Gun Laws and Community Violence

Colleen Daley, Executive Director of the Illinois Council against Handgun Violence, will discuss current Illinois gun laws and citizen actions to decrease gun violence. Founded in 1975, ICHV is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the United States working to keep communities safe from deadly gun violence through legislation, education and programs in our schools.

Colleen Daley has 20 years of experience in political strategy, public policy, legislative affairs, media relations and resource management among large-scale government and non-profit organizations.

Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

Rachel Bronson: "The 2017 Doomsday Clock: Why the Time Matters"

Rachel Bronson is the Executive Director and publisher of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.  Before coming to the Bulletin, Dr. Bronson was the vice president of studies among other responsibilities at the Council on Global Affairs.  Her career includes her appointments as a senior fellow of Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior fellow for international security affairs for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Dr. Bronson received her doctorate from Columbia University.  Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune.

Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

Panel Discussion: Human Trafficking Here and Elsewhere

Caleb Probst will give an overview of sexual trafficking in the greater metropolitan area of Chicago.  He is a teacher, curriculum developer, speaker for CAASE (Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation) and the facilitator of the nation's first program Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation.

Dr. Joel Filmore, a survivor of sex trafficking, will speak on "Living Beyond the Pain: Being More than a Survivor."  Dr. Filmore is a licensed mental health clinician, author, trainer and international speaker.

Anne K. Ream, Founder of Voices and Faces Project, author, and former Group Creative Director at Leo Burnett will introduce her film "World without Exploitation."

JCAST-Chicago (Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking-Chicago) will bring Trafficked Teens, silhouettes of teeage girls with accompanying personal stories and fast facts about sex trafficking.

Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

Water Quality and Quantity: Visions for Our Streams and Rivers

Flooding or fishing; polluting or paddling; run off or land restoration. Join the discussion of choices and public/private land and water collaboration with Kara Riggio, Manager, Metropolitan Planning Council Three Rivers Project and local Lake County leaders.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

 

Restorative Community Court: A New Approach to Juvenile Justice

Join Judge Colleen F. Sheehan to discuss the current state of Juvenile Justice in Illinois.  Learn about current reforms and innovations such as the historic Cook County Restorative Justice Community Court, a first in Cook County.  Explore solutions regarding police and community conflict. Discover how you can help repair the harm from crime, reduce costs associated with incarceration and contribute to neighborhood safety.

Judge Sheehan, a Circuit Court Judge elected in 2000, will preside over the Court, a pilot program that empowers victims and residents to play an active role in the rehabilitation of adult offenders.  The Community Court will hear non-violent felonies and misdemeanors committed by adults 18 through 26 who reside in the North Lawndale neighborhoods.

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

 

The Case for the Independent Maps Amendment

Lori Lightfoot, an attorney supporting the Independent Map Supreme Court Appeal, will speak on the need for reform of the rules and process for drawing Illinois legislative districts in a transparent, fair and impartial manner. Independent Maps is a non-partisan, statewide organization

Ms. Lightfoot is currently a trial attorney and partner with Mayer Brown. She focuses on employment discrimination disputes, risk management, corporate governance and ethics. She served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division, Northern District of Illinois (1996-2002), redesigned Chicago's minority and women business program as First Deputy Procurement Officer before serving as Chief Administrator, Office of Professional Standards of the Chicago Police Department (2002–2005). Most recently, Lori chaired the Mayor's Police Accountability Task Force.

Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

 

Representative Lee Hamilton & Trevor Potter with Moderator Cynthia Canary: Reforming America's Representative Democracy


board of directors

Representative Lee Hamilton

Lee Hamilton, Congressman from Indiana for 34 years, is the founder and President of the Center on Congress, formed to enhance the public's knowledge of the Congress's strengths and weaknesses, and its impact on the lives of ordinary people.

He was Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress and worked to promote integrity and efficiency in the institution.

President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1999 – 2010, he is noted for his leadership in foreign policy and security issues. Currently he serves on the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council and the CIA External Advisory Board.

