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Judson University’s World Leaders Forum Featuring Retired Gen. David Petraeus postponed, Events Likely to Resume in 2021

Due to continued concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and gathering limitations, Judson University’s ninth World Leaders Forum featuring foreign policy expert and retired Gen. David Petraeus will be postponed until further notice. The event was initially scheduled for Oct. 20, 2020, and rescheduled for this April at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

While the event featuring Gen. Petraeus is on hold, the World Leaders Forum hopes to safely resume in-person events as soon as possible in accordance with public health guidance.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Leaders Forum. We believe firmly in the importance of maintaining this event to connect our campus and community to global thought leaders,” said Judson University President Dr. Gene Crume. “An event of this magnitude demands an in-person experience when it is safe to do so.”

“We would like to extend our thanks to Gen. Petraeus for his flexibility, and we look forward to hosting him in the near future,” Crume said.

Judson University’s World Leaders Forum brings recognized world leaders to the Chicago area to provide an opportunity for Judson students and community members to be inspired by significant thought leaders. Proceeds from the event fund the Judson Leadership Scholars program, innovative entrepreneurial activities and ongoing operations of the World Leaders Forum.

The bipartisan group of previous keynote speakers includes former President George W. Bush, former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, and most recently, former U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

The World Leaders Forum also presents various speaker series throughout the year, which may resume sooner. Information about future events can be found at

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