Speakers and Events

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) provides speakers and events at no cost to attendees in an effort to be inclusive and serve the most good. These events are made possible, in part, through the support of donors. For comments and suggestions on future speakers and events, or to join our mailing list, please fill out the CCL Communications Form below.

Featured Events

Mar
9

Lecture: Journalist Rukmini Callimachi

Time: 7:00 PM
Campus: Lisle   |   Location: Goodwin Hall Auditorium
Sponsored by: The Center for Civic Leadership

Event Description:

Rukmini Callimachi
Award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent

As a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and The Associated Press, Rukmini Callimachi has covered 20 foreign countries and exposed the inner workings of terrorist organizations. Her George Polk Award-winning series, “Underwriting Jihad,” revealed that ransoms paid by European governments had become one of the main sources of financing for al-Qaida. Another series, “The Al-Qaida Papers,” uncovered internal procedures of the extremist organization, including their expense reporting process and correspondence from the man considered the general manager of the terrorist network.

Callimachi was born in Romania, but fled with her mother and grandmother when she was 5 years old and ultimately immigrated to the United States. She began her reporting career as a freelancer for Time magazine, covering the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, before covering city hall at The Daily Herald from 2001-2003. She joined the Portland bureau of The Associated Press and moved to New Orleans in 2006 to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Callimachi is a recipient of the Michael Kelly Award and the first journalist to win both the Hal Boyle Award and the Bob Considine Award in the same year.

Event Details
Event Details

Lecture: Journalist Rukmini Callimachi

Date: March 09

Time: 7:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Goodwin Hall Auditorium

Event Sponsor: The Center for Civic Leadership

Event Sponsor: The Center for Civic Leadership

Contact: Jen Zingg    (630) 829-6460    jzingg@ben.edu

Event Description:

Rukmini Callimachi
Award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent

As a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and The Associated Press, Rukmini Callimachi has covered 20 foreign countries and exposed the inner workings of terrorist organizations. Her George Polk Award-winning series, “Underwriting Jihad,” revealed that ransoms paid by European governments had become one of the main sources of financing for al-Qaida. Another series, “The Al-Qaida Papers,” uncovered internal procedures of the extremist organization, including their expense reporting process and correspondence from the man considered the general manager of the terrorist network.

Callimachi was born in Romania, but fled with her mother and grandmother when she was 5 years old and ultimately immigrated to the United States. She began her reporting career as a freelancer for Time magazine, covering the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, before covering city hall at The Daily Herald from 2001-2003. She joined the Portland bureau of The Associated Press and moved to New Orleans in 2006 to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Callimachi is a recipient of the Michael Kelly Award and the first journalist to win both the Hal Boyle Award and the Bob Considine Award in the same year.

Apr
27

Lecture: Author and Former CIA Intelligence Officer Robert "Bob" Baer

Time: 7:00 PM
Campus: Lisle   |   Location: Goodwin Hall Auditorium
Sponsored by: The Center for Civic Leadership

Event Description:

Robert “Bob” Baer is one of the most accomplished agents in CIA history and in 1998 was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal for his efforts. He is the author of four The New York Times bestsellers, including “See No Evil,” the basis for the acclaimed film “Syriana” which earned George Clooney an Academy Award for his portrayal of Baer. Considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Middle East, Baer frequently appears on all major news outlets. A terrorism analyst for CNN and Time magazine, he has contributed to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Event Details
Event Details

Lecture: Author and Former CIA Intelligence Officer Robert "Bob" Baer

Date: April 27

Time: 7:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Goodwin Hall Auditorium

Event Sponsor: The Center for Civic Leadership

Event Sponsor: The Center for Civic Leadership

Contact: Jen Zingg    (630) 829-6460    jzingg@ben.edu

Event Description:

Robert “Bob” Baer is one of the most accomplished agents in CIA history and in 1998 was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal for his efforts. He is the author of four The New York Times bestsellers, including “See No Evil,” the basis for the acclaimed film “Syriana” which earned George Clooney an Academy Award for his portrayal of Baer. Considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Middle East, Baer frequently appears on all major news outlets. A terrorism analyst for CNN and Time magazine, he has contributed to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

The Center for Civic Leadership

For more information, contact
ccl@ben.edu or (630) 829-6460.