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McGovern, Longworth are Keynote Speakers at NU Day

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March 18, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Former U.S. Senator George McGovern and author Richard Longworth, Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, will deliver keynote addresses April 19 during "A Day with Northwestern in Evanston," presented by the Northwestern Alumni Association. McGovern and Longworth both received degrees from Northwestern.

The 39th annual seminar day, which is open to the public, features 14 lectures from prominent Northwestern alumni, professors and students, taking place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the University's Evanston campus. Seminar topics range from the intersection of art and chemistry to the future of news in the digital age.

McGovern will close the day with a 2:30 p.m. keynote talk titled "Needed: A New American Foreign Policy," in which he will propose ways to improve the United States' international diplomacy efforts and new strategies for responding to terrorist threats at home and abroad.

Longworth will deliver his address during an 11:30 a.m. luncheon, drawing from his recently published book "Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism," which looks at the ways in which globalization is transforming the Midwest and how the region should respond.

"A Day With Northwestern in Evanston" kicks off at 9 a.m. with an hour-long session offering participants the opportunity to attend one of four lectures -- three by Northwestern professors and one from a prominent alumnus and economist. The lectures cover a wide range of topics, including the diabetes epidemic; the fluctuating U.S. financial market; converting solar energy; and the issues behind staging opera.

The second four-lecture session begins at 10:15 a.m. and features one of Northwestern's prominent recent hires: Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry, one of the most cited chemists in the world and a leading expert on nanotechnology. Stoddart will examine how art has inspired his work in designing, synthesizing and sculpting matter at the molecular level. Other lecturers during this hour-long session will discuss the future of news in the digital age; productive life decisions in retirement; and a planned unsupported 2009 expedition to the North Pole.

Alumni Brian Wesbury, chief economist of First Trust Advisors; David Corbett, founder and chief executive officer of New Directions, Inc.; and John Huston, a wilderness and Arctic expeditioner, will be guest lecturers during the morning sessions.

Following Longworth's luncheon keynote address, the 1:15 p.m. session features presentations from, among others, Northwestern alumna and President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League Cheryle Jackson. Jackson will discuss how, as the first woman to lead the 91-year-old civil rights organization, she transformed the league's mission to focus exclusively on economic empowerment for African Americans. Also during this afternoon session, Northwestern professors will analyze the truth behind the future of Social Security and the rapid emergence of a globalized sports industry, while student members of the NUsolar Car Team will discuss the design and construction of solar-powered vehicles.

Northwestern University faculty speakers will include Fay Lomax Cook, professor of human development and social policy in the School of Education and Social Policy and director of the Institute for Policy Research; Richard Gordon, associate professor and director of Digital Media in Education at Medill; Boyd E. Metzger, M.D., Tom D. Spies Professor of Metabolism and Nutrition in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine; Irving Rein, professor of communication studies at the School of Communication; Jesse Rosenberg, associate director and coordinator of musicology at the School of Music; and Michael Wasielewski, professor of chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center.

Tickets for the general public range from $20 for a single session to $65 for a full day of lectures with lunch. Tickets for young Northwestern alumni who graduated between 1997 and 2007 are $20 for up to four sessions without lunch to $40 for up to four sessions with lunch. Tickets for current Northwestern students range from $5 for up to four sessions without lunch to $10 for up to four sessions with lunch.

Since space is limited and large crowds are expected, interested participants are encouraged to register early. The registration deadline is April 7.

For a complete schedule, more information on featured speakers or to register online, visit http://www.alumni.northwestern.edu/education
or call the Alumni Education office at (847) 491-7975.
Topics: Campus Life