WBEZ | Union League Club of Chicago http://www.wbez.org/content/union-league-club-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Asia's Economic Imbalances http://www.wbez.org/asias-economic-imbalances-107000 <p><p><strong>Stephen Roach</strong> argues that behind most major financial crises&mdash;the Asian financial crisis, the US subprime mortgage crisis, and the European debt crisis&mdash;are unsustainable economic imbalances. With the future of global economic growth still in question, the outlook may depend critically on how the United States and Asia move to address them. Roach recommends that developing Asian nations consume more and strengthen the services side of their economies, while the United States should consume less and stop scapegoating the renminbi. Can Asia and the United States overcome the many structural challenges to fix their economic imbalances?</p><div>Stephen Roach is a senior lecturer at the Yale School of Management and a senior fellow at Yale University&rsquo;s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs. He was formerly chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the firm&rsquo;s chief economist for most of his 30-year career there. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1982, Roach served on the research staff of the Federal Reserve Board and was also a research fellow at the Brookings Institution.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/Files/Event/FY13/05_May_13/Asias_Economic_Imbalances.aspx">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/asias-economic-imbalances-107000 The Future of Global Trade http://www.wbez.org/future-global-trade-106999 <p><p>Global multilateral trade talks have stalled. The latest phase of negotiations&mdash;the Doha Round&mdash;was initiated in 2001 and yet there is no end in sight. According to <strong>Pascal Lamy</strong>, the director general of the World Trade Organization, an agreement on Doha by the end of the year is unlikely, even though a deal would provide a boost to the global economy. In contrast, there has been a proliferation of negotiations on super regional preferential trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (ASEAN+6), and the US-EU free trade agreement (TTIP). Is the world fragmenting into competing trading blocs? How would these agreements impact regions excluded from negotiations, such as Africa? What are the wider implications of the current developments for global trade and the global economy? Please join us for the first program in our spring 2013 Global Economy Series with<strong> Jagdish Bhagwati</strong>, as he discusses the future of global trade.</p><div>Jagdish Bhagwati is a University Professor at Columbia University and a senior fellow in international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has made pioneering contributions to the study of development, globalization, international trade, foreign aid, and immigration. He also writes frequently for leading media worldwide.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>His latest book, coauthored with <strong>Arvind Panagariya</strong>, <em>Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries</em>, and his book <em>Termites in the Trading System: How Preferential Agreements Undermine Free Trade</em>, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/Files/Event/FY13/05_May_13/The_Future_of_Global_Trade.aspx">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/future-global-trade-106999 Qualities Needed for Learning: What Schools Can Do http://www.wbez.org/qualities-needed-learning-what-schools-can-do-103402 <p><p>The 2012 Chicago School Policy Forum Series, <em>Sweating the Soft Stuff: Qualities Needed for Learning and How to Nurture Them</em>, will conclude with a look at &quot;What Schools Can Do.&quot; <strong>Camille Farrington</strong>, will share highlights of a recent Consortium on Chicago School Research report that challenges the notion hard work and effort are fixed character traits of individual students. Rather, the researchrs found these traits can be fostered&mdash;or repressed&mdash;through instructional and contextual factors in the classroom.&nbsp;</p><div>Farrington also will offer fresh insights into why grades are far better predictors than test scores of whether a student will graduate from high school or college.&nbsp;A panel of on-the-ground educators will talk about what they are doing to nurture the required qualities.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The annual series is co-sponsored by Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) and Catalyst Chicago, a publication of Community Renewal Society. Camille Farrington is lead author of <em>Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners</em>, a new report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research. Farrington is a research associate at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Respondents at this event are:&nbsp;<strong>Mary Ann Pitcher</strong>, co-director, Network for College Success, a partnership between the University of Chicago&rsquo;s School of Social Service Administration and the Chicago Public Schools that promotes whole-school improvement;&nbsp;<strong>Elizabeth Dozier</strong>, principal, Fenger High School, a turn-around school in the Roseland neighborhood;&nbsp;<strong>Sean Stalling</strong>, chief of schools, South Side Network, Chicago Public Schools, and the former principal of Manley High School. