On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln arrived at the cemetery on the Gettysburg battlefield to deliver the most famous speech in American history.
The Great Books Foundation and the Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC) -- an institutional descendant of the Union Leagues of America movement dedicated to helping President Lincoln defend the Union -- invite you to join them on November 19 on the 150th Anniversary of that momentous occasion. We will begin with an hors d'oeurves and cocktail reception, followed by a special program hosted by the ULCC Public Affairs Committee, The Great Books Foundation, and the Civil War Round Table.
The formal program begins with Dr. David Zarefsky, professor of Communications and Presidential Rhetoric at Northwestern University, a globally-recognized expert of Lincoln's rhetoric, with his path-breaking analysis of the Gettysburg Address. Don Whitfield of the Great Books Foundation will then guide a panel of Chicago's leading citizens in conversation about what the Gettysburg Address means to them today. This program is intended for all who derive inspiration from Lincoln's supreme rhetorical achievement.
Confirmed panelists include
- Paul Alt, Alt Architecture + Research Associates
- Walter Boyd, Executive Director, St. Leonard’s House
- Alderman Edward Burke, Chair, City Council Committee on Finance
- Thomas Durkin, international civil rights advocate
- Victor Gaskins, Program Director, St. Leonard’s House
- Susan Henking, President, Shimer College
- David Hiller, President & CEO, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
- Paul Kalenik, Veteran, Chief of Staff, Leave No Veteran Behind
- Paul Knudsen, Veteran, Student Veterans of America State Initiatives
- Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
- Martha Lavey, Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theater
- Victor LaGroon, Veteran, City of Chicago Advisory Council on Veteran Affairs
- Charles Newell, Artistic Director, Court Theatre
- Andrew Patner, WFMT
- Alex Pollock, Chairman, American Enterprise Institute and The Great Books Foundation
- Maged Refaat, Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Chicago
- Jessica Rose, Veteran, Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (I-Save Foundation
- Donald Whitfield, Discussion Leader
This event begins with the reception at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude at 7:30 p.m. following the program. The cost is $25 person, inclusive of tax, gratuities and hors d'oeurves; a cash bar will be available. Please note: the Union League Club of Chicago maintains a "business casual" dress code -- i.e., no jeans or denim. For more information, please contact the ULCC Public Affairs office at (312) 435-5946.