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Real estate institute's multi-media exhibit opens in April in Heller College

Posted: 02/10/2014

Roosevelt University will debut “Lifescape: A Video Portrait of Marshall Bennett” beginning April 4 in the University’s Heller College of Business, 425 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago. Located in the college’s 12th-floor Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate (MBIRE), the installation is free and open to students, faculty and the general public.

Produced by Bennett’s daughter, author Bija Bennett, the permanent installation will feature a film directed by noted video artist Lincoln Schatz with music recorded by cellist Ken Olsen of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

“Marshall Bennett  is a true legend in real estate and urban planning and development, not just in Chicago but on an international scale,” says Jon DeVries, founding director, MBIRE.  “His ongoing commitment to supporting the Institute and to mentoring students is deeply appreciated.  We are honored to be a beneficiary of his wisdom and generosity and hope this installation will help showcase Marshall and contribute to his legacy.”

Bennett, 92, has been a visionary in real estate development and is considered to be one of the inventors of the modern industrial park. He co-founded the MBIRE, along with real estate developers Gerald Fogelson and Tony Pasquinelli, among others. Since its inception at Roosevelt University in 2002, MBIRE has been dedicated to fostering education and innovation in real estate through business, social responsibility and community development.

Born in 1921 on the south side of Chicago, Bennett’s life-long commitment to philanthropy in the arts, medicine, culture and diplomacy has supported both civic and global endeavors including the Clinton Foundation and the Albert Einstein Peace Prize Foundation.

Bija Bennett is an artist, performer, writer, educator and communicator who integrates the arts, media and consciousness in accessible and engaging ways. An internationally renowned yoga therapist, she has worked closely with Deepak Chopra, M.D. at his Ayurvedic clinic and has co-led his seminars around the world, creating YogaAway LLC, an international wellness brand for the hospitality and spa industries. Bija Bennett also is the author of Emotional Yoga and Breathing Into Life.

“Lifescape” is the first installation in a series of her work on "The Dad Project," an art and film project about fathers and daughters. Her website is www.BijaB.com. 

“I set out to document my father’s life and re-discovered a man with vision who has the ability to connect people and ideas, not just through his work, but in all aspects of life. His impact is far-reaching in business, medicine, the arts and global peace. I’m honored and proud to share his life with the world,” she said.

For more information about the video portrait installation, contact Bija Bennett at Bija@bijab.com or 312-202-1105 or the MBIRE at 312-281-3269. Viewing hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Since its founding in 2002, the MBIRE has grown to become one of the largest graduate real estate programs in the country and one of the most diverse. When it was created, the institute had 25 people in its initial class. Today it has 50 enrolled students and more than 300 graduates, many of whom work at Chicago firms. The institute offers a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in real estate as well as a Master of Science in Real Estate.