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To register for this event and pay online, <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4465767230#">follow this link</a>. You may also <a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/sites/catalyst-chicago.org/files/bpi-2012_registration.pdf">download a form</a> to pay by mail or fax.</div></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/qualities-needed-learning-what-schools-can-do-103402 Sweating the Soft Stuff: Qualities Needed for Learning and How to Nurture Them http://www.wbez.org/sweating-soft-stuff-qualities-needed-learning-and-how-nurture-them-102214 <p><p>You don&rsquo;t have to be a teacher to know that motivation, persistence, curiosity, conscientiousness, and other such personal qualities make a big difference in student learning. And you might think there is little you can do about them. But new research&mdash;in brain science, social science, and economics&mdash;makes a compelling case that these essential qualities, and even intelligence itself, can be developed&mdash;at school as well as at home. A new research review by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research concurs.</p><div>Come to the 2012 Chicago School Policy Forum Series to learn what this research can mean for policy and practice. Both lead speakers&mdash;journalist Paul Tough and researcher Camille Farrington&mdash;argue that school reform needs a course correction. In the words of Tough, &ldquo;We have been focusing on the wrong skills and abilities in our children, and we have been using the wrong strategies to help nurture and teach those skills.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Paul Tough</strong>, author of the just-published <em>How Children Succeed</em> and <em>Whatever It Takes</em>, his 2008 examination of the Harlem Children&#39;s Zone, will kick off the series on Sept. 27. <strong>Barbara Bowman</strong>, co-founder and past president of the Erikson Institute, a graduate school in early childhood education, will respond.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 18:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sweating-soft-stuff-qualities-needed-learning-and-how-nurture-them-102214 The Shifts and the Shocks: The Struggle for a New World Economy http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-23/shifts-and-shocks-struggle-new-world-economy <p><p>Several shocks have jolted the world economy in recent years. The 2008 financial crisis, the ensuing recession, and the ongoing eurozone sovereign debt crisis have left deep scars. High unemployment, unstable financial institutions, and large budget deficits have brought forth issues of income inequality, corporate governance, taxation, and the role of government in political systems that are already sclerotic and increasingly contested. The recovery, particularly in the high-income economies, seems fragile and fraught with dangers. Yet these tremors mask a deeper systemic shift in the very core structure of the global economic system. Emerging countries are growing rapidly, while high-income countries are growing slowly or not at all. Economic power is shifting to the east. How will countries weather these transformations, internally and externally? What can be done to fix the system’s flaws? What will the world economy look like after the shockwaves subside? Join The Chicago Council for a conversation with Martin Wolf on the struggle for a new world economy.</p><p><strong>Martin Wolf</strong> is associate editor and chief economics commentator for the<em> Financial Times</em>.</p><p><em>Please note that BUSINESS ATTIRE IS REQUIRED at the Union League Club of Chicago.</em></p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:13:52 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-23/shifts-and-shocks-struggle-new-world-economy International Women Associates 2012 Women Extraordinaire Award Presented to Connie K. Duckworth http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-01/international-women-associates-2012-women-extraordinaire-award-presented-connie-k-d <p><p>Since 1996, International Women Associates (IWA) has presented its Woman Extraordinaire Award to a Chicago-area woman who has made outstanding contributions in her field and in the international arena. This year's recipient of the award is Connie Duckworth.<br> <br> <strong>Connie Duckworth</strong> founded Arzu Studio Hope, a non-profit organization, in 2004. She serves as pro bono chairman and CEO for the organization. Ms. Duckworth is a retired partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs &amp; Co., where she was named the first woman sales and trading partner during her twenty-year career from 1981–2001. She is the immediate past chairman of The Global Heritage Fund in Palo Alto and serves on the boards of The Wharton School in Philadelphia, the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois, as the first woman to be named chairman of the board.