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Public Invited to ‘A Day With Northwestern’ April 18

Prominent alumni, faculty offer 14 classes on global health, transportation, sports, art and more

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Dave Eanet, award-winning WGN-AM broadcaster and “Voice of the Wildcats,” along with Gary Saul Morson, one of Northwestern University’s most popular faculty members, will be among more than a dozen featured speakers who will lead classes on a variety of topics during A Day With Northwestern 2015.

Presented by the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) and open to the public, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 at Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus.

Eanet, a 1977 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and sports director at WGN-AM, will deliver the early afternoon keynote address. His discussion about his 40 years in Chicago radio will touch upon his work with Northwestern football and men’s basketball, his interactions with legendary local radio personalities and his coverage of the Chicago Bears during their road to Super Bowl XX.

Morson, Frances Hooper Professor of the Arts and Humanities and professor of Russian literature in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, will wrap up the day’s events with a discussion of the future of civil liberties, prospects for education in the humanities and other topics analyzed in “The Fabulous Future? America and the World in 2040,” a book he edited with Northwestern President Morton Schapiro.

The book is a project that largely emerged from “Alternatives: Modeling Choice Across the Disciplines,” an undergraduate class Morson and President Schapiro teach together.

“One of our favorite topics is the examination of different approaches to predicting the future and to understanding the past,” Morson and President Schapiro said in the book’s acknowledgements.

For more than 40 years, “A Day With Northwestern” has drawn hundreds of alumni, students, parents and friends for a day of hourlong presentations and lectures on timely topics from prominent Northwestern faculty and alumni. This year’s attendees will select among 14 classes, on topics including global health studies, Buddhist art, the famous Chicago “L” and more.

Since space is limited and a crowd is expected, interested participants are encouraged to register early at Registration fees, which include admission to the two keynotes, choice of three breakout sessions and a boxed lunch, vary.

A full schedule of programs and presenters is available online. For more information, contact the NAA by phone at 800-NU-ALUMS or 847-491-7975 or email to

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