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Former U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joins Ariel Investments board. /Sun-Times file photo 0

Arne Duncan to keynote Lumity event

November 8th, 2016

Arne Duncan continues his march through Chicago’s under-served communities, working to help young people find success through education.

His latest announcement: He’ll keynote the annual benefit in the spring for Lumity, a nonprofit that provides science and technology curriculum to schools in struggling neighborhoods.

The benefit dinner will be March 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Since leaving Washington, D.C., last year, where he served as U.S. secretary of education, Duncan has joined the Emerson Collective, a California organization founded by Steve Jobs’ widow. It’s goal is to help young African-American men find alternatives to violence.

He spends time each week in Cook County Jail, trying to understand how young men got there and how to prevent others from following in their path.

Duncan has spoken to supporters and leaders of City Year Chicago, a nonprofit that works in hard-hit neighborhoods.

And the Hyde Park native has teamed up with his friend, John Rogers Jr., to serve on the corporate board of Rogers’ Ariel Investments. The two have worked together on Ariel Community Academy, a public school in Chicago.

Though he speaks with the voice of a politician–Duncan has ruled out talk of seeking higher office.

He’s too busy saving Chicago.


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