Representative Hamilton received the Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2015.


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Trevor Potter

Trevor Potter is a former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. He served as general counsel to John McCain's 2008 and 2000 presidential campaigns. He is the founding President of the Campaign Legal Center (CLC). CLC works in administrative, legislative and legal proceedings to shape our nation's laws and policies so that the right to have a voice in our free and democratic society remains the foundation of our political system.

To many, he is perhaps best known for his appearances on the Colbert Report as the lawyer for Stephen Colbert's Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, during the 2012 election.

Trevor Potter received a prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur grant for the Voting Right Institute, a project of the Campaign Legal Center.


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Cynthia Canary, Moderator

Cynthia Canary is a nonprofit management and policy consultant. She is an advisor to the Committee for Economic Development's Democratic Institutions Project. Canary served as Chair of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Task Force on Ethics, which culminated in the enactment of the City's first ordinance on ethics in 25 years. She was the founding Executive Director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform from 1997 to 2011. Previously she was the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Illinois.

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time: 12 noon - Lunch
12:30 pm - Program
Venue: The Union League Club of Chicago
Address:

65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois  60604

Cost: Cost: $50 per person

 

 

Mulberry Child: From China's Cultural Revolution to Chicago

Author Jian Ping will talk about her family's story of surviving the chaos and persecution during China's Cultural Revolution (1966 – 1976), as revealed in her memoir Mulberry Child. The book has been turned into an award-winning documentary film and was broadcast on PBS. Roger Ebert reviewed it, calling it "a powerful and touching film."

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

 

Irv Badr: The Syrian Crisis, the Iran Connection, and Its Impact on the Region.

Irv Badr spent his childhood in the Middle East, South Asia, and South East Asia. He is a subject matter expert in the region's politics and religions, fluent in multiple Middle Eastern languages and indigenous cultures. Irv is a frequent speaker at Middle East forums and political interest groups in the Chicago area. He completed his education at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University and is employed as a technology Researcher at IBM, and Adjunct Professor of Computing at DePaul University.

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

Coffee and conversation will follow the presentation. To register please use the "Buy Now" button or call 847-816-7433.

Empowering Communities to Create Sustainable Environments

Molly Flanagan, Vice President Policy, Alliance for the Great Lakes; Eleanor Revelle, President Citizens' Greener Evanston; Beth Drucker, Co-Facilitator CONSEG (Consortium of North Shore Environmental Groups) and President, Board of Trustees, Go Green Wilmette will share information about grassroots coalitions on combating climate change. We can celebrate the decision of 196 governments at the U.N. conference in Paris to work together by taking collaborative actions here at home to control flooding, drought, polluted aquifers and waste management while improving the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

 

Ambassador Jack Matlock On Russia under Putin And How to Work with It

Please join us for a luncheon featuring Ambassador Jack Matlock On Russia under Putin And How to Work with It

Thursday, February 11, 2016
12 noon - Lunch
12:30 - Program

The Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 12 noon - Lunch
12:30 - Program
Venue: The Union League Club of Chicago
Address: 265 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Cost: Luncheon and Presentation: $50.00 per person

Dr. Dongsheng Di: China's Economic Reforms and Their Implications

The Stevenson Center will present a discussion by Dr. Dongsheng Di's on "The Middle Way of the Middle Kingdom, a Political and Economic Read on President Xi's Ongoing Reform" which is also the title of his forthcoming book. Dr. Di will also discuss the implications of China's reforms for U.S. – China Relations. Dr. Di is an Associate Professor on International Political Economics with the School of International Studies, Remnin University of China. His research covers topics such as the politics and economics of global currency and financial issues, as well as Chinese foreign economic relations, while his most recent research is about the reform presided over by the new leadership in China.

