WBEZ | Elmhurst College - Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel http://www.wbez.org/content/elmhurst-college-hammerschmidt-memorial-chapel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection http://www.wbez.org/drop-dead-healthy-one-man%E2%80%99s-humble-quest-bodily-perfection-106483 <p><p>On a mission to improve every aspect of his life &mdash; from work to love to family &mdash; bestselling humor author <strong>A.J. Jacobs </strong>immersed himself in a series of radical lifestyle experiments. He sought enlightenment in his book, &ldquo;<em>The Year of Living Biblically</em>,&rdquo; and sharpened his mind in &ldquo;<em>The Know-It-All</em>.&rdquo;</p><div>In &ldquo;<em>Drop Dead Healthy: One Man&rsquo;s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection</em>,&rdquo; the editor-at-large for &ldquo;<em>Esquire</em>&rdquo; documents his quest to transform himself from the middle-aged guy with a body like &ldquo;a python that swallowed a goat&rdquo; to &ldquo;the healthiest man in the world.&rdquo; In the process he disentangled medical myths from reality.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This event is co-sponsored by the Elmhurst Public Library and the Friends of the Elmhurst Public Library, with support from Elmhurst College.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College&rsquo;s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Approximately 3,400 full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 23 undergraduate academic departments and 10 graduate degree programs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://public.elmhurst.edu/cultural_events/">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/drop-dead-healthy-one-man%E2%80%99s-humble-quest-bodily-perfection-106483 My Undocumented Life http://www.wbez.org/my-undocumented-life-105736 <p><p>Over his 15 years as a journalist, <strong>Jose Antonio Vargas</strong> interviewed some of the most accomplished people in America, and shared in a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech. For 14 of those years, he hid the fact that he is an undocumented immigrant, &quot;living in a different kind of reality, relying on a sort of 21st-century underground railroad of supporters, people who took an interest in my future and took risks for me.&quot;&nbsp;</p><div>Vargas will present My Undocumented Life, part of the Rudolf G. Schade Lecture Series, at Elmhurst College on Thursday, March 7.&nbsp;Tickets are available at the door or by visiting <a href="http://www.elmhurst.edu/tix">www.elmhurst.edu/tix</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A rising-star journalist, Vargas was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country, including &quot;The Washington Post,&quot; &quot;Rolling Stone&quot; and &quot;The New Yorker.&quot; In 2007, the daily journal &quot;Politico&quot; named him one of the 50 Politicos To Watch. All the while, Vargas was leading a double life, hiding the fact that he was an undocumented immigrant.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;This deceit never got easier,&quot; he said. &quot;The more I did it, the more I felt like an impostor, the more guilt I carried &mdash; and the more I worried that I would get caught.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the summer of 2011, 18 years after arriving in America, Vargas exposed his story in his groundbreaking essay, My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant, for the &quot;New York Times Magazine.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Today, Vargas runs Define American, a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College&rsquo;s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Approximately 3,400</div><div>full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 23 undergraduate academic departments and 10 graduate degree programs.</div></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/my-undocumented-life-105736 Bob Woodward and Judge William J. Bauer: Truth and Justice in America http://www.wbez.org/bob-woodward-and-judge-william-j-bauer-truth-and-justice-america-98804 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>One of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and nonfiction authors, <strong>Bob Woodward </strong>has won nearly every journalism award in the nation, including the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with his Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Growing up in Wheaton, Woodward came to know a distinguished family friend, <strong>William J. Bauer</strong>, President Richard Nixon’s choice for U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and, eventually, for a federal judgeship. Today, Bauer is a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The two old friends will reunite on Thursday, May 17, at Bauer’s alma mater, Elmhurst College, to discuss issues at the heart of the American experience in democracy. The event, "Truth and Justice in America," is the last in 2011–12 Democracy Forum lecture series, the College’s examination of the democratic process and civic life.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bob Woodward has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter, and is currently an associate editor of the newspaper. Last week, he was named the 2012 recipient of the Fourth Estate Award, the National Press Club’s most honored prize. Woodward also has authored or coauthored 16 nonfiction books in the last 36 years. All 16 have been national bestsellers, including <em>All the President’s Men</em> (1974); <em>The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court</em> (1979); <em>The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House</em> (1994); <em>State of Denial: Bush at War Part III</em> (2006); and <em>Obama’s Wars </em>(2010).