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Assessing Post-pandemic Recovery Strategies: Relief, Recovery, Renaissance…

The Fall 2020 Myra Kraft Open Classroom (MKOC) will be entirely remote. There will be no in-person MKOC events for the fall semester. Registration is not required.

When: Wednesdays, Fall Semester
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST

Zoom Webinar Link

Course Facilitator
Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

Whatever the outcome of the November election, the President will assert a new agenda in January, one that focuses on completing unrealized tasks, or one that will bring a new Administration to Washington. Either way, discussion of public policy agenda-setting in a post-pandemic environment will require thoughtful and, at times, provocative discussions throughout this fall.

Mirroring the pandemic’s effect on just about every aspect of life, this fall’s MKOC presentations and dialogue will cover an expanse of topics: values transformation after earlier plagues, public governance, health, art and culture, race, equity, educational access, economics and small business futures, open space and design resilience, economics and financial planning, infrastructure development, housing, transportation, international relationships, politics, and public safety. We’re excited to welcome fresh voices to dialogue on these issues from multiple perspectives.

IMPORTANT: These events will take place via Zoom Webinar and will be recorded. We have a 500-person limit, so if you are unable to join, please utilize our livestream on Facebook Live.

Upcoming Sessions

Featuring:

  • Dan Urman, Director of Hybrid and Online Programs, School of Law
  • Michael Klarman, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Robert Kuttner, Co-Editor, The American Prospect

Details
When: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

Panelists:

  • Tom Vicino, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
    Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs,
    College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Richard O’Bryant, Director, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute; Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
  • Rebecca Riccio, Khaled and Olfat Juffali Director of the Social Impact Lab; Lecturer of Human Services
  • Jennie Stephens, Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy
  • Jeremy Paul, Professor of Law, School of Law

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When: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, and destructive fires and hurricanes in 2020 have illuminated the impact of increasing socioeconomic disparity, structural racism, and climate change on our country. What is the role of urban design and development in confronting these issues? Join us for presentations and discussion with Anne-Marie Lubenau and Phillip Barash about how innovative design and placemaking practices are addressing challenges in Boston and other cities in America and engaging, connecting and strengthening communities in the process.

Featuring:

  • Anne-Marie Lubenau, The Bruner Foundation
  • Philip Barash, The Boston Foundation

Details
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

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When: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom Webinar
Facilitator: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

Featuring:

  • Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Makeeba McCreary, Patti and Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning and Community Engagement
  • Rosa Rodriguez Williams, Senior Director of Belonging and Inclusion

Details

When: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

Previous Weeks

Session Recording

Retired professor and former governor Michael Dukakis will discuss future policy trends in the post-COVID era, addressing urban and regional policies covering transportation, urban development, transportation, race, housing, the up-coming national election, governance, and international affairs; his long-term service as Governor and Northeastern faculty member; and his 1988 run for the Presidency.

Facilitator: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

Session Recording

Young activists have been leading the call for racial, health, economic, and environmental  justice in the streets, in social media, and on campus. This week’s panelists will feature Northeastern students who are on the front lines of the converging crises looming over their generation and  inspiring them to take action.

Panelists:

  • Angelica Jordan, Double major in Criminal Justice and African American Studies, MS in Law & Public Policy, Master of Legal Studies, PhD Candidate in Law & Public Policy
  • Antonio Coronado, BA and MA in Communications, JD candidate at the Northeastern School of Law (NUSL); Chair of Northeastern’s Latin American Law Students Association; Member, NUSL Committee Against Institutional Racism; Senior Legal Designer, NuLawLab
  • Brittany Mendez, Major in Politics, Philosophy and Economics; Opinion Editor for The Huntington News
  • Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV, Combined major in Mathematics and Economics, Minor in Psychology; Co-Director, Northeastern University Students Against Institutional Discrimination (NU SAID)
  • Jeanine Nasser, Double major in Health Sciences and Biology
  • Karl Adrianza, Double major in Psychology and ASL Interpreting, Minor in Environmental Sciences; Hub Coordinator, Sunrise Northeastern

Facilitator: Rebecca Riccio, Director, Social Impact Lab

Session Recording

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs David Madigan has directed academic programs at Northeastern through a transformative period for higher education. He has overseen the introduction of NUFlex on-line/hybrid learning systems to Northeastern’s campus, and facilitated discussions on the future of great research universities, asking what such institutions would look like in a post-COVID world. He co-moderated this summer’s Northeastern Leadership Retreat on The Future of the Global University. Dr. Madigan served previously as executive vice president and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. He has developed interdisciplinary learning and research collaboratives, and forged industry partnerships. His statistical work has connected Big Data with healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship.

Facilitator: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

The Global Resilience Institute (GRI) presents its recent education report work with FEMA. Featuring panelists Stephen Flynn, director of the GRI; Merrie Najimy, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association; and Alicia Sasser Modestino, research director for the Dukakis Center.

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When: Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

Join us for a conversation about the history of post-pandemic societies. What comes next, and how do we prepare for it?

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When: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

This installment of the Myra Kraft Open Classroom examines the disruption to health care delivery caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and its implications for changing how care is provided to patients.

Innovations such as telehealth and the expansion of home-based care have the potential to transform how vulnerable populations access health services and raise questions regarding care affordability.  The panelists will discuss various care delivery innovations resulting from the pandemic and their implications for health equity, care quality, and health care access.

Panelists:

  • Timothy Hoff, Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems, and Health Policy, Northeastern University
  • Stephen Wright, MD, Medical Director, Whittier Street Health Center
  • Gregory Wilmot, Senior Vice President and COO, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Details
When: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

In conjunction with Global Climate Week, energy justice and climate researchers and activists Shalanda Baker, Jennie Stephens, Frances Roberts-Gregory and Joan Fitzgerald join us for a panel and discussion surrounding the deeper issues facing climate activism.

Details
When: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

*Important Notes*

With MKOC fully online, we’ll have to make a few slight adjustments to a new format. Please be aware of the following:

  • One hour prior to each week’s session, we will send a reminder email with a Zoom Webinar link for your convenience.
  • These events will be recorded. As an attendee, your face and name will not be visible.
  • We have a 500-person limit, so if you are unable to join via Zoom, please utilize our livestream on Facebook Live (You do not need to be a member of Facebook to view the livestream. If you don’t see the video at first, you may have to scroll down slightly).
  • You will still be able to ask questions, even anonymously, via the Q&A option on the bottom of your screen. 

You can find more resources for joining a Zoom Webinar as an attendee here.

Previous Sessions Playlist