Program

Day 1: Monday, September 11

Ganz Hall, Auditorium Building Room 745

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The issue of immigration is as fraught as it has been in decades. María Blanco, executive director of the Undocumented Legal Services Center at the UC Davis School of Law, and Professor Aziz Huq of the University of Chicago, will offer a nuanced view of current immigration issues.

María Blanco, executive director, Immigrant Legal Services Center, University of California

Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Moderated by Bethany Barratt, political science professor, Roosevelt University

Welcome by Ali Malekzadeh, president, Roosevelt University

*SOLD OUT* Auditorium Theatre (Ticketed Separately) *SOLD OUT*

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks in conversation with Judge Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. This is an opportunity to hear Justice Ginsburg, who has served on the nation’s highest court since 1993, discuss her life and career. Justice Ginsburg was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015 and is the best-selling author of My Own Words (2016).

Welcome by Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, CEO, Auditorium Theatre

Introductions by Ali Malekzadeh, president, Roosevelt University

Musical performance by Lani Stait, soprano (Professional Diploma in Opera, 2018) and Scott Gilmore, pianist, opera and voice professor, Roosevelt University

Day 2: Tuesday, September 12

Ganz Hall, Auditorium Building Room 745

YouTube Live Info: aaronr41.sg-host.com/HealthCarePanelLive

Confused about the ever-shifting health care landscape? Hear Dr. James Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association; Maurice Smith, CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois; and Eric Zimmerman, partner at McDermott, Will & Emery (D.C. office) and president of the American Health Lawyers Association, discuss the current situation and offer their thoughts on the future of health care in America.

James L. Madara, MD, CEO, American Medical Association

Maurice Smith, President, BCBSIL

Eric Zimmerman, partner, McDermott, Will & Emery; president, AHLA

Moderated by Melissa Hogan, dean of the College of Pharmacy, Roosevelt University

Welcome by Terry Peterson (MPA, ’95), Roosevelt University trustee

Ganz Hall, Auditorium Building Room 745

YouTube Live Info: aaronr41.sg-host.com/EconomicJusticePanelLive

Panelists will discuss the role of economic justice in the American Dream. Since the country’s earliest days, Americans have generally been more interested in maximizing opportunity, even if it comes at the expense of equality. This panel will explore whether there can be a balance between competing claims of equality and opportunity.

Jessica Akey, Standard and Poors

Samuel Barbour, adjunct professor, Joliet Junior College

Justin Shea, Data Scientist, HumanPredictions.io

Calvin Trapp, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Hans Zigmund, Chief economist, State of Illinois

Moderated by Gary Langer, director, Economics Program, Roosevelt University

Welcome by Alondra M. Ibarra (BA, ’19), president, Roosevelt University Student Government Association

Ganz Hall, Auditorium Building Room 745

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Harvard University Professor Danielle Allen will discuss her latest book, Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. A searing family memoir, Cuz is not just an expression of Allen’s grief over the death of a beloved cousin, but a critique of America’s prison system and the national failure of education.

Danielle Allen, Harvard University and MacArthur Fellow; author, Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.

Moderated by Heather Dalmage, sociology professor and director, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Roosevelt University

Welcome by Melvin L. Katten, Roosevelt University trustee

Reception and Book Signing to follow

Day 3: Wednesday, September 13

Ganz Hall, Auditorium Building Room 745

YouTube Live Info: aaronr41.sg-host.com/TylerCowenLive

George Mason University professor and renowned economist Tyler Cowen will discuss his most recent book, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream in a conversation with political commentator Bill Kristol. Cowen will offer his thoughts on the great stagnation he believes has occurred in America, more comfortable and complacent but less open to dynamic change and innovation.

Tyler Cowen, economist, George Mason University; author, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream

Moderated by Bill Kristol, founder and editor at large, The Weekly Standard; political commentator

Introduction by Stuart D. Warner, philosophy professor and director, Montesquieu Forum, Roosevelt University

Ganz Hall, Auditorium Building Room 745

YouTube Live Info: aaronr41.sg-host.com/PresidentialPanelLive

Former presidential adviser David Axelrod and political commentator Bill Kristol will offer their perspectives on the unprecedented 2016 election. In addition to discussing its hows and whys, they will also offer analyses of where we stand now and where we might be headed as a nation.

David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama; political commentator

Bill Kristol, founder and editor at large, The Weekly Standard; political commentator

Moderated by David Faris, political science professor, Roosevelt University

Introductions by Ali Malekzadeh, president, Roosevelt University

Day 4: Thursday, September 14

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The Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave.

Greg Constantine, photographer

Photo exhibit of stateless people around the world, and refugees and migrants without citizenship

Greg Constantine will speak about his work at 5:30 p.m.