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'A Day at Northwestern' to be Held April 17

University President Morton Schapiro and Victor Goines to give keynote addresses

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March 15, 2010 | by Judy Moore
"A Day at Northwestern" will conclude with President Schapiro's keynote address, "The Economics of Higher Education."

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University President and Professor of Economics Morton Schapiro and Director and Professor of Jazz Studies Victor Goines will be among the 14 featured speakers during Northwestern's 41st annual "A Day with Northwestern in Evanston."

The daylong event is presented by the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA). Each year, the seminar day features lectures from prominent Northwestern alumni and faculty from a variety of academic backgrounds. The 2010 lecture topics range from art, technology and science to the economics of higher education. 

Open to the public, the April 17 event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus. Ticket prices vary.

Since space is limited and crowds are expected, interested participants are encouraged to register early for their choice of 14 lectures. Among all of the lectures, two specific tracks of courses are offered this year: a "Northwestern Explores" track, which focuses on the economy and careers; and a "Green" Track, which focuses on energy and sustainability.

"A Day with Northwestern in Evanston" begins at 9 a.m. with the first of a choice of four hourlong sessions, including one by Julio Ottino, dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. Ottino's talk will focus on developing the leaders of tomorrow in the fields of art, technology and science. Other 9 a.m. speakers are Marsel Mesulam, M.D., Dunbar Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, and director of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, Feinberg School of Medicine. Mesulam will discuss Alzheimer's disease and the brain and related findings in function and dysfunction; Northwestern alumnus Brian S. Wesbury, chief economist, First Trust Advisors, who will explain the real reasons behind the recent economic panic and how wealth once thought lost can be regained; and Mark A. Ratner, Lawrence B. Dumas Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and co-director of the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern, who will explore the importance of being "green" and what Northwestern is doing to implement green initiatives on campus.

At 10:15 a.m. Owen Youngman, Knight Professor of Digital Media Strategy at the Medill School of Journalism and the Chicago Tribune's first director of interactive media, will examine the implications for journalism, democracy and those who value both. Also at that time, alumna Franziska Lys, associate professor and chair of Weinberg's department of German, will highlight the ever-evolving principles and practices in foreign language education; Northwestern alumna Mary Corbitt Clark, former executive director of Winning Workplaces, and an expert in helping organizations create high-performance workplaces, will outline new ways to help career-seeking alumni counter an uncertain economy; and alumna Faith Bugel, senior attorney, Environmental Law and Policy Center, will discuss recent energy and air policy developments.

Victor Goines, an internationally renowned music performer, composer, collaborator and Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music jazz faculty member, will deliver the 11:30 a.m. lunchtime keynote address, "A World of Improvisation." As a solo clarinetist and saxophonist and member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet, he will discuss the process of improvisation in jazz music and how it may be applied to daily life. Goines also will perform following his presentation.

At 1:15 p.m. Eli J. Finkel, associate professor of social psychology in Weinberg, will share findings from his research about the dynamics of romantic magnetism, specifically how data collected from speed-dating events can be used to predict attraction. Also at 1:15 p.m. Nyree Zerega, director of the Plant Biology and Conservation Program, at Northwestern and the Chicago Botanic Garden, will explain how the Northwestern-Botanic Garden partnership has expanded opportunities in plant ecology and conservation for students locally and globally; Arthur C. Nielsen, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, and a psychoanalyst and couples and family therapist, will speak on managing economic stress at home following the recent economic downturn; and Northwestern alumna Mary Sue Barrett, president of Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago, will demystify some of the "buzz words" about sustainable economic development.

Seminar day will conclude with President Schapiro's 2:30 p.m. keynote address, "The Economics of Higher Education." Schapiro is among the nation's leading authorities on the economics of higher education. His lecture will focus on how to measure educational outcomes; the relationship between the economy and equity/efficiency in American higher education; the financial and non-pecuniary returns of a baccalaureate degree; and how higher education will be different in 20 years.

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 1999 and 2009 are $20 for up to four sessions without lunch and $40 with lunch. Tickets for current Northwestern students range from $5 for up to four sessions without lunch to $10 with lunch.

The registration deadline is April 2. Those who register before March 19 will receive a $10 discount off the full-day ticket price.

For a complete schedule and more information on the featured speakers or to register online, visit www.alumni.northwestern.edu/adwn or call the Northwestern Alumni Association office at (800) NU-ALUMS or (847) 491-7975.