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John Carroll Weekend Schedule of Events
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THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Registration and Hospitality
12 – 3 p.m. | A Taste of Chicago
This tour, led by enthusiastic local guides, visits seven "mom and pop" specialty food stores and one–of–a–kind ethnic eateries, including a historic Jewish deli, a Polish bakery and the city’s top rated Chicago–style pizzeria. Sample a variety of classic offerings, enough for a hearty lunch, on the bustling tree–lined streets of Chicago’s celebrated Near North neighborhoods. Between tastings, you'll reap the benefits of your guides' seasoned knowledge of historic mansions, backdoor venues, hidden parks and exciting local attractions and restaurants.
Standard: $55, Young Alumni: $50
1 – 3 p.m. | Backstage at the Opera
Don't miss this exclusive behind–the–scenes look at the home of one of today's premier opera companies, the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Join alumni tour guides on a stroll across the catwalk to look at the stage seven floors below, take a trip into the orchestra pit and marvel at the majestic art nouveau and art deco architecture that makes the Civic Opera House one of the country's most celebrated concert halls and the second–largest opera house in North America.
Standard: $45, Young Alumni: $41
2 – 4 p.m. | Wear it Well: A Runway Show with Julia Farr Connolly (C'88)
Red carpet fashion comes to Michigan Avenue! Join Georgetown University Alumni Association President Julia Farr Connolly (C'88), owner of the Julia Farr boutique in Washington, D.C., for a runway presentation of today's hottest catwalk looks. One of the District's top style mavens, Julia will highlight the trends that have exploded for spring and offer a preview of what will be all the rage this fall. Discover the best of current fashion–perfect for the Chicago woman–including runway looks that are essential now and those that will span the years.
Standard: $45, Young Alumni: $41
3 – 5 p.m. | Behind the Scenes at Soldier Field
Come experience the rich history and modern-day activity of Soldier Field Stadium. This tour will go far beyond what the typical gamegoer sees at the home of "Da Bears." Walk onto the field, check out a professional football locker room and explore the inner workings of this unique Chicago landmark.
Standard: $20, Young Alumni: $18, Children: $10
3:30 – 5 p.m. | Wine's Secret Crush on Chocolate
Join the Georgetown University Library Associates for an interactive exploration of the relationship between wine and chocolate, hosted by the Blommer Chocolate Company. Peter (C’85) and Stephen (C'89) Blommer and Rose Potts, Blommer's corporate manager for sensory and product guidance, will talk about the science behind the production and processing of both wine and chocolate. Tastings of appropriate pairings are included!
Standard: $45, Young Alumni: $41
4 – 5 p.m. | Villa Le Balze Centennial Kickoff Reception
The Office of International Programs welcomes alumni to learn more about Villa Le Balze—Georgetown's campus and study center located in Fiesole, Italy. Villa Le Balze was designed and built in 1912-13 for American philosopher Charles Augustus Strong. Donated to Georgetown University in 1979 by Strong's daughter, the Marquesa Margaret Rockefeller de Cuevas de Larrain, Villa Le Balze remains a center for scholarship and learning and has hosted thousands of students, scholars and alumni in undergraduate, graduate and study-tour programs. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a brief presentation on the history of Villa Le Balze and celebrate one of Georgetown's international treasures as the Villa approaches this important milestone of its centennial.
Free
6 - 8:30 p.m. | Campaign Launch Celebration
Kick off an unforgettable weekend at Soldier Field, a Greco-Roman take on the all-American football stadium. President John J. DeGioia and special guests will welcome attendees to hear about the most ambitious campaign in Georgetown's history at this first of our regional launches of For Generations to Come: The Campaign for Georgetown. The field’s United Club, with its historic columns, lakefront views and modern decor, will provide the perfect setting for this celebration of the past, present and—most importantly—the future of Georgetown.
Free
10 p.m. - 1 a.m. | Chimes Night
A timeless Georgetown institution, the Chimes will kick off the weekend as members from multiple generations unite for an evening of song. Since 1946, the Chimes have entertained countless Hoyas on Georgetown's campus and around the world, singing a cappella doo wop, classic rock and barbershop harmonies with unique stage presence and flair. Bop along to the music in the company of fellow alumni.
Free
FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Registration and Hospitality
7:30 – 9 a.m. | Bulls and Bears: Market Trends and Perspectives
Join the Midwest Business Alliance at the University Club for an intimate discussion on today’s global economy with three leaders of the business world. This panel will offer new perspectives on market trends to watch this year and future prospects for international trade and economic development in Chicago.
