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Race, Hate Crimes, and Reconciliation

When: Wednesdays, Fall Semester 2021
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm ET
Where: West Village F, Room 020, Northeastern University

(Located beneath the Visitors Center | 40 Leon Street, Boston, MA 02115)

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION: We have replaced our Zoom Webinar registration with the above livestream link for all future Open Classroom Fall 2021 events. This link will be the same every week and does not require registration to participate. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please email


Please join the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the College of Arts, Media and Design, and the Northeastern Humanities Center for this semester’s Open Classroom series. The fall 2021 semester’s Open Classroom will focus on hate crimes, anti-Semitism, anti-Asian discrimination, and on ways of bringing together disparate groups to address discrimination and reconciliation. We will address history, reparations, racial dialogues, and approaches to addressing social justice in America.

The fall 2021 Open Classroom series is offered in partnership with the Kraft Family Philanthropies/Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism, with support from the Northeastern University Jewish Studies program and the annual Morton E. Ruderman Memorial Lectureship.

Previous Sessions

Why is the American Melting Pot on a High Boil? 

John Simons, Executive Editor, Time Magazine

David Shribman, Pulitzer-Prize Winner, former editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Professor Jack McDevitt, SPPUA

Professor Kim Lucas, SPPUA

The Taxonomy of Hate: Racism

Professor Tiffany Joseph, CSSH

Recording available here.

In collaboration with the Morton E. Ruderman Lecture Series:

The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race and American Identity

Professor Eric Goldstein, Emory University

Professor Kabria Baumgartner, CSSH

Recording available here.

Politics and Identity: The Latinx Experience

Professor Amilcar Barreto, CSSH

Professor Ángel Nieves, CSSH

Recording available here.

In collaboration with the Morton E. Ruderman Lecture Series:

Asian Americans in a Multi-Racial and Multi-Religious Democracy

Rabbi Mira Rivera

Professor Philip Thai, CSSH

Professor Matt Lee, CSSH

Professor Lily Song, CSSH and CAMD

Recording available here.

Can Universities and Media Bring us Together?

Karl Reid, Senior Vice Provost and Chief Inclusion Officer

Professor Richard O’Bryant, Director of the African American Institute

Professor Regine Jean-Charles, CSSH

Recording available here.

Blacks, Jews and the Future of American Coalitions

Andre Tippett, Hall of Fame Linebacker, New England Patriots (1982-1993)

Josh Zakim, Former City Councilor representing Back Bay, Fenway-Kenmore and Mission Hill; Board Member, The Lenny Zakim Fund; Executive Director, Housing Forward MA

Josh Kraft, President, Kraft Family Philanthropies

Adrian Walker, Columnist, The Boston Globe

Recording available here.

Searching for Common Ground

Professor Meredith Clark, CAMD

Recording available here.

STEM and Racism

Rebecca Riccio, Director of the Social Impact Lab

Diedra Wrighting, Executive Director ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development

Professor Michelle LaBoy, CAMD

Recording available here.

In collaboration with the Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Committee:

Plunder, Reparations and Restorative Justice

Menachem Kaiser, author of Plunder

Professor Margaret Burnham, NUSL

Recording available here.

Boston and America’s Racial and Ethnic Politics: Looking to 2022 and 2024

Joanna Weiss, Editor-in-Chief, Experience; Contributing Editor, POLITICO

Dr. April Khadijah Inniss, Director of Community Engaged Research, King Boston

Samantha Canica, Graduate Student

Claudia Capria, Graduate Student

Haley D’Amico, Graduate Student

Recording available here.

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