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The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO): When Girl Power Breaks Through

April 16, 2024 – from Foreign Policy
The final episode of the Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, a Foreign Policy podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Buffett Institute, features inspiring stories about girl power. First, we go to Peru, where reporter Jimena Ledgard interviews Wendy Sulca, a former child pop star who is finding a new voice as an advocate. Then, host Reena Ninan speaks with Bogolo Kenewendo, Advisor and Africa Director to the United Nations Climate Change High-Level Champions, about how her childhood shaped her into the political leader she has become.
Gender Equality; Economic Growth
Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, a Foreign Policy podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Buffett Institute
Podcast Gender Equality; Economic Growth

World War I and European Intervention with Elizabeth F. Thompson

April 15, 2024
In the third talk of this joint speaker series, Elizabeth F. Thompson examined how a League of Nations mandate institutionalized an asymmetry of political and economic power between Jews and Arabs that would empower militants over peacemakers over its 25-year history.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Elizabeth Thompson speaks at a podium in Harris Hall
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Universities call on G7 leaders to work together to eliminate barriers and increase access to education globally

April 12, 2024 – from U7+ Alliance of World Universities Secretariat
The presidents of 46 universities in the U7+ Alliance of World Universities, for which Northwestern served as the first secretariat, formally committed to the 2024 U7+ Statement on Global Access to Higher Education. The statement was delivered to Anna Maria Bernini, Italian Minister of University and Research, on April 11 as a representative of the Italian government who is playing host to the Group of Nations (G7) this year.
Partnerships for the Goals
Meric Gertler, University of Toronto; Anna Maria Bernini, Italian Minister of University and Research; Francesco Billari, Bocconi University.
Article Partnerships for the Goals

Southeast Siders Can Get $50 To Test Their Water For Lead Through New Study

April 11, 2024 – from Block Club Chicago
The Buffett Institute's Making Water Insecurity Visible Global Working Group is kicking off a study to measure the accuracy and usefulness of at-home tests for lead in water while exploring how access to testing influences neighbors’ actions to protect themselves from lead. The group is recruiting 100 households for the study: 50 from Chicago’s Southeast Side and 50 from Evanston.
Water Security
A participant in a Northwestern University study of lead tests and behaviors around lead mitigation takes an at-home test — now in development by the startup company Stemloop — during a visit with researchers last week. Credit: Vanessa Bly
Article Water Security

The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO): Pressing the Case for Girls' Education

April 09, 2024 – from Foreign Policy
On this episode of the Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, a Foreign Policy podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Buffett Institute, host Reena Ninan speaks with Julie Mwabe, the team lead at the global advocacy and public policy program at Global Partnership for Education. She leads efforts to mobilize political support at the highest levels for education, including from heads of state. They talk about the state of girls’ education and what the international community can do to close learning gaps, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Education; Gender Equality; Economic Growth
Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, a Foreign Policy podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Buffett Institute
Podcast Education; Gender Equality; Economic Growth

Northwestern Fulbright Week 2024 Keynote Address

April 09, 2024
The Buffett Institute hosted a keynote address and reception celebrating Northwestern's Fulbright community and the transformative power of cultural exchange, marking the beginning of Northwestern's Fulbright Week (April 8–12, 2024). We were delighted to have as our keynote speaker Dr. Mary Pattillo, Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and Chair of Black Studies at Northwestern University.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Dr. Mary Pattillo speaks
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Zionisms: Variations on a Theme with Arie M. Dubnov

April 09, 2024
In the second talk of this joint speaker series exploring fundamental history of Israel and Palestine, historian Arie Dubnov delved into the multifaceted history of Zionism, exploring its various ideological strands and historical context from its origins in the late ninteenth century to its impact on contemporary politics in Israel/Palestine.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Arie Dubnov speaks at a podium in the Guild Lounge.
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International journalists take students and faculty ‘Inside Putin’s Russia’ at Buffett Institute event

April 07, 2024 – from The Daily Northwestern
International journalists Marzio Mian and Alessandro Cosmelli discussed on Friday their recent work reporting along the Volga River in Russia, which produced a cover story for Harper’s Magazine called “Behind the New Iron Curtain.” The event was co-hosted by the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
International journalists Marzio Mian and Alessandro Cosmelli talked about their experience reporting in Putin’s Russia Friday.
Article Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Inside Putin's Russia

April 05, 2024
What do Russians think about the war in Ukraine? How are they reacting to sanctions? In a recent cover story for Harper's Magazine, journalist Marzio Mian and photographer Alessandro Cosmelli tell the surprising story of what they discovered on a trip down the Volga River. The Buffett Institute hosted a conversation with Mian and Cosmelli about contemporary Russia, international reporting and the long shadows of the Cold War, moderated by Ambassador Ian Kelly.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
 journalist Marzio Mian and photographer Alessandro Cosmelli
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How an Editors’ Note Fueled Another Kate Conspiracy Theory

April 04, 2024 – from New York Times
A routine Getty Images caption beside the Princess of Wales’s cancer announcement has fanned disinformation about her. The New York Times spoke with Buffett Faculty Fellow V.S. Subrahmanian, who ran a copy of the video through a system of 15 algorithms his team at the Northwestern Security & AI Lab (NSAIL) has been developing to detect manipulated videos. They found no evidence that the video is fake.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
In a prerecorded video released on March 22 by the palace, Catherine, Princess of Wales, announced she had cancer. Credit...BBC Studios/Handout, via Reuters
Article Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Joint speaker series aims to provide a fundamental history of Israel and Palestine

April 04, 2024 – from Northwestern Now
A new initiative, “Israel & Palestine: Joint Speaker Series Exploring Fundamental History,” is being co-sponsored by the Middle East and North African Studies Program, the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies and the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern. A series of talks by renowned scholars of the region, seven sessions will be held April 4 to May 29 on the Evanston campus and are open to Northwestern students, faculty and staff.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
The seven scholars in the joint speaker speaker series on Israel & Palestine. Starting top left: Awad Halabi, Arie Dubnov and Elizabeth Thompson, Nadim Bawalsa, Shay Hazkani, Leena Dallasheh and Maayan Hilel.
Article Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Late Ottoman Palestine with Awad Halabi

April 04, 2024
For the first talk of this joint speaker series exploring fundamental history of Israel and Palestine, Awad Halabi examined how Palestine’s different religious communities were able to engage and interact with one another in the era of Late Ottoman rule in Palestine (c. 1850–1917).
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Awad Halabi speaks at a podium in the Guild Lounge.
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The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO): Fighting for LGBTQ Rights in Kenya

April 02, 2024 – from Foreign Policy
Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya, as it is in more than half of African countries. But public attitudes have begun to shift. The fourth episode of the latest season of the Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, a Foreign Policy podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Buffett Institute, follows the key people driving this change.
Gender Equality; Economic Growth
Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, a Foreign Policy podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Buffett Institute
Podcast Gender Equality; Economic Growth

Alessandro Cosmelli, Marizo Mian To Speak to Students on Three U.S. Campuses

April 02, 2024 – from Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantees Alessandro Cosmelli and Marzio Mian will speak on their project, Volga Blues, to students at the Northwestern Buffett Institute, the University of Michigan’s Wallace House Center for Journalists and Indiana University.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
The east bank of the Volga River. All photographs from Russia by Alessandro Cosmelli, July 2023 © The artist
Article Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Living the Global Water Crisis: How the World Experiences Water Insecurity

March 27, 2024 – from Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Water Insecurity Experiences (WISE) Scales measure human experiences with water and provide insights into whether individuals can reliably access sufficient water for domestic uses. To date, nationally representative water insecurity data have been collected in 40 countries, providing insights into who, exactly, is experiencing water insecurity. The Center for International and Strategic Studies published these data in a new report. Current WISE research is made possible by the Leverhulme Foundation as well as the Buffett Institute and Trienens Institute at Northwestern.
Water Security
Global Burden of Water Insecurity Using the WISE Scales. The Water Insecurity Experiences (WISE) Scales measure human experiences with water and provide insights into whether individuals can reliably access sufficient water for domestic uses. To date, nationally representative water insecurity data have been collected in 40 countries, providing insights into who, exactly, is experiencing water insecurity.  Data for all countries (except Tonga and Mexico) were collected using the IWISE Scale in the 2020 or 2022 Gallup World Poll.
Publication Water Security

Measuring human experiences to advance safe water for all

March 27, 2024 – from Northwestern Institute for Policy Research
Read about the history and impact of the Water Insecurity Experiences (WISE) Scales over the past decade in this new report. Current WISE research is made possible by the Leverhulme Foundation as well as the Buffett Institute and Trienens Institute at Northwestern.
Water Security
The WISE Scales include 12 questions about how frequently problems with water are experienced (figure 2).  Items focus on experiences with water for consumption (e.g., drinking, cooking) and hygiene (e.g., handwashing),  and consider psychological manifestations of water insecurity (e.g., worry, anger).
Publication Water Security

The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO): The Effort to Reduce Child Marriage in India

March 26, 2024 – from Foreign Policy
The negative impact of child marriage is widely documented. Child brides suffer domestic violence more often, drop out of school in greater numbers and are more likely to experience poverty. While Indian girls still account for one-third of child brides in the world, the prevalence of child marriage there has declined about 7 percent in the past eight years. The third episode of the latest season of the Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, a Foreign Policy podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Buffett Institute, looks at how India has been able to reduce its child marriage rates.
Gender Equality; Economic Growth
Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, a Foreign Policy podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Buffett Institute
Podcast Gender Equality; Economic Growth

