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NUNoon-logo-redNU@Noon provides a broad range of educational and intellectual activities for retired, semi-retired, and other adult participants.

This educational series offers alumni and friends the chance to learn and embrace the knowledge of the university’s award-winning faculty, community leaders, and industry pundits. In addition to speaker presentations, we offer education on the road as trips to various locations.

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The Politics of Crisis in Europe

Wednesday, March 29
12 p.m. | Burlington Campus
$6 per person

Mai’a Cross, Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Explore the resilience of the European Union in the face of repeated crises perceived to threaten its very existence. In her new book, Professor Cross provides the first critical analysis to suggest that we cannot fully understand the nature and severity of these crises without recognizing the role of societal reaction to events and the nature of social narratives about crises, especially those advanced by the media. Cross’ discussion will also include the refugee crisis, Brexit, and Russian aggression.

How Can Humanoids Help?

Thursday, April 6
10:30 a.m. (bus departs Burlington Campus at 9:30 a.m.) | Boston Campus
$25 per person, $37 with bus

Taskin Padir, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

Have you ever wondered if robots will replace human space travel? A team of researchers at Northeastern, led by Professor Padir, is working toward finding the answer to that exact question. Padir and his team are teaching Valkyrie, a six-foot-tall, 300-pound NASA humanoid robot, how to walk the walk and talk the talk. Experience a live demonstration at the new Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC) building, before joining us for lunch and a presentation from Padir and his leadership team in the Cabral Center.

New Developments in Nanomedicine for Cancer

Wednesday, April 12
12 p.m. | Burlington Campus
$6 per person

Vladimir Torchilin, University Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bouvé College of Health Sciences; Director, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine

Nucleic acids are able to down-regulate the production of proteins that make cancer cells highly resistant. However, these nucleic acids need to be stabilized and protected in an effective delivery system. How can this be done? Learn more about how Northeastern is making an impact in cancer research, as Professor Torchilin guides you through the latest research in developing nanomedicine for tumor therapy.

The Syrian Conflict: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, April 19
12 p.m. | Burlington Campus
$6 per person

Valentine M. Moghadam, Professor, Sociology and International Affairs, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; Director, International Affairs Program; Director, Middle East Studies Program

The Arab Spring of 2011 engulfed much of the Middle East and North Africa. Most countries either reverted to authoritarian rule, or became embroiled in armed conflict. Although Syria has a functioning government, it is one weakened by five years of an internationalized civil conflict. Why did peaceful protests there turn violent, and what is the scale of destruction? What is the responsibility of the “international community” for the return of Syrian refugees and the country’s post-conflict reconstruction? Professor Moghadam will address these questions, and show what a peaceful and stable Syria looked like prior to 2011.

Using Marketing to Promote Social Goals

Wednesday, April 26
12 p.m. | Burlington Campus
$6 per person

Amir Grinstein, Associate Professor, Marketing, D’Amore-McKim School of Business

How can behavioral research guide policies and marketing communications that help consumers choose salad over chocolate, wash their hands with soap, and enhance donations? Professor Grinstein will demonstrate that it is possible to combine marketing with public policy, especially within various social and environmental contexts, such as going green. The presentation will also look at the effectiveness of demarketing, a strategy of decreasing demand for certain products.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Thursdsay, May 11
10:30 a.m. (bus departs Burlington Campus at 10 a.m.) | Lincoln, MA
$40 per person, $52 with bus

Discover the changing contemporary art on view at the largest park of its kind in New England. Take part in a discussion-led 45-minute guided tour featuring two special exhibitions on view: Expanding Abstraction: New England Women Painters, 1950 to Now, and Let It All Hang! 1982, A Year of Collecting at deCordova. Then embark on a 60-minute self-guided walk through the internationally recognized Sculpture Park for modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture. The outing will end with a seated lunch at Concord’s Colonial Inn.

Castle Hill On The Crane Estate

Tuesday, May 16
10:30 a.m. (bus departs Burlington Campus at 9:30 a.m.) | Ipswich, MA
$40 per person, $52 with bus

In 1910, Richard T. Crane, Jr. purchased the property atop Castle Hill, and it was transformed to exemplify the American Country Place Era. The house was renovated in to the 59-room Stuart-style mansion furnished with the period antiques you see today. Travel back in time and enjoy a 60-minute guided highlights tour. After a short-self guided exploration of the grounds, the day will conduce with a buffet lunch at Bradford Tavern.

Nurse Entrepreneurs: Leading Change in Healthcare

Thursday, May 25
12 p.m. | Burlington Campus
$6 per person

Nancy Hanrahan, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor, Scool of Nursing; Associate Dean, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Rebecca Love, MS’08, Founder, HIRENURSES; Director, Nurse Innovation

Nurses strive to make a meaningful impact on the complex tangle of healthcare policies, procedures, and treatments that affect their patients. How are these ideas developed? The Nurse Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at Northeastern empowers nurses to lead innovation that transforms health systems using data, redesigns the healthcare experience of patients and families, and engages patients in health behavior change. Dr. Hanrahan and Rebecca Love, MS’08, will speak about this new initiative on campus.

The Relation of Childhood Health to Brain, Cognition, and Achievement

Wednesday, June 7
12 p.m. | Burlington Campus
$6 per person

Charles Hillman, Professor, Psychology and Health Sciences, College of Science, Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Children have become increasingly inactive, and subsequently more overweight and unfit. Particularly troubling is the absence of public health concern for the effect of poor health behaviors on cognitive and brain health. Professor Hillman will discuss his research program that has investigated the relation of healthy behaviors and physiological responses to cognitive and brain health during preadolescent childhood. Find out how this will implicate the educational environment and the context of learning.

*This event will be live streamed at

Northeastern Night at the Pops

Friday, June 16
5:30 p.m. | Boston
$95 per person

The symphonic Sondheim on Sondheim with the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart, H’98, is not to be missed! This retrospective of the life and work of America’s finest contemporary musical theater creator is told through his own words via film, live performers, and his amazing music with lush new arrangements for full orchestra. Join us for the traditional Fanfare Dinner in the Alumni Center before the show!

*Includes shuttle from Alumni Center to and from Symphony Hall.

Red Sox Game

Sunday, June 25
11:30 a.m. | Boston
$60 per person

Cheer on the Red Sox as they take on the Los Angeles Angels at historic Fenway Park! Enjoy a cook-out style lunch in the Alumni Center before heading over to the ballpark for this American League showdown.

*Includes shuttle from Alumni Center to and from Fenway Park.

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