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A Day With Northwestern in Evanston Set For April 16

Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Wills and Nobel Prize recipient Dale Mortensen to speak

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March 11, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian and Northwestern Professor Emeritus Garry Wills and 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics recipient Dale Mortensen will headline the 14 featured speakers during Northwestern University’s 42nd annual “A Day With Northwestern in Evanston” on April 16.

Presented by the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) and open to the public, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus.

Mortensen, Northwestern Ida C. Cook Professor of Economics, will be one of the event’s afternoon speakers. He will deliver a reprise of his 2010 Nobel Prize Lecture. Mortensen and two other economists were recognized for “their analysis of markets with search frictions.”

In an afternoon keynote talk that will wrap-up the day’s events, Wills’ will discuss historical events within a personal context and share excerpts from his new memoir.

Each year, “A Day With Northwestern” features hourlong lectures and panel discussions by prominent Northwestern alumni and faculty. Other 2011 program topics include education, genomic medicine, volunteerism, literature, autism, and privacy and civil liberty issues. April 16 attendees also will learn the latest news on Northwestern’s athletics and the University’s Qatar campus (NU-Q) in Doha.

Atma, a rock orchestra comprised of seven Bienen School of Music alumni, will entertain seminar day guests during a luncheon performance. Last June, the classically-trained musicians “wowed” judges from the NBC-TV show “America’s Got Talent,” when as The Gentlemen of NUCO, they performed their rendition of pop singer Kelly Clarkson’s hit song “Since U Been Gone.” Ensemble members also will discuss their formation and share experiences related to their national television appearance.

Ticket prices vary. Since space is limited and a crowd is expected, interested participants are encouraged to register early for their choice of lectures. The registration deadline is April 1.

A full schedule of programs and presenters is available online at www.alumni.northwestern.edu/adwn. For more information contact the NAA by phone at (800) NU-ALUMS or (847) 491-7975 or e-mail alumnieducation@alumni.northwestern.edu.