Retired Gen. David Petraeus shared insights from his decorated 37-year military career and unique nonpartisan point of view during Judson University’s World Leaders Forum on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Schaumburg. Petraeus marked the 10th anniversary of Judson’s speaker series.
Petraeus discussed his military career with distinguished Judson University alumnus and event moderator Mark Vargas, who recounted how he became connected with theGeneral during his civilian service in Iraq. They covered topics including the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, serving during two presidential administrations, his new roles since retiring from military service, and the people who influenced him early in his career.
“Early in my career, I made unexpected, nontraditional choices that led me to fortunate places. This gave me a vantage point of observing people in leadership positions at a young age,” said Petraeus. “I was unbelievably fortunate to have extraordinary mentors, and I was a good mentee because I took advantage of the opportunities that my mentors offered to me.”
“Since our inaugural event 10 years ago, we have surprised and inspired guests of the World Leaders Forum through meaningful conversations with some of the most interesting leaders of our time,” said Judson University President Dr. Gene Crume. “General Petraeus has added to that roster through his candid conversation about service and thinking beyond our deep political divides to find common goals.”
Judson University’s World Leaders Forum brings recognized world leaders to the Chicago area to provide an opportunity for Judson students and community members to be inspired by significant thought leaders. Proceeds from the World Leaders Forum fund Judson’s Roeser Scholars program, which provides leadership development, entrepreneurial initiatives, and higher education opportunities for youth in foster care.
General David H. Petraeus served more than 37 years in the U.S. military, concluding his career with six consecutive commands, five of which were in combat, including command of coalition forces during the surge in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, Petraeus served as the director of the CIA during a period of significant achievements in the global war on terror. Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and earned a doctorate in an interdisciplinary program of international relations and economics from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Join us in 2022 as we offer cultural events in the intimate setting of Barrington’s White House Cultural and Community Center. While in-person tickets remain limited due to COVID protocols, we are pleased that a special sponsor has allowed us to live-stream many of our events to give you the choice in how you experience our wonderful programming. For info and tickets, visit barringtonswhitehouse.com/events.
5th Annual Barrington Town-Warming
Saturday, Feb. 5, 9a.m.–3:30 p.m., In-Person / This year’s theme is “Security in a Post-Pandemic World,” with keynote speaker is former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in a live-streamed chat with Motorola Chairman and CEO Greg Brown.
Ron Hawking Swings & Sings “His Way” / Friday, Feb. 11 and Sat., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., In-PersonGrammy nominee and award-winning entertainer Ron Hawking as he returns to serenade you with a concert of old-time favorites such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Bobby Darin, Sir Tom Jones, and more.
“I Knew I Was in Trouble When…” Storytelling Event / Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., In-Person and Virtual. This fun storytelling event uses a family-friendly version of the popular “Moth Radio Hour” as its model, featuring professional Emmy-winning storyteller Jim May.
Katherine Beck, Lyric Opera Mezzo Soprano / Sunday, March 13, 3 p.m., In-Person and VirtualKnown for her warmth, flexibility, honesty, and flair in works by Handel, Rossini, Mozart, and more, Katherine Beck will delight our audiences with her “balmy-voiced mezzo soprano.”
“Sophia Hayden Deserves Better”: A Play Reading by Stephanie Walker / Sunday, March 27, 3 p.m, In-Person. Barrington native and playwright Stephanie Walker brings a tabletop reading of her new play, “Sophia Hayden Deserves Better,” which explores the unfortunate career of the architect who designed the Woman’s Building for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
A Conversation with Best-Selling Novelist Veronica Roth / Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m., In-Person and Virtual. A wonderful opportunity to participate in an intimate conversation and Q&A with Barrington’s own Veronica Roth, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the “Divergent” series.
“The Future of Education: Lessons Learned from a Global Pandemic” with District 220 Superintendent Dr. Robert Hunt / Sunday, April 10, 3p.m., In Person and Virtual. District 220’s Dr. Robert Hunt discusses the pandemic’s impact on the classroom and the lessons learned that will drive opportunities for students moving forward.
