A Roundtable Discussion on Illinois Public Education

Continuing Ed.

A Roundtable Discussion on Illinois Public Education
presented in partnership with
Illinois Humanities and the Great Books Foundation


Wednesday, May 17, 2017
6:00 p.m. – Reception
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Formal Program

Evenings@65West, in partnership with Illinois Humanities and The Great Books Foundation, mark the culmination of the year-long, statewide series, “Continuing Ed.” with a roundtable discussion featuring a panel of elected officials, journalists, nonprofit leaders, students, and educators, using a short text by former University of Chicago President Robert Maynard Hutchins to ask:

“What should we expect from public education and what can families do to help their local schools achieve that promise?”

This complimentary event will be moderated by Joseph Coulson, President & CEO of The Great Books Foundation. The evening will also feature scenes from a new documentary on the story of public education in Illinois produced by Free Spirit Media, as well as the print release of “What About Us? A Compendium on Equity in Public Education,” a resource for those looking to become more active in their local schools.  Discussion participants include:

  1. Peggy Davis – Chief Officer, Programs & Strategic Integration, Chicago Community Trust
  2. Laura Frevelleit – Sr. Manager, Community Engagement, Allstate
  3. Patrick Brosnan – Executive Director, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
  4. Ameya Pawar – Alderman, 47th Ward
  5. Joseph Bast – President & CEO, Heartland Institute
  6. Alex Kotlowitz – Journalist, Writer, Union League Club Distinguished Writer Privilege Holder
  7. Nayla Hale – Student, Kenwood Academy High School
  8. Laurence Minter – Student, Kenwood Academy High School
  9. Carol Ross Barney – Principal Designer, Ross Barney Architects
  10. Mary Beck – Principal, Senn High School
  11. William Ayers – Retired Education Professor, University of Illinois Chicago
  12. Elizabeth Todd Breland – Assistant Professor of History, University of Illinois Chicago

A cash/signature bar will be available. Please note: The Union League Club strictly enforces a Business Casual dress code; no denim or athletic wear permitted.

Union League Club members may register at www.ulcc.org; non-members may register by clicking here.


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