Center for Civic Leadership

Speakers and Events


Center for Civic Leadership Spring 2016 Keynote Address

"Energy and Climate Change: How Can Justice be Achieved for Young People?"

James Hansen

Director, Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions Program of Columbia University's Earth Institute

Former Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies


with special guest

WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling

 

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Goodwin Hall Auditorium


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
 
Tom Skilling
 

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 climate change.

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 jzingg@ben.edu or 630-829-6460.


 

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.

 
 
 

Upcoming Events

Sep
29
Global Studies Forum: “Dancing in Damascus: Resilience and Creativity in the Syrian Revolution”
Main Campus in Lisle
7:00 PM
Event Details

Global Studies Forum: “Dancing in Damascus: Resilience and Creativity in the Syrian Revolution”

Date: September 29

Time: 7:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Goodwin Hall 321

Event Sponsor: Global Studies Program, with support from a DOE-UISFL grant

Contact: Ms. Lynn Dransoff    630-829-6250    ldransoff@ben.edu

Event Description:

A talk by miriam cooke, Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University

Professor cooke's research focuses on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and Arab women writers' constructions of Islamic feminism.

Free and open to the public.

Oct
18
Presidential Election Series 2016: FOX News Political Analyst, Juan Williams
Main Campus in Lisle
7:00 PM
Event Details

Presidential Election Series 2016: FOX News Political Analyst, Juan Williams

Date: October 18

Time: 7:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Goodwin Hall Auditorium

Event Sponsor: The Center for Civic Leadership

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

Event Description:

Juan Williams
Fox News contributor, best-selling author and Emmy-winning documentarian

Juan Williams is a regular panelist on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace,” the weekday political newscast “Special Report with Bret Baier,” and substitute host for “The O’Reilly Factor.” His views of American politics, diversity in the workplace and changing American demographics have made him a popular choice for debates and seminars.

Williams has interacted with many American political leaders, including presidents, members of Congress and justices of the Supreme Court. His debates with conservative politicians and talking heads such as Sean Hannity and Don Imus during the 2012 presidential election landed him a place in the political limelight.

He spent 23 years at The Washington Post as a political columnist and national correspondent and 10 years at NPR.

In 1988, Williams won an Emmy for his work on “Eyes on the Prize,” a PBS documentary about the civil rights movement. He is the author of seven books and has contributed articles to several national magazines, including Time, Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Ebony and GQ.

Mar
9
Lecture: Journalist Rukmini Callimachi
Main Campus in Lisle
7:00 PM
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

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 to be 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, ultimately immigrating 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 AP’s Portland bureau, and moved to New Orleans in 2006 to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, winner 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
Main Campus in Lisle
7:00 PM
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

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

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