$20
8 – 8:30 a.m. | Mass at the Drake Hotel
Free
9 – 11 a.m. | Politics, Poker and Prohibition: The Gangsters of Chicago
Experience Chicago as it was during the 1920s and 30s! This tour will feature the inside story on the city's windiest politicians, rollicking red-light districts and most notorious vice games. Venture into the past and cruise the city in search of the old hoodlum haunts, brothels, gambling dens and sites of gangland shootouts, learning about the exploits of Capone, Moran, Dillinger and the rest of Chicago's historic untouchables. Don’t miss this whirlwind tour of all the old gangster “hot” spots and “hit” spots.
Standard: $45, Young Alumni: $41
9 – 11:30 a.m. | Sculpture on the Streets
The city of Chicago has long been famous for the varied and innovative architecture of its great buildings. More recently, it has also fostered a program of sculpture that has brought work by some of the most distinguished artists of the 20th century—including Picasso, Miro and Chagall—into public spaces. Led by beloved professor Michael Collins, this walking tour will take participants into Chicago’s Loop and through the world’s largest outdoor museum to observe and enjoy these great works of art.
Standard: $30, Young Alumni: $27
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Catholic Spaces of Chicago
Join professor Diane Apostolos-Cappadona on a bus tour highlighting the history, art and architecture of Catholic Chicago from one end of the city to the other. Beginning with a visit to the historic Roman Catholic Holy Name Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the trip will include a tour of the recently renovated art deco Madonna della Strada Chapel at Loyola University. The final stop will be the Loyola University Museum of Art, which features the Martin D’Arcy Collection of Catholic art, near the historic water tower on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile.
Standard: $50, Young Alumni: $45
9:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Tour the Illinois Holocaust Museum
Founded in the wake of neo-Nazi marches in Skokie, Ill., in the late 1970s, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is a riveting testimony to the genocide that shook the world during World War II. More than just a collection of artifacts and stories, the museum and its foundation seek to combat hate with education, pushing Illinois to become the first state to require Holocaust education in public schools in 1990. Visit the museum’s permanent and rotating exhibits, which include accounts from local survivors, artistic responses to other genocides around the world and a special exhibit on American Jews who fought in World War II.
Standard: $46, Young Alumni: $41
11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Reading Between the Lines at the Tribune Tower and the Auditorium Building
When Tribune Tower architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood won first place in the Chicago Tribune’s 1922 competition to design its new home base, the building was called the “the most beautiful and distinctive office building in the world.” This special behind-the-scenes tour of the neo-gothic Tribune Tower will spotlight the ornate buttresses and fragments from world wonders embedded in the building’s walls, including the Great Pyramid, the Taj Mahal and the Berlin Wall. Then, visit the Auditorium Building, a historic architectural landmark that was built to make high culture accessible to Chicago’s working classes. Recently restored to its original 19th century grandeur, this building is not to be missed on your Chicago visit.
Standard: $50, Young Alumni: $45
12 – 2 p.m. | Navigating the Labyrinth of Women’s Leadership
Join us for a luncheon conversation featuring the Honorable Sheila Simon (L'87), lieutenant governor of Illinois, and the Honorable Lisa Madigan (C'88), attorney general of Illinois. Their dialogue will be moderated by Kathleen Maas Weigert, professor of women and leadership at Loyola University. This event, sponsored by the Georgetown University Alumni Association and the Georgetown University Women's Center, will be preceded by a reception honoring the achievements of Georgetown alumnae.
Standard: $50, Young Alumni: $45
1 – 3:30 p.m. | Sculpture on the Streets
The city of Chicago has long been famous for the varied and innovative architecture of its great buildings. More recently, it has also fostered a program of sculpture that has brought work by some of the most distinguished artists of the 20th century—including Picasso, Miro and Chagall—into public spaces. Led by beloved professor Michael Collins, this walking tour will take participants into Chicago’s Loop and through the world’s largest outdoor museum to observe and enjoy these great works of art.
Standard: $30, Young Alumni: $27
1:30 – 5 p.m. | Think About It: Chicago
Anchored in the Georgetown tradition of fostering academic excellence and lifelong learning, this engaging series of conversations will feature panels of renowned members of the Georgetown and Chicago communities, who will discuss current topics in business, entrepreneurship and education.
  • CEO Roundtable: Leading in a Changing Economy
    The global economy is changing rapidly. American businesses face a new economic landscape of uncertainty at home and competition from emerging markets. A panel of Chicago CEOs will offer seasoned perspective on the proactive leadership and innovative thinking necessary to adapt to these challenges and opportunities.
