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Stephen Kinzer and Mike Greenberg to Give Keynote Addresses April 18

March 9, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Award-winning foreign correspondent for The New York Times, Stephen Kinzer, and ESPN broadcaster Mike Greenberg will be among 13 distinguished lecturers at Northwestern University's 40th annual "A Day with Northwestern in Evanston" seminar day April 18.

The annual daylong event is presented by the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) and is open to the public. Each year, the seminar day features compelling lectures from prominent Northwestern alumni and faculty, and takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the University's Evanston campus.

This year, seminar topics range from new career changes and "bionic" prosthetics to Israeli/Palestinian relations and the future of transportation.

The 2009 "A Day with Northwestern in Evanston" kicks off with an hourlong session offering participants the opportunity to attend one of four lectures, including one by Northwestern alumnus Mike Greenberg, host of ESPN Radio's popular talk show, "Mike and Mike in the Morning." Greenberg will be discussing how sports unified most aspects his life. Other morning session speakers are alumnus Rob Sullivan, a professional development speaker, who will offer advice about using pre-existing skills to obtain new career opportunities; alumnus Brian Wesbury, a prominent economist who will forecast what is next for today's struggling economy; and Gregory A. Dumanian, M.D., a Feinberg School of Medicine associate professor of plastic surgery and a plastic surgeon, who will share insights on his latest research in "thinking" prosthetics: "the bionic arm."

The second four-lecture session begins mid-morning and features Elie Rekhess, Visiting Crown Professor in Middle East Studies, an endowed professorship affiliated with Northwestern's Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Science's department of history and Program of Jewish Studies and one of Israel's leading experts on the Palestinian-Arab minority in Israel and Jewish-Arab relations. Other speakers during the second morning session include: Susan Phillips, associate professor of English and associate chair, Weinberg College's department of English, who teaches Shakespeare, Chaucer and medieval literature; and alumna Regina Lopata Logan, a research assistant professor at the School of Education and Social Policy's Foley Center for the Study of Lives, who specializes in generativity and career transitions.

Steven G. Calabresi, the George C. Dix Professor of Law at Northwestern's School of Law and co-founder of The Federalist Society, will deliver the keynote address during a luncheon. His talk is titled "In Defense of Originalism: Interpreting the Constitution's Original Meaning." Calabresi will decipher the words of the Constitution according to their original public meaning and explain the difference between the related but different ideas of original meaning and intent.

Following Calabresi's lunchtime address, the afternoon session will feature a presentation from alumna Genevieve Theirs, the founder and chief operating officer of the national child care service, Sittercity.com. Other afternoon session speakers include alumnus Joseph L. Schofer, professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, interim chair of McCormick's department of civil and environmental engineering, and director of McCormick's Infrastructure Technology Institute (ITI); and Brian Uzzi, the Richard L. Thomas Distinguished Chair in Leadership, professor of sociology and professor of industrial engineering and management sciences at the Kellogg School of Management, who is an expert on social networks and leadership.

The afternoon will conclude with Stephen Kinzer's keynote address titled, "President Obama Faces the World," The former New York Times bureau chief and author is the Charles Moskos Visiting Professor of Military Studies at Northwestern's Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. He will analyze and explore the challenges faced by the new administration and suggest how the U.S. can engage the world in a way that reflects American values.

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 1998 and 2008 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 3 and there is a $10 discount for registering before March 20.

For a complete schedule and more information on the featured speakers or to register online, visit www.alumni.northwestern.edu/adwn09 or call the Alumni Education office at (847) 491-7975.
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