Washington Post staff writer, ESPN contributor and author of Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President
, Eli Saslow, will be speaking at Illinois College as the Al Habtoor Lecturer on Tuesday, October 16, in Sibert Theatre, McGaw Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m.
Join Saslow as he presents “More Than Just Letters: The Impact of Public Policy on Real Americans.” His presentation centers around his book, Ten Letters
, which shines a light on the issues facing Americans today. In the book Saslow creates vivid portraits of the lives of 10 citizens who corresponded with President Barack Obama. Their letters, and the President’s handwritten responses, tell of the personal struggles behind everything from healthcare to immigration to war. What these 10 letters reveal about the relationship between a president and the people he governs is deeply affecting and what ultimately emerges from within the stories is the incredible endurance and optimism of the American people.
“Illinois College is honored to host Eli Saslow as the 2012 Khalaf Al Habtoor Leadership Lecture Series speaker. Eli has a simple, yet eloquent style of writing. His relevant and poignant language truly outlines the relationship between 10 individuals and their struggles in America today. This speaker series provides Illinois College students with the opportunity to explore important and often controversial issues, strengthening their reasoning and analytic skills and preparing them for lives of leadership and service,” says Karen Dean, director, Al Habtoor Leadership Center and Ruth Badger Pixley Professor of Social Sciences.
The Al Habtoor Leadership lectures are open to all members of the community. Speakers address topics related to business, international affairs, the Middle East, religious diversity and tolerance, with an emphasis on leadership.
In addition to the 7 p.m. lecture, Saslow will attend a Presidential Debate Watch Party in the Caine Student Center beginning at 8 p.m.