In fall of 1976, Illinois Wesleyan University received two grants to improve programs and departments within the Liberal Arts College. But one of the biggest improvements came with the hiring of Professor Barbara Bowman, who established film studies on this campus and introduced new courses on Victorian literature and the humanities. Later she would develop courses in women’s studies before IWU had a women’s studies program, and would introduce numerous courses on British literature—her main area of specialization. Needless to say, the courses she’s offered over the past 34 years have had a profound effect on the many students she’s taught.
Barb is retiring at the end of this semester, and students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other members of the Wesleyan family can thank Barb for her years of service and wish her well at an open house reception on Thursday, April 8. The reception will be held in the Cartwright Room of Memorial Center from 4-6 p.m. Stop by for conversation and refreshments. And no, English majors, Barb’s famous cheesecake will not be served. This event is being catered!