Chicago Tribune

By BijaB

“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."

On April 3, Roosevelt University will debut “Lifescape: A Video Portrait of Marshall Bennett” at the school’s Heller College of Business and the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, (MBIRE) Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash, Chicago, during a private reception. The installation will be open to students, faculty and the general public beginning April 4.

The installation was produced by Bennett’s daughter, author Bija Bennett, and features a film directed by noted video artist Lincoln Schatz with music recorded by cellist Ken Olsen of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

“Marshall 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 so greatly 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.”

Now 92, Marshall Bennett is a visionary in real estate development and one of the inventors of the modern industrial park. He co-founded the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, along with Gerald Fogelson and Tony Pasquinelli, among others, at Roosevelt University in 2002, 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, his 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, and educator—and an outstanding communicator who integrates the arts, media, and consciousness in remarkably accessible and engaging ways. An internationally renowned yoga therapist, she has worked closely with Deepak Chopra, M.D. at his Ayurvedic clinic and co-leading his seminars around the world and created YogaAway LLC, an international wellness brand for the hospitality and spa industries. Bija is the author of Emotional Yoga (Simon & Schuster) and Breathing Into Life (Harper Collins.) “Lifescape” is the first installation in a series of her work on "The Dad Project," an art and film project about fathers and daughters.

“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,” says Ms. Bennett.

Since its founding in 2002, the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate 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.

Roosevelt University, a national leader in educating socially conscious citizens, is a private, student-centered university with 6,300 students studying at comprehensive campuses in the Chicago Loop and northwest suburban Schaumburg and online. Founded on the principles of inclusion and social justice, Roosevelt offers academic programs in arts and sciences, business, performing arts, education and pharmacy. For more information, visit


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