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

Love the Questions, Genesis at the Crossroads’ multi-segment salon series, explores a set of essential questions with panels of renowned thought leaders as speakers and moderators. The curated salon audiences are equal in importance to the speakers. The accompanying artistic program incorporates and engages the arts and artists to highlight/augment the conversation(s). The moderators will also address their personal “burning question” in the thematic context of the specific salon inquiry, global leadership, social responsibility and world peace.

All salons will have artistic or cultural institutions and distinguished community partners associated with them; such institutions have an opportunity to be part of the Genesis Academy for Global Leadership’s array of our long-term community partnerships.

The salon construct ultimately morphs into the artist and scholar-in-residence program once the physical Genesis Academy for Global Leadership and the Campus Peace Hub stand and the students are enrolled. It will continue indefinitely for the surrounding Chicagoland community and continue to engage the Academy’s student leaders. (All programs will be filmed and/or web streamed for global audience engagement. The salons are designed to be re-mounted in other cities.)

Salon #3 and #4

How Can Women’s Leadership Critically Shape the 21st Century?
May 15-17, 2019 (Chicago):
Global Affairs; Policy/Diversity/Community; Arts and Creativity; Education, Youth

April 2020 (Chicago):
Law/Human Rights/ Ethics, Health, Environmental Sustainability, Media and Education

Thought leaders for May 2019 include:

• Christie Hefner, Activist and Business StrategistLady Valerie Solti, President, Solti Foundation; Former BBC Broadcaster/Writer, (London, UK)
• Abha Joshi Ghani, Advisor, Infrastructure, The World Bank (India/US)
• Judge Najla Ayoubi, Supreme Court Justice (Kabul, Afghanistan)
• Dr. Nivine Megahed, President, National Louis University
• Badi Assad, Lebanese-Brazilian Guitarist/Vocalist, Composer and Author
• Allison Shelley, Photo-journalist, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
• Dr. Galia Boneh – Professor, Academic College of Arts & Society; Program Designer, Israeli Ministry of Justice, Unit Against Racism (Israel)
• Frederique Lehoux, Global Humanitarian Aid; CARE and Oxfam (Switzerland)Chef Carrie Nahabedian, James Beard Award Winner at Brindille (also Naha)
• Dr. Lynette Jackson, Professor, African and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago
• Dancer/choreographer TBA (Hubbard Street Dance in consideration)
• Anosha Rahim, 2017 Genesis Academy Summer Institute graduate (Pakistan)
• Miriam Cing, Chicago Public High School; Girl Forward (Myanmar/US)
• Andrea Perez, vocalist, dancer and poet (Venezuela)
• Reema Dhawan, Chicagoland, Lemont High School, Volunteer Rush Medical Center, vocalist (USA/Chicago)
• Wendy Sternberg MD, Founder & Director, Genesis at the Crossroads; Physician
• Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, Founding President, IL Math Science Academy
• Dr. Caroline Hughes, Chair of Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
• Dr. Neta Crawford, Political Science Chairwoman, Boston U; The Cost of War
• Mindy Malecki, Law Firm of Malecki and Brooks • LeeAnn Tomas Foster, City Executive, Arcadis

Co-sponsors (As of 3/19):

The Law Firm of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Geja’s Café, Lawyers for the Creative Arts with Support from: The British Consulate General-Chicago, Palmer House Hilton, Brindille, Stand Out Designs

Prior Salons:
Salon #1

How do the Arts Transcend the Barrier?

Featured Daniel Pollack, Piano Virtuoso – Steinway Artist for more than half a century 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 its 50th anniversary. Professor of Music, Univ. of Southern California, LA (Chicago Symphony Center – Grainger Ballroom, June 2011

Salon # 2

What is a New Conversation for Human Rights?
Featured Diplomatic/Journalist thought leaders:

Dr. Lynette Jackson, Nigel Osborne, David Tolbert and Alexandra Salomon from the International Center for Transitional Justice, U. of Illinois, U. of Edinburgh and WBEZ (Chicago’s NPR station.) Note: Karen Koning AbuZayed was a panelist in Chicago. In Chicago in 2013, 2014, and in 2015, at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) as well as at American University for students in their Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs Program, School of International Service and AU’s Law School for the human rights law students. Webstream.

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