Sex, Gender, and Justice

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
7 p.m.
Raytheon Amphitheater
Northeastern University

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Past Events


Profiling, Protest, and Politics:  Understanding Ferguson

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
7 p.m.
Curry Student Center Ballroom
Northeastern University

An interdisciplinary panel of Northeastern faculty considers the broader forces that have shaped and emerged from the events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Featuring Panelists: 

Roderick L. Ireland

Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Amy Farrell

Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Sarah J. Jackson

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, College of Arts, Media and Design

John Portz

Professor of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Moderator: Ralph C. Martin, II
Senior Vice-President and General Counsel


Gay Rights after Gay Marriage


Wednesday, November 13, 2013
7 p.m.
Raytheon Amphitheater

Featuring Panelists:

Roderick L. Ireland, PhD ‘98

Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Adjunct Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Mary Bonauto, L ‘87

Civil Rights Project Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Suzanna Walters

Director of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and Professor of Sociology, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University

Moderator: Margaret Burnham
Professor of Law, and Director, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, Northeastern University

Ten years ago this November, with its decision in Goodridge v. Department of Health, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. The case set the stage for further legal action across the nation.  In June of this year, the Supreme Court ruled in support of a state’s ability to approve same-sex marriages and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Currently, fourteen states and Washington, D.C. allow same-sex couples to marry: nearly one third of the U.S. population – more than 100 million Americans – live in a state where same-sex couples can marry and more state action is on the horizon.

Now we have the opportunity for thoughtful and critical reflection on the implications of these landmark decisions. What forces shaped the court decisions ten years ago and this year? Where are we now on the definitions of marriage and where are we going? Is marriage equality one step or the final step for gay rights in the United States?

This timely panel features three speakers who have been closely involved in matters of gay marriage as a judge, litigator, and commentator, and a moderator with deep involvement in questions of civil and human rights, all of them with close ties to Northeastern. Please join us for this important conversation.


Immigration and Democracy

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
6 p.m.
310R Renaissance Park,
1135 Tremont Street

The United States has struggled to find balance between respecting the rights of those who want to become part of the American dream and of those concerned about the financial costs. Please join us as three prominent Northeastern scholars lead a discussion about the myths associated with immigration and the realities revealed through research. Jack McDevitt will moderate the conversation with faculty panelists Ramiro Martinez, Jr., Serena Parekh, and Rachel E. Rosenbloom , and with the audience.


The Boston Marathon Bombing and Its Aftermath
A Conversation with Northeastern Faculty Experts

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
7 p.m.
20 West Village F
40A Leon Street

Reception to follow

Northeastern University, our city, and the broader community have all been deeply affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. To help audiences better comprehend these events, Northeastern faculty members have commented in national and international media, such as CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and The Wall Street Journal.

Please join a panel of faculty experts for a discussion of the issues that the bombing and the search for the perpetrators have raised. Ralph Martin, II will moderate a conversation with faculty panelists Aziza Ahmed, Stephen Flynn, David Lazer, Jack McDevitt, Daniel Medwed, and Gordana Rabrenovic, and an audience of students, faculty, and staff. Topics include the motivation for crime, the importance of resilience, the prosecution of domestic terror suspects, the dangers of misreading religious motivations, and the role of social media.

Together, we can deepen our understanding of these traumatic events and foster civic sustainability at Northeastern and beyond.


Northeastern Holocaust Commemoration

Holocaust Awareness WeekMonday, April 8, 2013
7:30 a.m.
Raytheon Amphitheatre, 240 Egan Research Center
RSVP is required to or 617.373.5136

The Northeastern Holocaust Commemoration is part of a week of activities organized by the the Holocaust Awareness Committee with the Northeastern Humanities Center to annually and publicly remember the Holocaust. This morning event is a multi-media memorial dedicated to exploring issues arising from the history of the Holocaust. It includes a talk by the 2013 Gideon Klein Scholar, international affairs and human services major Heather Viola, and a keynote lecture by Laurel Leff, Associate Professor of Journalism and Stotsky Professor in Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University.


I am Northeastern: NU Students Build Community and Peace

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
:00 p.m.
Cabral Center

Northeastern students reflect on their experiential learning around campus and the wider world. Student panelists and the audience discuss whether these experiences should make our “I am Northeastern” pledge more ambitious. This panel discussion will be moderated by professors Gia Barboza and Serena Parekh.


Understanding Hate

Monday, February 25, 2013
7:00 p.m.
20 West Village F

A conversation on hate crime, inter-group relations, and campus climates hosted by Michael Dukakis, with Jack Levin, Jack McDevitt, Richard O’Bryant and Gordana Rabrenovic, and the audience.