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Archive for April 9th, 2015

Urban League’s Morial: Repulsed by Officer’s Heinous Act

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Urban League’s Morial: Repulsed by Officer’s Heinous Act; Encouraged by North Charleston Authorities’ Swift and Decisive Action

April 8, 2015 (New York) — National Urban League President and Chief Executive Officer Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement in response to the killing of Walter Scott and the arrest of Officer Michael T. Slater in North Charleston, South Carolina:

The killing of yet another unarmed black man by a police officer demonstrate how far this nation has to go in coming to terms with its racial division.

The swift action of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and South Carolina prosecutors demonstrate that at least some progress is being made.

The name of 50-year-old Coast Guard veteran Walter Scott tragically was added to the too-long-and-growing list of unarmed black men and children gunned down in hard-to-understand circumstances: Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Eric Garner.  John Crawford III. Tamir Rice.

What sets Walter Scott’s killing apart from these others is that the officer who shot him, Michael T. Slager, immediately was charged with murder.  For this we have to thank a bystander who surreptitiously recorded the shooting on a cellphone.

Of particular concern is what appears to be Officer Slager dropping an object near Walter Scott’s body after the shooting. Officer Slager had claimed that Mr. Scott had grabbed the officer’s stun gun before fleeing. And rather than offer emergency aid, Officer Slager handcuffed the motionless Mr. Scott’s hands behind his back.

We place our trust in Mayor Summey and the prosecutors to investigate Officer Slager’s actions thoroughly and honestly. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Scott’s family and work for an end to the senseless violence that claimed his life.

NAACP Statement on the Fatal Shooting of Walter Scott

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Baltimore, Md. — A white South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed Walter Scott, a 50-year-old unarmed African American man, in self-defense was charged with murder after a bystander’s video recorded him firing eight shots at the man’s back as he ran away.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

“Our prayers go out to the friends and family of Walter Scott. The death of yet another African-American man at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve the community is a grim reminder of the urgent need for criminal justice reform. Scott was a father of four and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard whose life was senselessly cut short due to a tragic encounter with the police. While we commend the U.S. Attorney’s office, the FBI, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and other law enforcement personnel who assisted in the swift arrest of Officer Michael T. Slager, we must also applaud the courageous citizen of North Charleston who captured the shooting incident on video then swiftly released it to the public. From Michael Brown and Eric Garner to Tony Robinson and Tamir Rice, the narrative of excessive force and police brutality continues to permeate headlines and command our collective attention. The NAACP South Carolina State Conference will work tirelessly with federal and local authorities as well as North Charleston residents to ensure that a full and thorough investigation takes place and that justice is served. We will also push for a police department that reflects the diversity of the community. African Americans constitute 47 percent of the North Charleston population, yet constitute only 20 percent of the police force.  We must continue to advocate for solutions within our criminal justice system that will keep our communities safe, our children protected and our officers proper trained and engaged.”

New Analysis: State and Federal Prison Population Trends

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Letters to Editors

From: The Sentencing Project

I’m writing to share a new analysis with you that reveals broad variation in nationwide incarceration trends.

This comparative analysis of recent changes in state and federal prison populations contextualizes the scale and timing of efforts to downsize prisons. Through customized measures for each jurisdiction – calculating declines since each jurisdiction’s peak year, and increases in other states since 2008 – we assess the full impact of recent policy changes. The analysis reveals:

  • While the total U.S. prison population declined by 2.4% since 2009, incarceration trends among the states have varied significantly. Two-thirds (34) of the states have experienced at least a modest decline, while one-third (16) have had continuing rises in imprisonment.
  • Nine states have produced double-digit declines during this period, led by New Jersey (29% since 1999), New York (27% since 1999), and California (22% since 2006). Sixteen states, and the federal government, have had less than a 5% decline since their peak years.
  • Among states with rising prison populations, five have experienced double-digit increases, led by Arkansas, with a 17% rise since 2008. While sharing in the national crime drop, these states have resisted the trend toward decarceration.

These findings reinforce the conclusion that just as mass incarceration has developed primarily as a result of changes in policy, not crime rates, it will require ongoing changes in both policy and practice to produce substantial population reductions.

