Inno­v­a­tive Open Class­room Series invites com­mu­nity mem­bers to participate

Boston, Mass. — What are the great chal­lenges facing the new admin­is­tra­tion that assumes office in 2009, and how does the new pres­i­dent mar­shal the powers of the office to address these chal­lenges? North­eastern Uni­ver­sity invites the com­mu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a new series of classes taught through the inno­v­a­tive Open Class­room Sem­inar Series which will engage an exciting lineup of experts to explore these chal­lenges and, in turn, speak to how the next pres­i­dent can — or must — tackle them. Begin­ning Sep­tember 10, the Open Class­room Sem­inar Series will fea­ture notable guest speakers and engaging dia­logue on Wednesday nights throughout the semester.

Titled “Policy Advice to the Next Pres­i­dent” the classes and dis­cus­sions will be led by Michael S. Dukakis, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence and former Gov­ernor of Mass­a­chu­setts and Robert L. Culver, president/​CEO of Mass­De­vel­op­ment, the state’s finance and devel­op­ment agency. The class is a grad­uate level course taught through North­eastern University’s School of Social Sci­ence, Urban Affairs & Public Policy and com­mu­nity mem­bers are invited to attend any or all of the Open Class­room Sem­inar Series classes.

The Open Class­room Sem­inar Series is an exciting semester of pio­neering classes during which grad­uate stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers will join together to dis­cuss what is needed for the new admin­is­tra­tion to suc­ceed,” said Dukakis. “I look for­ward to guiding dis­cus­sions and hearing from an exciting array of guest speakers throughout the semester.”

Class will begin with an overview focused on The U.S. in a World of Limits and Oppor­tu­ni­ties. “Policy Advice to the Next Pres­i­dent” will fea­ture an assort­ment of other timely topics such as energy and global warming, work­force, health­care, and the Middle East. Dukakis will also lead a spe­cial lec­ture and post-​​election analysis fol­lowing the Pres­i­den­tial election.

We’ll open the floor to dis­cus­sion and chal­lenge stu­dents and the public to share opin­ions, ask ques­tions and become involved in ana­lyzing and exploring a wide array of crit­ical social and eco­nomic issues,” said Culver. “Each ses­sion will pro­vide a dynamic plat­form for uniting acad­emia and the com­mu­nity in a thoughtful dia­logue to eval­uate past public policy and explore pos­sible new approaches to effect social change.”

The School of Social Sci­ence, Urban Affairs, and Public Policy and the entire North­eastern Uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity are proud to offer such a unique series of classes which will give stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers alike the oppor­tu­nity to share their ideas and con­cerns about our country and its new lead­er­ship,” added Barry Blue­stone, Stearns Trustee Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Economy, Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Policy, and Dean of the School of Social Sci­ence, Urban Affairs, and Public Policy. “The classes build upon Northeastern’s com­mit­ment to local and global engage­ment and will pro­mote a free-​​flowing exchange of ideas amongst those inter­ested in advancing social change.”

Policy Advice to the Next Pres­i­dent” is the second “open” course, which is free to the public, and will build on the suc­cess of last spring’s “21st Cen­tury City Sem­inar,” which fea­tured guests such as Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Police Com­mis­sioner Ed Davis, and was attended by pol­i­cy­makers, busi­ness­people, and res­i­dents from throughout the region.

For more infor­ma­tion about Open Class­rooms, please visit http://​www​.pol​i​cyschool​.neu​.edu/​e​d​u​c​a​t​i​o​n​/​g​r​a​d​u​a​t​e​/​s​e​m​i​n​a​r​_​s​e​r​i​es/orcon­tact Samantha Fodrowski at (617) 373‑5471 or via email at s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.