First Pages


Just Mercy CoverAnnouncing the 2017-2018 First Pages Author & Theme

The Honors Program is excited to announce that it has chosen Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy as its 2017 First Pages novel! Stevenson’s work examines matters of criminal justice reform in the United States, a contested issue that provokes questions about race, class, and equal access to the law. In preparation for the upcoming academic year, the University Honors Program will be collaborating with other Northeastern offices, faculty, student groups, and its student community to organize multiple events and opportunities to learn more about this year’s theme. Prospective students are invited to explore the Northeastern Library’s website for further information about this work and its author.


51ccnj7ddxl2016-2017 First Pages Theme & Programming

The Honors Program has chosen to focus their programming this year on the refugee and migrant crisis, aligning with our 2016 First Pages novel, Strength in What Remains, by Tracy Kidder. Migration is currently, and has historically been, a prevalent, controversial topic both in the United States and globally. The Honors Program has collaborated with other Northeastern offices, faculty, and student groups to establish several events and opportunities for students and the Northeastern community to learn more about this year’s theme.

First Pages: Sept 6th, 7PM
Matthews Arena
Tracy Kidder & Deo Niyzonkiza

At the start of the Fall 2016 semester, Tracy, the author, and Deo, the subject of the novel, came to Northeastern
to discuss Strength in What Remains with 1st year students and other members of the Northeastern community.
The discussion brought up migration, educational, cultural, and healthcare issues present in the United States,
Africa, and other parts of the world. Students were able to ask questions and many had the opportunity to meet
Tracy and Deo after the presentation.

Honors Discovery 2016
Honors First-Year Seminar

All Honors first-year students are required to read the first pages novel, and are enrolled in an Honors first-year
seminar course during their first semester at Northeastern. In Honors Discovery, students will discuss the issues
and themes presented in Strength in What Remains. Students will be encouraged to discuss a variety of
domestic and global topics presented in the novel, including immigration, education, healthcare, social status,
opportunity, and more.

Honors Husky Volunteer Team
In Partnership with NU Center of Community Service

Husky Volunteer Team is a semester-long service program where students volunteer at an organization in the
Boston community. In Fall 2016, the Honors Program partnered with the Rafael Hernández After School Program
and recruited two teams of Honors students to volunteer with the program once a week during the Fall
semester.The Rafael Hernández School was established in 1970 to serve Puerto Rican migrants to Boston, who
were alienated from the school systems because English was not their first language. Since then, the bilingual
school has continued to serve a diverse population of students.

Diane Guerrero, October 7th, 7PM
Blackman Auditorium

In Partnership with the Latin American Student Org (LASO)

Diane Guerrero, an actress famous for her roles on “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin”, was LASO
2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker and came to campus to speak to students about her experiences. In
addition to her success as a Colombian actress, originally from Boston, Guerrero is widely known for being an
advocate for immigration reform. Guerrero just recently published a book called, “In the Country We Love – A
Family Divided.”  The Honors Program partnered with LASO to promote and put on this event.

Bajo La Misma Luna
Interfaith Pilgrimage to the US-Mexico Border
October 12th, 12pm at 42 Dockser Hall

In Partnership with the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy

Students participated in a round table discussion reflecting on border justice on the US-Mexico Border. Students
reflected on their experience on CSDS’s interfaith pilgrimage to Arizona this past May, where they learned and
interacted with social justice and faith inspired activists who work with undocumented people.

Pizza & Profs: October 18th, 6-7PM
International Village West Lounge

“Balancing Human Rights & National Security”
Elizabeth Ennen, Assistant Director & Kevin Murray, Director
Northeastern University School of Law

In collaboration with the NU School of Law, the Honors Program organized a “pizza and profs” event where Eliza
beth Ennen and Kevin Murray facilitated discussion around the topic of the challenge of balancing human rights
and national security in the U.S. asylum system. In 2008, the U.S. federal government implemented a covert
program, the Controlled Application Review & Resolution Program (CARRP), which is designed to identify
asylum applicants who pose a threat to U.S. national security.  Under CARRP, which was discovered and
publicized by the ACLU, immigration officers subject Muslim asylum applicants to special screening procedures
that appear to cause long delays and unexplained denials.

Honors Alternative Weekend
November 11-13, 2016

In Partnership with NU Center of Community Service

During Veteran’s Day weekend in November 2016, a group of Honors students travelled to New York City for an
Alternative Weekend full of service and sightseeing. Students volunteered with CityMeals on Wheels in NYC and
wrote letters to veterans on behalf of Operation Gratitude. The group visited Ellis Island to learn more about the
history of immigration to the United States. The Honors Program collaborated with the NU Center of Community
Service to plan this opportunity.

Boarders, Boundaries, & Belonging Speaker Series
Hosted by the College of Social Sciences & Humanities and the Center of International Affairs & World Cultures

Faranak Miraftab, PhD, Professor at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Wednesday, February 8th, 4:30-6pm at Renaissance Park 301

Eva Arceo-Gomez, Assistant Professor of Economics, CIDE, Mexico City
Monday April 3, 4:30-6pm at Renaissance Park 310

Daniel Borzutzky, Author and poet; 2016 National Book Award winner, “The Performance of Becoming Human”
Tues April 4, 7-8:30pm at Renaissance Park 909

Erik Harms, Associate Professor on Term of Anthropology & Southeast Asia Studies, Yale University
Mon April 10, 5-6:30pm at Renaissance Park 310

Controversial Issues in Security & Resilience Speaker Series
Hosted by the College of Social Sciences & Humanities and the Center of International Affairs & World Culture, Humanities Center, & Dept. of Political Science

Nana Kharbedia, Programme Assistant with MSU (PMD), Northeastern Alumna (International Affairs and Political Science)
Tuesday, February 7, 4:30PM TO 6:00PM  at 909 Renaissance Park

Heather Roff, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. Research Scientist in the Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University
Tuesday, March 14, 4:30PM TO 6:00PM  at 909 Renaissance Park

Taskin Padir, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern
Tuesday, March 28, 4:30PM TO 6PM at 909 Renaissance Park

Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science & Technology Studies, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Tuesday, April 4, 4:30PM TO 6PM at 909 Renaissance Park

Law & Policy Challenges in 2017 & Beyond Speaker Series
Hosted by the College of Social Sciences & Humanities and the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs

Jennifer Serafyn, assistant United States attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts
Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30PM at 310 Renaissance Park

Susannah Barton Tobin, managing director of the Climenko Fellowship Program and Assistant Dean for Academic Career Advising at Harvard Law School
Wednesday March 1 at 6:00PM at 310 Renaissance Park