  • In the Loop: Chicago’s Culture of Entrepreneurship
    Chicago is a city of revival and renewal. From its meatpacking past to its current place as the fourth-most economically powerful city in the world, Chicago has always reinvented itself and emerged better than before. Corporations and start-ups alike call Chicago home because of its entrepreneurial culture that drives growth. Hear from local experts on how Chicago continues to redefine itself as a center of international commerce and innovation. 
  • Education and American Competitiveness: Classroom Innovation in Urban Chicago
    The American public education system is not what it used to be, and the implications are profound for our society and our economy. Without an educated workforce, America’s competitiveness declines. New developments and opportunities in education that foster unconventional learning technologies, inventive policies and public-private partnerships could alter this trend. Join innovators in the field in a discussion on Chicago’s role as an incubator for reform that could serve as a national model. 
  • Engaged Ethics: Experiencing the Dilemmas of Decision-making
    Georgetown’s record of contribution to the field of engaged ethics is extraordinary. Join three of Georgetown's renowned, pioneering faculty members in this interdisciplinary field—Randy Bass, Maggie Little and Francis Slakey—as they explore new frameworks for complex moral problems and contemporary questions related to decision-making in business, education and public policy. For example, can corporations reconcile profit and social responsibility? How do we balance the promise and risk of emerging technologies? What sacrifices can we make now for the sake of future generations?
Standard: $30, Young Alumni: $27
2 – 4 p.m. | Making LGBTQ History in Chicago
Join Chicago History Museum Curator Jill Austin on an afternoon jaunt through some of Chicago’s most significant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history-making neighborhoods, like East Lakeview, or “Boystown,” the first officially designated gay neighborhood in the nation; and Andersonville, a diverse, primarily lesbian community. The tour will stop at few key sites along the way to follow in the footsteps of Jane Addams, pioneering social reformer and founder of Hull House, and Henry Gerber, a founder of the nation’s first gay rights organization. This program, presented by Georgetown’s LGBTQ Resource Center, will explore how LGBT history is Chicago history, and how LGBT history has happened in familiar, public sites throughout the city—not just behind closed doors.
Standard: $35, Young Alumni: $32
2:30 – 5 p.m. | VIP Passport to a World of Antiques & Art
Indulge a love of art, antiques and shopping at this exclusive event at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago’s epicenter for high design and luxury goods. Learn about the history of the mart, which was the largest building in the world when it opened in 1930, take a private guided tour and receive VIP access to the 15th annual Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair. Featuring more than 120 of the world’s top dealers, the antiques fair is Chicago’s ultimate treasure hunt, packed with a diverse array of art, antiques and jewelry from the distant past to the modern 20th century.
Standard: $40, Young Alumni: $36
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Your Immortal Self
C. Richard Schlegel, M.D., Ph.D, former Patrick Healy awardee and chair of pathology, will discuss a groundbreaking discovery that will revolutionize research and usher in a new era of personalized cancer treatment. Using a patient’s own tissue, Georgetown scientists can now keep a patient’s cells alive in the laboratory and use them to screen multiple therapies to identify the most effective one for treatment. This ability to immortalize a patient’s own cells will make biobanking both viable and relevant. Your immortal self: medicine with YOU in mind.
Free
4:30 – 6 p.m. | Leading in Educational Innovation: The School of Nursing & Health Studies
Join Martin Y. Iguchi, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, as he examines the dynamic educational environment of the school's four academic departments: health systems administration, human science, international health and nursing. This highly interactive session will feature faculty members and current students.
Free
4:30 – 6 p.m. | MSFS Reception
Please join us at the Drake Hotel at this worldwide MSFS reunion, including a reception and conversation on human rights featuring MSFS professor Ambassador Mark P. Lagon (G'91).
Free
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Dream Time: A Celebration for LGBTQ and Allied Alumni, Family and Friends
Celebrate Georgetown’s LGBTQ Resource Center at its fourth annual reception at John Carroll Weekend. Whether it’s your first or fourth time joining us, you’re invited to come and connect, reconnect and tell us more about your own journey. Learn about the Tagliabue Initiative for LGBTQ Life, made possible by the generous support of Chan and Paul Tagliabue (C'62), chairman of the Georgetown Board of Directors and former NFL commissioner, and how you can be part of the change on the Hilltop.
