Aurora University

Authentically AU: News and Views from the President

Book cover
November 2, 2020

Not long ago, I read for the third time the new book that documents the early years of Mendota Seminary, the tiny institution that matured over time to become Aurora University. Over the last decade, I have enjoyed watching the creative process that produced this book from my vantage point in the...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 21, 2020

In the midst of tributes to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I learned more about her distinctive view of the Constitution. She spoke frequently about our founding document as “embracive,” prone to inclusion. This is an interesting concept to consider as we move toward...

Remembering Emmett Till
August 28, 2020

Emmett Till was a 14-year-old boy from Chicago who traveled to Mississippi in August of 1955 to visit relatives. He was accused of flirting with the white married daughter of a grocery store owner. A few days after the alleged incident, Till was abducted, tortured, lynched and thrown in the...

Remembering Civil Rights Champions
July 27, 2020

In the space of months, America has lost three giants, Elijah Cummings, C.T. Vivian and John Lewis. All are now “dancing with the angels,” to quote Cummings. Now the nation begins to celebrate the life and legacy of Congressman Lewis through a series of ceremonies and tributes. And,...

Juneteenth
June 19, 2020

On 19 June 1865, Union troops reached the most remote corner of the Confederacy and read aloud the text of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The landmark pronouncement by the nation’s 16th president freed the slaves in all areas occupied by Union soldiers....