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Nobel Peace Prize Winner to Speak at Judson University’s World Leaders Forum this Saturday, April 21


(ELGIN, IL April 19, 2012) Judson University will host its second World Leaders Forum this Saturday, April 21, with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev as the keynote speaker. The World Leaders Forum will feature a VIP Keynote and Reception at 3:30 p.m. in the Betty Lindner Campus Commons of Judson’s Elgin campus (1151 N. State St.). A second speech, which sold out on March 1, will follow for Judson’s students, faculty, staff and alumni at 5:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel.


President Gorbachev experienced significant social, economic and political changes while he was leader of the former Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. While in office, he met frequently with then U.S. President Ronald Reagan to discuss global concerns and the impact of the ongoing arms race between the two countries. 

VIP Reception and Keynote - Open only to corporate sponsors and Ticket

For the VIP Reception, President Gorbachev’s keynote presentation will address just 160 corporate sponsors and attendees with a lecture on “Leadership Insights: My Time with Ronald Reagan.” A Q&A will follow the presentation. Prior to the keynote address, attendees and sponsors will have an opportunity to network. All attendees of the VIP event will receive an autographed photo of President Gorbachev and an autographed book written by President Gorbachev. Sponsors of the event will be able to have a photograph with President Gorbachev and enjoy other benefits. Tickets for this event were available to the public. Doors open at 2:45 p.m. for this event. 

World Leaders Forum Lecture in Herrick Chapel - Open Only to ticket holders and limited media

In an effort to train and inspire future world leaders, Judson has planned a Leadership Forum in the Herrick Chapel, where President Gorbachev will speak about “Peace in the 21st Century.” This presentation also will be followed by a Q&A. With limited seating available in the Chapel, tickets to this event were only available to Judson students, faculty, staff and alumni. The event sold out by March 1 with the Chapel seating 600 individuals.


“We were very intentional about providing an opportunity for our students to benefit from the World Leaders Forum by being in the presence of and inspired by these global leaders,” says John Shales, a Judson University Trustee and chair of the World Leaders Forum Planning Committee. “We’re excited that this year’s speaker continues to represent the global nature of the Forum as President Gorbachev was a significant leader advocating for needed changes that have benefited the world in terms of reducing the number of nuclear weapons and stopping Cold War tensions.”

Last year, Judson hosted former U.S. President George W. Bush as the keynote speaker for its inaugural World Leaders Forum on April 13. President Bush spoke to more than 1,300 attendees, recounting stories from his time in the Oval Office and visits with other global leaders. He even recalled his visits with Russian Leader Vladimir Putin.

Proceeds from this year’s World Leaders Forum will be donated to the Entrepreneurial Endowment Fund and the Judson Student Scholarship Fund to assist current Judson students.


Parking around campus will be facilitated by Judson's Campus Safety patrol. A shuttle service will be available to assist individuals in getting from the parking areas to the Betty Lindner Commons for the VIP Reception and Keynote and the Herrick Chapel for the Lecture. The Betty Lindner Commons will be closed from 1 p.m. on Friday until Saturday evening. Students who normally dine in the cafeteria in the Commons will take meals in the Eagle Lounge in the Lindner Tower beginning with lunch on Friday and through the regular meal hours on Saturday.


Media Notes: For the VIP Reception and Keynote, no media will be allowed into this special ticketed event. For the Lecture in Herrick Chapel, a limited number of media are already slated to attend and must check in with the media table to receive a ticket to the event. Also, no special interviews or media photographers will be allowed during the World Leaders Forum. Judson University will issue a press release and photos from the event that will be distributed to media outlets and available on our website for viewing on our website, www.judsonu.edu.  Ticket holders of both events will be allowed to take photos during the keynote presentation with the understanding that all flash photography must stop after five minutes into each presentation.


For information about this event, visit our website at www.worldleadersforum.info or contact Mary Dulabaum at mdulabaum@judsonu.edu

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