Visiting Speakers


Cheryl Strayed
March 18, 2013
Author of WILD







Dr. Sylvia Earle
Oct. 6, 2011







Wes Moore
Oct. 6, 2010
Youth advocate and author of
The Other Wes Moore







Blake Mycoskie
March 25, 2010
Founder and chief shoe giver for TOMS Shoes; social entrepreneurship







Dr. Vandana Shiva
Oct. 26, 2009
Biodiversity and Conservation Activist







Arun Gandhi
Oct. 17, 2008
Peace activist and diversity speaker;
founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence; grandson of famous Gandhi




F.W. de Klerk
Nov. 1, 2007
Nobel Prize winner and former president of South Africa







Mike Ditka
Oct. 22, 2007
Pro Football Hall of fame, Former Bears coach, player







Dr. Hanoch McCarty
Oct. 26, 2006
Chicken Soup: The Transforming Power That’s Built Into Your Personal Stories







Barack Obama
Sept. 22, 2006
U.S. Senator- Illinois, presidential candidate







Mary Robinson
April 21, 2006
Former president and first woman president of Ireland







Richard Durbin
April 19, 2006
U.S. Senator- Illinois







Dr. Khassan Baiev
March 21, 2006
Author, A Surgeon Under Fire







Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Oct. 6, 2005
Environmentalist and author of
Saint Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy







Rosario Marin
Sept. 22, 2005
Former U.S. treasurer







Fr. Andrew Greeley
April 28, 2005
Renowned author of many books







Julian Bond
Oct. 6, 2004
Civil right leader and former chairman
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People







Robert Novak
May 8, 2004
National syndicated conservative columnist







Herman Boone
April 8, 2004
Football coach
subject of the film Remember the Titans