Since 2011, Dr. Di has held the position of Vice Director of Remnin Center for China's Foreign Strategy Studies, a university based think-tank which aims at providing comprehensive and innovative policy suggestions to the decision makers in Beijing. Since March 2013, Dr. Di has been invited several times by the U.S. State Department to give speeches on topics such as China-U.S. economic relations and Chinese domestic reform under new leadership. Dr. Di is currently spending one year as a visiting researcher at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

Coffee and conversation will follow the presentation. To register please use the "Buy Now" button or call 847-816-7433.

Ralph Martire: The Fiscal Crisis in Illinois: Its Cause and Potential Solution

Ralph Martire is the Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. In February, 2011, he was appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission. Mr. Martire teaches a Master's Class on Education Finance and Fiscal Policy for the University of Illinois and Roosevelt University where he is also a distinguished lecturer on public policy. He has taught fiscal policy seminars for various universities and the International Fulbright Scholar Program. He is a frequent commentator on WTTW's Tonight Show and other media organizations.

Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

 

Investing in Our Future: The Case for Early Childhood Education

Children are born with the same potential to become successful learners.  Beginning at one year of age, however, significant deficits begin to show in children from high-risk environments. Research shows there is no single investment that can break the cycle of poverty more effectively than a high-quality early childhood education.  Children who have access to high-quality early childhood education are academically and socially more successful in school.  The Child Care Assistance Program is a cornerstone of Illinois early childhood system, providing low-income parents with access to affordable child care while they work or go to school.

Panelists will include: David Lloyd, Director of Fiscal Policy, Voices for Illinois Children; Nancy Ronquillo, President and CEO of Children's Home and Aid Society; and a parent of children at Children's Home and Aid Jerri Hoffmann Child and Family Center.

Date: Sunday, November 8, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

Ambassador Thomas Pickering: "The U.S., the U.N., and the Future"

Ambassador Pickering will discuss the far flung mission of the U.N., its relevance to the world's condition and ideas for better utilizing and strengthening the agency of a dynamic, interdependent, nuclear world. Ambassador Pickering served as U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York from 1989 – 1992. He served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1997 – 2000), and as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. He has held positions in Tanzania, Geneva, and Washington, including as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry Kissinger. After retiring from the State Department in 2000, Ambassador Pickering joined the Boeing Company as Senior Vice President, International Relations, retiring in 2006. He is currently Vice Chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm providing advice on international investment, trade and risk assessment issues.

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

 

Melissa Flynn and Elizabeth Richter: Chicago's Green City Market

Chicago's Green City Market has been honored as one of America's Top 10 Farmers' Markets by USA Today. Located in Lincoln Park, the independent nonprofit market was founded in 1998 by the late chef, author, and entrepreneur Abby Mandel to encourage local, sustainable agriculture. Board member Elizabeth Richter and Executive Director Melissa Flynn will share the story and mission of the market, and the contribution the market and its vendor-farmers make to ensure Chicagoans access to locally produced, healthy food. The market is dedicated to connect local farmers and producers to chefs, restaurateurs, food organizations and the public. They will sell copies of Green City Market Cookbook.

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: $15.00 (students free by registering by email)

 

Adlai E. Stevenson - Citizen of the World: His Life and Legacy

Dr. Alexander Karakkal, former Vice Chancellor of Kannur, University, Kerala, India and President of the American History of Congress of India wrote his doctoral thesis, "Adlai Stevenson in American History 1945 – 1965" for Princeton University while on a Fulbright Scholarship. Stevenson had made an impression on young Alexander, who, at the age of 11, went with his father to hear Stevenson speak in Trivandrum, India in 1953. Dr Karakkal spent 30 years as a professor of history at the University of Kerala and Mahatma Gandhi University. He will share his thoughts on Adlai II's crusade for justice and democratic values on the world scene in this 50th year since Adlai II's death.

Adlai Stevenson III will introduce Dr. Karakkal and reflect on Governor Stevenson's political legacy and its implications.

