Center for Civic Leadership

Events and Speakers

Austan Goolsbee

Austan Goolsbee

"Economic and Political Realities: 2015 and Beyond"

Wednesday, November 12  ♦  7:00 p.m.
Krasa Center, Second Floor
Free and open to the public.
Seating is limited.


Austan Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He previously served in Washington as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and was the youngest member of President Barack Obama's cabinet. He has been recognized as a Fulbright Scholar and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow through his research. In prior years, he was named one of the "100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum and one of the six "Gurus of the Future" by The Financial Times. Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's The Daily Show has described him as "Eliot Ness meets Milton Friedman," and in 2009 he was voted "D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity."

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Past Speakers

Every year, the Center for Civic Leadership organizes a wide variety of events for the Benedictine community, bringing speakers of local, national, and even international renown to campus. The following photos show just a few of the many intellectually provocative speakers who have visited Benedictine University through the Center's sponsorship.

  • Barack Obama (then-U.S. Senator from Illinois)
    Barack Obama
  • Peter Bergen (CNN national security analyst)
    Peter Bergen
  • Anne Burke (Illinois Supreme Court Justice)
    Anne Burke
  • Marian Wright Edelman (Pres., Children's Defense Fund)
    Marian Wright Edelman
  • Paul Rusesebagina (Rwandan human rights activist)
    Paul Rusesebagina
  • Bob Woodward (journalist, The Washington Post)
    Bob Woodward

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