Center for Civic Leadership

Events and Speakers


Center for Civic Leadership Spring 2015 Keynote Address

Michelle Alexander

Professor, lawyer, and author of the New York Times bestseller
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Krasa Center, 2nd floor

Event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

The keynote address will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander is a bestselling author, race and gender discrimination litigator, and law professor at The Ohio State University. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the United States Supreme Court and Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She went on to become an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School and later served as the director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California.

Professor Alexander's evening keynote address will conclude the Center for Civic Leadership's 2015 Youth Government Day, which will focus on the criminal justice system and feature a number of presenters and panelists. An annual event, Youth Government Day gives as many as 500 high school students the opportunity to spend the day at Benedictine University, hearing from and interacting with experts in group break-out activities, simulations, and question-and-answer sessions.


Past Speakers

Every year, the Center for Civic Leadership organizes a wide variety of events for the Benedictine community, bringing speakers of local, national, and even international renown to campus. The following photos show just a few of the many intellectually provocative speakers who have visited Benedictine University through the Center's sponsorship.

  • Barack Obama (then-U.S. Senator from Illinois)
    Barack Obama
  • Peter Bergen (CNN national security analyst)
    Peter Bergen
  • Anne Burke (Illinois Supreme Court Justice)
    Anne Burke
  • Marian Wright Edelman (Pres., Children's Defense Fund)
    Marian Wright Edelman
  • Paul Rusesebagina (Rwandan human rights activist)
    Paul Rusesebagina
  • Bob Woodward (journalist, The Washington Post)
    Bob Woodward

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