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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, and is hosted by the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs. 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.

Information on Myra Kraft Open Classroom Spring 2020 available here.


Myra Kraft Open Classroom, Fall 2020


Wednesdays: September 11 – December 4, 2019 (No meeting on Nov. 27)

6 to 8 p.m.

West Village F, Room 20 OR Live-streamed

Free and Open to the Public

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This fall’s Myra Kraft Open Classroom will explore the nuanced relationship between media and the presidential primaries. The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, in partnership with the schools of journalism and law, will present a series of weekly panels comprised of politicians, reporters, and Northeaster faculty experts, who will address crucial issues such as immigration, identity politics, technology, economic inequality, relations with China, and the use of political satire. These weekly events are open to all members of our campus and the community. For those that cannot join us in person, each week’s panel will be live-streamed. We use Facebook Live to share each week’s session, but you do not need to be a member of Facebook to watch. Northeastern students can receive credit for the course, which includes a seminar class before each session along with a campaign field trip to New Hampshire to see the campaign first hand (Undergraduate: PPUA 4225 and PPUA 4226/GraduatePPUA 7725 and 7726).




  • September 11: Presidential Campaigns, Then and Now (Recording Here)
  • September 18: The Art of the Celebrity President (Recording Here)
  • September 25: All Politics is Local: Massachusetts as the Center of the Political Universe (Again) (Recording Here)
  • October 2: The Courts: Trump’s Victory?(Recording Here)
  • October 9: Race, Gender, Religion, Region  Who Are We As A Nation? (Recording Here)
  • October 16: The Media: Are They Doing a Better Job? (Recording Here)
  • October 23: Climate Change: Millennials/Generation Z & Politics (Recording Here)
  • October 30: Guns, Crime & Criminal Justice Reform (Recording Here)
  • November 6: CANCELED
  • November 13: Technology & Privacy: Big Brother in Our Phones (Recording Here)
  • November 20: Foreign Policy Flashpoints
    • Governor Bill Weld, former governor of Massachusetts and currently running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2020
  • December 4: Pundit Prognosticators—Place Your Bets!


The Fall 2019 Myra Kraft Open Classroom is sponsored by Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, School of Journalism, and School of Law. Professors Ted Landsmark, Jonathan Kaufman, and Dan Urman will preside.