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A Conference Presented by Roosevelt University
September 11-14, 2017 | 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Roosevelt University was founded in 1945 to protest discriminatory racial and religious college admission quotas, and remains dedicated to providing access to higher education for all qualified students.
Understanding our national ethos of democracy and equality has never been more important. We invite you to join us in reflection on what it means to be an American in these challenging times.
The weeklong conference will offer panels, performances and service activities open to the Roosevelt community and the general public
Please note that schedules may change as details are finalized.
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took her seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993. She previously served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1980–1993. She co-founded the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, served as the ACLU’s General Counsel, and sat on the organization’s National Board of Directors. She was also a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the American Bar Foundation from 1979–1989.
Photo Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.
David Axelrod served as chief strategist for President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, as well as numerous national and state-level campaigns. Axelrod served as Obama’s senior advisor, and is currently director of the nonpartisan Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and a senior political commentator for CNN. He is also author of the best-selling memoir Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.
William Kristol is a political analyst and commentator, and one of America’s leading conservative voices. Kristol is founder and editor at large of The Weekly Standard and appears regularly on several television networks. Over the years, he has worked with a number of prominent conservative think tanks, including the Project for the New American Century, which he co-founded.
Judge Ann Claire Williams is a Notre Dame law graduate and the first and only judge of color serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Williams founded Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc., the Black Women Lawyers’ Association, and Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization. She serves on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Federal Judges Association, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and the Museum of Science & Industry. Williams has also taught trial and appellate advocacy for many years.
Danielle Allen is a professor at Harvard University and director of its Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. She is also a James Bryant Conant University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor. Allen’s most recent book is Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, and in 2001 she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.
Tyler Cowen hosts the blog Marginal Revolution, one of the most popular and widely read economic blogs. He has written many books, including his most recent The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream. Cowen is a professor at George Mason University and currently holds the Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics. In a 2011 survey in The Economist, he was nominated as one of the most influential economists of the past decade.
Thoughts on the American Dream
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