Free
6 – 8 p.m. | Modern Art Mixer
After a full day of Windy City activities, unwind at a chic reception at the Art Institute of Chicago. Drinks and creative hors d’oeuvres will be served in Griffin Court, a glass-enclosed atrium designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano. Anne Dias Griffin (F'92) and her fellow patron of the institute, Elizabeth O'Connor Cole (C'92), have collaborated to make this an evening to remember. Once you’ve enjoyed the atrium's unmatched views of Chicago, take a walk through the museum’s modern art wing, which will be open for exclusive evening viewing for John Carroll Weekend attendees.
Standard: $100, Young Alumni: $90
9 p.m. – 1 a.m. | An Evening of Salsa
Chicago has become a mecca for salsa, Latin jazz and Cuban timba, much to the pleasure of local salseros, salseras and Latin music aficionados. Georgetown’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action is taking advantage of this perfect opportunity to showcase one of Chicago's hottest salsa bands at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. This year's multicultural reception is a must-do at John Carroll Weekend. Join IDEAA for what promises to be a culturally enriching extravaganza that will make you want to bust out some of those dance moves you’ve kept in storage since senior year.
Free
11 p.m. | Laugh It Up at Second City
Young alumni and the young at heart are invited to laugh the night away at Second City, a famous theater that houses smart, funny and highly original improv shows. Since 1959, Second City has established itself as a Chicago landmark and a national treasure. This theatre launched the careers of such comic greats as John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner, among many others. Perhaps the most important player on the American comedy scene, Second City’s resident troupe will perform an original comedy revue that will make you laugh even harder than you did when your roommate dropped her Chicken Finger Thursday tray in front of the whole men’s basketball team at Leo’s.
Standard: $32, Young Alumni: $28
SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Registration and Hospitality
8 – 8:45 a.m. | Alumni Memorial Mass at the Drake Hotel
Free
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | VIPs Under the Sea
Bring the whole family for exclusive access to the Shedd Aquarium, one of the most-visited attractions in Chicago. Tour the entire aquarium—including a fascinating special exhibit on jellies—and get up close and personal with VIPs (very important penguins) in a special face-to-face encounter with the flightless birds. Stick around for the aquatic show, where you’ll have first-class seats to be astounded by the talents of dolphins, beluga whales and other smart sea creatures.
Standard: $30, Young Alumni: $27, Children: $18
9 – 10:30 a.m. | Wealth and Estate Planning for 2012: A Year of Opportunity
In recent years, gift and estate tax laws have changed significantly. These laws are set to expire at the end of this calendar year. Hosted by L. Joseph Comeau (B'77) of WTAS, a tax specialty firm that serves more than 3,000 of the country’s most successful families and individuals, this discussion will explore the tremendously lucrative opportunities available for wealth and estate tax planning moves in 2012.
Standard: $40
9 – 11 a.m. | The Bible Goes to Hollywood!
Get the CliffsNotes of Diane Apostolos-Cappadona’s popular course on the Bible’s role in historical and modern film. From its earliest beginnings in the 19th century, movies have used the Bible for storylines, characters and imagery. Explore the relationships between religion, theology and visual narratives; fiction and scripture; and the shifting cultural landscape that identifies or misidentifies the Bible in Hollywood. Experience the Bible and popular films like they've never been seen before!
Standard: $25, Young Alumni: $23
9 – 11:30 a.m. | Sculpture on the Streets
The city of Chicago has long been famous for the varied and innovative architecture of its great buildings. More recently, it has also fostered a program of sculpture that has brought work by some of the most distinguished artists of the 20th century—including Picasso, Miro and Chagall—into public spaces. Led by beloved professor Michael Collins, this walking tour will take participants into Chicago’s Loop and through the world’s largest outdoor museum to observe and enjoy these great works of art.
Standard: $30, Young Alumni: $27
9:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Architectural River Cruise
Take a ride on the very first boat of the season for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s famous river cruise, a must-do for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. The Chicago Architecture Foundation has literally written the book on the Chicago River—accept no substitutes! Expert guides will tell the story of how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than a century. The tour will offer a crash course on historic and modern architectural styles as participants cruise the Chicago River and learn about more than 50 of the buildings that comprise Chicago’s unique skyline.
Standard: $55, Young Alumni: $50
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Chicago on FIRE!
Climb aboard an antique fire truck for a trip through the history of the mystery-shrouded Great Chicago Fire of 1871. It was once believed that the fire was started by a cow, owned by a woman named O'Leary, which started when the cow tipped over a lantern. Mrs. O'Leary was rumored to have winked her eye and said, "there'll be a hot time in the old town tonight!" A competing legend places the guilt on Peg Leg Sullivan, who allegedly started the blaze and framed the cow. Dive into this exciting tale with a trip to some of the most famous sites of the Great Chicago Fire.