Regards,

Marc Mauer

Former Police Officer Turned Community Activist Launches New “How To Survive Police Brutality” Workshop for Urban Teens

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“In a situation with the police, it’s not immediately about who is right or wrong, it’s about staying alive. If the police are making a wrongful arrest, this can be corrected later at a safer time.”

Orrin Hudson
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Orrin C. Hudson, a former Alabama state trooper, has launched a free new workshop series for urban teens called “How to Prevent, Deal With, and Survive Police Brutality”. The workshop will be presented in middle schools, high schools, community centers, and churches across the country.

The workshop will cover various topics including:

* What to do if the police officer is verbally abusive
* What to do if the police officer is physically abusive
* Where to put your hands when interacting with a police officer
* How to stay calm and humble, even if you are 100% innocent
* How to respectfully talk to a police officer (even if the officer is in the wrong)
* Things to be legally aware of (such as whether or not to speak or to consent to a vehicle search)

Hudson was a state police officer for 6 years from 1986 to 1993. Since then, he has founded Be Someone, a non-profit organization in Atlanta, Georgia, that inspires young people to make better decisions. His award-winning organization has been featured on CNN, USA Today, Good Morning America, Essence Magazine, People Magazine, JET Magazine, and more.

“Every move you make has consequences,” Hudson says. “And you can make one move, and never recover.”

He continues, “In a situation with the police, it’s not immediately about who is right or wrong, it’s about staying alive. If the police are making a wrongful arrest, this can be corrected later at a safer time.”

“Justice always prevails,” he adds.

Hudson is also offering a workshop for local police departments around the country called “How To Make Urban Communities Love Their Local Police Department.” This workshop will help educate police officers of all nationalities on how to better relate and understand the people in their community, and how to gain their love and respect.
About the Workshops:
Since the year 2000, Orrin Hudson has presented his powerful workshops to more than 40,000 people in 21 states, and three countries (Philippines, India, and Canada). He has been credited with transforming the minds and hearts of thousands of young ones and adults alike.

Schools, community centers, churches, police departments, and court systems that are interested in having Orrin Hudson present his powerful workshop should contact Be Someone at info@besomeone.org or (770) 465-6445.
About Be Someone:
Be Someone, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, is on a mission to empower one million young people to teach them problem-solving strategies, life skills, and to offer kids them a positive alternative to gangs, drugs, crime, and violence. In their workshops, kids learn practical skills and techniques to overcome obstacles, seize opportunities, and realize their potential. Since 2001, Hudson has personally taught more than 20,000 kids to “make every move count”. For more information, go to www.besomeone.org or (770) 465-6445.
VIDEOS:

Watch Orrin’s Interview on CNN and Good Morning America:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLFENGymr34

See Orrin in Action at One of His Workshops For Urban Children:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMK-8ssk07Q

Photo Caption: Orrin Hudson, founder of Be Someone, with some of this teen students


Madigan to U.S. Dept. of Education: Cancel Loans of Corinthian Students

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today urged the federal government to immediately relieve the federal debt burden of thousands of students who attended Corinthian Colleges, which operated six Everest College locations in Illinois and was forced to close last year.

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Education, Madigan said the agency has legal authority to discharge the federal loans of students who have been harmed by for-profit schools like Corinthian.

“We must protect the victims of the predatory practices of for-profit schools such as Corinthian, which was more concerned with their profits than they were about the quality of education they provided,” Madigan said.

The letter, which was also joined by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Washington, notes that the Higher Education Act, Department regulations and federal student loan documents all make it clear that students can assert legal claims against schools as a defense to repayment of their loans. A number of state and federal lawsuits show that Corinthian misrepresented to students:

  • the urgency of enrollment to secure a spot in a program;
  • the school’s historical success placing students in jobs in the students’ field of study;
  • the earnings of graduates;
  • the availability of advertised programs;
  • the employment assistance the school provides graduates;
  • the school’s role in its private loan program;
  • the nature, character and quality of educational programs;
  • the school’s purported affiliation with the United States Military;
  • the transferability of credits;
  • the availability of externships; and
  • the nature and availability of financial aid.

“These cases against Corinthian have unmasked a school that relentlessly pursued potential students—including veterans, single parents, and first-time higher education seekers—promising jobs and high earnings, and preying on their hopes in an effort to secure federal funds,” the letter states.

