Gingrich, Dean Headline April 19 World Leader's Forum at Judson University

Gingrich, Dean Headline April 19 World Leader’s Forum at Judson University

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean will share the stage for Judson University’s seventh World Leaders Forum on April 19, 2018.

The event, titled “A bipartisan conversation about leadership in divided times,” marks the first time since 2011 that Gingrich and Dean have shared a stage.

“In a world that is becoming increasingly politically divided, Judson University is honored to host a conversation highlighting the importance of civility in political discourse,” said Judson University President Dr. Gene Crume. “We believe in presenting our campus and our community with a balanced approach to understanding divergent ideologies by fostering respectful dialogue.”

About Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978 and served until 1999. During that time, he served as the House Minority Whip (1989-1995) and the 50th Speaker of the House (1995-1999).

Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform, the first balanced budget in a generation, and the first tax cut in 16 years. In addition, the Congress restored funding to strengthen defense and intelligence capabilities, an action later lauded by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission.

In 2012, Gingrich was a candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

As an author, he has published 35 books, including 15 New York Times bestsellers. Today, Gingrich is a Fox News contributor. He is a senior advisor at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup.

About Howard Dean

Former Governor Howard Dean gained national prominence as a U.S. presidential candidate in 2004, and he served as the governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003.

During that time, he created a record of promoting equality and opportunity for his constituency and employed a philosophy of fiscal responsibility – advocating low taxes, reduced government spending, and minimal government debt. His successes prompted Governing magazine to proclaim him “Public Official of the Year” in 2002.

His leadership roles also include turns as chairman of the National Governors’ Association, the Democratic Governors’ Association, and the New England Governors’ Conference.

He led the Democratic Party to success as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. He is credited with pioneering an energetic 50-state strategy and the development of 21st century campaign tools that helped Democrats make historic gains in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

The Community Event

The Community Event will feature Gingrich and Dean’s Keynote Discussions. This event is open to a larger audience than the VIP Event, including Judson students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community.

The Community Event will feature “bipartisan conversations about leadership in divided times” followed by a Q&A Session with both speakers.

The Community Event takes place on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Judson University in Elgin. Doors open for the event at 1 p.m. and the event begins around 2 p.m.

Pricing information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the ticket purchasing website. If you have additional questions, please contact Judson University.


Judson University
1151 N. State St.
Elgin, IL 60123

Day / Time

April 19, 2018
2 p.m.


General Admission:
Premium Seating – $100
General Seating – $65

The VIP Event

The VIP Reception will feature Gingrich and Dean’s private keynote discussion on “bipartisan conversation about leadership in divided times.”

The signature event takes place at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.

Hors d’oeuvres are served during the VIP reception and all attendees of the VIP event receive a special commemorative gift and a photo opportunity with the speakers. A portion of the ticket is tax deductible.

Proceeds fund Judson leadership scholarships and innovative entrepreneurial activities as well as support on-going operational purposes of the World Leaders Forum.


Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

Day / Time

April 19, 2018
5 p.m.

VIP Tickets


SOURCE: Judson University