U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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. This event is SOLD OUT, but space is available at all remaining American Dream Reconsidered Conference events.

 To register for the conference, visit www.roosevelt.edu/americandream. Media who would like to attend the conference, including the Ginsburg event,  should contact Laura Janota at 312-341-3511 or ljanota@roosevelt.edu

Conference 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 Danielle Allen, 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 opportunities (Sept. 14, 8:30-3 p.m.) and the opening of a photo exhibit,  "Nowhere People: The Children" by photographer Greg Constantine from 5-7 p.m. in the Gage Gallery's new space at Wabash Avenue and Congress Parkway in Roosevelt's historic landmark Auditorium Building.  

Related News...

23 Roosevelt students on their way to Detroit for the Women of Color STEM Conference
10/15/2019

Sarah Chavez has been counting the days until she crosses the Auditorium Theatre stage as a first-generation college graduate. But before the Women of Color STEM Conference, job-search stress had clouded her excitement.

Student Samantha Latson photographs protestors at Capitol Hill with artwork depicting the many faces of gun violence.
10/7/2019

UPDATE: Journalism student Samantha Latson wrote about her experience for the Chicago Sun-Times. Read her full account: "I carried a picture in my heart as I rode a bus to a Washington rally against gun violence."

Mablene Krueger and Ali Malekzadeh
10/2/2019

Roosevelt University president, Ali Malekzadeh, and Robert Morris University Illinois president, Mablene Krueger, announced that Roosevelt has submitted an application to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to make Robert Morris University Illinois a part of Roosevelt. The combined universities would continue under the name of Roosevelt University. The joining of the two universities would help them build on their historic missions that honor diversity, inclusion and access to education for all.