The Humanities Professional Resource Center is located in 105 Greg Hall.

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Schedule appointments here or by emailing humanitiesprc@illinois.edu.

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Meet the Staff

Kirstin Wilcox, Director

Kirstin Wilcox is the director of the Humanities Professional Resource Center. She has been helping students in humanities majors get jobs since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Chicago, and her MA and Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. She has taught courses in eighteenth-century literature, American literature, fiction, and poetry since coming to the University of Illinois in 2004. In her free time, Kirstin enjoys baking, gardening, and reading.


Julie Higgs, Career Advisor

Julie Higgs grew up in the rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin in a small college town. Her undergraduate degree is from Iowa State in microbiology and chemistry. Her graduate work in Minnesota in both biology and education was supposed to result in a teaching career.  Instead, she spent time working in biology labs which oddly led to various positions in campus administration.  She has a passion to help students with their academic careers. She finds purpose in supporting students as they navigate through their time at Illinois and move into their futures. Along the way, she dabbled in professional costuming, crop scouting, biological research, and retail management.  When not around campus, you can find Julie in her yard growing flowers; watching BBC mysteries; telling bad puns; reading historical focused books; or creating things with fibers or beads.


Standing outside the entry to the HPRC offices is Elijah Lovejoy‘s bronze bust.  He looks upon us and reminds us to follow our truth and act on the ideas we are moved by.  The Mythic Mississippi Project, a collaboration between the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Dr. Helaine Silverman) and the University of Illinois, Springfield (Dr. Devin Hunter) produced a short documentary film on the life and legacy of Elijah P. Lovejoy. The film features Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library Manager Lacy McDonald and showcases many books and artifacts related to Lovejoy in the Hayner collection.

Lovejoy became the first martyr to the Freedom of the Press and is considered by some to be the “first casualty of the Civil War. 

More information:

Elijah Lovejoy’s Life And Tumultuous Times Get Their Due In ‘First To Fall’ | STLPR (stlpublicradio.org)

Today in History – November 7 | Library of Congress (loc.gov)