Former presidential advisor at BenU to discuss future of U.S. economy

October 8, 2014

LGoolsbeeisle, Illinois ~ The Dow Jones industrial average is at an all-time high. Unemployment is down. Consumer confidence is up.

How did we get here? How do we stay here? What role will Washington, D.C., play?

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) at Benedictine University will host former presidential economic advisor Austan Goolsbee, Ph.D., who will lecture on “Economic and Political Realities: 2015 and Beyond” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center.

Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn professor of economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He previously served in Washington as the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and the youngest member of the President's cabinet.

Goolsbee’s research has earned him recognition as a Fulbright Scholar and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. 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.

Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” star Jon Stewart describes him as “Eliot Ness meets Milton Friedman,” and in 2009 he was voted “Washington, D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity.”

Established in 2005 under the direction of former Illinois Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan, the CCL seeks to shape a new generation of public leaders and responsible citizens. Each year, the CCL invites prominent public figures to speak about the importance of active citizenship and public service.

In recent years, the CCL has hosted President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, Washington Post columnists Bob Woodward and David Broder, CNN's Peter Bergen, Children's Defense Fund Director Marian Wright Edelman, University of Chicago legal scholar Cass Sustein and human rights advocate Paul Rusesabagina.

As a vehicle for civic education and engagement, the CCL has also placed many undergraduate students into public service and government internships, where they gain valuable firsthand experience working closely with some of Illinois’ finest public servants and elected officials.

Through the CCL, Benedictine students have interned in the state’s attorney’s offices, with members of the General Assembly in Springfield, and with the Citizens Advocacy Center in Elmhurst. Other students have been placed as volunteers with political campaigns.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, visit, email or contact Jean Zingg at


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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