&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>William J. Bauer has been a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 1975. Prior to that, he served on the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit of the State of Illinois, and State’s Attorney of DuPage County.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bauer is a graduate of Elmhurst College (Class of 1949) and the DePaul University College of Law. He has been a trustee of Elmhurst College since 1976, and over the years he has given fourteen lectures in the College’s highly regarded Rudolf G. Schade speaker series.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This event is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 630-617-3390.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Other speakers in the Democracy Forum lecture series at Elmhurst College have included cultural critic and sociologist Michael Eric Dyson, legal analyst and author Jeffrey Toobin, historian and political commentator Jon Meacham, activist and author Naomi Wolf, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, national security analyst KT McFarland, and acclaimed Harvard political scientist and author Robert Putnam.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College’s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Approximately 3,400 full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 22 undergraduate academic departments and nine graduate degree programs.</div></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/bob-woodward-and-judge-william-j-bauer-truth-and-justice-america-98804 Louis Menand: The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-15/louis-menand-marketplace-ideas-reform-and-resistance-american-university <p><p><strong>Louis Menand</strong>, a trenchant observer of the forces that shape higher education, says that “trying to reform the contemporary university is like trying to get on the Internet with a typewriter.”<br> <br> He argues that this is because the institutional structure and educational philosophy of American higher education have not changed in the last hundred years, while other aspects—the demographics, the mission, the scale—have changed, dramatically.<br> <br> Menand will explore this challenge and what it brings to discussions taking place inside and outside academe about liberal education when he presents "The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University" on Thursday, March 15, at Elmhurst College.<br> <br> A professor of English at Harvard University and a staff writer for <em>The New Yorker</em>, Menand won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in history for <em>The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America</em>. As a longtime contributor to and writer for <em>The New Yorker</em>, he has written about important issues in the worlds of literature, art, pop culture, television, politics and journalism.<br> <br> His 2010 book, <em>The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University</em>, is part of "Issues of Our Time," a series of books that explores “ideas that matter in the new millennium,” according to the series’ editor, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.<br> <br> In <em>The Marketplace of Ideas</em>, Menand describes the evolution of the modern university and whether some of the anachronisms that developed over time are worth preserving. He also examines when the liberal arts became segregated from professional education, why “interdisciplinary” has become a buzzword among professors, deans, and graduate students, and what happened to the humanities disciplines after the 1960s.<br> <br> Menand’s lecture is part of the Democracy Forum at Elmhurst College, a yearlong series of lectures on civic engagement and the promise and problems of democracy.<br> <br> Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College’s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Approximately 3,400 full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 22 undergraduate academic departments and nine graduate degree programs.</p></p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 09:51:25 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-15/louis-menand-marketplace-ideas-reform-and-resistance-american-university U.S. Senator Mark Kirk: The Meaning of Democracy and Civic Engagement http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-06/us-senator-mark-kirk-meaning-democracy-and-civic-engagement <p><p><strong>Mark Kirk</strong> has been one of Illinois’ two U.S. senators since November 2010, when he won a special election to serve out the final weeks of Obama’s Senate term. He also won a regular six-year term that started in January.<br> <br> Before his election to the Senate, Kirk served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives as a congressman for Illinois’ 10th Congressional District, which largely encompasses Chicago’s northern suburbs. Prior to his first election to the House in 2000, he worked on the staff of his predecessor, Congressman John Porter, and also served as counsel to the House International Relations Committee.<br> <br> Commissioned in 1989 as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve, Kirk currently holds the rank of commander, and has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, and Bosnia. From December 2008 to January 2009, Kirk became the first House member since 1942 to deploy to an imminent danger area, when he served as a special adviser for counternarcotics in Kandahar, Afghanistan.<br> <br> Senator Kirk currently serves on the committees on appropriations, banking, housing, and urban development, and health, education, labor, and pensions, as well as the Special Committee on Aging.