An estimated 1.2 billion people experienced water insecurity in the prior year

March 21, 2024 – from Northwestern Now
On this year's World Water Day, the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted a livestream featuring Professor Sera Young, co-lead of Buffett's Making Water Insecurity Visible Global Working Group, on her Water Insecurity Experiences (WISE) Scales, an innovative tool designed to measure universal experiences with water insecurity and inform development action and policy implementation. Current WISE research is made possible by the Leverhulme Foundation and the Buffett Institute. Young will also present highlights from the forthcoming WISE Impact Report during a hybrid event at the Shard in London on Wednesday, March 27 at 10 a.m. CDT.
Food Security; Water Security
Men extract water from a well at the village of El Gel, near the town of K'elafo, Ethiopia. Getty Images
Article Food Security; Water Security

The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO): How Access to Contraceptives & Safe Abortions Changes Lives & Economies

March 19, 2024 – from Foreign Policy
Family planning is one of the most economically important strategies for women and girls. Access to contraceptives can help women and girls get an education and participate in the workforce. Furthermore, it could reduce maternal deaths by as much as three-quarters, according to the United Nations Population Fund. But nearly 10 percent of women of childbearing age around the world have unmet contraceptive needs and teenage girls report less access to contraceptives than other age groups. The second episode of the latest season of the Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, a Foreign Policy podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Buffett Institute, looks at the most effective ways to increase family planning services.
Health; Gender Equality; Economic Growth
Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, a Foreign Policy podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Buffett Institute
Podcast Health; Gender Equality; Economic Growth

‘The Olympics for Climate Change'

March 18, 2024 – from McCormick School of Engineering
Aman Shaikh, a graduate student in the Master of Engineering Management program at the McCormick School of Engineering, traveled to Dubai for the United Nations' annual climate change conference COP28 through the support of the Buffett Institute. He recounts how attending COP28 helped him better understand technology's role in addressing climate change, and the role engineers can play in climate action.
Climate and Sustainability
Aman Shaikh (MEM ‘24) traveled to Dubai to experience COP28. Now he's focused on finding a way to mitigate climate change.
Article Climate and Sustainability

Deborah Cohen named executive director of Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

March 14, 2024 – from Northwestern Now
Deborah Cohen, the Richard W. Leopold Professor of History in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been named executive director of the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. A scholar of European and global history, Cohen has served as interim director of the Buffett Institute since January.
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Questions to ask about government use of deepfakes

March 12, 2024 – from Northwestern Now
Will the lure of deepfakes prove irresistible to democratic governments? What questions should governments ask — and who in government should be asking them — when a deepfake is being considered? Two Northwestern professors, Buffett Faculty Fellow V.S. Subrahmanian and Daniel Linna, co-authored a new report examining several hypothetical scenarios in which democratic governments might consider using deepfakes to advance their foreign policy objectives and the potential harms this use might pose to democracy. Subrahmanian co-leads and Linna is a member of Buffett’s AI and Social Movements Global Working Group.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Questions to ask about government use of deepfakes Northwestern researchers examine the potential harms to democracy
Article Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The Lawfare Podcast: How Should Governments Use Deepfakes?

March 12, 2024 – from Lawfare Podcast
This episode of the Lawfare Podcast delves into how democracies should think about using deepfakes with Buffett Faculty Fellow V.S. Subrahmanian, Daniel Byman and Daniel Linna, co-authors of a new Center for Strategic and International Studies report examining two critical points: the questions that a government agency should address before deploying a deepfake, and the governance mechanisms that should be in place to assess its risks and benefits.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Lawfare Podcast
Podcast Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Government Use of Deepfakes: The Questions to Ask

March 12, 2024 – from Center for Strategic & International Studies Transnational Threats Project
Buffett Faculty Fellow V.S. Subrahmanian is the lead author of a new report examining hypothetical cases in which deepfakes might be used by democratic governments. Along with co-authors Daniel Byman and Daniel Linna, Subrahmanian argues that deepfakes should not be used without a clearly articulated set of guardrails that consider both the benefits and the risks of a proposed government-run deepfake-enabled operation. Subrahmanian co-leads and Linna is a member of Buffett’s AI and Social Movements Global Working Group.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Government Use of Deepfakes: The Questions to Ask
Publication Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO): The Economics of Period Poverty

March 12, 2024 – from Foreign Policy
The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, a podcast from Foreign Policy with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Buffett Institute, is back with an all-new season. This time, all our stories are about something that has been getting a lot of media attention lately: Girls. What do they really need to succeed right now? And how can we work with them to get there? For this first episode, we focus on an often hidden aspect of girls’ economic lives that has a significant impact: period products.
Poverty; Gender Equality; Responsible Consumption and Production
The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women is back with an all-new season. This time, all our stories are about something that has been getting a lot of media attention lately: Girls. What do they really need to succeed right now? And how can we work with them to get there?
Podcast Poverty; Gender Equality; Responsible Consumption and Production

Buffett Institute hosts lecture with former president of the International Criminal Court

February 29, 2024 – from The Daily Northwestern
The Buffett Institute for Global Affairs hosted a lecture by the former President of the International Criminal Court Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji at the Pritzker School of Law on Thursday, February 29. In his lecture, he argued that peace as a fundamental human right could help achieve global peace. Read about the insights he shared in the Daily Northwestern.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
In his lecture, Eboe-Osuji argued that peace as a fundamental human right could help achieve global peace.
Article Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Protecting Humanity: Rethinking Approaches

February 29, 2024
The Buffett Institute and Pritzker School of Law hosted a lecture from Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, former President of the International Criminal Court from 2018 to 2021. During the lecture, Judge Eboe-Osuji shared insights from his work to foster a more just and peaceful world through international accountability for human rights violations.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Author Anto Mohsin speaks with his discussants Julie A. Cohn and Suzanne Moon and the event moderator Baron Reed
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"Electrifying Indonesia" Book Talk with Anto Mohsin

February 16, 2024
The Buffett Institute hosted a book talk with Anto Mohsin, Buffett Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor in Residence at Northwestern in Qatar as well as the author of the new book Electrifying Indonesia: Technology and Social Justice in National Development, which tells the story of the entanglement of politics and technology during Indonesia’s rapid post-World War II development.
Energy; Social Inequality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Author Anto Mohsin speaks with his discussants Julie A. Cohn and Suzanne Moon and the event moderator Baron Reed
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Heat Study: Chicago Temperatures Vary As Much As 22 Degrees Between Neighborhoods

January 29, 2024 – from Borderless Magazine
Led by Northwestern Buffett's Defusing Disasters Global Working group, the Heat Watch Chicago mapping study results show how extreme heat disproportionately impacts vulnerable communities. The group is working with the city to develop a heat vulnerability index to target resources to the areas that are the hottest and most vulnerable to extreme weather.
Climate and Sustainability
A vendor standing near Cermak Road in Pilsen protects themselves from the sun on a day when temperatures reached as high as 91 degrees.
Article Climate and Sustainability

Global Futures of Education with Bryan Brayboy and Noah Sobe

January 24, 2024
The Buffett Institute hosted a discussion exploring global futures of education with Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee), Dean at the Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy, and Noah Sobe, Professor at Loyola University Chicago and former Senior Project Officer at UNESCO's Future of Learning and Innovation team. Watch the recording.
Education; Social Inequality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Three men (Bryan Brayboy, Noah Sobe and Baron Reed) sitting in chairs ,talking on a panel.
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Jennifer Lackey and Marcelo Vinces receive Daniel I. Linzer Awards

January 17, 2024 – from Northwestern Now
Jennifer Lackey has received the 2024 Daniel I. Linzer Award for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity for her dedication and commitment to the Northwestern Prison Education program. Lackey also co-leads the Epistemic Reparations Global Working Group at the Buffett Institute.
Social Inequality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Jennifer Lackey
Article Social Inequality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Article Social Inequality

COP28 Takeaways from Northwestern’s Delegation

January 16, 2024
For a third year, Northwestern Buffett supported a delegation of 12 faculty and graduate students to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 28th Conference of Parties (COP28), the world’s largest annual international climate summit. Read delegates' reflections on the challenges and promise of global climate action.
Climate and Sustainability
Expo City in Dubai, UAE where COP28 took place
Article Climate and Sustainability

Art, care and ecology are intertwined in ‘Actions for the Earth’

January 11, 2024 – from Northwestern Now
With the Block Museum of Art, our Climate Crisis + Media Arts Global Working Group is developing a series of screenings and talks related to the Block Museum’s forthcoming Actions for Earth art and ecology exhibition. The exhibition will run through winter and spring 2024 along with pop-up gardens around campus and film screenings. The exhibition’s opening conversation will feature Buffett Faculty Fellow Kimberly Marion Suiseeya.
Climate and Sustainability
Arahmaiani's participatory “Flag Project” is among the works of 18 international artists and collectives featured in the touring exhibition “Actions for the Earth.”
Article Climate and Sustainability

International Student & Scholar Statistics 2022–23

January 01, 2024 – from the Office of International Student & Scholar Services
Northwestern Buffett's Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) helps international students and scholars as well as faculty and staff navigate the many complexities associated with student and employment-based visa classifications within the Northwestern community. Learn about enrollment trends and statistics on members of Northwestern's international community who receive visa sponsorship through OISS in their 2022–23 annual report.
Education
Northwestern's Evanston campus
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Big Data and the Human Rights of Migrants with Jacqueline Stevens

December 31, 2023
Jacqueline Stevens, Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and Founding Faculty Director of the Deportation Research Clinic at the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, shares her expertise on the use of big data technology at the border and its impact on migration, deportation and human rights.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Jacqueline Stevens, Founding Faculty Director of the Deportation Research Clinic at the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
Podcast Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Artificial Intelligence Governance and Regulation with Catherine Régis

