Daniel O'Brien, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, explains a new project that will help Boston neighborhoods and communities use cellphone-generated data to address issues of social equity, racial and socioeconomic segregation, economic development and climate resilience.

Read "Northeastern researcher pledges to unlock power of cellphone-generated mobility data to benefit neighborhoods."

Can shifting social norms help mitigate climate change?

Science Magazine

Sara Constantino

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Policy

Children not target of ‘rainbow fentanyl,’ experts say. And adding color may actually protect drug users.


Chad Lee-Stronach

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

What is financial trauma? Taking action, even tiny steps, can head off symptoms


Carlos Cuevas

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Lab

How the warehouse boom devoured America’s workforce

Business Insider

Steven Vallas

Professor of Sociology

The selective accounting behind the plastic industry’s climate-friendly claims


Is a growing middle class the real key to economic growth? 


Madhavi Venkatesan

Associate Teaching Professor of Economics

Don’t call it a comeback. Hard cider’s rise in popularity is a return to form for one of America’s most historic drinks.


Malcolm Purinton

Assistant Teaching Professor of History

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Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Associate Professor of English, Africana Studies, and Art & Design, has been awarded the first Elinor Lipman Award for Writing for "Home on the Range," a blend of fiction and non-fiction.


The Protests in Iran | A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 26

5:00 - 6:15 PM

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Panelists Valentine Moghadam, Professor of Sociology and International Affairs; Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Associate Professor of History; and Gordana Rabrenovic, Associate Professor of Sociology; Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, join moderator Mai’a Cross, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion; Director of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures; and Dean’s Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Diplomacy, come together to discuss the current political unrest in Iran.

Please note that this event is in-person only and no photography or video recording is allowed.

Academic Innovation for the Public Good | A Book Conversation Series

Wednesday, October 26

7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Join the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs for 10 monthly book conversations with leading scholars on how higher education can affect the public good. Each session features an author of a recently published book exploring the role of colleges and universities in addressing societal problems. An expert in the author’s field will conduct the interview, followed by questions from the audience.

This session will feature guest speakers Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux. They are the co-authors of From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education.

Book Talk: Looking for Other Worlds: Black Feminism and Haitian Fiction

Tuesday, November 1

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Underground Café & Lounge 

742 Columbus Ave.

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Régine Jean-Charles, Director of Africana Studies; Dean’s Professor of Culture and Social Justice; and Professor of Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, hosts a book talk and conversation on her new release, Looking for Other Worlds: Black Feminism and Haitian Fiction (University of Virginia Press). In the book, she explores the "ethical imagination" of three contemporary Haitian authors—Yanick Lahens, Kettly Mars, and Evelyne Trouillot—contending that ethics and aesthetics operate in relation to each other through the writers’ respective novels and that the turn to ethics has proven essential in the 21st century. Professor Jean-Charles will be in conversation with Faith Smith of Brandeis University.

Out of the Abyss: Discussing Alternatives to Puerto Rico's Status Crisis

Thursday, November 3

4:00 - 6:00 PM

310 RP

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Puerto Rico is facing its worst social, economic, and political crisis since the Commonwealth government was founded in 1952. Former Puerto Rico Senator and former gubernatorial candidate Juan Dalmau will lead a conversation on what he considers to be a path of out the morass.

If, Then: Technology and Poetics—Kathy Wu on Teaching with RiTa.js

Friday, November 4

1:00 - 2:15 PM

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Join artist and educator Kathy Wu for a workshop on teaching with RiTa.js, a free/open-source library for writing in programmable media. RiTa "provides functions for simple language processing and generation tasks without the overhead or complexity of a full NLP stack." RiTa runs in a variety of environments, and Kathy's work focuses specifically on running it in p5.js for creating creative, generative work. This workshop is specifically aimed at arts and humanities educators, but artists, programmers, and teachers of all skill levels are welcome.

After Area Studies Lecture Series: Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu

Monday, November 7

4:00 - 6:00 PM

909 RP

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The third event of the "After Area Studies" series features Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, author of Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam.

After Area Studies brings distinguished scholars of transpacific history, media, race, critical refugee studies and visual culture to present their work and share their perspectives on how to study the contemporary global moment beyond the disciplinary confines of traditional area studies. This series explores the work of centering Asia, its peoples, its diasporas, and its historical legacies and ongoing contributions.

Health Professions Conference 2022

Monday, November 7

9:00 AM

300 Richards Hall

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The conference will kick off with a breakfast and keynote address from Richard Wamai, Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies

and co-leader of the Integrated Initiative for Global Health. He works in global health research, training, implementation, and policy focusing on HIV/AIDS, neglected tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases, and health systems and policy in countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

Faculty Research Blitz

Thursday, November 10

3:00 - 4:30 PM

Cabral Center

Interested in undergraduate research opportunities? Join the Department of Philosophy and Religion for the annual Faculty Research Blitz. Each professor will give a short 5-minute talk about their research, and students are invited to ask questions.

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