The attorneys general note that the legal enforcement actions against Corinthian will not be enough to provide relief to Corinthian’s victims. The school has indicated it plans to file for bankruptcy, and therefore will likely try to limit relief available to students burdened with thousands of dollars in debt and many without a degree to show for their outstanding loan balance.

In addition to calling for the cancellation of Corinthian loans, the letter urges the Department to clarify the grounds needed for students to obtain a discharge of their loans and to specify a process by which students can raise these issues with their loan servicers in order to obtain relief. The letter also suggests that the Department develop a process by which the findings in a state attorney general’s investigation could be utilized as a defense to repayment for all affected students.

An estimated 40 million Americans have an outstanding student loan, up from 29 million in 2008. Borrowers carry an average balance of $29,000 in student loan debt. Nationwide, student loan debt now stands at $1.2 trillion, representing an increase of more than 150 percent since 2005. The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee reported that, during the 2009-2010 school year, for-profit colleges took in $32 billion in taxpayer-backed student aid and spent nearly 25 percent of their revenue on marketing and recruiting, exceeding what was spent on student instruction.

Attorney General Madigan is a national leader in investigating and enforcing consumer protection violations in the higher education field. She has pursued litigation against national for-profit colleges for fraudulent marketing practices, and she is leading a multistate investigation into the student loan provider Sallie Mae (now Navient). Madigan was also the first state attorney general to file lawsuits against emerging student loan debt relief scams. Last year, she testified about the role of states in higher education before the U.S. Senate, including a call for stronger protections under federal law for student loan borrowers.

Tom Burrell and Jay Levine to be Honored at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards

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CHICAGO, IL – Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival are pleased to announce that Chicago advertising legend Tom Burrell and investigative journalist Jay Levine will be honored at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Ceremony April 22, 2015 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile (633 N. St. Clair St). Burrell and Levine join post-production house Whitehouse as distinguished honorees for the event, which will be hosted by WGN’s Dan Ponce and ABC/WINDY CITY LIVE’s Ji Suk Yi.

A longtime dynamo in the advertising industry, Tom Burrell will receive the prestigious Chicago Legend in Advertising Award for his illustrious career. “During his storied career, Mr. Burrell transformed the advertising industry,” said Cinema/Chicago Television Coordinator Sam Flancher. “Burrell Communications has long been at the forefront of advertising innovation, and its commitment to challenging the status quo to create real, relatable depictions of African-American life on screen has left an indelible imprint on media today.” Ruth L. Ratny, publisher and editor or ReelChicago.com has previously received the award.

CBS 2 Chicago’s standout broadcaster Jay Levine will receive the Excellence in Investigative Journalism Award. “Jay has long held an important place in Chicago’s broadcasting community, breaking stories that have shaped the lives of every Chicagoan,” said Chicago International Film Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza. “He also has taken Chicago viewers to the front lines of some of the most important events of the last 25 years, from the Gulf War to the Louisiana coast during Hurricane Katrina. We’ve always relied on his exceptional reporting to relay the stories that matter most.”

For more than five decades, the Chicago International Television Awards have honored the inspiring programs, beloved personalities and powerful creatives that have shaped unforgettable moments of television. From innovative distribution approaches to groundbreaking storytelling, the Television Awards continue to recognize the talented minds of this ever-evolving medium. Past honorees include Chicago T.V. journalist Bill Kurtis and Chicago T.V. anchor Walter Jacobson.

A reception precedes the Ceremony, where top awards will be presented to the competition winners and tributes will be paid to distinguished individuals and companies who have made an indelible contribution to the television industry.

Tickets to the event  ($75/Individual Ticket, $1,000 VIP Table of 10 with premium seating) are available at chicagofilmfestival.com. Please direct table requests to Managing Director Vivian Teng at vteng@chicagofilmfestival.com

The 51st Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards is presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival. Led by Major Sponsors, Optimus, Sound Investment AV, and WTTW11; Evening Partners include Stella Artois, Effen Vodka, Screen Magazine, and ReelChicago.

