Upcoming Sessions

The Fall 2016 Open Classroom explores the choices facing the American electorate in November, followed after the election by reflections on the Obama presidency. The schedule below is tentative and subject to change.

 

DateTopicSpeakers
September
7The Choice: How did we get here? Paths to their Nominations- Michael Dukakis, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University

- Rachael Cobb, Department of Political Science, Suffolk University: the Democratic Party nominating process

- William Mayer, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University: the Republican Party nominating process
14The Economy, Jobs, and Opportunity-Barry Bluestone, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University: macro-level economic trends, populist responses

-Steve Vallas, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University: the restructuring of work, impacts in the U.S. and Europe
21
What is America? Globalization and the New Age of Migration

Co-sponsored with the Series on Conflict, Civility, Respect, and Peace, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
- Michael Dukakis, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University: moderator

-Amilcar Barreto, International Affairs Program, Northeastern University: identity, language, nationalism

-Rachel Rosenbloom, School of Law, Northeastern University: immigration law and policy

-Jacob Stowell, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University: public perceptions on immigration and crime

-Ragini Shah, Suffolk University School of Law: immigration, with a focus on Mexico
28Challenges facing Younger Generations (Millennial, 1980-1995 / Gen Z, 1996-2010)

Co-sponsored with NU Residential Life
-Thomas Vicino, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Political Science: moderator

-Evan Horowitz, Boston Globe: What data tell us about the Millennial and Gen Z generations

-Henoss Taddesse, NU College Democrats

-Maureen Mcinnerney, NU College Republicans

-Chelsea Canedy, NU Students Against Institutional Discrimination
October
5Making America (Feel) Safe-Kevin Drakulich, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University: how citizens view crime, disorder, and social control

-Steven Flynn, Department of Political Science: broad issues of homeland security
12Covering the Election: The role of old and new media

co-sponsored with the NU School of Journalism
-Dan Kennedy, School of Journalism: media coverage of the election

-John Wihbey, School of Journalism: social media

-Carole Bell, Department of Communications Studies: popular culture and the cult of celebrity in the 2016 presidential campaign
19The Social Contract: Health Care and Social Welfare Policy-Kristin Madison, Northeastern University School of Law

-Christopher Bosso, Professor of Public Policy; Director, Master of Public Policy Program, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University: means-tested assistance, social insurance

-Carole Bell, Department of Communications Studies: public opinion regarding welfare
26Visions of the World and the U.S. Role in It-Mai’a Cross, Northeastern University, Political Science: European Security

-Chas W. Freeman, Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, Brown University: broad issue of diplomacy in global affairs

-Jennie Stephens, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs: global environmental challenges
November
2Down the Ballot: Key Elections and Issues in Congress and the States-Costas Panagopoulos, Department of Political Science, Fordham University: trends/dynamics in the elections

-John Portz, Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University: Massachusetts ballot questions
9What just happened? The Day After Election Analysis- Michael Dukakis, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University

-Nick Beauchamp, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University: Congressional races

-William Mayer, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University: what the voters cared about
16Reflections on Election 2016-Eileen McDonagh, Department of Political Science: gender and the electorate

-Jonathan Kaufman, School of Journalism, Northeastern University: media coverage of the election

-Edward Miller, American Classroom Program, Northeastern University: the legacy of the Southern Strategy and the Republican Party in the Age of Trump

-John Kwoka, Department of Economics, Northeastern University: progressive economics perspective and the future of the Democratic Party

-Suzanna Walters, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Northeastern University: reflections on the role of gender and sexuality
30The Obama Legacy: Domestic Policy-William Dickens, Department of Economics and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University: economic performance

-Timothy Hoff, D’Amore-McKim School of Business and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University: health care

-Lee Breckenridge, Northeastern University School of Law: the environment
December
7The Obama Legacy: Foreign Policy-Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School: the broad record

-Denis Sullivan, Political Science and International Affairs, Northeastern University: the Middle East

-Martha Davis, Northeastern University School of Law: the record on human rights

-Richard Wamai, Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies: the record on global health
14The Obama Legacy: The America He Leaves Behind-Margaret Burnham, Northeastern University School of Law: race relations, civil liberties

-Michael Tolley, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University: Obama’s judicial legacy

-Robert Gilbert, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University: Obama as a president

-Richard O’Bryant, Director, the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute, Northeastern University: Obama’s broader cultural impacts