Date: Sunday, July 19, 2015
Time: 2 pm
Venue: Stevenson Center on Democracy

Coffee and conversation will follow the presentation.
Address: 25200 N St. Mary's Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL
Cost: This event is free

Ambassador Chas Freeman
The Mess in the Middle East (And What To Do About It)

Ambassador Chas Freeman, Chairman of the Board of Projects International, Inc., a Washington-based business development firm, is the quintessential on-the-ground practitioner in foreign affairs, having served for more than 30 years in The Middle East, Africa, East Asia and Europe. Fluent in Chinese, French, Spanish and Arabic, he was the principal interpreter for President Nixon's 1972 breakthrough trip to China. He served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, 1993-94, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and other posts too numerous to detail. Since retiring from the foreign service, he was President of the Middle East Policy Council, 1997 - 2009, Co-Chair of the U.S. China Policy Foundation, 1996-2009, and Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council of the United States, 1996-2008. Ambassador Freeman is the author of two books on U.S. foreign policy: America's Misadventures in the Middle East (2010), Interesting Times: China, America and the Shifting Balance of Prestige (2013), and two books on statecraft.

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time: 12 noon - Lunch
12:30 pm - Program
Venue: The University Club of Chicago
Address: The University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois   60603
Cost: $70 (regular registration – includes lunch)
$15 (student registration – includes lunch)

Eye of the Beholder: Working with High-Risk Adolescents

Dr. Eugene Griffin, a psychologist and attorney, is the Director of Research at the ChildTrauma Academy. He is retired from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Griffin has spent his career caring for young people and families involved in the public sector settings of mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice. He was named a Champion of Change by the MacArthur Foundation-supported Models for Change. Dr. Griffin received his B.A. degree from Villanova University and his J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15, students free

What the Voices of Heaven reveals about today's North and South Korea

Maija Rhee Divine, a Korean War survivor, addresses contemporary questions raised in her autobiographical novel, The Voices of Heaven. Have Confucian patriarchal values vanished from high tech South Korea? What causes gender population imbalance issues? What is the legacy of the Korean War on women and the young generation? What cultural characteristics distinguish Korea from China and Japan?

Maija Rhee Divine received her B.A. from Sogang University, Seoul, and her M.A. from St. Louis University. She and her husband, Michael Divine, former director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, share interests in travel and art. Maija will sell and sign her novel at this event.

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15, students free

 

Recovering Resources, Transforming Water: The Old Sanitary District Embarks on a Bold New Chapter

At a time when the threats of too much and too little water cover the globe, Debra Shore will speak on innovations for water control, conservation and cleanliness. Elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago in 2006 and 2012, Debra Shore is a strong advocate for cleaning up the Chicago waterways and for resource recovery. Debra received the Public Officials Award from the Water Environment Federation in 2013. She serves on the boards of the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute, and Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette. She has climbed 42 of the 54 Colorado mountains more than 14,000 feet high.

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

 

The 2014 Scottish Referendum: Democracy and the Future of the United Kingdom

Euan Hague is a Professor, Chair of the Department of Geography and Co-Director of the master's program in Sustainable Urban Development at DePaul University. He is a cultural and urban geographer with interests in relationships between Scotland and America, gentrification and urban development. His most recent work on Scottish-American cultural relations was published in "The Modern Scottish Diaspora" (University of Edinburgh, 2014). Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, he earned his B.S. from Bristol University, his M.A. from Lancaster University and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Jerome McDonnell (WBEZ) and others turned to Dr. Hague for explanations and commentary on the Scottish independence movement during the lead up to the Referendum.

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

 

 

Guantanamo: A Persistent Legal Stain on the American Justice System

Lowell Sachnoff, distinguished Chicago lawyer, is the advocate for several non-terrorist detainees. He has visited Guantanamo many times and witnessed the detainee process. He will speak on Guantanamo and the fact that President Obama can still close the prison before more damage is done to the U.S. Sachnoff merged his Sachnoff Weaver law firm with Reed Smith in 2007. In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Lawyer for his successful career in business law and "advocating for women, minorities and the poor, and inspiring others to do likewise."