About Tom Burrell

Tom Burrell established Burrell Communications in 1971 and led the company through 2004. Burrell, known as leading marketing communications firm, is noted for its expertise in reaching African American and urban youth markets. By recognizing the unique qualities of the American-American consumer market, Burrell spearheaded some of the most memorable campaigns in advertising history. A reel of Burrell’s advertisements for Coca-Cola is currently archived at the Library of Congress for its historical significance.

Burrell has garnered numerous prestigious awards and accolades, including Advertising Person of the Year, the coveted Albert Lasker award for Lifetime Achievement in Advertising, DuSable Museum’s HistoryMaker Award, and the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Advertising Age named Burrell one of “50 Who Made A Difference” in its special issue “50 Years of TV Advertising.”  The magazine also designated him among the “Top 100 Advertising People” who have shaped the course of the advertising industry in their special issue “The Advertising Century.”

About Jay Levine
Jay Levine is the chief correspondent for CBS 2 Chicago. He joined CBS 2 Chicago as weekend anchor and reporter in 1990 before being named chief correspondent in 1991. He later anchored the station’s early morning news with his wife, Mary Ann Childers, before returning to his role as chief correspondent.

In 1991, he became the first Chicago reporter to broadcast live from Saudi Arabia, the day before the Gulf War began. He was the only Chicago TV reporter in Saudi Arabia from the time the first shots were fired until after the cease-fire was signed. During that two-month period, Levine filed 260 live reports for CBS 2 Chicago and CBS stations around the country.

In 2003, he was the only Chicago television reporter embedded with U.S. troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom, covering the 101st Airborne, and its Chicago-area soldiers from the deserts of Kuwait to Saddam’s palaces in Baghdad. He has traveled the globe covering politics, international affairs and uncovering scandals. Levine’s reports range from interviewing the Pope, to dodging bullets in Beirut, to chasing drug runners in the Andes. In 1996, his coverage of Cardinal Bernardin’s death was widely acclaimed by both his peers and the public. He covered Hurricanes Katrina and Rita extensively and their aftermath along the Gulf Coast.

About The Chicago International Film Festival TV Awards
When the Chicago International Film Festival was founded 51 years ago by Artistic Director Michael Kutza, advertising agency heads Leo Burnett, Fairfax Cone, and Dick Needham suggested that, with budgets and craftsmanship equal to the feature films being screened, the Festival should showcase the art of the television commercial. Five decades later, this simple idea has evolved into an international celebration of the best in television, and encompasses television commercials, productions, series, and the innovative realm of online television programming. Since 2003, the top winners of each year’s competition have been feted at an Awards Ceremony in the spring, along with the presentation of Commitment to Excellence Awards to leaders and visionaries in the television medium. The event has honored notable commercial directors Joe Pytka, Tony Kaye & James Gartner as well as Carol Mendelsohn, STORY, Jesse Spencer, Kelsey Grammer, Bill Kurtis, Carol Marin, FRONTLINE, Leo Burnett, ESPN Films, and Optimus, among others.

ABOUT CINEMA/CHICAGO

Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago International Film Festival, CineYouth Festival, Intercom Competition, International Summer Screenings Program, and Education Program.

Tom Burrell and Jay Levine

Chinese American Service League to Hold Press Conference Today on Immediate and Future Impacts of IL Governor’s Budget Cuts

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CHICAGO, IL – The Chinese American Service League (CASL) will be holding a press conference today, Thursday April 9th, at 2:00 PM.

During the press conference, CASL Leadership, community leaders and program recipients will discuss the impacts Governor Rauner’s budget cuts will have on CASL clients and staff as well as the Chicago community at large.

Brief remarks regarding the immediate cuts and proposed future cuts will be given by Bernie Wong, CASL President, as well as Esther Wong, CASL Executive Director. Darryl Tom, Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce President, will also speak in addition to Ray Chin, Chairman of the Board for the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. Endangered CASL programs will be represented by clients, who will share success stories.

The Governor’s budget cuts will impact CASL clients tremendously, and have far-reaching implications for the well-being of the community as a whole. Immediate repercussions for CASL clients include:

Family and Community Services will be forced to reduce its Teen REACH program by 60 teens, resulting in these teens out on the streets without tutoring and mentoring, and without the community support that ensures their successful transition into adulthood and reciprocating community contributions. In addition, the Immigrant Family Resources program will be forced to eliminate services for 400 clients in need of counseling on, and assistance with, public benefits.

