This spring, you don’t even need to leave Elmhurst to get the real scoop from a Washington insider about the contentious 2016 presidential race.

Jon Favreau, chief speechwriter and senior aide to President Barack Obama during the 2008 and 2012 elections, will be speaking at Elmhurst College on March 9 as part of college’s Spring Cultural Season. His talk, Tweets, Speeches and Storytelling: Messages from the 2016 Election, will offer insights into Donald Trump’s rise, Hillary Clinton’s challenges, and the effects of the media on the unusual presidential race.

The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Tickets are $10 for the general public and can be purchased by visiting

The spring series has a number of excellent speakers. If you’ve never attended one of Elmhurst College’s lectures, we encourage you to check one of them out. Full details can be found at

Women in Iran Today: Daily Lives and Personal Politics
Norma Claire Moruzzi, director of the International Studies program and chair of the Middle East and Muslim Societies Cluster at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Wednesday, March 1, 4:00 p.m.


Tweets, Speeches and Storytelling: Messages from the 2016 Election
Jon Favreau, chief speechwriter and senior aide to President Barack Obama 

Thursday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.

Creativity/Connectivity: Music and the Humanizing of Technology
Eric Whitacre, Grammy-winning composter and conductor

Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.

Remembering Elie Wiesel
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune cultural critic and friend of Elie Wiesel            

Sunday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.


Seinfeld: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, TV historian and entertainment writer

Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.

One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power 
Allison Stanger, author and international relations scholar 

Thursday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.

As part of its Spring Cultural Series, Elmhurst College is also presenting two offerings in conjunction with the Elmhurst Art Museum:


Art from the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival                
A collaboration between the Elmhurst Art Museum and the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

Saturday, February 18 – Sunday, April 30
Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave.

Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists

A Documentary by Leslie Buchbinder                   

Friday, March 31, 6:00 p.m.
Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall          
Admission is free, but reservations are suggested

There are also a series of excellent lectures and forums sponsored by The Poverty Project addressing poverty in the nation and in DuPage County. (

The resources available to the community through Elmhurst College offer a huge benefit to residents who get to hear some of today’s top thinkers, influencers, authors, and performers right in their own backyard.

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