Friday, Sept. 25th - 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.)

The Day One Keynote Address is the premier event of new student orientation and Welcome Week.

The Keynote aims to bring local, national, and worldly conversations to Harris Public Policy through a dynamic lecture exclusively for the Harris community. The address will challenge you to contemplate your role in complex global and social issues and craft a vision for the future of policy leadership and social change.  The 2020 Keynote speaker will be announced in summer 2020.

The address focuses on the crossroads of leadership, social change, and policy. Incoming students can expect to hear more about Harris’ commitment to providing students with the resources and experience to drive effective social change and policy leadership, how they can enact smarter policy solutions, and personal and professional examples of commitment to rigor, fearlessness, and impact.  The Address will feature opening remarks by Jeremy Edwards, Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs.

Previous speakers include:

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, 8th District of Illinois (2018)

Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama (2017)

David Axelrod, Harris Distinguished Senior Fellow, Director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics & Former Senior Strategist to U.S. President Barack Obama (2016)