CHICAGO–  (Oct. 28, 2011)   East-West University’s Eighth Annual Scholarship Dinner will be held Sat., Nov. 5, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club on the 66th Floor of the Willis Tower.  The University will honor UIC Professor of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning Robert Bruegmann with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, and recognize Sequoia Hayes as East-West Alumni of the Year.  The event is East-West University’s largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to need and merit-based scholarships for East-West students.


Professor Bruegmann received his BA from Principia College and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1977 he joined the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his fields of research and teaching are architectural, urban, landscape, and planning history and historic preservation. He has received scholarships and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Graham Foundation, the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University and the Institute for the Humanities and the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Dr. Bruegmann has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of the Arts, MIT and Columbia University. He has also worked for the Historic American Buildings Survey and Historic American Engineering Record of the National Park Service.


Ms. Sequoya Hayes graduated from East-West University in 2007 with a BA in Behavioral and Social Sciences, and attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work in the Fall of 2008. During her graduate study, she volunteered with domestic violence victims in Capetown, South Africa, and resolved to work towards education and empowerment of underserved populations, particularly women and girls. In addition to her professional practice in social work, she is currently an Adjunct Professor at East-West University in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department.


The generous sponsors of this year’s event are Holabird & Root, Kayhan International, Hilton Chicago, Madison Construction, Blue Star Energy Solutions, Power Mechanical, Sheridan Contract, C.F. Group, Chicago Defender, ClearChannel Radio, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Groupe Lacasse, Krug, Harris Bank, CORT, Parkway Bank & Trust Co. For more information, contact Ms. Judy Bacon at (312) 939-0111 ext. 1819.


East-West University is a private, not-for-profit, and non-denominational institution of higher learning in Chicago’s South Loop.  East-West is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and provides affordable, quality higher education to students from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Pictures from the Symposium Event and Dinner

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 Symposium Event and Dinner


Scholars and journalists will discuss opportunities and barriers for peace and prosperity

“We’re extremely proud to host this symposium of eminent scholars and thinkers discussing the important issues causing so much unease and uncertainty as we contemplate the future,” said East-West University Chancellor Dr. M. Wasiullah Khan. “It is an important and timely topic that will have repercussions in the lives of every American and world citizen throughout the rest of the century.”

A tectonic shift in the balance of power, control of resources, and expression of influence around the world has caused many people to worry about what the new geography of power might look like in the 21st Century.

  • A 2008 U.S. National Intelligence      Council report titled Global Trends 2025 stated “the transfer of global wealth and economic powernow      under way, roughly from West to East… [is] without precedent in modern      history,” and a primary factor in the decline of the relative economic and      military strength of the nation.
  • President      Barack Obama focused on American competitiveness in his 2011 State of the      Union speech, saying the U.S. must “out-innovate, out-educate and      out-build the rest of the world.”
  • An NBC News/Wall Street      Journal opinion poll in August 2010 found that 65 percent of Americans      believe the nation is in a state of decline, and 66 percent believe their      children’s generation will be less affluent.

Nearly two dozen speakers will not only describe changes currently underway, but discuss scenarios, options, and potential solutions for easing into a new but still important role for the United States in the unfolding century.  Speakers will include Dr. Alfred McCoy, University of Wisconsin-Madison;  Jerome McDonnell, host of “Worldview” on Chicago Public Radio;  Dr. Michael Lind, New America Foundation;  Dr. Kennette Bennedict, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; Dr. John Lemons, University of New England; Dr. Robert L. Thompson, Chicago Council on Global Affairs;  Nancy Tom, Columbia College Chicago;  Former Disney Creative Developer Tom Craven; N. Don Wycliff, former Chicago Tribune Editorial Page editor and Loyola University Chicago writer in residence; Drs. Tom Mockaitis, Scott Hibbard and Michael Diamond from DePaul University;  Dr. Patrick Ireland, Illinois Institute of Technology;  Author and Labor Lawyer Thomas Geoghegan; and Dr. Charles Wheelan, University of Chicago.

East-West University is a private, not-for-profit, and non-denominational institution of higher learning in Chicago’s South Loop.  East-West is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and provides affordable, quality higher education to students from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Could Social Security checks stop?

This is no small matter: According to the Economic Policy Institute, Social Security checks make up more than four-fifths of the income in the poorest 40% of households of people older than 65, nearly two-thirds of the income in such middle-class households and more than two-fifths in such upper-middle-class homes.Could those 56 million checks sent out each month — most of them deposited automatically into individual checking accounts — really stop coming?
Based on history alone, the payments will be made. In 1995-96, when a test of wills between President Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress shut down the government — a full closure for six days and a partial one for 21 more — no one missed a check, although the government said later that 112,000 new Social Security applicants were not processed and 212,000 new or replacement Social Security cards were not issued during the six-day closure.


Long war ahead!!!!!! What now?

“Huge challenges remain. This is the beginning — but not the end of our effort to wind down this war,” Obama said. “America, it is time to focus on nation building at home.”

Obama said that 10,000 troops will be transferred out of Afghanistan by the end of this year and another 23,000 will come home no later than September 2012. That’s the full 33,000 deployed as part of the “surge” that Obama ordered in 2009.

Story: Reactions to Obama plan: Right vs. risky
“The tide of war is receding,” he said to war-weary Americans.

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