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Sauk Valley Symposium Featuring "Caught in the Middle" author Richard Longworth

Richard C. Longworth will be the keynote speaker for a Feb. 23 Sauk Valley Symposium, a joint effort by Sauk Valley Community College and Sauk Valley Media.

Longworth is the author of "Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism," a book about the Midwest's current economic problems and future potential that SVCC and the Sauk Valley Media Editorial Board has encouraged the public to read.

The symposium will take place at SVCC. The public is invited. Admission is free.

A meet-and-greet reception with Longworth will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the East Mall. At 6:30 p.m., Longworth will give the keynote address in the Jerry Mathis Theater, which is adjacent to the East Mall. His remarks will be based on his extensive research into Midwestern economic, social and educational trends. A question-and-answer session and panel discussion are planned. The event should wrap up by 8:30 p.m.

SVCC President George Mihel said the college's partnership with Sauk Valley Media has made possible a thought-provoking program. "The college is pleased to host this event that may help us discover ways to improve the quality of life in our community," Mihel said.

Trevis Mayfield, publisher of Sauk Valley Media, said the symposium is part of the company's mission to be a strong community advocate. "We're always excited to facilitate open discussion about important topics," Mayfield said. "This will be a forum for ideas to be heard and debated in the hope that the community will be better off for it. We don't have any particular view about 'Caught in the Middle,' but we think it raises important questions that impact our region."

A native of Boone, Iowa, Longworth is a fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He writes "The Midwesterner: Blogging the Global Midwest," a blog about regional issues. The address is on the Internet.

Longworth was an award-winning foreign correspondent and senior writer at the Chicago Tribune. He also was a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Chicago.

Submitted by Sauk Valley Media