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Faculty from The University of Tokyo and Northwestern discuss Gender & AI

November 11, 2022
On October 28, 2022, the Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs hosted a global and interdisciplinary Fireside Chat on Gender and Artificial Intelligence: Striving for social justice and protection of rights in the age of AI. The event featured faculty from The University of Tokyo and Northwestern University who discussed how societal structures have shaped AI and how AI, in turn, is transforming our societies and lives.

Chinese incursions into India strategically planned: Study

November 11, 2022 – from Deccan Herald
Chinese incursions across the western and central zones of India’s disputed boundary are not independent, random incidents that happen by mistake, but are part of a strategically planned, coordinated effort to gain permanent control of disputed border areas, a new study led by Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow V.S. Subrahmanian has claimed.

Mathematical analysis confirms China’s ‘expansionist strategy’

November 11, 2022 – from The Telegraph India
The Chinese border incursions into India are part of a strategically planned and coordinated effort to gain permanent control over disputed border areas, scientists specialising in security affairs said in a study released on Thursday.

Chinese incursions into India are increasing, strategically planned

November 10, 2022 – from Northwestern Now
Chinese incursions across India’s west and central borders are not independent, random incidents that happen by mistake. Instead, these incursions are part of a strategically planned, coordinated effort in order to gain permanent control of disputed border areas, a new study led by Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow V.S. Subrahmanian has found.

COP27 delegation joins global partners in fight against climate change

November 8, 2022 – from Northwestern Now
For the second consecutive year, Northwestern is sending a delegation of faculty and graduate students to COP27, which this year takes place Nov. 6-18 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Northwestern participants will be among the approximately 40,000 delegates at the event, including government leaders from nearly 200 nations.



Ukrainian Scholars Visit Northwestern, Virtually, Amid Ongoing War

September 21, 2022
Northwestern Buffett provided Virtual Visitorship grants to 29 displaced Ukrainian scholars during the Spring 2022 quarter. These grants offered the Northwestern community opportunities to interact with and learn from Ukrainian scholars, while supporting scholars from Ukraine in continuing their work from the conflict zone.

Northwestern Buffett’s GlobeMed alumni help launch new movement to prevent future pandemics

September 21, 2022
In the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of activists that included alumni from the Northwestern Buffett-supported student organization GlobeMed laid the foundation for Right2Health Action, a new grassroots movement dedicated to addressing the structural drivers of pandemics that have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. We recently sat down with former GlobeMed Executive Director and Right2Health Action co-founder Jon Shaffer to discuss the movement.

Race, Caste and Colorism Group launches new community arts space & exhibition

September 21, 2022
Northwestern Buffett’s Race, Caste and Colorism Global Working Group recently partnered with the SpaceShift Collective to launch Starlight, a new community arts space and artist workshop open until October 29, 2022. Starlight is an immersive exhibition exploring the history and future of Black and South Asian solidarity on Chicago's Devon Avenue, one of the most diverse streets in America and a cultural hub for Chicago's large South Asian community.


Northwestern team wins first annual U7+ Student Challenge

July 20, 2022
A Northwestern University team won the first annual U7+ Alliance of World Universities Student Challenge, a competition held in France last June where students from around the world pitched projects that would address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals using technology and innovation.

Q&A with Northwestern Buffett Deputy Director Baron Reed

July 12, 2022
We recently sat down with our new Deputy Director Baron Reed to discuss his professional journey at Northwestern, how he initially got involved with Northwestern Buffett and the importance of collaborative, interdisciplinary academic work.


Northwestern student reflects on her experiences and lessons learned traveling to Antarctica

June 29, 2022
Northwestern Buffett recently sat down with Northwestern senior Sherry Xue (School of Communication, ’22) to discuss her experiences and lessons learned traveling to Antarctica as part of the 2041 Climate Force Arctic Expedition in March. In this conversation, Sherry told us about the steps she took to prepare for the trip, the inspiring conversations she had with other program participants, how the experience impacted the way she thinks about climate change, and how it influenced her personal and professional plans.

Global universities urge G7 leaders to bolster academic freedom

June 24, 2022
The U7+ Alliance of World Universities issued a statement urging leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) to defend academic freedom, warning that a resurgence of autocracy is thwarting the institutional autonomy of higher education and its ability to fulfill its mission.


Fiona Hill: Ukraine invasion ‘is all about history’

May 19, 2022
On May 16, Northwestern Buffett held a Fireside Chat with Fiona Hill, senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution. As an expert in geopolitical and foreign policy issues, Fiona offered insight into Russia's ongoing war on Ukraine and its implications.


Interdisciplinary research group developing roadmap to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

April 28, 2022
The development of modern antibiotics has played a profound role in our ability to treat a range of bacterial infections once considered life threatening. Yet as global access to antibiotics has steadily increased, so too has their overuse, resulting in a worrying rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In response, an interdisciplinary research group funded by the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs is developing a roadmap to coordinate responses to antimicrobial resistance across academic, political, pharmaceutical and medical institutions.

Student with passion for language learning reflects on her experiences studying abroad in South Korea amid COVID-19

April 22, 2022
In Fall 2021, Northwestern senior Sydney Smith (Weinberg & McCormick, ‘22) put five years of Korean language classes to the test when she spent a semester studying at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Smith, a double major in computer science and Asian languages & cultures, recently sat down with us to talk about her passion for language learning, navigating South Korea’s COVID-19 restrictions, making friends with other international students and other lessons learned abroad.