Service Schedule

Stephanie Caparelli, J.D., Lecturer in Politics with a Specialization in Race and Criminal Justice
Jan
20
10:30 AM10:30

Stephanie Caparelli, J.D., Lecturer in Politics with a Specialization in Race and Criminal Justice

Confessing to a Crime You Didn’t Commit: A Case Study Analysis in Interrogations and False Confession

Stephanie Caparelli, J.D., Lecturer in Politics with a Specialization in Race and Criminal Justice at Lake Forest College, will speak on the topic, Confessing to A Crime You Didn’t Commit: A Case Study Analysis in Interrogations and False Confession.  When asked whether they could envision a circumstance under which they might confess to a crime they didn't commit, most people respond with a confident and resounding "no." The prospect is difficult to fathom, which is why juries are often remiss when they render guilty verdicts where the defendant has confessed to a crime.  A confession is often held up to be the ultimate piece of inculpatory evidence.  However, the Innocence Project finds that more than 1 out of 4 wrongfully convicted persons ultimately exonerated by DNA evidence falsely confessed to the crime for which they were charged.  We will explore this phenomenon using the 1992 Waukegan murder of Holly Staker and the false confession of Juan Rivera.  Juan's false confession led to three separate juries rendering a guilty verdict for him, resulting in Juan spending 19 years in the Department of Corrections before finally being exonerated.

Stephanie Caparelli is a graduate of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she interned at the Lake County Juvenile Justice Division of the Lake County Public Defender as well as the Felony Trials Division of the Cook County Public Defender.  She practiced law as a trial lawyer in the Lake County Public Defender's Office before accepting a position at her alma mater, Lake Forest College, where she teaches courses on trial law, criminal procedure, Chicago criminal cases, and argument and rhetoric in law.

Guest musician: Chelsea French, Music Institute of Chicago and North Central College, and her colleague, Tom Stark. 

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Ward Wilson, Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists
Jan
27
10:30 AM10:30

Ward Wilson, Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists

Hope in the Nuclear Age: The Realist Case for Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

About the speaker: Ward Wilson is an award-winning author. His book, Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons, was endorsed by two Pulitzer-Prize-winning historians of nuclear weapons, recommended by four star generals, praised by a former head of state and Nobel Peace Prize winner, and described as “brilliant, original, and important.” He has been published in anti-nuclear journals like The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists andNonproliferation Review, military journals likeJoint Force Quarterly and Revue de Défense Nationale, as well as in The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others.  He has spoken in 23 countries on six continents, at the Pentagon, the French National Assembly, the United Nations, the Scottish National Parliament, the U.S. State Department, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Georgetown, and the Sorbonne and others.

Ward Wilson, Senior Fellow at the Washington D.C. Think Tank of the Federation of American Scientists, will speak on the topic of Hope in the Nuclear Age: The Realist Case for Eliminating Nuclear Weapons.  Experts and government officials have told us for years that there’s nothing we can do about nuclear weapons. They’re essential, they say; we just have to live with them. Now Mr. Wilson presents a new, realist take on the need for eliminating nuclear weapons.  Using groundbreaking analysis and innovative arguments, he debunks the Cold War mindset that experts and government officials are locked into.  There is a pragmatic, prudent approach to eliminating nuclear weapons. And that means that there is also hope.

Our guest musician will again be Chelsea French playing the trombone.

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Lina Sergie Attar, Co-Founder/CEO, Karam Foundation
Jan
13
10:30 AM10:30

Lina Sergie Attar, Co-Founder/CEO, Karam Foundation

Karam Foundation: Building a Better Future for Syria

About the speaker:  Lina Sergie Attar is founder and CEO of Karam Foundation.  She is a Syrian-American architect and writer from Aleppo. Her articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, Politico, The Atlantic and the BBC and has spoken about the Syrian humanitarian crisis at schools, universities, and institutions across the United States.  She is a co-founder of the How Many More, serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Syria Campaign, and is a non-resident fellow at New America.  Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization on a mission to build a better future for Syria by developing innovative education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributing aid to Syrian families, and funding sustainable development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.

Ms. Lina Sergi Attar, Co-Founder and CEO of Karam Foundation, will speak on the topic, Karam Foundation: Building a Better Future for Syria.  How do we imagine a vibrant future for Syrians after the mass devastation and trauma they have endured?  How can we rebuild agency and confidence for marginalized refugee communities?  What if there was a space created for the most vulnerable of refugees — the youth — where cutting-edge technology, social camaraderie, and expert mentors were available?  In this talk, Ms. Attar will map out an alternative vision for Syrian refugee youth that is a world away from war and despair.  At her team's Karam Houses in Turkey, hundreds of Syrian teens are building their ideas while gaining world-class critical and creative thinking skills. They are on pathways of future success and leadership for their communities and beyond.

Musical guest: Mikhail Antoshin of The Internationals and his daughter, Chanel, on the flute.

