Speakers - Evanston

Diane Nash PhotoDiane Nash

Campus Observance and Keynote

Monday, January 25, 2016- 6:00 PM
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive

Tickets are not needed for this event. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to event start.

A Chicago native who had never experienced segregation in public accommodations before moving to the South, Diane Nash went on to become one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement.

Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960 she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville, Tennessee—the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters—as well as one of the founding students of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. In 1961 she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi, a story which was documented in the recent PBS American Experience film Freedom Riders.

Her many arrests for her civil rights activities culminated in Nash being imprisoned for 30 days in 1961, while she was pregnant with her first child. Undeterred, she went on to join a national committee—to which she was appointed by President John F. Kennedy—that promoted passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Nash later became active in the peace movement that worked to end the Vietnam War, and became an instructor in the philosophy and strategy of non-violence as developed by Mohandas Gandhi.

Diane Nash is the recipient of numerous awards, including the War Resisters’ League Peace Award; the Distinguished American Award presented by the John F. Kennedy Library; the LBJ Award for Leadership in Civil Rights from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum; and an honorary doctorate of human letters from Fisk University, her alma mater. Most recently, Nash delivered the 2009 Slavery Remembrance Day Memorial Lecture in Liverpool, England.

Her work has been cited in numerous books, documentaries, magazines, and newspaper articles, and she has appeared on such TV shows and films as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Spike Lee’s Four Little Girls, and PBS’s Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965.

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Nicholas Pearce

Campus Observance and Candlelight Vigil

Monday, January 18, 2016 7:00 PM
Alice Millar Chapel
1870 Sheridan Rd

Thie Candlelight Vigil is hosted by the Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Tickets are not needed for this event. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to event start.

Dr. Nicholas Pearce serves as an award-winning Clinical Assistant
Professor of Management & Organizations at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and as the founder and chief executive officer of The Vocati Group, a boutique global executive advisory firm. He is a leading scholar, lecturer, and trusted strategic adviser on values-driven leadership, collaboration, and change in organizations. He has served leaders of corporations, social impact organizations, governments, and communities of faith on six continents, including Allstate Foundation, Aon Hewitt, Archdiocese of Chicago, Boston Scientific, BP, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago United, Chicago Urban League, Civic Consulting Alliance, Council of State Governments, DiversityInc, FMC, Hearst Corporation, Jones Lang LaSalle, KIPP Foundation, McDonald’s, NASA, Northwestern Medicine, Novartis, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Philanthropy Club of Chicago, The PrivateBank, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Sicredi, Surge Institute, Turnaround Management Association, United States Olympic Committee, WomenHeart, and Women’s Foodservice Forum.

Dr. Pearce is committed to philanthropy and civic engagement, serving on the boards of the Chicago Community Trust’s African American Legacy Initiative and the Chicago Faith & Leadership Consortium, and is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. He has been honored for excellence and promise as a leader and scholar by several organizations, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Mustard Seed Foundation, Wentcher Foundation, National Black MBA Association, and Union League Club of Chicago. He has also been named one of Chicago’s 40 Game Changers (under 40) by WVON/Ariel Investments, a Galbraith Scholar by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Public Voices Faculty Fellow with The OpEd Project. He and his award-winning work have been featured in global media outlets including BusinessWeek, Discovery Channel, Forbes, Fortune, The Huffington Post, Marketplace, MSNBC, Newsweek, The New York Times, Time, UrbanFaith.com, and The Washington Post.

Dr. Pearce is also an ordained minister, currently serving as Assistant Pastor of the historic Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side. He is an internationally sought-after preacher and teacher, and is the youngest assistant pastor (at time of appointment) to serve Apostolic since the church’s founding in 1932. He is emerging as one of his generation’s most trusted and influential voices, with a ministry that has already impacted tens of thousands of lives across cultural, generational, and denominational boundaries. 

Dr. Pearce holds the Ph.D. in Management & Organizations from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the S.B. in Chemical Engineering & Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Religious Studies earned in conjunction with the Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Pearce currently resides in Chicago with his wife, Tammy, and their dog, Baxter.