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"Globalization or Global Governance: Knowing Good from Bad in an Age of Economic Nationalism"

The advance of technology accompanied by the greater ease of travel has made the world, if not literally a smaller place, at least seem that way. This increasingly globalized and interconnected world seems to be one of the truisms of our time. Yet, there remain various questions about globalization and threats to it which undermine the development of a harmoniously integrated world. Debates about immigration, trade, and national identity and sovereignty demonstrate that the transition to a seamless, globalized world is not always easy nor considered desirable by some.

Is globalization and global governance good? Or is it bad? And how does the recent rise in economic nationalism affect us?

Join Rev. Robert Sirico, co-founder and president of Acton Institute, and other supporters and friends of Acton, for lunch and a special keynote address titled, “Globalization or Global Governance: Knowing Good from Bad in an Age of Economic Nationalism”. There are plenty of great seats available. Be sure to reserve your VIP table of 8 today!

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and the pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, both in Grand Rapids, MI. A regular writer and commentator on religious, political, economic, and social issues, Rev. Sirico's contributions have been carried by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and the BBC, among others. In his recent book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Rev. Sirico shows how a free economy is not only the best way to meet society's material needs but also the surest protection of human dignity against government encroachment. Rev. Sirico holds dual American and Italian citizenship.

Event Details

Start Date


University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
United States


11:30am Registration Opens

12:00pm Luncheon and Program Begins

The University Club of Chicago maintains a strict business attire dress code. Jacket and tie are required for all men. No jeans or athletic footwear allowed.


$600 Event Sponsorship (Table of 8 reserved VIP seats)

$50 Individual Ticket

$25 Student Ticket

2017 Chicago Luncheon Sponsors

Gallagher 312 Foundation

Jim Healy & Tom Lupinacci

John & Lisa Iberle

Warren & Amy James

Wagenmaker & Oberly

Richard & Eileen Weicher

Wyoming Catholic College

Sponsorship opportunities are available. To secure your sponsorship, which includes VIP seating for your table of 8, please contact Nick Porter at or call 616.454.3080.


Directions & Parking

Valet parking is available 24 hours, seven days a week.

Day rate: $25; Overnight $47 (Member)
Day rate: $32; Overnight: $47 (Guest)

Self parking is available at the following garages: Grant Park East Garage, located at Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue, Grant Park North Garage located at Madison Street and Michigan Avenue, and Grant Park South Garage located at Jackson Street and Michigan Avenue.

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