Mount Union Announces Schooler Lecturer

August 07, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union has announced Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory A. Booker as the 2012-2013 Schooler Lecturer.

Booker will speak on “How to Change the World with Your Bare Hands” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in the Timken Gymnasium.

According to the Greater Talent Network, Booker took the oath of office as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city in July 2006 following a sweeping electoral victory and was re-elected for a second term in another overwhelming majority in 2010. Booker has a bold vision for the City of Newark, and the city’s mission is to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshaling its resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment that is nurturing and empowering for individuals and families.

As his second term gets underway, Booker and his administration have made meaningful strides toward achieving the city’s mission. As of July 1, 2008, Newark led the nation among large cities for reductions in shootings and murders, achieving decreases of more than 40% reductions in both categories. Radical transformation of the Newark Police Department under Booker’s leadership, along with the deployment of more than 100 surveillance cameras throughout the city, has led to Newark setting the nationwide pace for crime reduction.

Also under Booker’s leadership, the City of Newark has committed to a $40 million transformation of the city’s parks and playgrounds through a groundbreaking public/private partnership. The Booker administration has also doubled affordable housing production within the last two years.

Booker’s political career began in 1998 after he served as staff attorney for the Urban Justice Center in Newark. He became prominent as Newark’s Central Ward Councilman. During his service from 1998-2002, he earned a reputation as a leader with innovative ideas and bold actions, setting a foundation for his leadership as mayor. He has been recognized by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people of 2011, Esquire, New Jersey Monthly as one of New Jersey’s top 40 under 40 and The New York Times Magazine.

He is committed to education, serving on numerous boards and advisory committees including Democrats for Education Reform, Columbia University Teachers’ College Board of Trustees and the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Booker earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in modern history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and completed his law degree at Yale University.

As a lecturer, Booker brings his passion for social change to the podium. Sharing stories informed by real life, he demonstrates the need for everyone to take responsibility to help this nation live up to its promise. He also sheds light on necessary reform that government needs to undergo to become equipped to deal with the challenges of modern times.

Tickets for the lecture will be available beginning Jan. 2.

About the Schooler Lecture
The Schooler Lecture Series was established in 1988 with grant funding from the Schooler Family Foundation. The Foundation's philanthropy has enabled the University to provide a dramatically enhanced opportunity for young men and women studying at Mount Union and for the residents in the greater Alliance area to experience the breadth and depth of American culture.

Past Schooler lecturers have included the late former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, the late astronomer Carl Sagan, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, late former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, news magazine host Hugh Downs, the late news commentator David Brinkley, former hostage Terry Anderson, Schindler’s List author Thomas Keneally and the late holocaust survivor Leopold Page, Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell, Rabbi Laureate Harold Kushner, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., former president of Poland Lech Walesa, Mount Everest explorer Dr. Beck Weathers, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, media specialists Cokie and Steven Roberts, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, world-renowned marine biologist Dr. Robert Ballard, the late Tim Russert, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin, author Khaled Hosseini and astrophysicist, TV show host and author Neil Degrasse Tyson.


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