Standard: $50, Young Alumni: $45, Children: $25
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Keynote Luncheon at the Art Institute of Chicago
Enjoy an elegant luncheon with keynote remarks in the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, a venue at the Art Institute of Chicago that features antique stenciled decorations, molded plaster capitals and art glass from Chicago's original 19th century stock exchange building, which was demolished in 1972.

Note: This luncheon does not conflict with Father O’Donovan’s art lecture.
Standard: $125, Young Alumni: $113
2 – 4 p.m. | Legends of Georgetown: Jan Karski (G’52, H’83)
Celebrate and honor the legacy and resounding impact of Jan Karski (G’52, H’83), Polish resistance leader and renowned Georgetown professor of 40 years, in collaboration with the Jan Karski U.S. Centennial Campaign at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.
Standard: $50, Young Alumni: $45
2 – 4:30 p.m. | Tradition and Innovation at the Art Institute Chicago: Old Favorites and New Stunners
Take part in a beloved John Carroll Weekend tradition as Rev. Leo O’Donovan, S.J. (C'56), leads a discussion on his favorite pieces in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection of world-class art. Afterward, you’ll explore the institute—the second-largest art museum in the country—including special exhibitions on textiles, architecture and fashion.
Note: This event does not conflict with the keynote luncheon.
Standard: $75, Young Alumni: $68
2 – 4:30 p.m. | Scavenger Hunt at the Art Institute of Chicago
While alumni parents tour the Art Institute of Chicago with Father O’Donovan, professor Diane Apostolos-Cappadona will lead a series of special “scavenger hunts” in the institute’s galleries and corridors for the children in the group. A scavenger hunt for knights in shining armor and animals hiding “out in the open” will entertain the 8-to-11-year-olds while the 4-to-7-year-olds read a story about a child’s experience with the Impressionists and search for related paintings. This is a unique, can’t-miss opportunity for our youngest Hoyas to engage firsthand with the arts.
Parents: $28, Children: $10
5 – 6 p.m. | Mass
Free
7 p.m. – 12 a.m. | John Carroll Awards Banquet at the Field Museum
The culmination of our weekend of exploration and celebration, this much-anticipated awards banquet will be set in the stunning marble hall of the Field Museum—under the watchful eye of Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil skeleton in the world. The alumni association will bestow its highest honor on five alumni and one friend of the university in recognition of their dedication to Georgetown’s mission of excellence, service and leadership. A video tribute to the honorees and a lively dance floor make this an evening not to be missed. Black tie.
Standard: $250, Young Alumni: $225
7 – 10 p.m. | Kids Night at the Field Museum
For the first time at John Carroll Weekend, our youngest Hoyas can enjoy their own special event during the awards banquet. Children aged 4 to 12 will eat dinner in the Field Museum’s evolving planet exhibits—where the dinosaurs make their home—and eww and ahh over the Bug Guy’s presentation of real live creepy-crawlers. Balloon animals, face painting and Egyptian mummy-making will make this party a far cry from a typical night with the babysitter. Though the awards banquet is black tie, the dress code at kids night is decidedly casual.
Children: $45
9 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Young Alumni Cocktails at the Field Museum
Graduates of the last 15 years are invited to connect and reconnect with old friends and new faces at this chic party at one of Chicago’s most visually interesting venues. Sip on creative cocktails and enjoy hors d'oeuvres in a private space at the Field Museum, then join awards banquet attendees in the main marble hall for dessert and dancing into the late evening. Cocktail attire.
Graduates of the last decade: $65, Others: $75
SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Farewell Brunch with Rev. Kevin O’Brien, S.J. (C’88)
Say goodbye to Chicago, old classmates and new friends as you join Father O'Brien for a family-friendly brunch and discussion on living the Ignatian spirit at Georgetown. Father O'Brien will autograph copies of his book, The Ignatian Adventure, after the conversation.
Standard: $55, Young Alumni: $50, Children: $25
4 - 6 p.m. | Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret
Proud Georgetown alumnus and Chicagoan Jamil Khoury (F'88) presents an original show that deconstructs popular representations of Silk Road peoples and countries. Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret is a playful, sexy, occasionally subversive musical pastiche of Asian and Middle Eastern images in popular American and British song. Whether steeped in historical reality or whimsical fantasy, cultural authenticity or crude caricature, pop culture music and images have shaped our perceptions of Asia and the Middle East for decades. From Broadway show tunes to pop, from country to rap, from folk to jazz to rock, Re-Spiced turns the tables on "us" and "them" with panache and glee, leaving us wondering just who's who.
Standard: $25

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