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

 

A Palestinian Narrative on the Middle East

Kristin Szremski, Director of Media and Communication for American Muslims for Palestine, will present a Palestinian narrative on the Middle East. American Muslims for Palestine is an education and advocacy organization that promotes human rights for Palestinians with the firm conviction that affording one people human rights does not detract from the human rights of other peoples.

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

Celebration of National Landmark Status for the Adlai Stevenson Farm

The Lake County Forest Preserve District and the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy invite you, your family, and friends to the official installation of the United States Department of Interior National Park Service's bronze plaque designating National Historic Landmark status to the Adlai Stevenson Farm.

1:00 to 3:00 P.M. - Tours of the house and exhibit.
3:00 P.M. - Installation and Comments.
The public is welcome free of charge. 

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. - Tours
3:00 P.M. - Installation and Comments.
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: Free

Addressing Mental Illness in the Justice System, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Tom Dart brings an aggressive and innovative approach to law enforcement. In 2009, Time magazine named Sheriff Dart one of the world’s 100 most influential people. Among his many innovations, he ordered electronic monitoring to relieve overcrowding, and expanded jail agricultural services to provide job skills for inmates and lower costs for tax payers. Sheriff Dart has organized special gang units to curb suburban gang activity.

As Cook County Sheriff, Tom Dart oversees 12,000 inmates, 2,500 – 3,000 of whom are diagnosed with mental illness, making the jail the largest mental health facility in the country. In 2013, Sheriff Dart launched the Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy which provides services and operates a 24-hour phone care line for ex-inmates and their families.

Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on "The Disappearing Middle Class.”

Jan Schakowsky has been a life-long consumer advocate and champion for what she identifies as the disappearing middle class. Elected to the House of U. S. Representatives in 1998 after serving eight years in the Illinois General Assembly, Ms. Schakowsky is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Ranking Democrat on the Commerce Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee. She also serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence where she is the Ranking Democrat on the Oversight Subcommittee. She is part of the Democratic leadership in the House, serving as Chief Deputy Whip and Vice President of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. 

Coffee and conversation following the presentation.

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Time:

4PM

Venue:

The Stevenson Center on Democracy

Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd, Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost:

This is event is free and open to the public.

Seats are limited.

Please register by emailing: info@stevensoncenterondemocracy.org
or call the Stevenson Center at 847-816-7433.

Flag Day Celebration

4:00 PM - Story Telling & Games
5:30 PM - North Suburban Wind Ensemble

Storytellers, Fun, Music & More
Bring Your Picnics, Blankets, & Chairs
Cost: $10 Per Person or $20 Per Car Load
Bicyclers Free

Date: Saturday, June 14
Time:

4 - 7:30 PM

Venue:

The Stevenson Center on Democracy

Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd, Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: Cost: $10 Per Person or $20 Per Car Load
Bicyclers Free

Potential Rapprochement? Iran and U.S. beyond the Nuclear Agreement

Narimon Safavi, Chicago based Iranian-American entrepreneur and regular commentator and analyst for Worldview, a public radio program on WBEZ, will speak about the problems and possibilities for future Iran/U.S. relations. Nari Safavi has served on the Chicago Committee of the Human Rights Watch, and numerous boards including the Gene Siskel Film Center, Latino Cultural Center of Chicago,the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, the DC based Citizens for Global Solutions and as an ambassador of the DC based National Iranian-American Council. A believer in the importance of multicultural understanding, he is currently engaged in developing COSMOPOLIS, an incubator project building global linkages through mission driven cultural enterprise.

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time: 2 pm
Venue:

The Stevenson Center on Democracy

Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd, Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

Saving Cranes: Watchdogs of the Future–Beacons of Hope

Rich Beilfuss, President, and Hall Healy, Chair of the Board of the International Crane Foundation, will discuss endangered cranes, their cultural significance, beauty, dramatic migrations, and striking behavior as opportunities for addressing broad approaches to conservation related to water supplies and wetlands in Africa, Asia, and the U.S.A. They will show development from the Zambezi River water authorities, the farmers of North Korea to sustainable water management in the Texas Guadalupe River Basin.

