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Past Conferences

Past conferences sponsored by the McCormick Foundation include:


2009 McCormick Foundation Conference Series

The End of War? The Military in the Post-Conflict Era in partnership with the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and North Georgia College (Chicago – April 8-10)

Urban Agriculture: How Can it Effectively Improve Health and Welfare in Underserved Communities? In Partnership with the Chicago Botanic Garden (Chicago – June 5)

Cyber Warfare in partnership with the National Strategy Forum (Washington, DC – June 4-5)

The Future of Citizenship in partnership with DEMOS (New York – June 30 - July 1)

Disaster: What is the Role of Philanthropy as an Early Responder? In partnership with the Center on Philanthropy – Indiana University (Chicago – October 12-14)

Re-Centering Democracy Around Citizens in partnership with the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (Chicago – February 16-18, 2010)

Nation-Building in the Contemporary Islamic World in partnership with the Indiana Democracy Consortium at Indiana University (University of Indiana – November 12-14)

A Better Deal: Reclaiming Economic Security for a New Generation. In partnership with DEMOS. (2008)
This conference addressed the declining opportunities and increasing financial insecurity affecting the younger generation and sought to mobilize youth to get engaged in shaping their own futures.

Dialogue on Cities’ Preparedness for the Next Catastrophe. In partnership with the Aspen Institute. (2008)
This conference was part of a four city study on preparedness that examined the effectiveness of Chicago’s existing emergency preparedness efforts.

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, Energy Policy and Transportation. In partnership with RAND Corporation. (2008)
This series of three gatherings tackled the inter-related topics of energy policy, transportation management and policy, and the policy and technology issues surrounding mitigation of greenhouse gases.

Immigration and National Security. In partnership with the National Strategy Forum and the American Bar Association. (2008)
This small conference explored the complex legal, social, and policy issues surrounding immigration and national security.

National Symposium on Leadership Education and Civic Engagement. In partnership with CIRCLE / Miami University / Illinois Campus Compact / Public Allies. (2008)
The goal of this conference was to build a partnership of faculty, students, and community organizations to develop comprehensive approaches to using civic and community work as the foundation for youth leadership.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education. In partnership with the Heritage Foundation. (2008)
This conference brought together academics and policy-makers for a bipartisan discussion on America’s fading leadership position in STEM education and the implications for the future of our private sector and national security.

Assessment to Action: Creating Change. In partnership with The Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University. (2007)
This conference focused on the challenges foundation leaders face as they implement organizational changes in order to achieve desired social outcomes.

The Military-Media Relationship: How Armed Forces, Journalists and the Public View Coverage of Military Conflict. In partnership with the Center of Media and Security. (2007)
Addressing a range of topics, the Foundation’s biennial Military Media conferences aim to strengthen understanding and build partnerships between military and journalism professionals.

Technology & the Threat to Press Freedom. In partnership with the Museum of Television & Radio (2007)
This conference examined the many press freedom issues associated with the rise of new technology which has made news faster and more accessible, but also led to more censorship.

Vulnerable Populations: Emergency Preparedness. In partnership with University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. (2007)
This conference explored how to prepare low-income communities, the physically or mentally disabled, limited or non-English speaking populations, the elderly and children, and the homeless for a range of catastrophic emergencies.