People from various walks of life, ethnic groups and ages converged upon Loyola University's Andrew White Student Center Tuesday, October 22, 2013 to hear the second annual lecture. The Hanway Lecture, as it is known, featured Retired Four-Star General Colin L. Powell. The crowd numbered more than 2,500 people.
As members of the audience gathered and greeted each other, the choral groups Bells and Chimes serenaded them in their own, unique way.
Loyola's twenty-fourth president, The Reverend Brian F. Linnane, welcomed those who attended and gave introductory remarks during which he spoke of the goal of elevating the global perspective and broadening our world view. He then yielded the stage to General Powell, the youngest officer and first African American to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
General Powell stepped forward, looking very debonair, to a standing crowd and gave thank you's as well as paying homage to his friend, the late author Tom Clancey. In addition, Powell thanked Ellen and Ed Hanway for the gift that made this forum possible.
He then took the audience on a journey as he, humorously, reminisced about the days before he retired. He countered the amusing anecdote by talking about his life after he retired. He spoke of his wife of fifty-one years, Alma, and her reaction when she realized he was now retired.
General Powell then spoke about the various roles he had assumed since retiring, commenting about how busy his life is now as he had sought to fill the "depressive emptiness". He related his new interests, his work with America's Promise Alliance and trying to move from the analog to the digital age.
Powell next started telling of his experiences in the ROTC program at City College of New York. (There is now a school on that campus that bears his name.) He related an incident in which he was wanded, like regular people, at the airport by TSA, a system he worked to put in place in light of the 911 incidents. He proposed, rather than turn away immigrants, they should be encouraged to come to the United States to go to school, but that we as a country should still stand up to terrorists.
Powell also shared some lessons he had learned about creating a successful organization. He spoke, at length, about teamwork, taking care of society, the troops and complimenting people who are doing things. He encouraged those listening to find the best people to work for you, give them your trust and rise above the fire fights of the day to create great organizations.
Next, the general spoke about looking at the world in terms of the four E's, which are economic growth, energy, environment and education. He said to look at the world in terms of economic growth and development along with technology because our world should be moving toward wealth creation.
Furthermore, General Powell spoke of embracing diversity, the beautiful rainbow, as our greatest strength. He said we should treasure our diversity in order to give a lesson to the rest of the world.
Maria Terry, a 1989 Master's graduate of Loyola, said she was impressed with how down-to-earth the general is as he focused the audience upon those things which are important in a global society.
There was a brief Question and Answer session and final remarks made by the school's president.
Although General Powell used humor throughout his speech, he challenged the young students in the audience to do all they could to respect others and move the country forward.
The Hanway Lecture brings noteworthy leaders to Loyola's campus to share insight into today's society.