What does the American Dream mean today?
Great minds from across the nation and all walks of professional life will tackle the timely question during Roosevelt University’s 2nd annual American Dream Reconsidered conference on Sept.11-14 in Chicago.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be among distinguished leaders, scholars and CEOs who will share their viewpoints on the American Dream and its impact on immigration, health care, equality, politics and more.
“The aim is to advance our thinking as a society about one of the nation’s most cherished concepts – the American Dream,” said Roosevelt University President Ali Malekzadeh, who introduced the annual conference that drew approximately 1,000 people to Roosevelt last fall.
“We all know the American Dream is supposed to be about achievement, but what does that mean in today’s challenging times? And how do we ensure for everyone that the American Dream is achievable?” he said.
This year’s conference includes “A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” which will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11 in the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Tickets are required for the event, but media are welcome to attend by contacting Laura Janota at 312-341-3511 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other well-known speakers include David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, and Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard. They will discuss the meaning of the American Dream through the lens of politics in a session entitled “It Did Happen Here – Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election and its Aftermath.” (Sept. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.)
Additional lectures and discussions include:
• “Cuz: The Untimely End of an American’s Dream and A Conversation about Race, Justice, Incarceration and the Loss of a Generation” with Harvard University professor, MacArthur Fellow and author of the new book, Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m.)
• “A Conversation about Health Care in America” with American Medical Association CEO James Madara, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois President Maurice Smith and Eric Zimmerman, president of the American Health Lawyers Association. (Sept. 12, 9:30-10:45 a.m.)
• “The Jack Miller Center Conversation on the American Dream” with Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University and author of the book, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream. (Sept. 13, 3:30-5 p.m.)
• “Coming to America: Immigration in a New World” with Maria Blanco, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Services Center at the University of California, and Aziz Huq, the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. (Sept. 11, 3:30-5 p.m.)
There will also be a discussion with alumni from Roosevelt’s economics program on “Economic Justice and the American Dream” (Sept. 12, 12:30-1:45 p.m.), an American Dream Service Day of volunteer opportuni
Most events are free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.roosevelt.edu/americandream. Tickets are $35 each for the Ginsburg event and are available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org, by phone at 312-341-2300 or in person at the Auditorium Theatre box office, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago.
Media who are interested in attending any of the events should contact Laura Janota at email@example.com or 312-341-3511.