<br> <br> IWA is a Chicago-area forum promoting cross-cultural exchange among women with significant global experience and others within the broader community. IWA links diverse people and organizations to advocate universal human rights, especially for women and girls. For tickets or further information, visit www.iwachicago.org or call 312-263-1421.</p></p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:17:20 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-01/international-women-associates-2012-women-extraordinaire-award-presented-connie-k-d Implementing the Common Core and PreK-12 Continuum: How Districts and Schools Are Responding http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-12-14/implementing-common-core-and-prek-12-continuum-how-districts-and-schools-are-respon <p><p>Adopted last year by Illinois and 43 other states, the Common Core State Standards are an ambitious effort to raise the bar of K-12 student achievement to one that is on par with the best education systems in the world. Illinois is part of a 26-state consortium that is developing a new testing system for implementation in 2014–15. It is expected to show that students statewide have a lot further to go than ISAT exams have suggested.<br> <br> The new CPS administration has embraced the Common Core as a reform centerpiece and plans to implement the new standards district-wide in 2012–13, one year earlier than required. A related reform goal is to create an integrated preschool-to-12 system so that teaching and learning move steadily from the start toward college and career readiness. The sweeping overhaul of the central and field offices is aimed at that goal.<br> <br> Many educators are enthusiastic about how the new Common Core standards promote deep learning and critical thinking across multiple grades. Others worry about how the new demands for accelerated learning will affect the early grades and connect to the Illinois Early Learning Standards for PreK. Realizing the full promise of the new standards in every classroom for every student will be a daunting undertaking.<br> <br> In our 2011 Chicago School Policy Forum Series, key leaders will discuss where the standards came from, how they will be measured, and what they could mean for educators, parents, schools, districts, and other stakeholders.&nbsp; Speakers for this final talk in the series are <strong>Sonja Brookins Santelises</strong>, chief academic officer at Baltimore City Public Schools, and <strong>Jeff Nelsen</strong> from Targeted Leadership Consulting. Jennifer Cheatham, chief of instruction at Chicago Public Schools, Kiltae Fernando Kim, principal at Lloyd Elementary School, and Kim Zalent, director of the public education program at BPI will respond to the speakers with their own comments and insights.</p><p>Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. The program will begin shortly thereafter, concluding at 9:30 a.m. Please note the <a href="http://www.ulcc.org/default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&amp;pageid=309683&amp;ssid=198229&amp;vnf=1">Union League Club of Chicago's dress code</a>.</p></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:36:46 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-12-14/implementing-common-core-and-prek-12-continuum-how-districts-and-schools-are-respon 2011 Chicago Schools Policy Forum Series: Beyond Multiple Choice: Teaching and Assessing under the Common Core http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-08/2011-chicago-schools-policy-forum-series-beyond-multiple-choice-teaching-and-assess <p><p>Adopted last year by Illinois and 43 other states, the Common Core State Standards are an ambitious effort to raise the bar of K-12 student achievement to one that is on par with the best education systems in the world. Illinois is part of a 26-state consortium that is developing a new testing system for implementation in 2014–15. It is expected to show that students statewide have a lot further to go than ISAT exams have suggested.<br> <br> The new CPS’ administration has embraced the Common Core as a reform centerpiece and plans to implement the new standards district-wide in 2012–13, one year earlier than required. A related reform goal is to create an integrated preschool-to-12 system so that teaching and learning move steadily from the start toward college and career readiness. The sweeping overhaul of the central and field offices is aimed at that goal.<br> <br> Many educators are enthusiastic about how the new Common Core standards promote deep learning and critical thinking across multiple grades. Others worry about how the new demands for accelerated learning will affect the early grades and connect to the Illinois Early Learning Standards for PreK. Realizing the full promise of the new standards in every classroom for every student will be a daunting undertaking.<br> <br> In our 2011 Chicago School Policy Forum Series, key leaders will discuss where the standards came from, how they will be measured, and what they could mean for educators, parents, schools, districts, and other stakeholders. This lecture features <strong>Chris Koch</strong>, Illinois state school superintendent, who will speak to teaching and assessing under the Common Core standards. <strong>Sam Meisels</strong>, president of the Erikson Institute, and <strong>Dan Montgomery</strong>, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers will respond to Koch's talk.