of Illinois at Chicago will host a symposium celebrating the distinguished
career of Sterling Plumpp, professor of English and African-American
recent $1 million winner in the Illinois Lottery, has taught at
UIC since 1971. He will retire with emeritus status later this month
and travel to South Africa and Mississippi to gather research material
for current and future writing projects before resuming teaching
he looks forward to having more time to devote to writing and supporting
and nurturing the talents of young African-American writers.
professor and head of the African-American studies department, says
"Sterling has given so much to UIC, to the department of African-American
studies and to African-American letters. This symposium is a show
of our appreciation for all his years of hard work and dedication."