A Point - Counterpoint Debate
Big 10 Chicago Alumni Chapters Co-sponsored Event
Open to all members of Big 10 Chicago Alumni Chapters.
High-speed rail has been, and will continue to be, an important topic of conversation when discussing the future of U.S. travel, infrastructure, and economic competitiveness. There are a lot of ideas out there about high-speed rail. What is high-speed rail? How could high-speed rail in the Midwest impact my university, city, business, and travel choices? What are the challenges?
This event will examine the future of high speed rail in the Midwest, focusing specifically on a rail network that serves Big Ten Universities. The event will be moderated as a 'point-counterpoint' discussion with leaders in the passenger and freight rail industries to highlight both the benefits, challenges, and inadequacies of high speed rail in the Midwest.
Rick Harnish, Executive Director of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association will present an argument in favor of a Midwest high speed rail network. Rick has been advocating for passenger rail almost his entire life. He assumed the role of Executive Director of MHSRA in 2001.
Sandra Dearden, President and CEO of Highroad Consulting, Ltd will present an opponent's argument for high-speed rail and the challenges in developing such a network. Sandra has worked closely with the freight rail industry throughout her career and understands the challenges facing transportation today.
Date: March 20, 2012
Location: Northwestern University School of Law
Robert McCormick Hall
Strawn Hall - Room 195
350 East Superior Street
Chicago IL 60611
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM