Speakers - Evanston

Myrlie Evers-Williams PhotoMichelle Alexander

Campus Observance and Keynote

Monday, January 26, 2015- 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.

Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar who currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.  Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Alexander was an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinics. In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of her first book, The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  The book has received rave reviews and has been featured in many national radio and television media outlets.  

For several years, Alexander served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, where she helped to lead a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement. While an associate at Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, she specialized in plaintiff-side class action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination. 

Alexander is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University.




Myrlie Evers-Williams PhotoCarol Moseley Braun

Campus Observance and Candlelight Vigil


Monday, January 19, 7:00 PM
Alice Millar Chapel
1870 Campus Drive

Born and raised in Chicago, Carol Moseley Braun’s interest in agricultural practices began as a child while spending summers on her great-grandmother’s pecan farm in Union Springs, Ala. There she learned what she would later recognize as Biodynamic agriculture — a way of farming in close harmony and connection with the natural environment. Ambassador Braun ultimately pursued a career path that fulfilled her desire for public service, and she has devoted much of her professional life to issues concerning the environment and social justice. Hailing from a largely agricultural state, she became involved in agriculture policy first in the state legislature and then during her term as a United States Senator. Working towards improved food safety, health and nutrition, environmental justice and conservation were  priorities for Ambassador Braun  in the Senate.

The first permanent female member of the Senate Finance Committee, Ambassador Braun advocated for retirement security and health care support for working men and women. She proposed the first modern federal school construction legislation, and the first women's pension equity laws. She sponsored Environmental Justice legislation, historic preservation of the Underground Railroad, and the first federal support of Lupus research. She was a co-sponsor of a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment. She remains the only African American woman to have ever served in the Senate.

Ambassador Braun received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, and a law degree from the University of Chicago.  She was a fellow in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has served her country as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, United States Senator from Illinois, Cook County Executive Officer, Illinois State Representative and United States Attorney. She is a former candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

Her work has earned her more than 200 awards and 11 honorary degrees for achievements in the public interest. A public school, Carol Moseley Braun Elementary, in Calumet City, Ill., was named after her in 2001. The school team name is the Ambassadors.