<br> <br> Kirk’s lecture is part of the Democracy Forum at Elmhurst College, a yearlong series of lectures that illuminate the problems and promise of democracy and civic engagement.<br> <br> Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College’s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Approximately 3,400 full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 22 undergraduate academic departments and nine graduate degree programs. Elmhurst College is affiliated with the United Church of Christ.</p></p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:52:31 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-06/us-senator-mark-kirk-meaning-democracy-and-civic-engagement Naomi Wolf presents "Citizen Empowerment 101" http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-20/naomi-wolf-presents-citizen-empowerment-101 <p><p>Author, political consultant, and social critic <strong>Naomi Wolf</strong> will present “Citizen Empowerment 101” at Elmhurst College. Admission is free and the public is invited.<br> <br> In 1991, Wolf galvanized feminists and gained international fame with the publication of <em>The Beauty Myth</em>, an international bestseller that <em>The New York Times</em> described as one of the most important books of the twentieth century. Wolf later was a political consultant to Al Gore during his 2000 presidential campaign, advising the candidate on women’s issues and social policy.<br> <br> Wolf speaks frequently on gender equality, social justice, and the defense of liberty. She is cofounder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization that teaches leadership to young women, and The American Freedom Campaign, a nonpartisan citizens alliance whose mission is the defense of the Constitution and its system of checks and balances.<br> <br> Wolf is a frequent blogger on The Huffington Post and writes cultural commentary for <em>The Guardian</em>, <em>The Washington Post</em>, and <em>Harper’s Bazaar</em>.<br> <br> The Democracy Forum at Elmhurst College is a series of discussions on the forces that inspire and inhibit our involvement as members of a larger community. For information about upcoming Democracy Forum events, please visit www.elmhurst.edu/democracy, or call 630-617-3390.<br> <br> Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College’s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Approximately 3,400 full- and part-time students are enrolled in the College’s 22 undergraduate academic departments and nine graduate degree programs.</p></p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:49:44 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-20/naomi-wolf-presents-citizen-empowerment-101 Paul Anastas Presents "Designing Tomorrow: The Promise of Green Chemistry" http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-06/paul-anastas-presents-designing-tomorrow-promise-green-chemistry <p><p><strong>Paul Anastas</strong>, known widely as the “Father of Green Chemistry” for his groundbreaking research on the design, manufacture, and use of minimally toxic, environmentally friendly chemicals will present “Designing Tomorrow” at Elmhurst College. This lecture is part of the Roland Quest Lecture series. Admission is free and the public is invited; no reservations are needed.<br> <br> The event also is the first in a series of "Science Talks" that will take place throughout the academic year at Elmhurst College. Science Talks will explore a wide range of topics, from the history of cancer to the weather of the future that demonstrate the inextricable links between science and daily life.<br> <br> Anastas is a science advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency and the assistant administrator for the agency's Office of Research and Development. He has an extensive record of leadership in government, academia, and the private sector.<br> <br> At the time he was nominated by President Obama to lead the Office of Research and Development, Anastas was director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, and was the inaugural Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Anastas was the founding director of the Green Chemistry Institute, headquartered at the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C.<br> <br> Anastas began his career as a staff chemist at the EPA, where he rose to the positions of chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. It was during his time at the EPA when Anastas coined the term “green chemistry.”<br> <br> Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Anastas’ research interests have focused on the design of safer chemicals, bio-based polymers, and new methodologies of chemical synthesis that are more efficient and less hazardous to the environment. A leading writer on the subject of sustainability, green chemistry, and green engineering, Anastas has published 10 books, including <em>Benign by Design</em>, <em>Designing Safer Polymers</em>, <em>Green Engineering</em>, and his seminal work with coauthor John Warner, <em>Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice</em>.<br> <br> The Roland Quest Lecture series was established at Elmhurst College in 1996 and quickly became an enormously popular series. It honors Elmhurst alumnus Roland Quest, class of 1936, a former McDonnell-Douglas engineer who performed design work on the original space shuttle.<br> <br> Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College’s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Approximately 3,400 full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 22 undergraduate academic departments and nine graduate degree programs.</p></p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:01:15 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-06/paul-anastas-presents-designing-tomorrow-promise-green-chemistry