December 31, 2023
Catherine Régis, expert in AI governance and regulation talks about the importance of involving experts and citizens to address AI's ethical challenges, the need for international collaboration and initiatives to address AI-related issues and the potential of AI to accelerate progress on the UN SDGs.
Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Catherine Régis, expert in AI governance and regulation talks about the importance of involving experts and citizens to address AI's ethical challenges
Podcast Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Southwest Side is hottest part of Chicago during summer, climate study finds

December 28, 2023 – from Chicago Sun-Times
On the afternoon of July 28, it was more than 20 degrees hotter on the Southwest Side than it was on the city’s Far North Side. The reason for such a discrepancy — and what can be done about it — will be studied in the coming months by the City of Chicago and Northwestern Buffett's Defusing Disasters Global Working Group.
Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability
One day in July, there was a more than 20 degree difference between Rogers Park and Archer Heights. Why the Southwest Side is so hot will be explored by the city.
Article Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability

Heat Watch Study Finds 'Disproportionate Impacts' Of Extreme Weather Across City

December 21, 2023 – from Block Club Chicago
A study that had Chicagoans attach sensors to their cars during a summer day found significant disparities in heat across the city. Northwestern Buffett's Defusing Disasters Global Working Group has released the results of Heat Watch 2023, which charted areas of the city most impacted by the extremes of climate change. Chicago was one of 18 cities participating in the national Heat Watch 2023 study.
Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability
Neighbors and kids play in the water from a fire hydrant in Albany Park as Chicago reached record-breaking high temperatures on Aug. 23, 2023.
Article Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability

Chicago Unveils Findings from Heat Watch 2023, A City-Wide Effort to Combat Climate Change

December 20, 2023 – from Hoodline
Chicago’s Department of Public Health, the Department of Environment, and Northwestern University Buffett Institute’s Defusing Disasters Working Group pooled their skills, along with input from community partners, to undertake an ambitious study of extreme heat across the city's many neighborhoods.
Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability
The city of Chicago, facing the heat head-on, released the outcomes of its Heat Watch 2023 campaign last week, revealing some scorching insights into urban hotspots.
Article Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability

Cool Chi: Heat Watch Report, Maps, Data & Presentation

December 19, 2023 – from Chicago Department of Public Health
Buffett's Defusing Disasters Global Working Group built a team of resident scientists in Chicago to measure heat across communities this summer. Factors like humidity, tree coverage, air flow, heavy traffic, humidity, and the density of buildings and concrete each contribute to how intense the heat feels in different neighborhoods. On July 28, 2023, volunteers traveled routes with heat sensors on their own cars. Each sensor recorded temperature, humidity, time and location. Explore the results.
Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability
Chicago, along with 16 other communities across the country, built a team of resident scientists to measure heat across communities this summer. Factors like humidity, tree coverage, air flow, heavy traffic, humidity, and the density of buildings and concrete each contribute to how intense the heat feels. On July 28, 2023, over three shifts (morning, midday, and evening) volunteers traveled routes with heat sensors on their own cars. Each sensor recorded temperature, humidity, time, and location. And now, the results are in!
Article Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability

City of Chicago and Community Partners Release Heat Watch 2023 Findings

December 19, 2023 – from City of Chicago
Last week, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Department of Environment, and the Northwestern University Buffett Institute Defusing Disasters Working Group—in collaboration with community partners—released findings from the Heat Watch 2023 Activation Day.
Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability
One-day snapshot captures difference of 22 degrees in certain areas across the City
Article Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability

The Impact of AI on Consumer Decision-Making with S. Venus Jin, PhD

December 04, 2023
As more consumer-focused companies harness the power of AI and machine learning, research on human-machine interactions is becoming increasingly important. S. Venus Jin discusses her research on how AI influences and shapes individuals' choices across various industries.
Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
S. Venus Jin, AI and marketing expert
Podcast Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Northwestern International Travel Registry Tutorial

December 01, 2023
This video provides an overview of Northwestern University's International Travel Registry, developed by Northwestern Buffett’s Office of Global Safety and Security to support students traveling abroad. Undergraduate, graduate and professional students planning university-affiliated travel abroad are required to register before departure.
Graduate student on university-affiliated travel abroad riding a horse. She registered her trip in Northwestern University's International Travel Registry to receive  health and safety resources and reach out in an emergency abroad.
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Northwestern’s Third Delegation to COP28 Joins Global Partners in Fight Against Climate Change

November 30, 2023
A delegation of Northwestern faculty and graduate students supported by Northwestern Buffett will attend the world’s largest annual international treaty negotiations and climate summit, COP28, to observe negotiations, share their thought leadership in panel discussions and research presentations and attend events hosted by climate leaders across the world.
Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals
COP28 Delegation
Article Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals

Maya Peoples’ Territorial Governance and Vulnerability in Climate Change Policy and Action

November 13, 2023 – from Cultural Survival
As the upcoming 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change faces the challenge of including Indigenous Peoples’ environmental stewardship, Buffett Faculty Fellow Reynaldo Morales and doctoral candidate Diana Elhard share insights into how ancestral Maya organizations and farmers in Campeche, Mexico offer a variety of potential solutions rooted in the affirmation of collective rights.
Climate and Sustainability; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Alvaro Mena, a young Maya seed keeper in Hopelchen, Mexico, supports the confluence of regional Maya cooperatives representing the surviving Mayan governance systems. The Mayan word Hopelchen means “Place of the five wells,” referring to five centrally located wells that provided water to the area’s original Maya communities. Many towns’ traditional names in the region are associated with the uses of immense underground water reservoirs and their management across the entire Campeche region. However, today Maya people’s access to such wells is prohibited by the same regional authorities who have authorized Mennonite farmers to control the extraction and use of water resources—a control that was previously in the hands of the Indigenous communities in Hopelchen.
Article Climate and Sustainability; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Kimberly Marion Suiseeya pursues environmental justice by crafting relationships with interdisciplinary researchers and Indigenous intellectual leadership

November 08, 2023 – from Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Kimberly Marion Suiseeya is a Buffett Faculty Fellow and co-lead of Northwestern Buffett's Disproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges Global Working Group. She talks with Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences about why scholars must reorient how climate research is done with Indigenous communities and redesign approaches to environmental governance accordingly.
Climate and Sustainability; Life Below Water; Life on Land
Kimberly Marion Suiseeya
Article Climate and Sustainability; Life Below Water; Life on Land

CBS Launches Fact-Checking News Unit to Examine AI, Deepfakes, Misinformation

November 07, 2023 – from Variety
CBS’ news-and-stations division will launch a new unit to examine misinformation and so-called “deepfakes,” or false videos that can often be generated via artificial intelligence. This unit will produce segments on its findings and explain to audiences how the information in question was determined to be fake or inaccurate. CBS cites a publication from the Northwestern AI & Security Lab on the growing concern of deepfakes for the international community, governments and the public.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
A headshot of Wendy McMahon, CEO of CBS' news, stations and media ventures operations.
Article Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Former French President François Hollande on Democracy & Global Challenges

November 03, 2023
In this episode, François Hollande, the 24th President of France, reflects on progress towards the goals and addresses the need for international reform, the importance of intergenerational collaboration and the potential for democracy to address global crises.
Climate and Sustainability; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Partnerships for the Goals
Francois Hollande
Podcast Climate and Sustainability; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Partnerships for the Goals

Trauma, Music and the Breath Global Working Group Video

November 01, 2023
Young people need innovative, cost-effective approaches to alleviate mental health challenges and foster wellbeing. The Trauma, Music and the Breath Global Working Group opens a window into how music and breathwork can support children’s health and wellbeing. This video is an overview of their work.
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Children practicing music and breathwork exercises with a teacher
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U7+ Student Challenge Team Tackles Sustainable Electric Vehicle Battery Production

October 30, 2023
Northwestern students addressed the human rights and environmental issues posed by the electric vehicle (EV) battery industry at the U7+ Alliance of World Universities' second annual U7+ Student Challenge, this year hosted by the University of Ottawa in Canada.
Responsible Consumption and Production; Partnerships for the Goals
U7+ Student Challenge Team Tackles Sustainable Electric Vehicle Battery Production
Article Responsible Consumption and Production; Partnerships for the Goals

Advancing AI Systems in Cybersecurity, Counterterrorism, and International Security

October 27, 2023 – from Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering
The Northwestern Security and AI Lab (NSAIL) team is one of the leaders of a growing multidisciplinary community developing and deploying AI technologies to address these global threats and protect against malicious actors around the world. On October 12, the Buffett Institute and the McCormick School of Engineering hosted the “Conference on AI and National Security” to showcase NSAIL’s work.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
NSAIL Head and Buffett Faculty Fellow V.S. Subrahmanian presents to an audience
Article Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

U7+ Alliance of World Universities Present Peace and Security Agenda to G7 Leaders

October 27, 2023 – from G7 Global Briefing Report
As the G7 prepares to convene in Hiroshima, the world faces significant challenges to peace and security. More than 75 university leaders from 16 countries convened at Keio University in Japan this week and called on G7 leaders to invest in peace and security education at all levels, incorporate the latest research into policy on peace and security, diversify the set of stakeholders involved in high-level policy discussions on peace and security, lower barriers to student exchanges that foster cross-cultural understanding, and defend academic freedom.
Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Partnerships for the Goals
U7+ Alliance of World Universities Present Peace and Security Agenda to G7 Leaders
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Northwestern University study is focused on helping tribes be more resilient

October 26, 2023 – from Sawyer County Record
Our Disproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges Global Working Group visited Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University to present on their project Strengthening Resilience of Ojibwe Nations across Gen­erations (STRONG), a tribally-driven research effort that aims to strengthen Ojibwe resilience by addressing the erosion of tribal sovereignty through social science and advanced sensing and data science methods.
Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals
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Afghanistan: What's Next for Women and Girls

