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The Security and Resilience program hosts a speaker series annually. This year’s series, “Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience Studies” features speakers from in and out of the university on a variety of topics. Held once a month on Thursdays at 6:00pm in Renaissance Park 909, light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Contact Shannon Usher at for more questions.

Register for any and all of these talks here!

September 21: Samuel V. Scarpino

Samuel V. Scarpino is the Director of AI + Life Sciences at Northeastern University and a Professor of the Practice in Health and Computer Sciences. He holds appointments in the Institute for Experiential AI and the Network Science, Global Resilience, and Roux Institutes. Scarpino’s talk is titled “Preventing Pandemics Before There’s a Vaccine.”

October 12: Kjell Brataas

Kjell Brataas is an experienced crisis communication consultant and author from Norway who has handled large crises such as the tsunami in Asia and the terror attacks in Oslo and on Utoya. Brataas has published two books about crisis communication. Brataas’s talk is titled “Responding to Disasters and Attacks at Mass Crowds.”

November 9: Upmanu Lall

Upmanu Lall is the Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering at Columbia University. He serves as Director of the Columbia Water Center. Lall studies water scarcity and how to predict and mitigate floods. Lall will discuss water scarcity and security, though the title of his talk is pending.

December 7: David Lazer

David Lazer is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences, Northeastern University. He has published prominent work on computational social science, misinformation, democratic deliberation, collective intelligence, and algorithmic auditing. Lazer’s talk is titled “(Dis)Trust in America.”