American Express CEO to Discuss “Corporate Social Responsibility” on October 24 at Adelphi University

Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express Company, will deliver the Hagedorn Lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility at Adelphi University Monday, October 24, at 12:00 p.m.  This free event will be held in the Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY.

Mr. Chenault, a 30-year veteran of American Express, assumed his current role in 2001. Under his leadership, the company has supported community and volunteer initiatives throughout the U.S. and overseas. It also created the American Express Leadership Academy, a semi-annual program that trains the next generation of leaders in the non-profit sector. Mr. Chenault is also known for his role in helping to revitalize Lower Manhattan following the events of 9/11.      

A graduate of The Waldorf School in Garden City, Mr. Chenault grew up on Long Island. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in history from Bowdoin College. Recognized by a wide variety of civic, social service, and community organizations, Mr. Chenault has been awarded the Phoenix House Public Service Award, the Corporate Responsibility Award from the International Rescue Committee, and the Wall Street Rising Leadership Award. Mr. Chenault serves on the boards of several corporate and nonprofit organizations, including Procter & Gamble, IBM, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, and the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse at Columbia University, among others. He and his wife, Kathryn, live in New York with their two children.

Since its inception in 2003, Adelphi’s annual lectureship series on Corporate Social Responsibility has enabled the University to invite prominent speakers to address pressing issues of the day. The series was made possible through a generous contribution from Horace Hagedorn ’01 (Hon.) and wife Amy Hagedorn ’05 (Hon.), and fits in with the University’s overall goal of creating a culture of conscience among students, faculty, staff, administrators, and local community members.

For more information about this and other events on campus, please visit, or call the Cultural Events Hotline at (516) 877-4555.

About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

Today in Black History for June 2nd

1967 - Race riot in Roxbury, MA

Race riot, Roxbury section of Boston.

1951 - Kenneth Chenault, born

Ken Chenault, Chairman & CEO, The American Express Company

1943 - Combat Mission

Ninety-ninth Pursuit Squadron flew first combat mission, strafing enemy positions on the heavily fortified Italian Island of Pantelleria.

1899 - Black Americans observed day of fasting

Black Americans observed day of fasting called by National Afro-American Council to protest lynching and racial massacres.

1875 - Bishop James Augustine Healy

James Augustine Healy, the first African American Roman Catholic Bishop, born in Macon, Georgia.

1868 - John Hope was born on this day.

John Hope (June 2, 1868 – February 22, 1936), born in Augusta, Georgia, was an African American educator and political activist, the first African-descended president of both Morehouse College in 1906 and of Atlanta University in 1929, where he worked to develop graduate programs. Both are historically black colleges.

Determined to finish his education after having had to leave school to help support his family after his father’s death, Hope went North: graduating from Worcester Academy and Brown University. He returned to the South to teach, and in 1906 became the first African American president of Atlanta Baptist College. He served as president until his death in 1936. After the college’s affiliation with Atlanta University, Hope was selected in 1929 as the university’s first African-American president; he worked to develop that institution’s graduate programs to ensure higher education for blacks.

Hope was active in national civil rights organizations, including the Niagara Movement, the succeeding National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Southern-based Commission on Interracial Cooperation. In addition, he was active in the National Urban League, the YMCA and the National Association of Teachers in Colored Schools. In 1936, he was awarded the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal.

1854 - Fugitive Slave, Anthony Burns, returned to the South

Fugitive slave Anthony Burns was returned to the South from Boston. It cost the federal government $100,000 to return Burns, who was later sold to a group of Bostonians who freed him.

1834 - Fifth national Black convention met in New York