October 25, 2023
The Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, Central Asia Institute and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law's Center for International Human Rights hosted a panel discussion on the current situation in Afghanistan, and the challenges facing Afghan women and girls, in particular.
Gender Equality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Alice Thomas and Najia Mahmodi
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Northwestern hosts panel on women’s rights in Afghanistan

October 25, 2023 – from The Daily Northwestern
Northwestern Buffett hosted a panel on the current state of women’s rights in Afghanistan. The event featured three prominent experts on women’s rights in Afghanistan – Najia Mahmodi, former Chief Prosecutor for Elimination of Violence Against Women; Martin Smith, PBS Senior Foreign Correspondent for “Frontline”; and Alice Thomas, Executive Director of the Central Asia Institute.
Education; Gender Equality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Alice Thomas responds to a question from moderator Juliet Sorensen at the panel on women’s rights in Afghanistan at the Buffett Institute
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Medill welcomes journalist fleeing Cameroon Haman Mana to faculty

October 19, 2023 – from The Daily Northwestern
Journalist Haman Mana fled Cameroon after fleeing journalist arrived at Northwestern University where he will serve as a journalist in residence. The Northwestern Medill School, in partnership with the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, Northwestern School of Communication, the Holthues Trust and an anonymous donor, will fund Mana’s position for the upcoming year.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
During his time at Medill, Mana will share his journalism experience with students across Northwestern.
Article Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Medill provides safe harbor for journalist fleeing Cameroon

October 17, 2023 – from Northwestern Medill School of Journalism
Journalist Haman Mana fled Cameroon in February and arrived at Northwestern University where he will serve as a journalist in residence. The Northwestern Medill School, in partnership with the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, Northwestern School of Communication, the Holthues Trust and an anonymous donor, will fund Mana’s position for the upcoming year.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
During his time at Medill, Mana will share his journalism experience with students across Northwestern.
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Northwestern Sends Third Delegation to COP28

October 13, 2023
For a third year, Northwestern University is sending a delegation of faculty and graduate students to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28). The delegates plan to share and conduct research, gain insight into burgeoning technologies and solutions and connect with other experts investigating issues at the forefront of sustainability. Learn about the delegation.
Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals
COP28 is in Dubai, UAE
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Making a Positive Impact: 2023 Northwestern Alumni Medal Recipients

October 10, 2023 – from Northwestern Magazine
Roberta “Bertie” Buffett Elliott's longtime support of international programs at Northwestern has transformed the University's global learning and research. In 2015, Elliott amplified this work through a visionary $101 million gift to Northwestern that created the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. For these contributions and more, she has been awarded the 2023 Northwestern Alumni Medal.
Roberta “Bertie” Buffett Elliott
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2023 Northwestern Alumni Medal: Roberta Buffett Elliott

October 10, 2023 – from Northwestern Alumni
Roberta “Bertie” Buffett Elliott is a visionary philanthropist and volunteer whose charitable giving and personal involvement bring people together and help expand our understanding of each other and the world in which we live. Elliott’s historic $101 million gift endowed the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, which is transforming global learning and research at Northwestern. Watch her remarks on her acceptance of the 2023 Northwestern Alumni Medal.
Roberta “Bertie” Buffett Elliott
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Language Curricula and Gender working group promotes inclusivity in language instruction

October 09, 2023 – from The Daily Northwestern
The Language Curricula and Gender Global Working Group at the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs researches how conventional foreign language education can perpetuate gender inequities—or be marshaled against it. The group's co-leads discuss their mission with The Daily Northwestern.
Gender Equality
Discussions about gender equity are not limited to the English language; the discussion around inclusion is spreading to how other languages are taught.
Article Gender Equality

NU hosts launch of University of Toronto-Northwestern Decarbonization Alliance

October 04, 2023 – from The Daily Northwestern
Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy hosted a series of keynote presentations in October to launch the University of Toronto-Northwestern Decarbonization Alliance (TNDA). Leaders outlined how the TNDA would catalyze transdisciplinary research and ultimately work toward eliminating carbon dioxide emissions.
Innovation; Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals
Kimberly Marion Suiseeya giving a keynote presentation
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Buffett Brief: Climate Crisis + Media Arts

October 04, 2023
Media will play a critical role in shifting public perceptions of climate change from an impending threat to a present emergency. Yet today’s depictions of the climate crisis primarily illustrate possible environmental futures as opposed to depicting how people and animals are living and dying within a changing climate right now.
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Former French President François Hollande Delivers Northwestern Buffett Lecture

October 03, 2023
François Hollande, the 24th President of France, visited Chicago and Evanston where he engaged the Northwestern University community in discussions on the upheavals that have led to today’s new world order and strategies for fostering global peace. Co-hosted by the Northwestern Buffett Institute and Villa Albertine, former President Hollande also delivered a public Buffett Lecture in Global Affairs delving into the challenges and opportunities of coordinating multilateral action during global crises and sharing his perspective on progress made toward peace and prosperity.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Partnerships for the Goals
Hollande giving lecture
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Roadmapping the Clean Energy Transition: The University of Toronto-Northwestern Decarbonization Alliance Launch Conference

October 03, 2023
The Northwestern Buffett Institute and Northwestern Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy hosted a series of keynote presentations from leading faculty at Northwestern University and the University of Toronto. These events marked the launch of the University of Toronto-Northwestern Decarbonization Alliance (TNDA), an innovation hub that aims to catalyze research and dialogue on progressive decarbonization.
Innovation; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals
Kimberly Suiseeya and Ted Sargent answering audience questions
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Northwestern Buffett Global Social Innovation Hubs in Tokyo and Toronto Catalyze Transnational Research to Address Global Challenges

October 03, 2023
This fall, the Northwestern Buffett Institute is launching two new Global Social Innovation Hubs with the University of Toronto and The University of Tokyo. Through faculty leadership, these hubs will serve as centers for transnational, interdisciplinary research on pressing global challenges.
Innovation; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals
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Trek to Chile Widens Northwestern Students’ Perspective

October 02, 2023 – from Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering
Nine Northwestern undergraduate students traveled to Chile in September to learn first-hand about Chile’s innovative energy storage technologies for minerals mining, as well as the environmental and social effects of mining operations. This immersive Global Engineering Treks Initiative was offered through McCormick Global Initiatives (MGI) in partnership with the Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy and the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs.
Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate and Sustainability
Students on the trek
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Buffett Brief: Epistemic Reparations

October 02, 2023
Current reparation processes neglect survivor and victim storytelling and remembrance of human rights violations. Reparations require codifying “a right to be known” and offering survivors and victims of human rights violations platforms for telling their stories.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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The Threat and Promise of Deepfakes

October 01, 2023 – from Northwestern Magazine
In recent years, deepfake videos—seemingly realistic digital representations created with sophisticated AI—have been used to demand ransom, disseminate misinformation and influence elections. Buffett Faculty Fellow V.S. Subrahmanian discusses his research on deepfakes and its new threats to and benefits for national security in Northwestern Magazine.
Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Though often seen as a dangerous tool, deepfake technology can be used for good. V.S. Subrahmanian is a faculty fellow at Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs.
Article Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Multilingualism in the Era of AI with Viorica Marian and Morten Christiansen

September 30, 2023
This season on the podcast, we are exploring the intersections between emerging technology, global affairs and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Guests Morten Christiansen and Viorica Marian join Riles to discuss multilingualism research and shed light on how the use of large language models, such as ChatGPT, might impact the way we think, speak and interact with people around the world.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Different languages
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Buffett Brief: Making Water Insecurity Visible

September 29, 2023
Over one in four people worldwide still experience water insecurity, and climate change threatens to reverse recent improvements. New collaborations are needed to accelerate progress towards global targets for water security.
Water Security
Water's shadow
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Northwestern Buffett Lecture Featuring François Hollande, 24th President of France

September 28, 2023
Northwestern Buffett and Villa Albertine hosted a lecture with François Hollande, the 24th President of France. During the lecture, former President Hollande shed light on the challenges and opportunities of coordinating multilateral action, shared his perspective on global affairs and crises as discussed in his recent book Bouleversements and spoke to the role of young people in empowering civil society through dedicated public service. Watch the recording.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
François Hollande, the 24th President of France
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Press Release: Northwestern hosts dialogue on decarbonization Oct. 2-3

September 28, 2023 – from Northwestern Now
A series of keynote presentations on “Roadmapping the Clean Energy Transition” from leading faculty at Northwestern University and the University of Toronto Monday, Oct. 2 and Tuesday, Oct. 3 on the Evanston campus, will mark the launch of the University of Toronto-Northwestern Decarbonization Alliance, a global social innovation hub catalyzing dialogue and research on progressive decarbonization.
Energy; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals
Event marks launch of the University of Toronto-Northwestern alliance created to accelerate decarbonization
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Buffett Brief: Trauma, Music and the Breath

September 27, 2023
Mental health challenges have become prevalent among young people. There is a critical need for innovative, cost-effective approaches to providing public services that alleviate mental health challenges and foster youth wellbeing.
Health
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Global Engineering Trek Chile: Student Reflections

September 25, 2023 – from Northwestern Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience
The Northwestern Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience launched its inaugural Global Engineering Trek in Energy Storage and Critical Minerals in September 2023, sending a group of nine students to Chile. The group was co-led by Professors Jennifer Dunn and Kimberly Marion Suiseeya, who together co-lead Northwestern Buffett's Disproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges group. As one of the world's largest lithium and copper producers, Chile is at the heart of global efforts to build green energy generation and storage systems. In this blog series, students reflect on meeting with mining and policy experts, touring facilities and delving into Chilean culture. This program is supported in part by the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy.
Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate and Sustainability
Students who participated in the trek to Chile.
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Northwestern and University of Toronto to launch new decarbonization alliance

