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Public Invited To ‘A Day With Northwestern’ April 9

Prominent alumni, faculty offer 14 presentations on economics, technology, art and more

  • Emmy Award-winning musician Orbert Davis to talk about mission-driven career
  • 1871 CEO Howard Tullman to discuss major technology trends
  • Space is limited, participants urged to register early
  • Presented by the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA)

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Orbert Davis, an Emmy Award-winning musician and co-founder of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and Howard Tullman, CEO of the digital startup hub 1871, will highlight a day of presentations from prominent Northwestern alumni and faculty on a variety of subjects during “A Day with Northwestern.”

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

Davis, who earned a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music in 1997, will share his advice for living a rewarding life in the present by using past experiences to maximize future potential. He’ll do so by reflecting on his own “mission-driven” career, which began with Davis trying to make it in the music industry and led to him becoming a leader of Chicago’s arts and culture community. Davis’ presentation will include video and musical examples. 

Tullman, who received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern in 1967 and a law degree from the University in 1970, will deliver a rapid-fire review of the major technology trends that are radically changing the ground rules that determine how businesses reach and engage consumers. Tullman will draw upon his 45 years of experience, which include starting a dozen high-tech companies and building a space for startups to grow and learn together at 1871.

For more than 45 years, “A Day with Northwestern” has drawn hundreds of alumni, students, parents and friends for hourlong presentations and lectures on timely topics from prominent Northwestern faculty and alumni. In addition to the keynote presentations from Davis and Tullman, this year’s attendees can attend three of the event’s 12 other presentations on topics including economics, the intersection of food and technology, capital punishment and more.

“A Day with Northwestern” showcases the very best of the University and the priorities of We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern.

Since space is limited and a large crowd is expected, interested participants are encouraged to register early online. Registration fees, which include admission to the two keynotes, a choice of three breakout sessions and a boxed lunch, vary. Free parking is available in the Segal Visitors Center garage, 1841 Sheridan Road.

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

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