A Special Series of Campus Speakers

Schedule of Events

Fall 2011

Gery ChicoThe César Chávez Guestship Lecture
Gery Chico
Achieving the Dream of César Chávez: Every Student Prepared to Succeed and Supported by Effective Educators

Monday, September 12, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge

An accomplished Chicago attorney, public official and civic leader, Gery Chico has an insider’s view of public education from his years of service on governing boards. Besides his role as chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, Chico has served as board president of the City Colleges of Chicago and board president of Chicago Public Schools. Chico also has served as chief of staff to former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Michael Eric DysonThe Rudolf  G. Schade Lecture Series
Michael Eric Dyson
Dr. King for the 21st Century

Thursday, September 15, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Sponsored in part by Harris Bank

One of Ebony magazine’s “most influential” African Americans, the Reverend Michael Eric Dyson is an ordained Baptist minister, radio host, best-selling author and professor of sociology at Georgetown University. In his latest book, April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America, he takes a fresh look at Dr. King’s legacy and the nation’s ongoing quest for racial justice.

Jeffrey ToobinThe Rudolf  G. Schade Lecture Series
Jeffrey Toobin
The Supreme Court: Inside a Secret World

Thursday, September 22, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Sponsored in part by Harris Bank

A senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin has covered some of the nation’s most prominent legal cases over the past 20 years, including the civil trial of O.J. Simpson and the Kenneth Starr investigation of the Clinton White House. In 2001, he earned an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga. His most recent book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, made the New York Times best-seller list and earned multiple awards.

John MeachamThe Niebuhr Forum on Religion in Public Life
Jon Meacham
The Content of Our Character: Race, Politics, Religion and Culture,
and How Traditions Unite and Divide Us

Friday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

A noted public intellectual and former editor of Newsweek, Jon Meacham is a best-selling author whose 2009 biography of Andrew Jackson, American Lion, earned the Pulitzer Prize. Currently executive editor and vice president at Random House, Meacham has served as a panelist for On Faith, The Washington Post’s online forum on religion and politics.

Naomi WolfSpecial Appearance
Naomi Wolf
Citizen Empowerment 101

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

In 1991 Naomi Wolf galvanized feminists and gained international fame with the publication of The Beauty Myth, which became an international bestseller. A political consultant and the author of six additional books, Wolf speaks frequently on gender equality, social justice and the defense of liberty. She is a cofounder of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and of the American Freedom Campaign, a grass-roots democracy movement in the United States whose mission is the defense of the Constitution and the rule of law.

Mark KirkSpecial Appearance
Mark Kirk
The Meaning of Democracy and Civic Engagement

Sunday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

Senator Kirk has been one of Illinois’ two U.S. senators since November 2010, when he won a special election to serve out the final weeks of President Barack Obama's Senate term and then won a regular six-year term that started in January. He serves on the committees for appropriations, banking, housing and urban development, and health, education, labor and pensions. Commissioned as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve, Kirk currently holds the rank of commander, and has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and Bosnia.

Jesse WhiteSpecial Appearance
Jesse White
Democracy in Action

Tuesday, November 15, 11:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge

Jesse White is one of Illinois’ longest-serving secretaries of state, having been elected to a fourth term in 2010. The Democrat also is the first African American to be elected to that office. As secretary of state, he instituted tougher driver’s licensing requirements, which have cut in half the annual number of deaths of teenage drivers in the state. White also is known for founding the popular Jesse White Tumbling Team, an acrobatic performance troupe that involves at-risk youth in gymnastics and athletics.

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