September 20, 2023 – from The Daily Northwestern
Northwestern and the University of Toronto will launch a new alliance focused on promoting research and dialogue about decarbonization. The University of Toronto-Northwestern Decarbonization Alliance will pool resources from the University of Toronto and the Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy. Northwestern Buffett is hosting the two-day series of keynote presentations on October 2–3 that marks the launch of the alliance.
Energy; Partnerships for the Goals
University of Toronto Campus
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Northwestern Buffett Helps Prepare Undergraduates to Meet Pressing Global Challenges

September 20, 2023
At its core, Northwestern Buffett is a community of faculty, staff and students committed to making our world a better place through collaborative teaching, research and problem solving. Undergraduate students at Northwestern University are an important part of this community working to examine and contribute to addressing shared global challenges.
Health; Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals
Muhammad Wasay Mir (Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Qatar ’24) works with a local community organization in Jinja, Uganda during the 2023 Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) program facilitated by Northwestern Buffett’s Global Learning Office.
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Buffett Brief: Empowering the Next Generation of Women Leaders

September 18, 2023
Women enter universities with lower leadership aspirations than men—a disparity that compounds over time in higher education and workplace outcomes. Programs designed to foster women’s leadership identities and skills early in life can help address this gap.
Gender Equality
abstract women
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350 Chicago households will get free water testing kits for lead as part of Northwestern study

September 11, 2023 – from Chicago Tribune
Some Chicago-area residents will be able to test the water quality in their homes as part of a Northwestern study that will begin providing free test kits later this year. The pilot study will be led by the co-leads of Northwestern Buffett's Making Water Insecurity Visible Global Working Group, Professors Julius Lucks and Sera Young.
Water Security
Technology company StemLoop designed this water test kit to function like an at-home COVID-19 test.
Article Water Security

State-of-the-art Applications of Quantum Computing: Fireside Chat with Professor Kohei Itoh, President of Keio University

September 11, 2023
Northwestern Buffett hosted a fireside chat with Professor Kohei Itoh, President of Keio University, on state-of-the-art applications of quantum computing. He introduced new hardware developments and demonstrated the promising future of quantum computers based on current algorithm and software research that takes full advantage of the actual quantum computers available today.
Energy; Economic Growth; Innovation
Kohei Itoh Speaking
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Announcing Northwestern Buffett’s New Board Chair, Suneel Kamlani

September 11, 2023
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Suneel Kamlani as Chair of the Northwestern Buffett Board of Advisors, a dynamic, creative group of thought leaders committed to the idea that universities can significantly impact the most complex global challenges by bringing the greatest thinkers together across institutional, national and disciplinary boundaries and by preparing the next generation of global leaders.
Partnerships for the Goals
Suneel's headshot
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Overdose dashboard shows 'alarming' rises from 2019 to 2021

September 06, 2023 – from Crain's Chicago
Year over year, overdose deaths in Illinois are increasing with “no end in sight,” says the lead faculty member in charge of a new public dashboard detailing the extent of the accidental overdose crisis.
Health; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Overdose dashboard shows 'alarming' rises from 2019 to 2021
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Researchers and Ojibwe to use environmental data to strengthen tribal sovereignty

September 01, 2023 – from Northwestern Now
A Northwestern University-led research team has received a $2 million grant over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further their research with Ojibwe tribes in the western Great Lakes region. This grant builds on work from Northwestern Buffett's Disproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges Global Working Group.
Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability; Life on Land
The work will focus on using environmental data from smart sensors in key lakes, rivers and wetlands to support tribal sovereignty by helping tribal leaders, agencies and communities integrate data into their resilience and manoomin governance strategies.
Article Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability; Life on Land

Alarming increase in Illinois fatal drug overdoses among Black and older adults

August 31, 2023 – from Northwestern Now
Today, on International Overdose Awareness Day, Northwestern University scientists have launched a public dashboard containing the most comprehensive data on unintentional fatal drug overdoses in Illinois. The goal of the dashboard is to inform public health efforts to address the ever-increasing rate of overdose-related deaths in the state. It is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Health; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Most comprehensive data on fatal drug overdoses in Illinois released via new dashboard
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Examining Effects of Extreme Heat in Chicago's Black Communities

August 26, 2023 – from WTTW News
This week’s record-breaking temperatures were a reminder that even a city known for its punishing winters can still be blisteringly hot — and even deadly, as we saw during the heat wave of 1995 that killed more than 700 Chicagoans. Since then, the city has increased its efforts to keep people cool in dangerous heat.
Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals
Examining Effects of Extreme Heat in Chicago’s Black Communities
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Mohsin selected as part of Buffett’s Faculty Fellows inaugural cohort

August 24, 2023 – from Northwestern University in Qatar
Northwestern Qatar Professor Anto Mohsin is joining the inaugural cohort of Northwestern Buffett's Faculty Fellows Program, which aims to foster an interdisciplinary intellectual community at Northwestern by facilitating scholarly exchanges and providing mentorship meetings between senior and junior faculty.
Partnerships for the Goals
Anto Mohsin's headshot
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As cities sizzle, mapping projects pinpoint the perils of hot neighborhoods

August 10, 2023 – from WBUR
This summer the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provided grants to 18 cities to identify urban heat islands. The data could help city officials and community groups address extreme heat in the neighborhoods that need it most. In Chicago, the effort is being led by members of the Defusing Disasters Working Group at the Northwestern Buffett Institute.
Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability
Chicago is also among the 18 cities where volunteers are mapping the urban heat island this summer. Officials set up five hubs for dispatching volunteers to collect heat data on July 28, 2023.
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Is our water safe? At-home test receives $3 million grant

August 08, 2023 – from Northwestern Now
Later this year, 350 Chicago-area households will receive hand-held, easy-to-use test kits to assess their home water quality. A pilot study will follow a phased roll-out. The initiative expands upon work that began within Northwestern Buffett's Making Water Insecurity Visible Global Working Group.
Water Security; Partnerships for the Goals
Adding a drop of water to each tube in the testing mechanism sets off a network of reactions and interactions, ultimately causing the freeze-dried pellet to glow in the presence of a contaminant. By glowing green, the test provides an easy-to-read, visual result for the user.
Article Water Security; Partnerships for the Goals

Interdisciplinary Water Security Project Receives $3 Million NSF Grant

August 08, 2023 – from Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering News
An interdisciplinary Northwestern University team combining experts from the Center for Synthetic Biology, the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, and the Institute for Policy Research has been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to expand their work making water insecurity challenges more visible and empowering citizens and communities to proactively test and understand the quality of their drinking water.
Water Security; Partnerships for the Goals
The working group, co-led by Julius Lucks, professor of chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern Engineering, and Sera Young, associate professor of anthropology and global health at Weinberg, aims to provide access to at-home water tests for lead, copper, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – also known as “forever chemicals” – and to measure the tests’ impact and use the knowledge gained to improve people’s daily lives.
Article Water Security; Partnerships for the Goals
Article Climate and Sustainability; Life Below Water; Life on Land

Elizabeth Koselka and Laurence Marks receive Fulbright awards

July 26, 2023 – from Northwestern Now
Northwestern University graduate student Elizabeth Koselka and Professor Laurence Marks each have received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar fellowship. The prestigious fellowship enables scholars to teach and conduct research abroad. The Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs serves as the University’s Fulbright Scholar Liaison for faculty members.
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Northwestern University graduate student Elizabeth Koselka and Professor Laurence Marks each have received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar fellowship from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
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Buffett Brief: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence and Deepfakes

July 14, 2023
AI-generated deepfake media is a growing threat to international security, yet deepfakes may also hold promise for counterterrorism. Through smart policies, public awareness campaigns and technical countermeasures, the threat of deepfakes may be mediated, while the promise harnessed responsibly.
Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Digital image of a face and audiowaves
Buffett Brief Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Buffett Brief: Disproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges

July 14, 2023
Collaboration between Indigenous peoples and the scientific community is imperative for developing effective approaches to mitigating the impacts of climate change on communities worldwide. A multidisciplinary group of researchers partnered with Indigenous communities in the Midwest to create a model for changing the status quo.
Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals
Members of the group placing sensors on Indigenous land.
Buffett Brief Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals

Working to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons with Beatrice Fihn

June 29, 2023
Not long ago, the idea of global nuclear disarmament seemed impossible. Yet a recent groundswell of support from young people, organizations, local governments and countries around the world has built momentum around eliminating nuclear weapons. In this episode of Breaking Boundaries, Annelise Riles discusses this movement with Beatrice Fihn, the former Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
ICAN volunteers protesting
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To prepare for extreme heat, let’s collaborate and learn from our communities

June 21, 2023 – from Chicago Sun-Times
The Defusing Disasters working group supported by the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs published an op-ed on the importance of preparing for extreme heat through learning from and alongside communities—the focus of the group's Heat Watch 2023 campaign this summer.
Health; Climate and Sustainability
Children playing in fire hydrant water
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Empowering the Next Generation of Women Leaders

June 15, 2023 – from The Science of Personality Podcast by Hogan Assessments
Co-leads of a new Northwestern Buffett Global Working Group, Empowering the Next Generation of Women Leaders, discuss their collaborative effort aimed at empowering the next generation of women leaders on The Science of Personality Podcast by Hogan Assessments.
Education; Gender Equality
illustration of diverse women
Podcast Education; Gender Equality

