WBEZ | Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy http://www.wbez.org/content/adlai-stevenson-center-democracy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Consequences of the Media Information Hydrant: A Nation of Silent Spectators http://www.wbez.org/consequences-media-information-hydrant-nation-silent-spectators-106237 <p><p><strong>Torey Malatia</strong> is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Chicago Public Media, Inc. He is a leader in public media strategic thinking, has written and lectured extensively about the public media&#39;s role as a public trust, and serves as Board Chair of Public Radio Exchange, Inc. As an advocate for deepening community commitments, he has spearheaded numerous neighborhood and local reporting initiatives. Together with <strong>Ira Glass</strong>, Torey co-founded This American Life in 1995. &nbsp;Under his leadership, Chicago Public Media has developed its most significant national initiatives and programs, including The Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2000, Sound Opinions in 2005, and Wait, Wait, Don&rsquo;t Tell Me!, a co-production with National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. in 1998. &nbsp;In 2001, he was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame as the first not-for-profit representative to receive this honor.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Born and reared in Oak Park, Illinois, Torey resides in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, artist <strong>Elizabeth Carson Manley</strong>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information on this event <a href="http://www.stevensoncenterondemocracy.org/upcoming.html">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/consequences-media-information-hydrant-nation-silent-spectators-106237 The Middle East in Turmoil: A Political Economy http://www.wbez.org/middle-east-turmoil-political-economy-106236 <p><p><strong>Dr. Khairy Tourk</strong> is a professor of Economics at Illinois Institute of Technology. He received his undergraduate degree from Alexandria University, Egypt and his PhD. from the University of California at Berkeley. &nbsp;He is a consultant to the World Bank, IMF and Bank Negara in Malaysia and has held teaching and research positions at top universities in Japan such as The University of Tokyo, Nagoya University and Hitotsubashi University.</p><div>A long time observer of the world from within, Dr. Tourk&rsquo;s present focus is economic modernization in Egypt and the political economies of East Asia with an emphasis on the role played by Japan in the industrialization of its neighbors before and after 1945. Dr. Tourk is a member of the Center for East Asian Studies and the Economic Policy and Public Finance group at the University of Chicago.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Dr. Tourk &nbsp;was born in Alexandria, Egypt and credits the varied richness of his surroundings in his formative years as the driving force behind his life-long passion for comparative studies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://www.stevensoncenterondemocracy.org/upcoming.html">here.&nbsp;</a></div></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/middle-east-turmoil-political-economy-106236 Israel and Palestine: Paths to Peace http://www.wbez.org/israel-and-palestine-paths-peace-105694 <p><p>Rabbi <strong>Herbert Bronstein</strong> is a lecturer and writer in the field of comparative religion, religion faculty member at Lake Forest College and senior scholar at North Shore Congregation Israel. &nbsp;He was ordained at Hebrew Union College.</p><div>Palestinian born <strong>Dr. Issam Nassar</strong> is a professor of history at Illinois State University. He is an associate editor with the Jeruslem Quarterly. Dr. Nassar has written several books including <em>European Portrayal of Jerusalem:</em></div><div><em>Religious Fascinations and Colonial Imaginations</em> and <em>Photographing Jerusalem:</em></div><div><em>The Image of the City in Nineteenth Century Photography</em>. &nbsp;He received his BA from Brizeit University, Palestine and his Doctor of Arts from Illinois State University.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://www.stevensoncenterondemocracy.org">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/israel-and-palestine-paths-peace-105694 America's Misguided Policy Concerning Iran http://www.wbez.org/americas-misguided-policy-concerning-iran-104602 <p><p><strong>John Mearsheimer</strong> is the E. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor and co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago. He has written extensively about security issues and international politics, including the books <em>Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics,&nbsp;The Tragedy of Great Power Politics,</em>&nbsp;and <em>The Isreal Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy</em> (with Stephen M. Walt). He has written numerous articles for academic journals and op-ed pieces for <em>The New York Times</em> and the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> dealing with topics like Bosnia, nuclear proliferation, American policy toward India, the failure of Arab-Israeli peace efforts, and the folly of invading Iraq.</p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/americas-misguided-policy-concerning-iran-104602 Taking the Pulse of Health Care Reform: The Myths and Truths of The Affordable Care Act http://www.wbez.org/taking-pulse-health-care-reform-myths-and-truths-affordable-care-act-102278 <p><p>Our panel of health care experts will examine the features of&nbsp;The Affordable Care Act, the progress of the provisions already in effect, what opponents dislike, what programs have yet to be enacted, alternative approaches to our system, and what the presidential election outcome could mean for the future of health care in this country. Our speakers are: Dr. <strong>Quentin Young</strong>, chair of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group and national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program; <strong>Michael Gelder</strong>, senior health care policy advisor to Governor Pat Quinn; <strong>Donna Thompson</strong>, Access Community Health Network; and <strong>Laura Minzer</strong>, executive director of the Healthcare Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce.</p></p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/taking-pulse-health-care-reform-myths-and-truths-affordable-care-act-102278 Future Water Wars? http://www.wbez.org/future-water-wars-102277 <p><p>Growing populations, climate change, and diminishing water resources are combining to make water the oil of the 21st century. Our panel will explore federal, state, and local water resources policy, emerging practices and technologies that could set us on a path to more sustainable management, and, most importantly, what we can do as consumers and citizens. The panel features:&nbsp;<strong>Andrea Cline</strong>, water resource professional, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission; <strong>Josh Ellis</strong>, program director at the Metropolitan Planning Council; and <strong>David Naftzger</strong>, executive director of the Council of Great Lakes Governors and a Highland Park councilman.</p></p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/future-water-wars-102277 Inside the Presidential Debates with Newton Minow http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-05-13/inside-presidential-debates-newton-minow <p><p><strong>Newton Minow</strong> was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in 1961. Minow famously dubbed television a "vast wasteland" and called for programming reforms to better serve the public interest. He is a former law partner of Adlai Stevenson II, was chairman of PBS, and co-chair of the presidential debates in 1976 and 1980. He is currently co-vice chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has organized the debates for the last two decades. Minow's book, written with longtime collaborator Craig LaMay, <em>Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future</em>, is a fascinating look into the origins of presidential debates with suggestions for their improvement today.</p></p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:20:07 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-05-13/inside-presidential-debates-newton-minow Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention with Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-11/cancer-risk-assessment-and-prevention-dr-olufunmilayo-olopade <p><p>Dr. <strong>Olufunmilayo Olopade</strong> will speak on integrating women's health in the global development agenda. Dr. Olopade is the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Global Health at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Olopade's research has focused on understanding familial forms of cancer. As a physician and scientist, Dr. Olopade works to translate scientific discoveries and cancer risk assessment into optimal interventions for women at risk of breast cancer. A global leader in academic medicine, Dr. Olopade has received numerous honors and awards, including the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award for “bridging continents with her innovative research and service models.”</p></p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 09:57:07 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-11/cancer-risk-assessment-and-prevention-dr-olufunmilayo-olopade Adlai E. Stevenson II’s 112th Birthday http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-05/adlai-e-stevenson-ii%E2%80%99s-112th-birthday <p><p>Help celebrate Adlai E. Stevenson II’s 112th birthday!<br> <br> The Lake County Forest Preserve District and the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy will celebrate the 112th birthday of Adlai Stevenson II at his former home near Libertyville, IL. The District will provide tours of the Adlai Stevenson Historic Home at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. At 1:30, Adlai Stevenson III will give a talk titled "Another Politics, Another Time—Memories of My Father, Adlai II." Adults and families with children 8 years old and up are welcome. The events are free, but registration is required. Please call 847-968-3321.</p></p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 13:23:07 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-05/adlai-e-stevenson-ii%E2%80%99s-112th-birthday America's Relationship with Afghanistan and Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-08/americas-relationship-afghanistan-and-pakistan <p><p>Local author <strong>M. Salahuddin Khan</strong> has written a multiple award-winning novel, <em>Sikander</em>. A work of historical fiction, it covers the origins of the war in Afghanistan and America's complex relationships with Pakistan, the Taliban, and other forces in the region. Come hear Mr. Khan discuss these events and read from his book, which will also be available for purchase and signing.</p><p>The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization. The ASCD operates out of the Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home as a licensee of the Lake County Forest Preserve District. The license does not imply the District's endorsement of specific ASCD positions or presenters.</p><p>To register for this event, please call the Stevenson Center at 847-816-7433 or go to<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span><a href="http://www.stevensoncenterondemocracy.org">www.stevensoncenterondemocracy.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 12:06:14 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-08/americas-relationship-afghanistan-and-pakistan