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    Arne Duncan

    Managing Partner, Emerson Collective

    As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives.

    Past Events

    Thursday, Oct 20 2016

    Thursday, Feb 23 2017

    6:30 PM

    Chicago Ideas is teaming up with the Vera Institute of Justice to reenvision the American prison system, and imagine a society in which prisons... read more
    2 hours | Conversation | Jones College Prep High School

    Tuesday, Nov 19 2019

    8 AM

    One in four children in Chicago live in poverty. Now more than ever, the city needs bold solutions to this intractable challenge. In this unique... read more
    1 hour | Talk | Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

    Tuesday, Nov 19 2019

    8 AM

    One in four children in Chicago live in poverty. Now more than ever, the city needs bold solutions to this intractable challenge. In this unique... read more
    1 hour | Talk | Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

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