Webinar: The Future of the Ethiopian Social Contract

June 14, 2023
A new publication stemming from a convening of more than ​30 leading Ethiopian scholars in Addis Ababa illuminates possible paths forward for the Ethiopian state. This webinar convened a virtual discussion with some of the publication's contributors and others leading efforts to promote dialogue and peace in Ethiopia.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Oil Painting by Mezgebu Tesema
Webinar Recap Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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Chicago Has a New Way To Beat the Heat: Mapping the City’s Urban Heat Islands

June 06, 2023 – from WTTW
Defusing Disasters, a Northwestern Buffett Global Working Group, recently launched a heat-mapping collaboration called Heat Watch 2023 with the City of Chicago as a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Heat Watch Campaign, which aims to help cities identify specific neighborhoods where heat-mitigating interventions could save lives.
Health; Climate and Sustainability
Hot sun
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Heat Watch 2023: Volunteers, heat sensors uncover Chicago's hottest spots

June 05, 2023 – from FOX 32
Defusing Disasters, a Northwestern Buffett Global Working Group, aims to create heat vulnerability indices to identify communities that are most at risk to extreme temperatures. To collect data for these indices, the group launched a heat-mapping collaboration with City of Chicago, Heat Watch 2023, as a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Heat Watch Campaign.
Health; Climate and Sustainability
Press conference with Kyra Woods from the City of Chicago
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Article Health; Climate and Sustainability

U7+ Student Challenge on Addressing Sustainable Development Goals hosted by uOttawa

June 05, 2023 – from uOttawa Faculty of Engineering
The Secretariat of the U7+ Alliance of World Universities is housed at the Northwestern Buffett Institute. The U7+ Alliance hosts an annual U7+ Student Challenge, this year at uOttawa, to enable students of U7+ member institutions to collaborate, research and propose solutions to a local challenge linked to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
Partnerships for the Goals
Students participating in the U7+ Student Challenge presentations
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Announcing the inaugural cohort of the new Buffett Faculty Fellows Program

June 05, 2023
The Northwestern Buffett Institute recently expanded upon the Buffett Faculty Fellows Program to offer internal fellowships to Northwestern faculty. The new program aims to foster a robustly interdisciplinary intellectual community within the Northwestern Buffett Institute and the university writ large focused on the mutually enriching exchange of ideas, expertise and experience in service of individual and collaborative scholarship.
Partnerships for the Goals
Buffett Faculty Fellows cohort headshots
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The Case for a Deepfake Equities Process

May 24, 2023 – from Lawfare
Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow V. S. Subrahmanian, one of the world's leading experts on the role of AI in national and global security, co-authored this op-ed on the need for an interagency process to enforce a principled approach to the weaponization of artificial intelligence.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Soldier looking at a computer
Article Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Article Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

'Resilience in Ukraine: What We Know and What Can Be Done' Fireside Chat with Tymofii Brik

May 23, 2023
The Northwestern Buffett Institute hosted a fireside chat on Ukrainian resilience with Tymofii Brik, rector at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) in Ukraine and the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies in the Department of Sociology at the Northwestern Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences during the Spring 2023 quarter.
Partnerships for the Goals
Tymofii Brik speaking
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The Future of Deepfakes with V.S. Subrahmanian, PhD

May 19, 2023
Many deepfakes are designed to spread disinformation or cause confusion and mistrust, and therefore are a threat to UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions. Annelise Riles discusses with V.S. Subrahmanian, one of the world's leading experts on the role of AI in national and global security.
Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Impression of a face
Podcast Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

2023 Idea Incubation Showcase

May 01, 2023
On May 1, 2023, Northwestern Buffett hosted a showcase of the research projects stemming from its 2022–23 Idea Incubation Process. The showcase featured faculty presentations on the interdisciplinary research projects Northwestern Buffett will support in the coming years as well as faculty updates from Northwestern Buffett’s existing Global Working Groups and their projects underway.
Education; Gender Equality; Water Security; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
2023 Idea Incubation Showcase
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Food and Water Insecurity: ‘A Borderless Topic’

April 27, 2023
More than 60 thought leaders gathered in Mexico City in April 2023 to discuss how better measurement can lead to global progress in public health. Sera Young, professor of anthropology at Northwestern, and Pablo Gaitán Rossi, director of Iberoamericana’s Research Institute for Equitable Development (EQUIDE), led the meeting. Both professors belong to the 'Making Water Insecurity Visible' Global Working Group at Northwestern Buffett.
Health; Water Security; Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals
Photo of the group at the conference
Article Health; Water Security; Climate and Sustainability; Partnerships for the Goals

An exploration of how film and TV portray mental health

April 26, 2023 – from Northwestern Now
Northwestern University’s Pritzker Pucker Studio Lab is hosting an inaugural Media and Mental Health Symposium from May 25 to May 27 on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. The event is sponsored by the Northwestern Buffett Institute and organized by Northwestern Buffett Global Catalyst Grant Group 'Remaking Media and Mental Health Across Cultures.'
Health
An exploration of how film and TV portray mental health
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Northwestern Investigators Lead Global Research on Antimicrobial Resistance

April 18, 2023 – from Northwestern Feinberg News
The Antibiotic Resistance Working Group, established in 2020 with faculty from Northwestern University's Feinberg and Weinberg Schools and supported by the Northwestern Buffett Institute, is an interdisciplinary, global effort to fully understand the issue of antimicrobial resistance and develop strategies to mitigate the impact.
Health
Microscopic image of bacteria
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Northwestern Fulbright Week 2023 Keynote Address

April 17, 2023
Watch Northwestern's 2023 Fulbright Week keynote address from Dr. D. Soyini Madison, Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies and Anthropology at Northwestern University, who lived and worked in Ghana as a Senior Fulbright Scholar conducting field research for her book Acts of Activism: Human Rights and Radical Performance.
Partnerships for the Goals
Dr. D. Soyini Madison
Webinar Recap Partnerships for the Goals

Alum D. Soyini Madison delivers keynote speech for NU Fulbright Week

April 13, 2023 – from The Daily Northwestern
Grantees and supporters of the Fulbright Program gathered at a reception at the Northwestern Buffett Institute to celebrate Northwestern’s Fulbright community on Tuesday, April 11. D. Soyini Madison (Communication Doctorate ’89), professor emerita of Performance Studies and Anthropology, delivered the keynote address.
Partnerships for the Goals
D. Soyini Madison speaking
Article Partnerships for the Goals

Real World Gender Equity Starts with Better Curricula

March 24, 2023 – from Diplomatic Courier
Gender inequality is deep rooted and pervasive-women receive around 10% of global income and own under 1% of all property. Solutions also need to dig deep-one approach is eliminating gender description from school curricula, write Rana Raddawi, co-lead of the Northwestern Buffett Language Curricula and Gender Equality Global Working Group, and Annelise Claire, Tomoo Nakayama and Farihah Fahmy.
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Call to deepen universities’ role in peace and security

March 21, 2023 – from University World News
The importance of strengthening the role of universities in fostering peace and security through engagement with governments was highlighted at a global meeting of more than 75 university leaders in Tokyo last week, convened by Keio University. The message will be conveyed to political leaders at the upcoming Group of Seven (G7) Summit of the world’s major economies, which will be hosted by Japan in Hiroshima in May.
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Universities call on G7 leaders to prioritize and advance peace and security

March 17, 2023
The presidents of the U7+ universities formally committed to take action to support the G7 agenda and contribute to fostering a more peaceful and secure world through research, education and public engagement during the fifth annual U7+ Presidential Summit at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.
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U7+ Tokyo Statement on Peace and Security

March 17, 2023 – from U7+ Alliance of World Universities
'The Tokyo Statement on Peace and Security: Universities as Engines of Innovation for Peace and Security' is the 2023 U7+ Statement to the G7.
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U7+ Alliance urges Japan's prime minister to invest in education for peace and security

March 17, 2023 – from Asahi Shimbun
Leaders of the U7+ Alliance of World Universities held a press conference in Tokyo on March 17, 2023 to announce their U7+ Tokyo Statement, detailing their commitments to peace and security. The statement was delivered to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday March 15 in his capacity as 2023 host to the Group of Seven (G7).
Education; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Partnerships for the Goals
U7+ Alliance leaders at a press conference to announce their call for peace and security.
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One Year into Russia's Invasion: Will Justice Be Served? with Oona A. Hathaway, JD

March 06, 2023
The impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine is far-reaching with some scholars arguing that the conflict threatens progress on all of the UNSDGs, especially UNSDG 16: peace, justice and strong institutions. In this episode, international law expert Oona A. Hathaway, discusses legal recourse to prosecute Vladimir Putin and other top Russian leaders for the crime of aggression, a move that many say is essential to restore international world order.
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Russia's War on Ukraine: Assessing the State of the Conflict One Year after Invasion

February 27, 2023
In recognition of the one year mark of Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine, the Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and Northwestern Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences' Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Research Program (REEES) hosted an online panel discussion on the past year of war in Ukraine and the direction the conflict may be headed.
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Panelists on zoom from Northwestern's Buffett webinar on the one year anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
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The Deepfake Dangers Ahead

February 23, 2023 – from The Wall Street Journal
Bots, trolls, influence campaigns: Every day we seem to be battling more fake or manipulated content online. Because of advances in computing power, smarter machine learning algorithms and larger data sets, we will soon share digital space with a sinister array of AI-generated news articles and podcasts, deepfake images and videos—all produced at a once unthinkable scale and speed. Co-authored by Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow V.S. Subrahmanian.
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Andrew Gordon champions diversity in global learning at keynote speaker event

February 23, 2023 – from The Daily Northwestern
Andrew Gordon, CEO and co-founder of technological engagement company Includifi, spoke about intersections of race in study abroad experiences Wednesday as Northwestern’s Black History Month Global Week’s keynote speaker. Photo Credit: Samantha Powers, The Daily Northwestern Staffer.
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Yale Law School Prof. Oona Hathaway speaks about legal implications of the Russia-Ukraine war

