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Rediscovering Government forum at Roosevelt University on Oct. 24

Posted: 10/09/2012
Roosevelt University will be part of a national conversation on the role that government should play in America during a Rediscovering Government program being led by the Roosevelt Institute’s Jeff Madrick (pictured above) on Oct. 24.

Launched in March, the Rediscovering Government initiative encourages people in communities, workplaces, grassroots organizations and beyond to develop a new narrative about government that counters the anti-government rhetoric and mentality dominating American politics for a generation.  It is the first time that the project has come to Chicago.
“This program will give us an opportunity as a community to interact and brainstorm about ways we can change the public discourse about our government so that progress can be made toward positive change for the American people, our nation and our society,” said Margaret Rung, director of the University’s Center for New Deal Studies, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Roosevelt Institute in New York.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the University’s second-floor Congress Lounge, 430 S. Michigan Ave., with a video and presentation by Madrick, who is a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a former columnist on the economy for the New York Times and the author of a number of books including the recent Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present. Madrick will talk about the historical role that government has played in America, and then will move into a discussion with the audience about government’s current and future roles. Small group discussion will be part of the program.

For more information or to reserve your place for this important conversation and event, contact Margaret Rung at or 312-341-3724.

The program is made possible through a partnership between Roosevelt’s Center for New Deal Studies, which is dedicated to deepening understanding of the lives of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and of the social, economic, political, and cultural history of the New Deal era, and the Roosevelt Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of the Roosevelts through development of progressive ideas.

The Institute’s flagship initiative, Rediscovering Government is intended to further understanding of ways that government has fueled innovation, supported social justice and improved the quality of life in America, equipping people, media and organizations all over the nation with the language and impetus they need to defend and further pursue an active government.  For more information about the project, visit