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

Nov
3

Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., "Tattoos on the Heart: Healing Hospitality"

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Campus: Lisle   |   Location: Goodwin Hall Auditorium
Sponsored by: The Office of the President, Campus Ministry, and the Center for Civic Leadership

Event Description:

Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit which employs and trains hundreds of former gang members every year.

An acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Boyle’s presentations for leaders on hope as a powerful tool have made him a popular speaker. He has given commencement addresses at numerous universities and has spoken at conferences for teachers, social workers, criminal justice workers and many others about the importance of adults’ attention, guidance and unconditional love in preventing youth from joining gangs.

This event is free and open to the public.

Event Details
Event Details

Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., "Tattoos on the Heart: Healing Hospitality"

Date: November 03

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Goodwin Hall Auditorium

Event Sponsor: The Office of the President, Campus Ministry, and the Center for Civic Leadership

Event Sponsor: The Office of the President, Campus Ministry, and the Center for Civic Leadership

Contact: Jean-Marie Kauth    jkauth@ben.edu

Event Description:

Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit which employs and trains hundreds of former gang members every year.

An acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Boyle’s presentations for leaders on hope as a powerful tool have made him a popular speaker. He has given commencement addresses at numerous universities and has spoken at conferences for teachers, social workers, criminal justice workers and many others about the importance of adults’ attention, guidance and unconditional love in preventing youth from joining gangs.

This event is free and open to the public.

Nov
14

Charlie Sykes, "Identities and Belonging in the Trump Era: One Conservative's View"

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

Event Description:

Charlie Sykes is a prominent news contributor, author and public speaker, having extensive speaking experience in issues of higher education, politics and our “alternative reality” media. He is currently an MSNBC/NBC News contributor, where he appears about six times a week. He was previously one of Wisconsin’s top-rated conservative talk show hosts for 23 years and is best known for his confrontation with Donald Trump in March 2016. He was also the co-host of the National Public Radio show “Indivisible,” which originated from WNYC public radio.

He is the author of eight books including, “A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character,” “A Nation of Moochers: America’s Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing,” and “Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education.” Sykes’ newest book is “How the Right Lost Its Mind.”

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Event Details
Event Details

Charlie Sykes, "Identities and Belonging in the Trump Era: One Conservative's View"

Date: November 14

Time: 7:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Goodwin Hall auditorium

Event Sponsor: Center for Civic Leadership

Event Sponsor: Center for Civic Leadership

Contact: Dr. Phil Hardy    phardy@ben.edu

Event Description:

Charlie Sykes is a prominent news contributor, author and public speaker, having extensive speaking experience in issues of higher education, politics and our “alternative reality” media. He is currently an MSNBC/NBC News contributor, where he appears about six times a week. He was previously one of Wisconsin’s top-rated conservative talk show hosts for 23 years and is best known for his confrontation with Donald Trump in March 2016. He was also the co-host of the National Public Radio show “Indivisible,” which originated from WNYC public radio.

He is the author of eight books including, “A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character,” “A Nation of Moochers: America’s Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing,” and “Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education.” Sykes’ newest book is “How the Right Lost Its Mind.”

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Center for Civic Leadership

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