U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) — considered an outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color, and the economically disadvantaged—will deliver the keynote address at Case Western Reserve University's annual public forum on public service.
Waters will be featured at the university's Annual Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium, 5 p.m., Monday, November 26 at the Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Ave. She is the first woman to deliver the keynote talk for the series, now in its fifth year. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required by November 19.
Elected to her ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives last November, Waters represents a large portion of South Central Los Angeles, as well as several neighborhoods and surrounding communities. She is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the chairperson of its Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity.
Following her remarks during the Stokes Symposium, audience members will be able to engage in a question-and-answer session with Waters, and two Case Western Reserve faculty members will provide brief reaction statements.
The Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium is a public forum dedicated to leadership in public service and civic engagement as espoused by retired U. S. Rep. Louis Stokes. The symposium provides a platform for an individual who exemplifies these qualities to lead a thought-provoking discussion—among members of the campus, the Greater Cleveland community, and others—about the continuing importance and value of public leadership at the beginning of the 21st century.
Louis Stokes (D-Ohio) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 1968, and became the first African American member of Congress from the state of Ohio. He served 15 consecutive terms. He is a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.