February 22, 2023 – from The Daily Northwestern
With no end to the Russia-Ukraine war in sight, legal scholars and policymakers worldwide debated how Russian instigators might be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. At an event hosted by the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs on Tuesday, Oona Hathaway, professor of international law at Yale Law School, spoke about solutions within international legal frameworks. Photo credit: Jonah Elkowitz, The Daily Northwestern Staffer.
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'One Year into Russia's Invasion: Will Justice Be Served?' with Oona Hathaway, international law expert

February 22, 2023
The week of the one-year anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Oona A. Hathaway, the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, visited Northwestern Buffett for a Fireside Chat about legal recourse to prosecute Putin and other top Russian leaders for the crime of aggression.
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Supporting Black students looking to study abroad

February 21, 2023
The Global Learning Office at Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs hosted a series of events aimed at supporting Black students thinking about travelling abroad for a learning experience.
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Northwestern recognized for internationalization amid high demand for global education

February 17, 2023 – from Northwestern Now
From the establishment of a Global Council created to drive internationalization, forming and funding interdisciplinary research teams to tackle complex challenges that can only be addressed from a global lens, and an ever-expanding list of global learning programs, Northwestern University strives to be a school of the world for the world. In recognition of these and many other innovations that have made research and study abroad more accessible, Northwestern is one of just four institutions receiving the 2023 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.
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Deepfake challenges ‘will only grow’

February 17, 2023 – from Northwestern Now
Although most public attention surrounding deepfakes has focused on large propaganda campaigns, the problematic new technology is much more insidious, according to a new report by artificial intelligence (AI) and foreign policy experts at Northwestern University and the Brookings Institution.
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COP27 Takeaways from the Northwestern University Delegation

February 13, 2023
Three members of Northwestern University’s delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) reflect on their experiences at the event, which was held November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
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The World Is a Classroom

February 10, 2023 – from Northwestern Magazine
As international travel resumes, Northwestern sends students abroad for one-of-a-kind learning and research opportunities.
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Buffett Brief: Defusing Disasters

February 07, 2023
Climate change is propelling heat waves to new extremes. Governments must build resilience to extreme heat and other climate-change-induced catastrophes to protect its most vulnerable communities. A recently launched partnership in Chicago shows promise for producing a globally applicable but locally informed model.
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Buffett Brief: Antibiotic Resistance

February 07, 2023
Through global efforts to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistant-infections, hundreds of thousands of lives can be saved. A new collaboration across disciplines and geographies is helping to coordinate these efforts.
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Buffett Brief: Language Curricula and Gender Equality

February 07, 2023
Although researchers have explored gender inequities in education, few have focused on how language curricula and materials can perpetuate these inequalities. New insights are emerging.
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Democratizing Climate Science with Spencer Glendon, PhD

January 23, 2023
Combating climate change, and its impacts, is at the heart of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. More specifically, public education is key to addressing UNSDG number 13, which is climate action. In this episode, Spencer Glendon PhD, talks about his efforts to create a public utility for climate change through his nonprofit climate literacy initiative, Probable Futures.
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Local Diplomacy and Global Challenges with Beatriz Vivas and Woong-ghee Cha

January 23, 2023
In this episode, two foreign career diplomats explain why facilitating communication and cooperation between their homelands and the communities of Chicago is essential, and the role of local diplomacy in addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17, which is partnership for the goals.
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E-publication: Between Failure and Redemption: The Future of the Ethiopian Social Contract

January 17, 2023
Ethiopia is not alone in falling short of a stable political system or peace, but what kind of governance has the greatest potential to unify the country without compromising its diversity? This e-publication of papers, essays and lectures by Ethiopian scholars suggests paths toward lasting peace.
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Deepfakes and international conflict

January 06, 2023 – from The Brookings Institution
Deceit and media manipulation have always been a part of wartime communications, but never before has it been possible for nearly any actor in a conflict to generate realistic audio, video, and text of their opponent’s political officials and military leaders. A research report co-authored by Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow, V.S. Subrahmanian, and Research Assistant, Chongyang Gao.
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Northwestern Buffett Global Working Groups Tackle Complex Global Challenges

December 20, 2022
Northwestern Buffett continues to support Global Working Groups undertaking collaborative, interdisciplinary research that addresses complex global challenges related to one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In recent months, many of our Global Working Groups have forged ahead with developing and disseminating their work through an exciting range of initiatives.
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Northwestern Buffett Fall 2022 Event Roundup

December 20, 2022
This Fall, we hosted a range of events to foster dialogue on pressing global issues, from artificial intelligence and national security to demonstrations for freedom in Iran to the recent US-Pacific Islands Summit.
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Diplomacy and the Welfare of Children with Former Ambassador Susan Jacobs

December 20, 2022
Former Ambassador Susan Jacobs spent much of her career in diplomacy focused on international children's issues, including a position as the United States’ first Special Advisor for International Children's Issues, helping to uphold The Hague Conventions on adoptions and abductions. In this episode, Jacobs joins Annelise Riles to talk about her career in the foreign service, as one of the first married women to become a foreign service officer, and her work as it relates to United Nations Sustainable Development goal number 16, which includes targets related to protecting children.
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How to Be a Better Global Citizen with Blythe McGarvie, MBA

December 15, 2022
Collaboration is a skill set that requires training and practice and it is an essential part of UNSDG 17, which focuses on partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. In this episode, guest Blythe McGarvie, shares expert advice on how to collaborate across global spaces and be a better global citizen. McGarvie is an expert in building successful global relationships as a former chief financial officer and chief executive officer and now a board member of many multinational companies.
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Women Paving the Way in Diplomacy

December 01, 2022 – from Northwestern Buffett's events archive
On December 1, 2022, Northwestern Buffett hosted a panel discussion on “Women Paving the Way in Diplomacy.” This event was part of the Women’s Majlis Series, an initiative organized by Executive Women @ State, a U.S. Department of State employee organization advocating for gender equality and fostering professional development among senior diplomatic women. The event featured a panel of current and former female U.S. ambassadors who discussed their diplomatic and scholarly pursuits, as well as the challenges and opportunities they encountered as trailblazers in diplomacy.
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Art, Scholarship and Social Justice with Vilna Bashi, PhD

November 23, 2022
Racism is a human rights issue and eliminating racism is essential to UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: peace, justice and strong institutions and Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reducing inequalities. But what is done globally to combat this problem?  Vilna Bashi, PhD, aims to blend her work as an artist and sociologist to explore answers to this question. Bashi is a sociologist and the Osborn Professor of Race, Ethnicity, and Global Diversity in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. She was also a Faculty Fellow at the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, developing new forms of global networks and collaborative research initiatives at Northwestern Buffett.
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The Role of Data in Sustainable Development with Jean-Louis Sarbib

November 15, 2022
This episode focuses on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: peace, justice and strong institutions and the role data and information can play in helping developing countries achieve sustainable development. Jean-Louis Sarbib has built a career working across boundaries of public and private international organizations and national governments to address this important challenge. He shares insights into the current challenges facing the field of international development today and how open access to data and information may help solve some of these challenges.
Innovation; Climate and Sustainability; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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Podcast Innovation; Climate and Sustainability; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Faculty from The University of Tokyo and Northwestern discuss gender and 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.
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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.
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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.
Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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The Day of 8 Billion with John Wilmoth, PhD

November 11, 2022
The world – and human species – will reach a new milestone in 2022. Scientists estimate that the global population will cross the 8 billion mark on November 15th, 2022, ushering in a new age of potential challenges for countries across the globe. What does this population growth mean for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Specifically, what does this population growth mean for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action? John Wilmoth, PhD, director of the United Nations Population Division, joins Annelise Riles to discuss this issue.
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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.
Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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COP27 delegation joins global partners in fight against climate change

November 08, 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.
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Understanding the Nationwide Demonstrations in Iran: A Virtual Dialogue with Elham Hoominfar

November 04, 2022 – from
In September, demonstrations erupted across Iran in response to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, after she was arrested and beaten by the Iranian “Morality Police” for improper veiling. Since Amini’s death, Iranian security forces have imprisoned, beaten and killed demonstrators across the country for speaking out in support of women’s rights and self-determination, and against state oppression and violence. On November 2, 2022, Northwestern Roberta Buffett institute for Global Affairs hosted a virtual dialogue with Elham Hoominfar, Assistant Professor in the Global Health Studies Program at Northwestern University, to discuss the unfolding protests in Iran and the regime's brutal response.
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Strengthening U.S.-Pacific Island Country Partnerships with Former Ambassador C. Steven McGann

October 24, 2022
Combating climate change was at the forefront of the historic U.S.-Pacific Island Country Summit, which was recently held in Washington. It resulted in an important new declaration signed by leaders of 14 Pacific Island countries and the United States. Steven McGann, former U.S. ambassador to Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Tonga and Tuvalu, joins Annelise Riles to talk about the summit, the human security concerns facing these countries and United Nations sustainable development goal number 13: climate action.
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Fireside Chat with with former U.S. ambassador Steven McGann

October 12, 2022 – from
On October 12, 2022, Northwestern Buffett hosted former U.S. ambassador Steven McGann for a fireside chat with our Executive Director Annelise Riles. Steven McGann, a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor, was the U.S. ambassador to the Republics of Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, and the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu from 2008 to 2011. Ambassador McGann was also assigned as Chief of Mission (ad interim) of the United States Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste. He is the founder of The Stevenson Group, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. that identifies opportunities in the security sector and implements specialized advisory services focused on strengthening public-private partnerships.
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UNESCO Futures of Education Report with Noah Sobe, PhD

