Ivy Tech to feature columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner, Eugene Robinson at O’Bannon Institute

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech – Bloomington will feature Washington Post columnist and regular contributor to MSNBC, Eugene Robinson during the annual O’Bannon Institute Conversation. One of the world’s most prestigious journalism awards, the coveted Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Robinson for his commentary that chronicled, analyzed and anticipated Barack Obama’s presidential election. The O’Bannon Institute panel discussions begin on Friday, May 1 at 9 a.m. in the Student Commons. Mr. Robinson will capstone the day’s activities with a conversation at 2:30 p.m.

This year’s Institute theme A Historic Presidency: The First 100 Days, includes welcome remarks by former Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon. The Institute also includes panel discussions with notable experts from around the state on the topics of healthcare, foreign policy, and the economy in the first 100 days of the Obama administration. The highlight “O’Bannon Conversation” with Mr. Robinson will close this year’s Institute events.

The three-day O’Bannon Institute for Community Service event begins Wednesday, April 29 with the Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony at Ivy Tech. The “Day of Service,” activities begin Thursday, April 30 with students, faculty and staff volunteering their time to the community. The O’Bannon Institute Private Reception and Dinner is scheduled for the evening of April 30, with world-renowned historian and New York Times best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin, at Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall. The fundraising dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sold out. Ivy Tech – Bloomington is still currently taking reservations for Friday, May 1 Institute activities featuring Washington Post columnist and regular contributor to MSNBC, Mr. Robinson.

John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech – Bloomington says that this year’s O’Bannon Institute is extraordinary because we are featuring two Pulitzer Prize winning speakers,” “It is an honor to host both Mrs. Goodwin and Mr. Robinson, and to provide the public an opportunity to hear their expert commentary on the first 100 days of this current, historical administration. Both guests have valuable life experiences to share with the community and have exceptional involvement in reporting on culture and White House politics.”

Ivy Tech launched the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service six years ago. It is an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss issues related to government, community service, nonprofit organizations, education, and political participation. Previous speakers have included Sen. George McGovern, Sen. Birch Bayh, Sen. Alan Simpson, Gov. Joe Kernan, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon, news veteran Sam Donaldson and campaign strategist Paul Begala.

To make a reservation for Friday, May 1 events, please call (812) 330-6001 or email gbass1@ivytech.edu.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


Short Bios:
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned historian and author of best-selling books on Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, and Lincoln. She currently appears regularly on Meet the Press and other political programming.

Eugene H. Robinson is an award-winning journalist, political columnist for The Washington Post, and a regular contributor to MSNBC. His is the author of Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race.

O’Bannon Institute for Community Service
Friday, May 1 at 9 a.m.
Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington
Student Commons

8:30 a.m. – Registration (Continental Breakfast)

9:00 a.m. – Welcome Remarks by former Indiana First Lady, Judy O’Bannon

Discussion ModeratorKeith Klein, Chair, Communication Program and Life Skills Department, Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington

9:40 a.m. – Panel Discussion #1 – Healthcare

Facilitator – Chuck Carney, Director of Communication and Media Relations, Indiana University School of Education

Mark Moore, President, Bloomington Hospital

Dan Peterson, Vice President, Industry & Government Affairs, Cook Group, Inc.

Linda White, President and CEO, Deaconess Health System and Ivy Tech Community College State Trustee

11:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion #2 – Foreign Policy

Facilitator – Ann Shea, Weekly Special Host and Producer, WTIU

Roger Hamburg, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University South Bend (IUSB)

Andy Jacobs, Former U.S. Representative from Indiana’s 10th District, 1983-1996

Dr. Patrick O’Meara, Vice President for International Affairs, Indiana University

1:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion #3 – Economy

Facilitator – Morton Marcus, Economist, Director Emeritus, Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana University, Kelly School of Business

Kevin Brinegar, President, Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Kathy Davis, Owner, Davis Design Group and former Lieutenant Governor, Indiana

Gerry Dick, Host, Inside Indiana Business

William Strauss, Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Ron Walker, President, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation

2:30 p.m. – O’Bannon Conversation with columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner, Eugene Robinson

Moderator – Bob Zaltsberg, Editor, The Herald-Times

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