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Each Quarter, the Pritzker Fellows program welcomes a cohort of domestic and international practitioners – elected officials, journalists, activists, policymakers, diplomats – to campus for deep dives into the most pressing issues of the day.

Fall Quarter, 2021 Pritzker Fellows

Afghanistan after the fall, from a journalist living it; the food insecurity crisis, from the officials who battled it; public education challenges, from the woman who led Chicago’s schools; the intersection of faith and politics; and the current state of U.S. politics, from leaders of both parties.

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Catherine Bertini

Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme nominated by presidents Bush and Clinton

A distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Bertini will co-lead the: “The Politics of Hunger” seminar with Cousin. They will explore the issues that shape the politics of hunger and their impact on global food security.

Office Hours | Bio | Seminars

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Ertharin Cousin

Executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme nominated by President Obama

A distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Cousin will co-lead the: “The Politics of Hunger” seminar with Bertini. They will explore the issues that shape the politics of hunger and their impact on global food security.

Office Hours | Bio | Seminars

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Tony Fabrizio

Chief pollster for President Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading pollsters, Fabrizio will lead the “Current State: the Politics of 2022, Polling and the Future of the GOP” seminar with a focus on the 2022 elections, what drives the GOP base, and how polling has changed.

Bio | Seminars

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Janice Jackson

Former chief executive officer for Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest school district in the U.S.

In “The Chicago Story: Lessons from the Field,” Jackson will explore public education policy in Chicago, COVID’s impact on education, and the public education challenges that lie ahead.

Office Hours | Bio | Seminars

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Mitch Landrieu

Former Mayor of New Orleans and founder of E Pluribus Unum, a nonprofit focused on advancing racial equity in the south

Seminars will focus on race and politics, governing in times of crisis, and understanding how systemic racism and economic inequality impact a divided nation.

Bio | Seminars

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Russell Moore

Public Theologian and Director of the Public Theology Project at Christianity Today

Through “Evangelical Religion in American Politics and Culture” seminars, he will speak to the complicated relationship between American religion – particularly in its evangelical Protestant form – and the current political and cultural landscape.

Office Hours | Bio | Seminars

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Lotfullah Najafizada

Afghan journalist and director of TOLONews, Afghanistan’s first 24-hour news and current affairs television channel

Seminars will focus on the fall of Afghanistan, the immediate aftermath, and the future of the region.

Office Hours | Bio | Seminars

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