Employment and Training Department will face a reduction in services to 200 job-seekers who utilize Digital Divide Services, a program that provides technological resources to those seeking employment. In addition, the Chef Training Program will no longer be able to offer job placement and follow-up services to 8 graduates. Revoked assistance to Chicago’s job-seekers severely degrades the economic and social health of our community.

Elderly Services Department will suffer the elimination of services to 150 immigrants in need of assistance with naturalization and legalization through the New Americans Initiative. Drastically limiting citizenship education and counseling—thus deterring appropriate naturalization protocol—is against the principals upon which the United States was founded, and creates unhealthy disparity among citizens and new immigrants.

CASL’s new fiscal year, beginning July 1st, will see many more dramatic cuts in crucial community services

Pavement Reconstruction and Resurfacing, Bridge Repairs Highlight Cook County’s Annual Road Repair Program

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Long-needed road reconstruction projects along with pavement resurfacing, bridge repair and improving drainage will mark Cook County’s 2015 road construction season.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled a number of road and bridge projects planned by the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways for the upcoming spring and summer months, including completing major reconstruction of Crawford Avenue from Devon Avenue to Oakton Street in Lincolnwood and Skokie.

The 2015 projects carry an approximate price tag of $38 million for projects in 28 communities and cover approximately 56 lane miles of roadway.

“Our road program this year addresses both completion of ongoing major projects and bringing roads and bridges throughout the County up to standard,” Preckwinkle said. “We have also specifically targeted projects in some areas that contribute directly to job retention and economic development, a key goal for our administration.”

Major projects expected to conclude or that will be undertaken this year include:

·         Finishing work on Crawford Avenue, which began in 2014. The Crawford project, now about two-thirds complete, will reconstruct seven lane miles of Crawford, as well as improve drainage and provide better driveway and sidewalk access for residents who live along the roadway.

·         Reconstruction of Center Street, the trucking gateway to CN Railroad’s massive intermodal facility, in Harvey. The project will add a lane and relieve chronic flooding problems on the road.

·         Reconstruction of 151st Street east of Vincennes Road in Harvey and Phoenix to facilitate access to the Sterling Lumber facility.

·         Extending Joe Orr Road, which currently ends at Torrence Avenue, to Burnham Avenue in the village of Lynwood. The project calls for construction of a four-lane roadway.

·         Rehabilitation of the concrete pavement along Hintz Road, from Elmhurst Road to Milwaukee Avenue, as well as repairs to the bridge over Ecko Lake.

·         Replacement of the Roselle Road bridge deck over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, along with traffic signal improvements.

Additional 2015 pavement preservation and rehabilitation projects include: Busse Road from Golf Road to Lonquist Boulevard in Mount Prospect; Winnetka Road east of the Interstate 94 bridge to Hibbard Road in Northfield; Otis Road from Brinker Road to Dundee Road in Barrington Hills; Kedzie Avenue from 175th to 183rd streets in Hazel Crest and Homewood; Sauk Trail from Cicero Avenue to Governors Highway in Richton Park; and both 103rd and 107th streets from 88th Avenue to Kean Avenue in Palos Hills.

Bridge repairs are planned for Hintz Road and Echo Lake (Wheeling), Roberts Road at Stony Creek (Palos Hills), Ridgeland Avenue at Interstate 80 (Tinley Park), and Cottage Grove Avenue over North Creek (Glenwood).

Preckwinkle also noted that along with repairing and improving existing roads and bridges, the Department of Transportation and Highways is continuing its work on development of Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Once completed and approved, the LRTP will be the first time Cook County has had such a plan in more than 70 years.

“By the end of this year, we expect to have a roadmap that establishes how we can best prioritize projects and utilize resources to ensure that Cook County meets the transportation needs of its citizens, connects population bases with jobs, and produces a sustainable transportation future,” Preckwinkle said.”

