Conversations with broad audiences about present, past, and future are central to our Experiential Liberal Arts mission. The College and its academic units and research centers host events throughout the year that cover a range of topics in the social sciences and humanities. Our recurring signature events take place on an annual or semi-annual basis to foster important conversations about challenging subjects.
View our archive of past events.
Myra Kraft Open Classroom
A longstanding tradition in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the Myra Kraft Open Classroom is a semester-long seminar series for the Northeastern community and the general public. The series seeks to invite diverse audiences to converge around a central theme and generate conversation about current topics relevant to our local and national communities.
Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week
Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week events are designed to bear witness to the Holocaust and to explore issues arising out of the war of extermination against Jews and other groups targeted by the Nazis. Speakers ask how lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides can be further applied to contemporary issues.
An educational series on civic sustainability hosted by Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science Michael Dukakis in conjunction with the Presidential Council on Inclusion and Diversity. Each Civility Series session traces the arc from recognizing conflict or injustice to building peace. These events are open to the entire University community and the general public, and are designed to spark broad conversations about both the challenges and promises of increasingly diverse societies.
Co-op Poster Presentation
Students who have recently completed a co-op are invited to create posters detailing their learnings and share it with students, faculty, and staff. Students interested in co-op have the opportunity to learn from their peers’ experiences and have their questions about co-op answered. The top posters are presented with a prize.
Undergraduate Research Forum
Going into its 9th year, the Undergraduate Research Forum allows undergraduate students to present their original research to their peers and faculty and then discuss their work among like-minded community members.
Past Event Series
Consisting of a series of public events and a pop-op course for NU students, Racial Literacy prioritized honest dialogue about detecting, naming, opposing, and replacing racism. History, culture, community, and policing were addressed during conversations guided by faculty across Northeastern University. Reflecting on each topic, participants examined intersectionality of race with gender, sexuality, class, and status.
Asia America and the World
The recent upsurge in anti-Asian violence and bigotry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic attracted renewed attention on a long-standing problem. This series invited a diverse slate of scholars from different disciplines to address critical issues confronting Asian American communities from a global or transnational perspective.