Center for Civic Leadership Spring 2016 Keynote Address
Event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
The keynote address will be followed by a Q&A session.
Dr. James Hansen is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute where he directs the Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program and is a former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He is widely known for his work and testimony to Congress on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise awareness of global warming. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Hansen has received numerous awards including the Sophie and Blue Planet prizes and is recognized for outlining actions needed to protect the future of young people and all species on the planet.
Tom Skilling is a nationally recognized meteorologist who has been called "a
weatherman's weatherman" and has more than 30 years of experience at
WGN-TV in Chicago. He is known for his in-depth reports, enthusiasm and
use of state-of-the-art technology, and has written about the need for
meteorologists to acknowledge and educate the public about the threat of
Dr. Hansen's keynote address will conclude the Center
for Civic Leadership's 2016 Youth Government Day, which will focus on
the criminal justice system and feature a number of presenters and
panelists. An annual event, Youth Government Day gives as many as 500 high
school students the opportunity to spend the day at Benedictine University, hearing
from and interacting with experts in group break-out activities,
simulations, and question-and-answer sessions.
For additional information contact Ms. Jen Zingg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-829-6460.
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.