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The David Rubenstein Forum derives its name from a generous gift by noted philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, a 1973 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Rubenstein is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s most successful private investment firms.


Stone Declaration and Flag (1960)

“My experience of the University as a place of wide-ranging discussion and rigorous inquiry is reflected in all the spaces of this building, and it’s an honor to bring together works that help advance that mission. I am particularly grateful to Ken (Griffin) for his generosity, which will allow these significant pieces of art to be in conversation with each other and with historical documents for the first time.”

David M. Rubenstein

E X C L U S I V E    C O N T E N T

In this short clip of an exclusive interview, David Rubenstein discusses the importance of exposing diverse demographics to historical documents, in conjunction with contemporary art, for the continuation of humanistic and educational endeavors at the University of Chicago.

Bill of Rights
August 1789, New York printing of 17 Proposed Constitutional Amendment
October 1789, Rhode Island printing of Articles 3 through 12

The Declaration of Independence
One of two “exact” facsimiles given to James Madison, William J. Stone, 1823

Emancipation Proclamation
First official state department printing of the text signed by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863

Magna Carta
Engraved and reproduced from one of only four surviving copies from 1215, Pine Engraver, 1733

U. S. Constitution Newspaper Printing
September 19, 1787 issue of the Pennsylvania packet with the first public printing of the text of the United States Constitution

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