Citizenship, Public Service, and the Common Good

Citizenship, Public Service, and the Common Good

‌21-22 September 2016
4th Floor, Information Commons, Lake Shore Campus

This event was free and open to the public. For more information please contact

The Hank Center hosted a two-day symposium this September called "Citizenship, Public Service, and the Common Good."  In light of the many social ills that have been exposed over the last year and the sometimes-surreal presidential primary season, the Center wanted to bring faculty, students, and concerned citizens together to discuss some of the issues that faced us before the November elections.  Included scholarly panels during the day on such issues as migration and immigration, gun culture and gun control, and an evening forum on global security and U.S. policy.  On Thursday, September 22nd, a panel on "the state of the State" of Illinois was offered, with various political leaders, both local and national.

View the full Citizenship, Public Service, and the Common Good Program here.

Featured speakers include:

  • Peter Neeley, S.J., Kino Border Initiative
  • Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director of the Center for Human Rights of Children
  • Maria Vidal de Haymes, Director of the Institute of Migration and Global Studies in Practice in Social Work
  • Firmin DeBradbander, Author of Do Guns Make Us Free? Democracy and the Armed Society
  • Tobias Winright, Endowed Professor of Health Care Ethics, St. Louis University
  • Shahed Amanullah, Former Senior Advisor, U.S. State Department
  • Hille Haker, Richard McCormick, S.J., Chair of Moral Theology
  • Peter Schraeder, Chair, Department of Political Science
  • Larry Suffredin, Cook County Board District Commissioner
  • Sr. Catherine M. Ryan, O.S.F., Executive Director, Maryville
  • Omar Aquino, Illinois State Senate District 2
  • Pat Quinn, Former Governor of Illinois
  • Daniel Cronin, DuPage County Board Chairman
  • Michael Connelly, Illinois State Senator
  • Honorable Judge Virginia Kendall, Federal District Court of Illinois
  • Miguel Diaz, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Retired; John Courtney Murray Chair in Public Service