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 2 pm
Venue:

The Stevenson Center on Democracy

Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd, Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

How John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan Changed Our Conception of the Presidency

Drawing from his second book, Kennedy and Reagan: Why Their Legacies Endure, former journalist and United Press International bureau chief Scott Farris will speak on the presidencies of John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan (with a little help from Adlai Stevenson and Barry Goldwater). Scott has also served as a senior policy and communication advisor to U. S. Senator Malcolm Wallop, California Governor Gray Davis, and Portland, Oregon, Mayor Vera Katz. Scott ran for Congress himself in 1998 in Wyoming. He will sell and sign copies of Kennedy and Reagan as well as his first book, Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race But Changed the Nation, which includes a chapter on Adlai II's historic 1952 and 1956 presidential campaigns.

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Time: 2 pm
Venue:

The Stevenson Center on Democracy

Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd, Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

Foreign Policy Implications of Human Rights Violations and Humanitarian Crisis in Syria with Former Commissioner-General for UNRWA, Karen AbuZayd

The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy hosts Karen AbuZayd, former Commissioner-General for UNRWA and current Commissioner on the UN Human Rights Council's Independent International Committee of Inquiry on Syria, for an intimate discussion of the humanitarian crisis facing refugees in Syria and the foreign policy implications of ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. Special thanks to WiPP and CIAPP at the University of Chicago Harris School for co- sponsoring this conversation. This event limited to Harris students but stay tuned for future speakers!

Karen AbuZayd is the former Commissioner-General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). She is currently a board member of the Middle East Policy Council in Washington and Commissioner on the UN Human Rights Council's Independent International Committee of Inquiry on Syria. Ms. AbuZayd has also served in the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She is a former lecturer of Islamic studies and political science at Makerere University in Uganda and Juba University in southern Sudan, received her B.S. from DePauw University, and was awarded her M.A. in Islamic studies from McGill University.

Date: Thursday, February 13
Time: 12-1 pm
Venue:

University of Chicago Harris School
Harris 289 B
(Lunch provided courtesy of the Stevenson Center and CIAPP)

Address: 1155 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
  Full house- event closed.

Adlai Stevenson Day

The Lake County Forest Preserve District with cooperation from the Adlai Stevenson Center on Demoracy will celebrate the 114th birthday of Adlai II.

The District will provide tours, 11:00 – 12:00 and 2:30 – 3:30 of the Historic Home. For reservations call 847-968-3321.

Joe Bean, Illinois Humanities Council Roads Scholar, will talk on Adlai II’s years as Governor of Illinois at 1:00 P.M.

All events free of charge.

Date: February 9, 2014
Cost: All events free of charge.
  For reservations call
847-968-3321.

The Real China Challenge – Can We Compete and How?

International businessman, attorney, strategist, and educator John Rogers has spent the past 25 years commuting between Chicago and Asia. Beginning in 2014, Rogers will live in China where he will teach business and law at Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beiwai) and serve as Guest Fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Science (Institute of Law). He has held faculty appointments at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and Chicago Kent College of Law. He has also served as Adjunct Professor at Aalto University, Helsinki; and as Guest Professor at Beijing Language and Culture University.

China is actively increasing its level of research and development spending, and is dedicated to next generation technologies that may or may not be compatible with Western standards. Can the U.S. compete? If so, how?

Date: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15
 

Story Power: Breaking through Compassion Fatigue

The Chicago Reader says Susan O'Halloran "has mastered the Irish art of telling stories that are funny and heart-wrenching at the same time." Seen on PBS, Nightline and The New York Times, the National Storytelling Festival/International Storytelling Residencies, and at the National Storytelling Network as keynote speaker, Susan produces storytelling events including Stories Connect Us All, a 2013 online festival with participants in 45 countries. Susan's work demonstrates that stories shed light on the light and dark corners of the soul through the perfectly imperfect, common experience of being human.

