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Son of Southern Illinois: Glenn Poshard's Life in Politics and Education

Author Presentation and Discussion


August 3, 2023
4:00pm - 5:30pm


Local History Room




Carl Walworth presents on his book Son of Southern Illinois: Glenn Poshard’s Life in Politics and Education, with special guest Glenn Poshard, himself. This profound portrait unveils a life and career dedicated to making higher education affordable and improving the quality of life for the community of Southern Illinois.

Son of Southern Illinois: Glenn Poshard’s Life in Politics and Education covers numerous issues in Poshard’s life that are relevant in 2023. A partial list includes money in politics, faith in politics, mental health, rural/urban relationships, public service, higher education affordability, bipartisanship, the 1998 gubernatorial race, and regional leadership.

Poshard served more than four and a half years as a state senator and 10 years in Congress. He was the Democratic nominee for Illinois governor in 1998. He returned to his alma mater as vice chancellor for administration at SIU-Carbondale. In 2004 he was appointed to the SIU Board of Trustees and then was appointed president of the SIU system in 2005, serving until 2014.