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Jabbar Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Jan
6
10:30 AM10:30

Jabbar Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine

Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education

About the speaker: Dr. Bennett is an associate professor of medicine at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Prior to joining Northwestern, he served as associate dean of the Graduate School, associate dean for diversity in the Division of Biology and Medicine, and clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Before his appointment at Brown, he served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and directed the Office for Multicultural Faculty Careers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of Harvard Medical School’s teaching affiliates. Dr. Bennett received his BS in biology and minor in Spanish from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University, and his PhD in biomedical sciences from Meharry Medical College (Nashville).

Dr. Jabbar Bennett, Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at Northwestern University, will speak on the topic,Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education.  Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education is a top priority for many colleges and universities.  Acknowledging the evolution of our nation’s demographics, as well as those of student, faculty and staff populations is critical.  Ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and has access to the same resources and opportunities is imperative and often requires crucial conversations and difficult decisions to be made.  Preparing institutions to openly welcome, embrace and respect diverse individuals, their backgrounds, beliefs, expectations and practices continues to challenge traditional structures and systems within higher education.

Musical guest: Mikhail Antoshin of The Internationals and his daughter, Chanel, on the flute.

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Michael Nerheim, Lake County States Attorney
Dec
2
10:30 AM10:30

Michael Nerheim, Lake County States Attorney

A Moral Fight Against Opioids in Our Backyard

About the speaker: As Lake County State’s Attorney, Mr. Nerheim oversees an office of 144 attorneys, investigators, victim coordinators, paralegals, and support staff, plus two certified comfort dogs and a corps of volunteers. He began his legal career in 1999 as an Assistant State’s Attorney. He has extensive experience working in all criminal divisions of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, handling every type of case including traffic, misdemeanor, domestic violence, criminal sexual assault, drug trafficking, gang-related crimes, crimes against children and the elderly, official misconduct, and murder. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota and earned his Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  

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David Victorson, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Medical School Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Director of the Consciousness in Health Research Lab
Nov
25
10:30 AM10:30

David Victorson, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Medical School Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Director of the Consciousness in Health Research Lab

Does Science Back up Positive Benefits of Both Meditative Mindfulness and Yoga? 

About the Speaker: Dr. David Victorson is Associate Professor of Medical School Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern, and Director of the Consciousness in Health Research Lab.  Victorson, as a licensed health psychologist, researches ways to reduce symptoms of suffering within the context of illness and disease, but also finds ways to promote and accelerate healthy lives and wellness, quality of life, meaning and purpose, and overall human flourishing.  He is on the team-science faculty track at Northwestern, and fully believes in the importance of trans-disciplinary collaboration with academic and community partners, often noting that while research is "me-search," important discoveries and contributions don't occur until research is "we-search."  He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami.

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Howard Learner, J.D. Harvard University, President and Executive Director, Environmental Law and Policy Center
Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

Howard Learner, J.D. Harvard University, President and Executive Director, Environmental Law and Policy Center

Protecting the Midwest’s Environment and Natural Heritage

About the Speaker: Howard Learner is President and Executive Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.  The Environmental Law and Policy Center is the Midwest’s premier public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization.  In addition to his positions at the Law and Policy Center, Mr. Learner is an (Adjunct) Professor at the University of Michigan Law School and at Northwestern University Law School, where he teaches advanced seminars in energy and environmental and clean energy law, climate change policy and sustainable development law.  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (1980) and B.A. from the University of Michigan (1976).

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Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, U. of I., Chicago
Nov
11
10:30 AM10:30

Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, U. of I., Chicago

Ethical and Moral Aspects of Childhood Materialism

About the Speaker: Dr. Lan Nguyen Chaplin is Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  She conducts research in the areas of children’s social-cognitive development, happiness, branding, and consumer behavior.  Dr. Chaplin recently received the Journal of Consumer Research Best Article of the Year Award for her paper titled, “Material parenting: How the use of goods in parenting fosters materialism in the next generation.”  Her research has been covered by TIME, Forbes, The New York Times, Fortune, and ABC News Radio, CBS News, The Atlantic, Washington Times, Boston Globe, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Parenting, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, New York Magazine, Popular Science, Psychology Today, Spotify, and Glamour.  She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

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Robert Hariman, Ph.D., Professor of Rhetoric and Public Culture, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University
Nov
4
10:30 AM10:30

Robert Hariman, Ph.D., Professor of Rhetoric and Public Culture, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University

A Time of Social Catastrophes? Living with Radical Change

*This Sunday we will meet at Mallinckrodt Center, 1041 Ridge Rd., Wilmette

About the speaker:

Dr. Robert Hariman, Professor of Rhetoric and Public Culture, Dept. of Communication Studies, Northwestern University, is the author of Political Style: The Artistry of Power and of two co-authored books on photojournalism: No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy, and most recently, The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship.  His other publications include edited volumes on popular trials, political judgment, political realism, and the texture of political action, as well as journal articles on parody, allegory, banality, and other modes of public address.  His work has been translated into French and Chinese.  Hariman posts periodically at nocaptionneeded.com, his co-authored blog on photojournalism, politics, and culture.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