Date: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15
 

Redistricting Local, State and National Voting Boundaries

In collaboration with Change Illinois, the Center will host Nicholas Stephanopolous, Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, specialist in national and international redistricting models; Kathleen Jung Hee Fernicola, Director of Policy and Programs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice; Mike Lawrence, former Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and before that, press secretary and senior advisor to Governor Jim Edgar; with James Nowlan, former State Representative and Senior Fellow, Institute of Government and Politics at the University of Illinois, moderator, to discuss the pros, cons and difficulties in the redistricting process.

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Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15
   

Improving Learning in Public Schools

Three giants of school reform, Martin "Mike" Koldyke, founder of AUSL, Academy of Urban School Leadership, and John Simmons, founder of SLI, Strategic Learning Initiatives, discuss working models for improving learning in public education, two vibrant non-profit organizations with moderator, Eleanor Nicholson, co-founder of High Jump, Senior Instructor at Erikson Institute, and twenty-five years in school administration, including two years as Interim Principal of Erie Elementary Charter School.

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Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

Surveillance: The Balance between Privacy and Security in a Democracy

with James Bamford, author and journalist, James Andrew Lewis, Director and Senior Fellow CSIS, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Jill D. Rhodes, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Trustmark Companies.

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Date: Monday, October 21, 2013
Time: 12:00pm
Venue: The University Club of Chicago
Address: 76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603
Cost: $50

Myanmar - Highlights of My Two Week Journey, A Photo Essay

Ms. Mackevich is currently the executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. She co-founded the Illinois Humanities Festival serving as president of the festival from 1989 to 2005 before directing the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission in Washington, D.C. A perceptive world traveler, Ms. Mackevich toured Myanmar in December, 2012.

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

The Consequences of the Media Information Hydrant: A Nation of Silent Spectators

Mr. Torey Malatia is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Chicago Public Radio (Chicago Public Media, Inc). He is a national leader of strategic thinking about the role of public media as a public trust, serving as Board Chair of Public Radio Exchange, Inc. As an advocate for deepening community commitments, he has created many neighborhood and local reporting initiatives. He is the co-founder with Ira Glass of This American Life and a developer of many program innovations including Sound Opinions and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

The Middle East in Turmoil: A Political Economy Analysis

Dr. Khairy Tourk is a professor of Economics at Illinois Institute of Technology. He received his undergraduate degree from Alexandria University, Egypt and his PhD. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a consultant to the World Bank, IMF and Bank Negara in Malaysia. A long time observer of the world from within, his present focus is economic modernization in Egypt and the political economies of East Asia. Professor Tourk is a member of the Center for East Asian Studies and the Economic Policy and Public Finance group at the University of Chicago.

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: The Stevenson Center on Democracy
Address: 25200 N St. Mary’s Rd
Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
Cost: $15

The Corrupting Influence of Money in Politics with Senator Russ Feingold, Trevor Potter

The Corrupting Influence of Money in Politics with Senator Russ Feingold, Trevor Potter and Moderator Elizabeth Brackett. Senator Feingold's new book, While America Sleeps, will be available for purchase and signing.

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012,
Time: 12:00pm
Venue: The University Club of Chicago
Address: 76 East Monroe Street Chicago, Illinois 60603
Cost: $50

Now Comes Governing - A Preview of the New Post-Election Political Landscape in Washington, D.C.

Norman Ornstein, political scientist and Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute will analyze the results of the November elections and give his insights into what to expect from the newly elected Members of Congress and their interactions with the President. A long-time observer of Congress and politics, he recently co-authored, with Thomas Mann, "It's Even Worse Than it Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism."

Date: Monday, November 19, 2012
Time: 12:00pm
Venue: The Union League Club
Address: 65 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL
Cost: $100