Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the Better Government Association, will present at Lewis University’s Jane Addams Forum Lecture at 2 p.m. on April 3 in the Sancta Alberta Chapel, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.
Shaw is an award-winning Chicago journalist who spent 37 years covering local, state and national politics, business, education, and day-to-day news at the City News Bureau of Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, NBC 5 and ABC 7. In 2009, Shaw transitioned from 26 years as ABC 7’s political reporter to executive director of BGA. He was named president and CEO in 2011.
Shaw brings insight regarding functions of government, governmental inefficiency, and ways to study and enhance the quality of life through governmental intervention. He has extensive understanding of political culture and foundations of the political process.
Sponsored by the Lewis University Departments of Social Work, Political Science and Sociology, the Jane Addams Forum brings noted speakers to campus to discuss issues of cultural, societal and intellectual relevance. The lecture, founded in 1993, is named after the founder of the world famous Hull House, a community settlement house on Chicago’s near West Side that helped new and poor immigrants adjust to life in the United States. She actively supported the campaign for women’s suffrage and the founding of the American Civil Liberties Union. Addams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her international efforts for world peace.
The annual lecture is also a memorial tribute to Brother Lawrence Porretta, FSC. The long-time chair of the Lewis University Social Work Department founded and moderated the Student Social Workers Association at Lewis University, which now is the United Students for the Social Services.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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