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The Spring 2015 Cultural Season

Some of the most provocative thinkers of our time are coming to Elmhurst’s arboretum campus this spring. Join the conversation!

Senator Mark Kirk: America’s Challenges: At Home and Abroad

April 9, 2015

The Elmhurst College Governmental Forum brings together the state’s foremost governmental and civic leaders, business experts and policy analysts to discuss the most important economic and governance issues facing our state and our nation. In previous years, the Governmental Forum has welcomed former Illinois governors James Thompson and Jim Edgar, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Michael J. Madigan and Business Roundtable President John Engler, among many others.

The 2015 Forum, titled America’s Challenges: At Home and Abroad, will take place at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace on Thursday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $40 and include lunch.

This year’s featured speaker is U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, who has been the Republican senator from Illinois since 2010 and who serves on the committees for appropriations, banking, HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) and Aging. Senator Kirk also is the ranking Republican on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

This year's moderator is Bruce Dold, editorial page editor of the Chicago Tribune. Dold has been reporting and writing about city, state and national politics for the Tribune since 1978 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1994. Since he became editorial page editor in 2000, the Tribune's editorial board has received more than a dozen awards and a Pulitzer Prize.

The Forum is also an integral part of the College’s acclaimed cultural season of public lectures and special events. Each year, Elmhurst welcomes thousands of people to its campus to hear some of the country’s most thought-provoking and inspiring speakers. Previous speakers include retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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