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“The Odds on President Barack Obama Winning a 2nd Term” by Professor Paul Green, presented by the Southside Alumni Chapter of Roosevelt University

The Southside Alumni Chapter of Roosevelt University presents

The Odds on President Barack Obama Winning a 2nd Term


Professor Paul Green, Director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor Policy Studies

Monday, February 20, 2012
6:00 – 7:30pm

Roosevelt University
The Murray-Greene Library, 10th FL
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Political analyst for WGN Radio, guest columnist for the Daily Herald, and authoer of several boks and articles on Illinois and Chicago Politics, who better than Professor Paul Green to discuss the heated political arena surrounding the upcoming 2012 presidential election and what to expect as November looms. Talk followed by Q&A – Bring your questions

RSVP by Thursday, February 16 to or 312-341-4359.

Above: Prof. Green


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Roosevelt alumni are invited to attend a talk on the War on Drugs

Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy and the Roosevelt University chapter of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy are hosting Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Nadelmann will be giving a talk on America’s “War on Drugs,” asking questions about its effectiveness and its repercussions.

Nadelmann, a New York native, received his BA, JD and PhD from Harvard and a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He’s the author of Cops Across Borders and co-authored Policing the Globe with Peter Andreas;  he has also been published in various journals including the National Review. Nadelmann has earned a reputation as a leading advocate for drug policy reform.

He will be speaking at Roosevelt University on February 7th, 2012, from 4:30 to 6:00pm. The talk will be held in Congress Lounge, 2nd floor in the Auditorium Building. To RSVP for this event, please email

Roosevelt University is encouraging alumni and their friends to attend the event.

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Distinguished alumnus, Dr. Charles V. Hamilton joins South African Consul General, Ambassador Nomvume Magaqa and Mansfield Institute Director Dr. Heather Dalmage to discuss 100th anniversary of the African National Congress

Dr. Charles V. Hamilton (BA, ’51) esteemed Roosevelt alumnus and retired Columbia University professor of political science joined the South African Consul General, Ambassador Nomvume Magaqa and Dr. Heather Dalmage, Director of the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation to discuss the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC). Introduced by Roosevelt’s own Denise Bransford, the panel talk was given at the Murray-Green Library, in the Auditorium Building in the Chicago campus.  

The discussion centered on a number of issues facing South Africa – particularly the philosophy of ubuntu, which concerns itself with the relationships between people, themselves and their communities – a matter of emphasizing the interconnectedness between individuals and the communities around them. After being introduced, Dr. Dalmage shared some of her experiences and work in relation to South Africa and discussed the lack of the feeling of ubuntu among young white South Africans.

Dr. Hamilton discussed the current state of the ANC, and maintained that the perceived dissension in its ranks can actually be a healthy dialogue among its leaders. He pointed to other movements and democracies, including the Civil Rights Movement and highlighted the fact that the leaders and supporters of the Civil Rights Movement were also in conflict at times about tactics. It was important to note that these movements for social betterment and change are not monolithic, but diverse and complex.

During the question and answer portion of the evening the Ambassador pointed to the issue of gender equity in the ANC as well as South Africa. She remarked that she was optimistic about the issue of women’s rights in South Africa, and offered the audience a dose of perspective when pointing out that the female presence in government and business in South Africa is proportionally comparable to that of the United States.

Dr. Hamilton also fielded questions and talked about the African-American presence in South Africa – particularly in investment and the business sector. Both he and the Ambassador agreed that real progress was being made with measurable results, but that because South Africa’s democracy is very young, it takes time and will not be achieved in monumental sweeps. The Q&A also moved into a discussion about social movements in general and how they are practiced.

The event was well-attended and the panelists were warmly welcomed. Because Dr. Hamilton is an alumnus, this was a family reunion of sorts, and many of his admirers and supporters were in attendance. In addition, Ambassador Magaqa repeatedly invited members of the audience to visit the South African Consulate for more information.

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Leading children’s rights advocate speaks to Roosevelt staff, faculty, alumni and students about education crisis in the U.S.

 Children’s Defense Fund founder and president, Marian Wright Edelman spoke on October 13th, 2011 to a group of Roosevelt faculty, staff, alumni and students about the disparity among black, Latino and white children in the United States. As this year’s Mansfield lecturer, Edelman came to Roosevelt to discuss the ongoing education crisis among children of color, presenting some sobering statistics and offering suggestions on what to do to combat these obstacles.

Edelman came to Roosevelt as part of the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation initiative, “Scholarship in Action: Disrupting the Prison Pipeline,” which seeks to identify and address the current system of poor and minority youth being funneled “from the cradle to prison.” Introduced by the director of the Mansfield Institute, Heather M. Dalmage, Edelman was welcomed by a warm round of applause. She cited Eleanor Roosevelt as a “personal heroine,” before beginning her talk, in which she shared her experiences in working with the Children’s Defense Fund and the organization’s work in breaking up the “cradle to prison pipeline.” Edelman supported her anecdotal evidence with statistics that highlight the dire consequences of inequities in education and healthcare. She coined the widened gap of income and social inequality a new kind of apartheid.

                                              Because of inclement weather, Edelman came late, and so there was no time for questions or discussion after her talk. Her speech was received enthusiastically, interrupted frequently by bursts of spontaneous applause. She left the lectern to a standing ovation.

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