David Orr and Ralph Martire

November 12, 2018 — As part of its American Dream Reconsidered Conference lecture series, Roosevelt University will host a conversation between Cook County Clerk David Orr and Ralph Martire, Arthur Rubloff Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at Roosevelt.

Both experts will provide their expert commentary on the 2018 national midterm election results and how they will impact American citizens going forward. The conversation will take place at the Ida B. Wells Lounge on Roosevelt University’s Chicago Campus, Nov. 13, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Orr has been county clerk of Cook County since December 1990 and is responsible for overseeing the third-largest election district in the United States. He was an alderman for the 49th Ward in Rogers Park during the 1970s and was re-elected several times; he was notably loyal to Mayor Harold Washington during the racially divisive “Council Wars” in the 1980s and served as interim mayor when the office was vacated by Washington’s sudden death. Orr has had a long, storied history in Chicago politics and has even been dubbed “A Friend of the Community” by the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, has worked since 1999 at the organization created to be a “bipartisan think tank committed to ensuring that state, federal and local workforce, education, fiscal, economic and budget policies are fair and just, and promote opportunity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity or income class.” In addition to his myriad accomplishments at CTBA, he has also spent a large amount of time dedicating his career to improving both state and federal level government initiatives, including being “appointed as a full voting commissioner to the Congressionally-established ‘Equity and Excellence in Education Commission,’ under the Federal Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division.”

For more information, please contact Nicole Barron, vice president of marketing and public relations, at nbarron03@roosevelt.edu or (312) 341-6461.

Registration is required for this event. Register here.

About Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University, a private institution founded in 1945 on the principles of inclusion and social justice, has more than 4,500 students in five colleges. With campuses in the Chicago Loop and northwest suburban Schaumburg, Roosevelt offers 70 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs across five colleges and online, including arts and sciences, business, performing arts, education and pharmacy. Roosevelt has been ranked the fourth most racially diverse private university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report – Best Colleges Rankings. For more information, visit www.roosevelt.edu.

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