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Charles Strain, Ph.D., Professor, Religious Studies, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, DePaul University
Oct
28
10:30 AM10:30

Charles Strain, Ph.D., Professor, Religious Studies, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, DePaul University

Buddha Enters the Marketplace: The Birth, Flowering and Global Reach of Engaged Buddhism

*This Sunday we will meet at Mallinckrodt Center, 1041 Ridge Rd., Wilmette

About the speaker: Dr. Charles Strain, Professor, Religious Studies, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, DePaul University, teaches in the areas of Liberation Theology, Socially Engaged Buddhism and their contributions to ethics of peace and justice. Strain also teaches in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies program. His recent book, The Prophet and the Bodhisattva: Daniel Berrigan, Thich Nhat Hanh and the Ethics of Peace and Justice (2014), received the outstanding 2016 book of the year award chosen by the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies. In 2017, Strain co-authored (with Elizabeth Collier) Global Migration: What is Happening, Why, and a Just Response. Strain is an avid swimmer and enjoys mountain hiking.

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Grace Wolf-Chase, Ph.D., Astronomer, Adler Planetarium
Oct
21
10:30 AM10:30

Grace Wolf-Chase, Ph.D., Astronomer, Adler Planetarium

The Interactive Cosmos: Star Formation, an Evolving Web of Relationships

About the Speaker: Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase is Astronomer at Adler Planetarium, an Associate at the University of Chicago, an Affiliated Faculty member of the Zygon Center for Religion Science, and Vice President of the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS).  Her position at the Adler integrates academic research in her field of expertise (star formation) with public education, particularly through engaging people around the world in “citizen science”.  Wolf-Chase holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona. A life-long Lutheran, she resides with her spouse in Naperville, IL and has three adult children in college.


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Nancy Rotering, J.D. Mayor of Highland Park
Oct
14
10:30 AM10:30

Nancy Rotering, J.D. Mayor of Highland Park

A Conversation about Legislation to Ban Civilian High Powered Weaponry

Nancy Rotering is Mayor of Highland Park. As an attorney, Ms. Rotering joined McDermott Will & Emery working on health care matters. In 2008, she shifted her focus to government work and served as a Legislative Aide to State Representative Karen May.  Rotering is the first female mayor of Highland Park, IL.  She was elected in April 2011 and re-elected in 2015.  A two-term mayor, she shook up City Hall with a major reform of city government that resulted in transparency, accessibility, collaboration and ethical accountability.  She led the charge to pass one of the nation’s only local assault weapons bans. Nancy successfully fought the NRA all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Stanford University, an MBA at Northwestern University and a law degree at the University of Chicago. She and her husband Rob have four sons.

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John Levine, Board Member, BackYard Nature Center
Oct
7
10:30 AM10:30

John Levine, Board Member, BackYard Nature Center

Connecting with the Wonders of Nature

About BackYard Nature Center: When we think of wonders of nature, at first blush, a beautiful sunset might come to mind with its myriad shades of oranges and reds.  With BackYard Nature Center (BYNC), we discover a sense of exhilaration, magic and mystery in nature.  To introduce children to the wonders of nature and get them off their screens, BYNC connects with teachers, school officials, New Trier Township, Winnetka Park District, Forest Preserves of Cook County, The Alliance for Early Childhood, Chicago Wilderness friends, service-minded and faith-based organizations, volunteers and contributors.  BYNC brings to the fore the opportunities for children's unstructured play in nature.

About the Speaker: John Levine is involved in both restoration and education initiatives for BYNC. His focus on the board is in the areas of marketing, resource development, and planning. A passionate advocate for nature, John has volunteered with such organizations as The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and Lincoln Park Zoo. He brings BYNC marketing and business management skills, having held leadership positions in the consumer products industry and founded a consulting practice in marketing and innovation. He also writes novels for children. John has a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He lives in Northfield.

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Ahmad Sadri, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Islamic World Studies, Lake Forest College
Sep
23
10:30 AM10:30

Ahmad Sadri, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Islamic World Studies, Lake Forest College

The Rise of Fundamentalism and the Decline of Reform Thought-Judaism, Christianity and Islam

About the Speaker: Dr. Ahmad Sadri, Professor of Sociology and Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College, received his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Tehran and his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research.  He is the author and editor of numerous books including Max Weber’s Sociology of Intellectuals and Reason Freedom and Democracy in Islam, as well as more than one hundred articles.  He wrote a column for Daily Starof Lebanon, and has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, and National Public Radio.   In recent years Sadri wrote a weekly column for Etemad-e Melli, and Irandokht, reformist newspapers in Iran that have since been closed down.   His most recent translation of the Epic of the Persian Kings has sold 15,000 copies and has been turned into a shadow play.

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