Dialogues, formerly known as The Undergraduate Lecture Series on Race, Poverty and Inequality, is a quarterly lecture series founded in 2002 that seeks to educate Northwestern students about public policy issues from a social justice standpoint.
In the past, the lecture series has addressed topics including Alternative Energy and the American Worker, Universal Health Care, Income Inequality in Chicago and at Northwestern, Immigration, LGBT Rights, and Food Insecurity. The lecture series has featured speakers including Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Chair of the Change to Win labor federation, renowned education author and activist Jonathan Kozol, Paul Vallas, Superintendent of Recovery School District in Louisiana, Madeline Talbott, lead organizer of Action Now, and Quentin Young, the Coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program.
Who have we featured in the past?
- John Maki, Executive Director of John Howard Association of Illinois
- Craig Futterman, University of Chicago Law Professor
- Robyn Gabel, State Representative
- Cleve Jones, legendary organizer and activist
- Mary Gallagher, of Mary Gallagher Research and Consulting Group
- Debbie Hillman, co-founder of Evanston Food Policy Council
- Angel la Luz, Greater Chicago Food Depository
- Maura Daly, VP of Government Relations and Advocacy for Feeding America
- Tom Balanoff, President of SEIU Illinois State Council
- Professor Jody Kretzmann, co-director of Northwestern’s ABCD Institute
- Lane Fenrich, Northwestern University Dean