Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett takes the stage to host The HistoryMakers Year in Review - 2016, reflecting upon the year she was honored with An Evening With Valerie Jarrett at The Art Institute of Chicago, which takes a closer look at her rich life and career and was The HistoryMakers’ largest Chicago fundraiser event to date. 2016 also saw An Evening With Eric Holder, helping the public get to know the lesser-known side of the pathbreaking U.S. Attorney General. The HistoryMakers gets a leg up with an Andrew W. Mellon foundation grant of $725,000 to improve its digital archive, and archival collaborations are formed with prestigious universities, including Harvard and Yale. Events honoring regional HistoryMakers are held in Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston, New Jersey, and Richmond, and Founder and President Julieanna Richardson serves as the 65th commencement speaker at her alma mater Brandeis University. All in all, 113 HistoryMakers are interviewed in 2016 from California to Colorado, Virginia to Georgia. In addition to behind-the-scenes footage of the PBS-TV taping and other events that year, the program will include a pre-recorded performance by Barbara Hendricks from International Jazz Day in tribute to Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, and those interviewed in 2016. Immediately following will be a screening of An Evening With Valerie Jarrett and An Evening With Eric Holder.
Lawyer, corporate executive, and presidential advisor Valerie Bowman Jarrett was born on November 14, 1956 in Shiraz, Iran. Jarrett attended Shaesmith School and the University of Chicago Laboratory School. She graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts in 1974. Jarrett received her B.A. degree in psychology from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981. In 1987, she was deputy corporation counsel for finance and development for the City of Chicago. In 1991, she served as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s deputy chief of staff. In 1995, she was appointed chairman of the Chicago Transit Authority. Joining the Habitat Company in 1995, she was named vice president and then president in 2007. In 2003, she was elected chairman of the Chicago Stock Exchange. She was a co-chair of the Obama-Biden Transition Project. In 2009, she joined the Obama administration as senior advisor to the president.
Barbara Hendricks was born in Arkansas, USA and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Chemistry at the age of 20. She later studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Jennie Tourel. In 1974 she made her operatic debut at the San Francisco Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival as well as her recital debut in New York City's Town Hall.
Since that moment, Barbara Hendricks' career and artistry has never ceased to grow and she has become one of the world's most loved and admired musicians. She has sung on all the major opera stages in the world including the Paris Opera, the MET in New York, Covent Garden in London and La Scala in Milano. She has sung under the direction of the greatest conductors of our time such as Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Sir Colin Davis, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Sir Georg Solti. She has always performed recitals with pianists such as Dmitri Alexeev, Michel Béroff, Yefim Bronfman, Michel Dalberto, Love Derwinger, Youri Egorov, Ralf Gothoni, Radu Lupu, Maria Joao Pires, Roland Pöntinen, Andras Schiff and Peter Serkin
Taped: Saturday, April 9, 2016
An Evening With Valerie Jarrett was a live-to-tape, one-on-one interview with Senior Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett conducted by veteran NPR journalist Michele Norris. Taped on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at The Art Institute of Chicago, the program featured archival photos, news clips and videotaped appearances by Jarrett’s family and colleagues as well as a special appearance by President Barack Obama. First Lady Michelle Obama was in attendance.
An Evening With Valerie Jarrett was the twenty-fourth program in The HistoryMakers’ signature An Evening With… series. Beginning with an overview of Jarrett’s impressive family history, the interview moved into a conversation about Jarrett’s political career in Chicago during the Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley mayoral administrations. Jarrett recalled first meeting the Obamas and reflected on the development of their relationship, all the way to the White House. An Evening With Valerie Jarrett thrilled the audience with stories of resilience, compassion and courage.
Taped: Saturday, October 15, 2016
An Evening With Eric Holder was a one-on-one interview with former United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., a dedicated public servant whose career has been committed to civil and human rights and racial justice. Hosted by opinion writer for The Washington Post and MSNBC contributor, Jonathan Capehart, An Evening With Eric Holder provided a rare inside look into the life and career of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. This includes being raised as the child of immigrants from Barbados, to attending Columbia University and Columbia Law School, to his early lessons and growing pains as a young lawyer, and his subsequent public career and historic firsts. Holder would become the first African American to hold three of the nation’s most high-profile legal positions: U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Deputy U.S. Attorney General, and finally, U.S. Attorney General, the third longest-serving in the country’s history. Through it all, the audience saw a doting father, a faithful husband, and a light-hearted friend. Musical performances by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Raul Midón, as well as R&B singer and songwriter KEM made An Evening With Eric Holder a night not soon forgotten by the audience.