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A Conference Presented by Roosevelt University
September 10–14, 2018 |
430 S. Michigan Ave., 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.
Tickets must be purchased for events featuring Attorney General Holder and Common. All other panels are free to attend, but registration is required.
Please note that schedules may change as details are finalized.
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-2015), Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Eric H. Holder, Jr. is an attorney who served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2015. He was the first African American to serve in that position and was the third-longest-serving attorney general in the nation’s history. Holder previously served as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.
In July 2001, Holder joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group, where he represented clients in complex civil and criminal cases as well as internal corporate investigations. After his departure from the Department of Justice, Holder returned to Covington & Burling and is resident in their Washington office. He focuses on complex litigation and investigatory matters that are international in scope and raise significant enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns.
Holder has received numerous awards and honorary degrees in recognition of his professional and civic contributions, including the NAACP “Chairman’s Award,” the Department of Justice’s “John F. Keeney
Award,” the District of Columbia Bar Association’s “Beatrice Rosenberg Award,” George Washington University’s “Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal for Outstanding Service in Human Rights,” and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ “Robert F. Kennedy Justice Prize.”
An Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning actor and musician, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles, and continued success at the box office.
Common was most recently featured on Andra Day’s song for Open Road Films’ MARSHALL soundtrack, “Stand Up for Something,” co-written by Common and eight-time Academy Award-nominee Diane Warren. The original song has received Oscar, Grammy, NAACP, and Critic Choice Award nominations, as well as the “Hollywood Song Award” at the 2017 Hollywood Film Awards.
More than 10 years ago, Common committed his time and resources to help inner-city youth in his hometown of Chicago. The Common Ground Foundation reaches high school students through programs that focus on character development, social impact, healthy living, technology, financial literacy, creative arts and global leadership.
On average, Common Ground Foundation students have improved or maintained a 3.16 GPA and have a 100% graduation rate. Of this, 97% of seniors are attending a four-year college and the Common Ground Foundation’s students have completed more than 2,600 hours of community service.
Thoughts on the American Dream
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