzgerald – U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois – 03.27.08
Dr. Tieraona Low Dog – Director of the Arizona Center of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona – 03.19.08
Wole Soyinka – 1986 Nobel Prize Laureate for literature – 02.28.08
Ray Suarez – Senior correspondent, "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" – 02.26.08

2007

Morris Dees – Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center – 11.06.07
Anne M. Burke – Illinois Supreme Court Justice – 10.17.07
Catherine Bertini – Former executive director of the United Nation's World Food Program – 10.15.07
Jack Danforth – Former U.S. Senator (R-MO) and U.S. Ambassador to United Nations – 10.10.07
Joan E. Higginbotham – NASA astronaut – 10.04.07
Mike Glenn – Former NBA Star and SIU Alumnus – 09.22.07
Christopher Gardner – CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings – 08.23.07
Alan J. Dixon – Former U.S. Senator (D-IL) – 05.15.07
Bob Hartley – Author and historian – 05.15.07
Maya Angelou – Poet, author, civil rights leader – 05.02.07
Ellen Soeteber – Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor – 04.24.07
Bob Hillman – Former Dallas Morning News White House correspondent – 04.24.07 
Al Balk – Author and former editor of the Columbia Journalism Review – 04.24.07
Rick Kittles – Renowned geneticist and cancer researcher – 04.12.07
Barbara Flynn Currie – Illinois State Representative and House Majority Leader – 04.02.07
Aaron Schock – Illinois State Representative (R-Peoria) – 03.24.07
Lisa Madigan – Illinois Attorney General – 03.24.07
Art Turner – Illinois State Representative and House Deputy Majority Leader – 02.19.07
Christine Todd Whitman – Former EPA Administrator and New Jersey governor – 02.06.07
Ben Nelson – U.S. Senator (D-NE) and former Nebraska governor – 02.06.07
Jim Edgar – Former Illinois governor – 02.06.07

2006

Henry Bayer – Executive Director, Illinois AFSCME Council 31 – 11.15.06
Gillian M. Sorensen – UN Foundation Senior Adviser – 10.24.06
Andrew H. Card, Jr. – Veteran of three White House Administrations – 10.10.06
Philip Taubman – Washington D.C., bureau chief of the New York Times – 09.25.06
Paula Wolff – Recipient of the Ralph A. Dunn Public Service Award – 09.18.06
Martin Luther King III – Civil Rights Leader – 08.26-27.06
Tom Cross – Illinois House Republican Leader
Tom Daschle – Former U.S. Senator (D-SD)
Rodney Paige – Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Clarence Page – Nationally syndicated columnist
Ray LaHood – U.S. Representative (R-IL)
Deanna Demuzio – Illinois State Senator
Jackie Spinner – Washington Post reporter
Earl Caldwell – Journalist
Ralph Martire – Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

2005

Judy Shepard – Mother of Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in a 1998 hate crime
Janice Jacobs – Head of Visa Services in the United States
Walter Rodgers – Former Senior International Correspondent for CNN and SIU Alumnus
Mary Ann McMorrow – First female Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court
John C. Green – Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics University of Akron
Jim Thebaut – Director of Running Dry, a documentary based on a book by Paul Simon
Don Cochran – Former assistant federal prosecutor
Jerry Mitchell – Investigative reporter with the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss.
Thomas Friedman – New York Times foreign affairs columnist and author
William Recktenwald – Tsunami survivor and SIUC professor
Art Simon – Founder and president emeritus of Bread for the World

2004

Stephen Lewis – UN Special Envoy to Africa on HIV/AIDS
Dan Balz – National political correspondent of The Washington Post
Mike Huckabee – Governor of Arkansas
Stanley Nelson – Emmy and Peabody Award winning filmmaker
Dawn Clark Netsch – First woman elected to statewide office in Illinois
Jody Williams – Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for an anti-landmine campaign
Michael J. Madigan – Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives
John Block – Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Dr. William Close – Internationally acclaimed physician and author
Dr. Joe Nye – Dean of Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
David Yepsen – Des Moines Register Political Columnist

2003

Judy Baar Topinka – Illinois State Treasurer – 10.23.03
Anthony Zinni – Retired U.S. General – 10.21.03
Richard Goldstone – Justice of the South Africa Constitutional Court – 10.13.03
Walter Cronkite – Legendary newsman – 10.09.03
Carol Channing – Tony-Award winning entertainer – 10.02.03
Julie Nixon Eisenhower – Chair of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships – 09.29.03
Howard Baker – U.S. Ambassador to Japan, former U.S. Senator (R-TN) – 08.29.03
Nancy Kassebaum Baker – Former U.S. Senator (R-KS) – 08.29.03
Bruce Laingen – Former U.S. Ambassador and Iranian hostage – 04.28.03
Autherine Lucy Foster – Civil rights pioneer – 04.16.03
George McGovern – Former U.S. Senator and 1972 Presidential Candidate – 04.14.03
Ed Asner – Actor and social activist – 04.01.03
William Perry – Former U.S. Secretary of Defense – 03.31.03
Oliver "Buzz" Thomas – Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center – 03.03.03
Charles Haynes – Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center – 03.03.03