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Registration for this event opens at 7:30 a.m., and breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. The program will begin shortly thereafter, concluding at 9:30 a.m.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>PLEASE NOTE</strong>: The Union League Club of Chicago maintains a “business casual” dress code (i.e., no jeans, denim, or t-shirts; for men, collared shirt required).</p></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:15:52 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-08/2011-chicago-schools-policy-forum-series-beyond-multiple-choice-teaching-and-assess Common Core Standards: The Promise and the Peril http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-27/common-core-standards-promise-and-peril <p><p>Adopted last year by Illinois and 43 other states, the Common Core State Standards are an ambitious effort to raise the bar of K-12 student achievement to one that is on par with the best education systems in the world. Illinois is part of a 26-state consortium that is developing a new testing system for implementation in 2014–15. It is expected to show that students statewide have a lot further to go than ISAT exams have suggested.<br> <br> The new CPS administration has embraced the Common Core as a reform centerpiece and plans to implement the new standards district-wide in 2012–13, one year earlier than required. A related reform goal is to create an integrated preschool-to-12 system so that teaching and learning move steadily from the start toward college and career readiness. The sweeping overhaul of the central and field offices is aimed at that goal.<br> <br> Many educators are enthusiastic about how the new Common Core standards promote deep learning and critical thinking across multiple grades. Others worry about how the new demands for accelerated learning will affect the early grades and connect to the Illinois Early Learning Standards for PreK. Realizing the full promise of the new standards in every classroom for every student will be a daunting undertaking.<br> <br> In the 2011 Chicago School Policy Forum Series, key leaders will discuss where the standards came from, how they will be measured, and what they could mean for educators, parents, schools, districts, and other stakeholders.</p><p>During this forum—Common Core Standards: The Promise and the Peril—<strong>Michael Cohen</strong>, president of the national advocacy group Achieve, will provide an overview of the Common Core and the critical issues.<br> <br> Respondents include: <strong>Noemi Donoso</strong>, chief education officer of the Chicago Public Schools, and <strong>Gillian Dowley</strong> <strong>McNamee</strong>, director of teacher education at the Erikson Institute.</p><p>This forum will be held over breakfast at the Union League Club of Chicago. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. The program will begin shortly thereafter, running until 9:30 a.m.</p></p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 17:23:35 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-27/common-core-standards-promise-and-peril Race and Education: A Look at the Chicago Public Schools http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-20/race-and-education-look-chicago-public-schools <p><p>Race continues to define the education that most children in this country, state, and city receive. <em>Catalyst Chicago</em> and the Union League Club of Chicago forum will examine this challenge from both international and local perspectives.<br> <br> Specifically, the speakers will address these questions: How does race affect the quality of education provided by CPS? How does the success or failure of minority students in CPS affect the community at large? Which innovative strategies are improving the education of CPS students, and what can we learn from them?<br> <br> <strong>Terry Mazany</strong>, president of The Chicago Community Trust and former interim CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, will be the keynote speaker. Panelists will be: <strong>Terrence Carter</strong>, from the Academy of Urban School Leadership and former principal of Barton Elementary; <strong>Ernesto Matias</strong>, Principal, Wells Community Academy High School; and <strong>Shelby Wyatt</strong>, a counselor at Kenwood Academy High School and founder of The Brotherhood peer mentoring program.</p><p>The program will begin at 4 p.m. and a reception will follow from 5:30 to 6 p.m.</p><p><em>Please note this venue has a dress code, <a href="http://www.ulcc.org/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&amp;pageid=309683&amp;ssid=198781&amp;vnf=1%20">the details of which may be found by clicking on this link</a>. </em></p></p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:54:13 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-20/race-and-education-look-chicago-public-schools