Loyola University Chicago

Division of Student Development

Maroon & Gold Society Lecture Series

Ben Jealous


Ben Jealous will be leading the Second Annual Maroon & Gold Lecture Series on Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:30 pm in the Damen Sr. Jean Schmidt Multipurpose Room.

Title of Lecture:
The Secret to Unleashing Inner Greatness

A Rhodes scholar and the youngest person ever to lead the NAACP, Ben Jealous is known for being one of the most effective civil rights leaders of our day. However, it was not always clear that he would follow this path. In this speech, Ben tells the inside history of more than 50 years of great civil rights battles, both known and unknown. He offers insight both into what our nation’s greatest change agents have in common, and shows how any of us can dramatically increase our capacity to make the world a better place.

The Maroon and Gold Society

Loyola University Chicago established the Maroon & Gold Society to recognize rising seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership, academic excellence, and service to others. Members represent a cross-section of undergraduate communities and leadership paths at the University.  Maroon & Gold Society members exemplify holistic development—the fusion of the academic, personal, spiritual, and character dimensions of student development. Society members are living examples of an integrated Jesuit education for leadership. As such, these rising seniors will act as a liaison between the student body and the President of the University.

Maroon & Gold Society members offer diverse, living examples of leadership to which other students can aspire. With that in mind, the Maroon & Gold Society sponsors a speaker series that brings national and international figures to campus who might address issues such as:

  • Leadership
  • Justice
  • Diversity
  • Faith
  • Service
  • Discernment
  • Community

Social justice, for students, means a recognition of human dignity and human rights, and that all people should be afforded the ability to access the necessities of life and be guaranteed the opportunity to pursue their aspirations.  The Society hopes to bring greater awareness and encourage discussion about the many issues that surround the idea of "social identities" and “equity and diversity” in order to help strengthen the social justice community of students, faculty and staff at the University.

Loyola University Chicago places the highest value on intellectual life, and that they understand that leadership and service to the world are intimately connected. Loyola remains mindful of the Jesuit precept that the aim of all education ultimately is the ennoblement of the human spirit.  Our students will always have deep questions as they prepare to go out and lead extraordinary lives in our diverse and changing world, the maroon & gold lectures continue in this tradition.

Sponsors: The Maroon & Gold Society, with support from the Office of the Vice President for Student Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Communications, and the School of Education.


The First Annual M&G Lecture Series

Soledad O'Brien helped launch the 2013 Maroon & Gold Lecture Series, which took place on Wednesday, September 18th from 5:00-7:00 pm in Gentile Arena.

The 2013 lecture focused on the following question posed by Maroon & Gold society members: “In your professional and scholarly work, what's left you the most troubled and where do you see the opportunities for students to do the most good?”