Tuesday, September 7, 2010



I will be appearing at North Central College on Wednesday, September 29 to discuss Chicago politics, past and present (which suddenly has become even more interesting, if such a thing is possible), and my book The Chairman, A Novel of Big City Politics and, hopefully, by that time, its sequel, The Chairman’s Challenge, A Continuing Novel of Big City Politics. While the presentation is being put on primarily for the benefit of North Central students, it is open to the general public and promises to be lively, entertaining, and informative. There will, of course, be a question and answer session following my lecture that promises to make the evening even more interesting.

The particulars are as follows:

Day and date: Wednesday, September 29
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: North Central College
Old Main-Smith Hall
30 N. Brainard
Naperville, IL 60540

I look forward to this event and hope that many of you can join me for what will prove to be an evening to remember.


Reid said...

Maybe you could comment to teh students on this Tribune story on the Gates Foundation in which "experts" suggest that giving money to charity rather than paying in taxes opens you up to a "democratic" process, which I suppose includes self-appointed expert on the common good:

The Gates Foundation also has been criticized for having a small board of directors -- the co-chairs and Buffett -- running such a large charitable organization, Palmer said.

Pablo Eisenberg of Georgetown University's Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership said the foundation has a moral obligation to share its decision-making process more broadly as it distributes what is partly taxpayer dollars they saved on taxes by giving the money away.

"There's no substitute for other points of view and perspectives around the table when a so-called board is about to make a decision on priorities and programs affecting $3 billion a year or more," Eisenberg said. The foundation does have several advisory boards and other consultants, but Eisenberg considers them a poor substitute for a governing board that includes strong outside voices.

The Pontificator said...

Thanks, Reid.