Registration is Now Open for Judson University's Simulcast of The Justice Conference 2014 | Judson University Christian College

Registration is Now Open for Judson University's Simulcast of The Justice Conference 2014

(Elgin, IL – December 1, 2013) Judson University has announced that it will be a partner site for The Justice Conference on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22, 2014. Judson will present the conference via simulcast in the Marjorie Thulin Performance Hall of the Alice and Edward Thompson Center (1151 N. State St., Elgin), which is now open for registration to the public. As of November, Judson University is the only partner site in Illinois, according to the conference's website. 

The Justice Conference, which was established in 2010, is a networked national conference that educates, inspires and connects a generation of men and women around a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. This two-day event, simulcasted from the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, will feature leading social justice experts such as Eugene Cho, founder of One Day's Wages, a grassroots movement to alleviate extreme global poverty; Lynne Hybels, human rights advocate and co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church with her husband Bill Hybels; Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and CEO of The King Center; Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief; and Noel Castellanos, founder of the Christian Community Development Association, plus many more renowned speakers.

Dr. Marsha Vaughn, professor of psychology at Judson, says that she was inspired to pursue a partnership between the university and The Justice Conference in 2014 after attending the conference at a partner site in Rockford this spring.

"The Judson community is really passionate about issues of social justice," says Vaughn. "And after driving all the way to Rockford because it was the closest partner site in 2013, I realized it would be an incredible opportunity for Judson to host the event for the Elgin and Fox Valley community."

Vaughn also notes that bringing the conference to Judson's campus is part of the university's overall effort to foster leadership in its students and in its community.

"We think it is important to students' development, and vital to the development of our wider community, that we create opportunities to hear from world leaders first-hand," Vaughn explains.

Vaughn points out that Judson has already been doing this with events like the World Leaders Forum, the university's annual event that has hosted leaders like former U.S. President George W. Bush in 2011, former Soviet President and Nobel Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev in 2012, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2013. Judson recently announced that former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will keynote the World Leaders Forum in March 2014. The school has also been hosting smaller events like lectures, exhibitions and symposia for students to hear from experts in their respective disciplines.

"The Justice Conference will allow us to focus specifically on the issue of social justice across the different academic disciplines," says Vaughn. "At Judson, our purpose is to help students use their gifts, education and faith to meet the needs of the world around them. We also feel responsible for investing in the community by making our campus a welcome place for everyone to come and learn about important issues.”

Vaughn says that in addition to showing the simulcast, she and others on campus are aiming to create a full conference experience with exhibits and other activities, but with a local focus. Local organizations that are invested in issues of social justice are invited to collaborate with Judson for the event.

Registration for the simulcast event is $25 and can be purchased at www.JudsonU.edu/JusticeConference. For questions about Judson's simulcast event, contact Marsha Vaughn at mvaughn@judsonu.edu.

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