Cook County’s Department of Transportation and Highways, formerly known simply as the highway department, was established in 1913 with one mile of concrete road and two employees — the superintendent and his secretary. It was created by the State of Illinois to “pull the state out of the mud” and “build a system of hard roads for the state.” Today, the Department oversees 557 miles of roads and highways, 134 bridges, 351 traffic signals and seven pumping stations.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Presents its St. Jude Star Award to Celebrity Friends David and Tamela Mann

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Stars of new Bounce TV series “Mann & Wife” launch PSA to help raise awareness for St. Jude

David and Tamela Mann Get St. Jude Star Award

Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) – Celebrity entertainers David and Tamela Mann, noted supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, recently received the St. Jude Star Award at the Entertainment One (eOne) post-Stellar Awards celebration at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer, sickle cell disease and other life threatening diseases.

The Manns co-hosted the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards and received the St. Jude Star award, which recognizes individuals in the entertainment industry whose fundraising and awareness efforts have resulted in significant contributions to the hospital. The singing and acting duo lent their celebrity status to help garner $1.4 million in cash and pledges for the Radio Cares for St. Jude national radio broadcast event and volunteered their time to host and perform during the St. Jude Celebration of Hope closing dinner.

Their most recent support includes a public service announcement video aimed at raising awareness for St. Jude filmed on the set of the Manns’ new original Bounce TV series “Mann & Wife,” which premieres Tuesday, April 7 at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. CT). Bounce TV, the nation’s first-ever and fastest-growing broadcast television network designed for African-American audiences, airs on the digital signals of local television stations. The 30-second PSA, features St. Jude patient Martavion, an outspoken 7-year-old who began treatment at St. Jude for sickle cell disease shortly after his birth. Even while facing this chronic illness, his personality is free-spirited and outgoing. He has never met a stranger, is a car enthusiast and loves playing outside with his cousins.

Thanks to the support of friends like the Manns, St. Jude families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

To view the PSA, click here.

Photo Caption: David and Tamela Mann with St. Jude patient, Martavion
Photo credit: Courtesy of St. Jude/Bounce TV/ The FrontPage Firm

Daniel J. Levitin, Author of the #1 Best Seller “This Is Your Brain On Music” Speaks at the MAC April 14

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COD Professor of Music Tom Tallman Discusses Levitin’s Research Techniques in Free MAC Chat Beginning at 6:30 p.m.
GLEN ELLYN, IL — The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage, presents a speaking engagement of Daniel J. Levitin, author of “This is Your Brain on Music,” Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. An engaging speaker, Levitin will leave the audience thinking about music, memory and technology in an entirely new way.

Levitin will be the first speaker in the Daily Herald’s Author’s Circle Book Club, a collaboration between the Daily Herald and the MAC. Readers can join the Author’s Circle Book Club for free at events.dailyherald.com.

Dr. Daniel J. Levitin is James McGill Professor of Psychology, Music, and Computer Science at McGill University and Dean of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI.  He is the author of the three consecutive #1 bestselling books “This Is Your Brain On Music,” “The World in Six Song” and his newest book, “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload,” released in 2014.

Levitin has published more than 100 scientific articles in leading journals, including Science, Nature, PNAS, Neuron, and Cognition. He is credited with fundamental discoveries about the nature of musical memory and absolute pitch, the neural correlates of musical structure, and the role of the cerebellum in mediating musical emotion. Prior to entering academia, Levitin was a record producer and engineer with artists such as Blue Öyster Cult, Santana, and Stevie Wonder.

A popular public speaker, Levitin has spoken to sold-out audiences of 1,200-5,000 all over the world.  He has given keynote addresses for the Glenn Gould Foundation, Kindermusik, California Music Educators, Canadian Music Week, and Brandtrust Advertising Executives. He has given invited lectures to the United States Library of Congress, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as well as an invited presentation to the Canadian Ministers of Culture on the future of music and copyright.

Prior to the lecture, College of DuPage Professor of Music Tom Tallman will discuss the exciting research techniques of Dr. Daniel Levitin in the areas of musical cognition, music therapy and the music/wellness connection. This free MAC Chat will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 140 of the McAninch Arts Center.

Tickets

Glen Ellyn’s McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd., presents a speaking engagement of Dr. Daniel Levitin, author of “This is Your Brain on Music,” Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $16, $12 for students. The lecture will be preceded by a free MAC Chat beginning at 6:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I 88 and I-355,  and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org. You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or on twitter at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.
McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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