Author/former journalist to discuss how to ‘Unlock Congress’ at Benedictine

August 31, 2015

Lisle, Illinois ~ The sources of congressional dysfunction and possible solutions for reform will be the topic of a lecture by former broadcast journalist, political campaign manager and strategist Michael Golden from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, in the Presentation Room of the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating will be limited.

In his new book, “Unlock Congress: Reform the Rules – Restore the System,” Golden lays out his interpretation of the problem in Washington, pointing out four major defects – the flood of money into politics, flawed election rules, two-year terms in the House and the use of the filibuster – which lead to poor productivity, a lack of negotiation and compromise and the distortion of fair representation.

“Having read his important book over the summer, I know his talk will be of great value to our students, faculty, staff and the community at large,” said Phil Hardy, assistant professor of Political Science and director of the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) at Benedictine. “Golden outlines several substantive ‘cures’ for what ills our national legislature, and we are pleased to welcome him to Benedictine University.”

Golden, a Chicago native, worked for NBC and CBS affiliates in Illinois, Iowa and California, and won accolades from the The Associated Press, the Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Society of Professional Journalists for his investigative and public affairs reporting on politics, education, health care and criminal justice.

He went on to become a campaign manager and communications strategist on political races for the White House, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives from 2000 to 2006. Golden also co-founded One Million Degrees, a nonprofit scholarship program for low-income community college students in Illinois which has raised more than $10 million to empower hundreds of scholars to graduate and launch careers.

He currently serves on the boards of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the Anti-Defamation League and One Million Degrees, and as a voluntary member of The Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty.

Golden was invited to speak as part of Benedictine’s nonpartisan, nonprofit CCL Speaker Series, which seeks to bring dynamic speakers to campus so that students and the larger community can fully engross themselves in multiple issues and topics of public concern. Established in 2005, the CCL aims to improve civic engagement, leadership and education in Illinois and helps to prepare students for leadership roles in public service and as world citizens.

For more information about the lecture, visit ben.edu/ccl or contact Jen Zingg at (630) 829-6460 or jzingg@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 2 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2003-2013 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fifth consecutive year in 2015. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2015.

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