Jazz All-Stars with Saxophonist Victor Goines / Saturday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., In-Person. Highly acclaimed jazz saxophonist Victor Goines assembles an all-star cast of jazz professionals as well as outstanding students from surrounding high schools to present a high-energy evening of jazz.
An Afternoon Tea with Bertha Honoré Palmer, Presented by Leslie Goddard / Wednesday, May 4, 1 p.m., $65, In-Person. At this historic tea, Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., portrays Bertha Honoré Palmer, the wife of real estate magnate Potter Palmer, who made her own contributions to Chicago history. Includes tea service by High Tea with Gerri.
Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro: “Surprising Facts about Higher Education” / Sunday, May 15, 3 p.m. Reception; 3:30 program, In-Person. Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern and a top expert on the economics of higher education, offers some surprising and encouraging insights and perspectives on the state of higher education today.
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Classical Piano / Sunday, May 22, 3p.m., In-Person and Virtual. For this program, the electrifying Sanchez-Werner will present works by Rachmaninoff and Schumann as well as preludes from the American Song Book by Gershwin.
The Bright Side of Bluegrass & Ice Cream Social / Saturday, May 28, 7p.m., In-Person. Kick off summer with fun for the whole family! Enjoy ice cream courtesy of BACOA, then a toe-tapping live bluegrass set with the Sunnyside Up Bluegrass Band.
3rd Thursdays Art Night Out Presentations, FREE “Transparent by Nature” with Michael Ireland / Thurs., March 17, 6–8 p.m. Anita Maher: “Soft Focus” / Thurs., April 21, 6–8p.m. Photographer Al Buschauer: A Passionate Life in Photography / Thurs., May 19, 6–8 p.m.
2nd Thursdays Jazz Cabaret Series / Thursdays, March 10, April 14, May 12. Enjoy an in-person cabaret-like experience or watch virtually as Barrington’s White House presents jazz enthusiasts performing their favorite tunes in an “open mic” setting alongside the popular Marianne Kim Jazz Duo.
A family celebrates Barrington area resources for their nonagenarian
I just wanted to let you know about a happy experience we had with Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art in Barrington. Because of them, my 95-year-old mother-in-law is going to have a small art exhibit with family and friends only.
Rosa Ungari was born in Italy in 1926. She has never had an art class. It wasn’t her interest, but she had to move up to Barrington from Naples, Florida, because she has old age dementia. We knew we had to keep her as active as possible.
Enter Kaleidoscope and specifically, Doug Jennings. Doug has been with Kaleidoscopes since 1987. He works in a variety of media, but for Rosa, focused on landscapes and flower paintings. They designed a little program for her. At first Rosa fought going. “I never have done art before,” Rosa said. But, over time, she came to appreciate and respect Doug and went along with his classes.
So far, she has painted 12 pieces. They are wonderful (ok, so I’m a little biased) so that on December 26 at 2 p.m. we are going to have an art exhibit for family and friends (caregivers, masseuse, Doug, of course, the leader at her Silver Sneakers class at the Buehler YMCA) to name a few.
If there was a way to highlight these wonderful places—Kaleidoscope and YMCA and Allure Massage and Caregivers—it would be so worth crowing about. Thanks for sharing our story.
Jeff Degner retired from his 45-year career as a customer service agent for Delta Airlines at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, but he didn’t forget the encounters along the way. At the urging of family and friends, he wrote two books about those memories that ran the gambit of funny to stressful. Degner has also been instrumental in serving the charity Healing the Children for 30 years. He’s captured those stories in “Runway to Recoveries”. The charity has counted on Degner to help with travel by escorting children with serious medical needs to the U.S. from Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador. Many of the operations for children with heart conditions were conducted at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. Both of Degner’s books are available at Amazon.com.