Love the Questions Salon Series

A structure for community engagement

Be patient and try to love the questions themselves. Live the question now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
– Ranier Maria Rilke

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Love the Questions, a multi-segment Genesis Academy for Global Leadership Salon Series, explores a set of essential questions in large group format, moderated by a renowned thought leader. All segments include an artistic program to deeply incorporate and engage the arts and artists and, in so doing, augment the conversation. Each audience is made up of a 200-250 person group to include within it, a curated group of 20-25 young adults per salon.

Each program will be situated at an artistic or cultural institution contributing to this effort. All salons will have a distinguished community partner associated with them; such organizations will be the long-term community partners for the Genesis Academy. The featured moderators will also address their personal “burning question” in the thematic context of the specific salon inquiry, global leadership, social responsibility and world peace.

The salon construct ultimately morphs into the artist and scholar-in-residence program once the physical Academy stands and the students are enrolled. It will continue indefinitely for the surrounding Chicagoland community and continue to engage the Academy’s student leaders.

Programs will be filmed and broadcast live/podcast for wider audience engagement. The salons are expressly designed to be re-mounted in other cities

Salon #1

How do the Arts Transcend the Barrier?
Thursday, June 23, 2011 (remount – 2014)
Symphony Center – Grainger Ballroom

Featured Daniel Pollack, Piano Virtuoso (Steinway Artist 50+ years)
The acclaimed prize winner for the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition during the Cold War who also performed all over Russia with the Moscow Symphony commemorating the 50th anniversary of this landmark event
Esteemed Professor of Music, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Salon # 2

What is a New Conversation for Human Rights?
Featured Rozell “Prexy” Nesbitt, Global Human Rights Activist and Educator
Steve Edwards, Director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (Dec. 2013)

Expanded program with panelists including Karen Koning AbuZayd, UNHCR Appointee for the Syrian Refugee Crisis, University of Edinburgh Professor of Music, Nigel Osborne and others. (Nov. 12, 2014)

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