2002

Martin Marty – Renowned University of Chicago theologian, 12.02.02
Clayton Yeutter – Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 10.28.02
Richard Carmona – U.S. Surgeon General, 10.27.02
Ramsey Clark – Former U.S. Attorney General, 09.22.02
David Dinkins – Former mayor of New York
Mike Farrell – Actor and human rights activist, 04.28.02
David Satcher – Former U.S. Surgeon General, 04.07.02
William Hungate – Former U.S. Congressman and retired Federal Judge, 03.17.02
Joe Tydings – Former U.S. Senator (D-MD), (San Diego program), 03.17.02
Jim Sasser – Former U.S. Senator (D-TN), (San Diego program), 03.17.02
David Durenberger – Former U.S. Senator (R-MN), 03.17.02
Henry Bellmon – Former U.S. Senator (R-OK) and Okla. Governor, 03.17.02
Hank Brown – Former U.S. Senator (R-CO), (San Diego program), 03.17.02
Richard Brecht – Director of the National Foreign Language Center, 03.03.02

2001

John Anderson – Former U.S. Congressman and 1980 Presidential Candidate, 11.15.01
Coretta Scott King – Human rights leader, 11.08.01
Brian Mulroney – Former Canadian Prime Minister, 11.01.01
Harry Mark Petrakis – Greek author, 10.22.01
Karen Hasara – Former Illinois State Senator, 09.29.01
Kirk Dillard – Illinois State Senator, 09.29.01
Debbie Halvorson – Illinois State Senator, 09.29.01
Clarence Harmon – Former St. Louis Mayor, 09.29.01
Corinne Wood – Illinois Lt. Governor, 09.29.01
Pete Seeger vSinger, songwriter and activist, 09.06.01
Romeo Dallaire – Retired Canadian Lt. General, 04.30.01
James A. Baker III – Former U.S. Secretary of State, 04.24.00
Richard Riley – Former U.S. Secretary of Education, 04.22.01
David Broder – Washington Post columnist and reporter, 03.29.01
Dick Gregory – Entertainer and activist, 01.23.01

2000

Eugene Lang – Founder "I Have a Dream" Foundation, 12.10.00
Judy Baar Topinka – Illinois State Treasurer, 11.15.00
Don McHenry – Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 11.02.00
Dick Durbin – U.S. Senator (D-IL), 10.21.00
Barack Obama – Illinois State Senator, 10.21.00
Lisa Madigan – Illinois State Senator, 10.21.00
Juan Andrade Jr. – Hispanic leader, 09.15.0
Gwendolyn Brooks – Illinois Poet Laureate, 09.14.00
Thomas Patterson – Professor of Government at Harvard University, Fall 2000
William Gray – President & CEO of The College Fund, 05.01.00
Heather Booth – Founder of Citizen Action, 04.25.00
Ron and Joan Engel – Social advocates, 02.25.00
Bernard Rapoport – Chairman Emeritus, American Income Life Insurance Co., 02.07.00

1999

David Rawson – Former U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, 11.17.99
Studs Terkel – Renowned author and historian, 11.11.99
Carol Moseley Braun – Former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to New Zealand, 11.04.99
C. Everett Koop – Former U.S. Surgeon General, 10.20.99
Glenn Poshard – Former U.S. Congressman (D-IL), 10.09.99
William Warfield – Grammy award winning singer, 09.27.99
Wayne Owens – Former U.S. Congressman (D-NV), 09.19.99
Fred Korematsu – Japanese-American civil rights leader, 09.01.99
Michael Dukakis – Former Massachusetts Governor and 1988 Presidential Candidate, 04.09.99
Tom Sawyer – U.S. Congressman (D-OH), 03.26.99
Jesse White – Illinois Secretary of State, 03.26.99
Barbara Bush – Former First Lady of the United States, 03.26.99
Jack Kubik – Former Illinois State Representative, 03.25.99

1998

Dick Lugar – U.S. Senator (R-IN), 12.07.98
Sherrod Brown – U.S. Congressman (D-OH), 12.07.98
Eugene Carroll Jr. – Retired Navy Admiral, 12.06.98
Bette Bao Lord – Renowned author on China, 12.06.98
Winston Lord – Former U.S. Ambassador to China, 12.06.98
Barbara Gottschalk – Executive vice president, Seeds for Peace, 09.23.98
Lee Hamilton – U.S. Congressman (D-IN), 10.22.98
Jim Edgar – Illinois Governor, 10.08.98
Dan Rostenkowski – Former U.S. Congressman (D-IL), 09.22.98
Joe Hartzler – Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Oklahoma City Bombing case, 09.22.98
Webster Hubbell – Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General, 09.22.98
Ken Hechler – Former U.S. Congressman (D-WV) and WV Secretary of State, 09.09.98
Dick DeSchutter – Vice chairman, Monsanto, 04.22.98
Robert Nye – U.S. Congressman (R-OH), 04.15.98
Pat Robertson – Christian leader, 03.25.98
Chief Shoneken – Lagos, Nigeria

1997

Hubert Humphrey III – Minnesota Attorney General, 10.20.97
Jim Ryan – Illinois Attorney General, 10.20.97
David Kessler – Former director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 10.06.97
Alan Simpson – Former U.S. Senator (R-WY), 05.22.97
David Pryor – Former U.S. Senator (D-AR)
Jack Danforth – Former U.S. Senator (R-MO)