Conversations and Connections, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Year after year, our most popular event; this year again at the beautiful Cliff Dwellers Club.

Cost: $39.00 per ticket (ticket price includes dinner)
Online registration is closed, please email to inquire about onsite registration. 

Please read before registering: When registering in the blank text box rank the interest you have in each table 1-7 (1 being most interested and 7 being least). We will try and match you to your most preferred options.

Join us to network and connect with fellow alumnae over a variety of topics at CWA's annual round-table dinner. Each table will have its own topic; we are proud to showcase discussions led by distinguished alumnae. Bring your own ideas and join the conversations with other graduates from various disciplines.  

Register online by Tuesday, July 18, 2017! 

Event details:

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Registration and networking
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Dinner and discussion

TABLE 1: Traveling as a people-to-people experience

What’s the best way to experience another country and another culture, without just viewing it through the video screen of your smartphone? Join Amy Gardner, JD '02 and former Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Law School, in discussing how best to research and plan trips while at the same time allowing for the ways in which things can be in constant flux in another culture. In addition to having planned her own personal travel, along with her husband, Amy runs Complete Cuba, offering small group trips as well as customized private trips to Cuba. Amy's Cuba has focused on the people, Hemingway, the food, and the history. 

Brand-building via social media

Imagine achieving social media success when the brand you’re trying to promote is you! Personal branding is the process of managing and optimizing the way you present yourself to others. Social media has become key to managing a personal brand online. How can you use social media to cultivate and construct a solid and successful personal brand? Who are people who do it well and what can we learn? With alumna Khloe Karova (MBA '06), Founder and President at Modern Capital Concepts, discuss these topics and upholding personal branding both visually and strategically through social media use. 

TABLE 3: The Healing Art of Haiku

Did your childhood teacher have you write it? What relevance might it have to you as an adult? You don’t need to be a poet to appreciate this healing art form, which can capture the moments of our lives, no matter one’s personal, educational, or professional background. Join Charlotte Digregorio, A.M. '79, Romance Languages and Literatures, and award-winning author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, to learn more about how this popular art form actually works. In addition to a great haiku movement in this country, haiku is written now in 56 languages and by about 40 million people; you, too, can experience the joy and rewards of writing haiku.

TABLE 4 Practice makes perfect

What is yoga, really? Where did it come from? Why has it become so popular? And what does it offer us, as individuals and a society? Come discuss the concept of “Yoga Ph.D” — integrating the life of the mind and the wisdom of the body — with the author of the book by the same name. Alumna Carol Horton holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Chicago, served on the faculty at Macalester College, and authored or edited four books on contemporary yoga culture, politics, and practice. She is a Certified Forrest Yoga instructor and has taught yoga in a variety of locations including Chicago’s Cook County Jail. 

TABLE 5: “Great” books

Join alumna Lynn Russell, MBA '82, to think about and talk about the following: What are some of the great books by women? What makes them “great?” On a more personal level, what books have you read that told you what kind of woman you could (or should) be? Which books by women inspired you? Amused you? Angered you? 

TABLE 6: Fearless Girls

What is the importance of women in public art? How does the placement of women in public art change how we see ourselves, and our role in the world? Along with the Chicago Park District’s archivist and historian, alumna Leslie Recht has been helping to plan and co-curate the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, a permanent exhibit on famous Chicago women in Women's Park at 18th and Indiana. Several UChicago women are part of the exhibit, including Sophonisba Breckinridge, who started the predecessor school to School of Social Service Administration and was the head of SSA for years.

TABLE 7: Public Education

How has the role of the federal government in education evolved over time? The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) 2001 expanded the federal role in education and called for greater accountability on the part of the states in order to continue receiving federal funding and was not without controversy. NCLB will eventually be replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was enacted in 2015 and will go into effect starting with the 2017-2018 school year. Less federal oversight is a key feature. Join in the discussion with Samia Wahab, Ed.D., the Founder and Executive Director of The Lucent Center for Education Policy Analysis. Samia has a master’s degree in Education Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College of Columbia University, and a doctorate degree in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University. 


Event Contact
Elizabeth Johnson

Staff Liaison