September 29, 2022
Education is a basic human right and the foundation for peace and sustainable development according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO recently released the Futures of Education report: "Reimagining our futures together: a new social contract for education." Noah Sobe, PhD, worked on the creation of the report for more than two years as Senior Project Officer for UNESCO’s Futures of Education Initiative. In this episode, Sobe explains what is in the report and how education must be reformed to create the futures we all want.
Education
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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.
Education; Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Partnerships for the Goals
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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.
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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.
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Russia's War on Ukraine: Assessing the State of the Conflict Six Months On

August 24, 2022 – from
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 marked six months since Russia invaded Ukraine and Ukraine's Independence Day. The Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and Northwestern Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences' Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Research Program (REEES) held a virtual panel discussion on the unfolding situation in Ukraine and the direction the war may be headed.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Global universities urge G7 leaders to bolster academic freedom

June 24, 2022 – from
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.
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Building Scientific Capacity in Developing Nations with Romain Murenzi, PhD

June 16, 2022
Building scientific capacity is essential to strong institutions and supporting problem-solving and innovation, especially in the Global South. Romain Murenzi, PhD, Executive Director of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) joins Annelise Riles to talk about United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16, peace, justice and strong institutions, and how TWAS is working to meet this goal.
Education; Economic Growth; Innovation; Social Inequality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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The Impact of Russia's War in Ukraine with Fiona Hill

June 07, 2022
Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine is no longer a short-term event and its impact is going to shape global affairs for a long time to come, according to Fiona Hill, a leading expert on Russia and Vladimir Putin’s regime. In this episode, Hill shares insight on Putin’s actions, what could happen next, and how the war may impact our world for decades to come. She shares this vantage point as a Russia adviser to two U.S. presidents and co-author of the book “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin.” She is now a senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution.
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Solving Complex Problems with Nexus Thinking with Julio M. Ottino

May 27, 2022
Solving the world's most complex problems, such as those the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals aim to tackle, requires new ways of thinking. In this episode, Julio M. Ottino, Dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Northwestern University, discusses his new book The Nexus, which is a call to “augmenting” our knowledge in the face of complex global challenges, by bringing together the insights, and the conceptual moves, of art, technology, and science.
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Buffett Institute tags undergraduate classes that encompass United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

May 24, 2022 – from The Daily Northwestern
As undergraduate students continue to register for fall classes, they now have an option to see which classes meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Northwestern announced in April. Launched by the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, the initiative aims to identify courses related to social, economic and environmental sustainability.
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How to Help Women Succeed in the State Department with Alison E. Dilworth

May 20, 2022
For the U.S. government to help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 16, peace, justice and strong institutions, there needs to be an inclusive workforce at the top, in its diplomatic ranks in the U.S. State Department. Alison E. Dilworth is a Foreign Service Officer with more than 20 years of experience, serving in countries such as Paraguay, Israel, Egypt, Poland and the United Arab Emirates. She is currently the Director of the Office of Children’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State and President of Executive Women at State. In this episode, she talks about her career and what needs to be done to address gender and diversity issues at the highest levels of government.
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Fiona Hill: Ukraine invasion ‘is all about history’

May 19, 2022 – from Northwestern Now
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.
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New Frontiers in Global Research Series: Education, Science, and Technology for a More Sustainable World Event Recording

May 09, 2022
On April 28, Northwestern Buffett hosted "New Frontiers in Global Research Series: Education, Science, and Technology for a More Sustainable World." This event, and this series, implores us to consider how we define, assess, and analyze the “global” in global research and urges us to reflect upon the real-world implications of academic scholarship.
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Northwestern Tags Undergraduate Courses with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

April 29, 2022
This May, Northwestern will launch a pilot initiative that will allow students to search for and enroll in courses related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The initiative is aimed at promoting greater interdisciplinarity and furthering students’ knowledge of increasingly interconnected and complex global challenges.
Education; Partnerships for the Goals
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Global Cyber Security Challenges with Roland Cloutier, Global Chief Information Security Officer at TikTok

April 29, 2022
The companies behind popular digital platforms are critical players in this effort that is central to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16, which is peace, justice and strong institutions. Roland Cloutier is the global chief information security officer at TikTok. He has more than 30 years of experience in cybersecurity and law enforcement. In this episode of Breaking Boundaries, he talks about his approach to building a safe and vibrant global online community.
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Interdisciplinary research group developing roadmap to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

April 28, 2022 – from
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.
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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.
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Northwestern Buffett Fireside Chat with Cybersecurity Experts

April 13, 2022 – from
On April 12, 2022, Northwestern Buffett hosted a Fireside Chat on new and emerging security challenges for social media companies with Roland Cloutier, Global Chief Security Officer at TikTok, and V.S. Subrahmanian, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science at the Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering and Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow. The discussion was moderated by Northwestern Buffett Executive Director Annelise Riles and was followed by a Q&A session.
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E-publication: City, Public Value, and Capitalism: New Urban Visions and Public Strategies

March 21, 2022
City, Public Value, and Capitalism discusses how cities that have developed through the successive stages of capitalism should transform themselves when adapting to the conditions of the contemporary global age. Since modern times, the capitalist economy has largely defined society, politics and environment—this has caused the collapse of communities, the crisis of democracy and serious environmental problems.
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A New Focus on the Global South with Marwan M. Kraidy

February 11, 2022
Marwan M. Kraidy is a scholar of global communication, a leading authority on Arab media, and the CEO and Dean of Northwestern University in Qatar. He discusses the goals of the campus' new Institute for Advanced Study in the Global South and how it relates to United Nations sustainable development goal number 16, peace, justice and strong institutions.
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Tackling Global Issues Locally with Chicago Alderwoman Maria Hadden

February 07, 2022
Maria Hadden brings a global point of view to her position on the Chicago City Council as the alderwoman of the 49th Ward. Since being elected in May 2019, she has pushed forward issues of local, national and international importance, such as recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday, exploring reparations to Black people and supporting a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.
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Gender Discrimination and International Human Rights with Juliet Sorensen, JD

January 18, 2022
The guest on this episode of Breaking Boundaries is Juliet Sorensen, a Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law and the director and founder of the Northwestern Access to Health Project. Sorenson is an international human rights champion whose work is changing the lives of women and girls around the world.
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International student blazes new trails at Northwestern

December 15, 2021
Northwestern Buffett recently sat down with Khantey Lim (McCormick, ’23) to discuss her experiences finding her niche and blazing new trails at Northwestern as an international student.
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Universities Take Coordinated Action to Address Climate Crisis

December 14, 2021 – from Group of Nations G7/G20 Global Briefing Report
Northwestern Buffett Executive Director Annelise Riles and U7+ Alliance presidential delegates from the University of Toronto and University of Edinburgh discuss the U7+ Alliance of Universities commitment to climate action in the October 2021 Group of Nations G7/G20 Global Briefing Report.
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Insight on Russia-Ukraine Tensions

December 10, 2021
In recent weeks, Russia has assembled tens of thousands of troops on its border with Ukraine, leading to a phone call on December 7, 2021, between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin about consequences should Russia attack Ukraine. On this episode of the Breaking Boundaries podcast, two former U.S. ambassadors weigh in on the historic and geopolitical dynamics behind current tensions.
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Feature Films and Global Crises with Rana Kazkaz

December 05, 2021
Using the power of narrative film to create empathy and motivate action in response to human rights abuses is a personal passion for Rana Kazkaz. She is an award-winning filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Communication at Northwestern University in Qatar where she teaches narrative filmmaking. Her work focuses on Syrian stories with many of her short films recognized at the world’s leading film festivals including Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca.
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Northwestern Buffett Fireside Chat with Senator Tammy Duckworth

December 02, 2021 – from Youtube
As a post-COP26 event, Northwestern Buffett hosted a Fireside Chat with Senator Tammy Duckworth on December 2. Senator Duckworth talked about her leadership in the Senate on issues of climate justice affecting underserved communities, as both a founding member of the Senate’s Environmental Justice Caucus and sitting member of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis.
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Humanistic Thinking in the Age of Big Data with Christian Madsbjerg

November 30, 2021
Breaking down silos, trying to help people to work together across boundaries of discipline, profession and culture, is a difficult job and one that Christian Madsbjerg has spent much of his career trying to accomplish with much success. Madsbjerg is the co-founder of the consulting company, ReD Associates, Professor of Applied Humanities at The New School and has just launched a new venture called Lateral Data.
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Indigenous Rights and COP26 with Reynaldo Morales, PhD

November 19, 2021
The Northwestern delegation that attended COP26, the annual UN climate change conference that took place in Glasgow, is back on campus. Of the many topics discussed at COP26, climate change and the roles and rights of Indigenous peoples was top of mind for our delegation.
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29 universities commit to lowering emissions, enhancing access to climate education

October 28, 2021 – from Northwestern Now
The U7+ Alliance of World Universities issued a statement on October 25 declaring their commitment to supporting the implementation of climate goals coming out of the COP26 conference in Glasgow. The presidents of 29 universities from 12 countries voted to adopt the commitments set forth in the statement, recognizing that "climate change is a global challenge that presents serious threats to natural environments, human health, security and economic stability.”
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Economics and the Climate Crisis with Chris Canavan

October 25, 2021
Economic growth at expense of the environment is no longer an option. Chris Canavan, Chair of the Board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, joins Annelise Riles, host of the Breaking Boundaries #podcast series and Executive Director of Northwestern University's Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, to talk about how an outdated economic structure is endangering our planet and new approaches that could save it.
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Law and the Climate Crisis with Hari Osofsky

October 25, 2021
Righting injustices in energy and climate change regulation is an important part of addressing the global climate crisis. Hari Osofsky, Dean of Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, joins Annelise Riles, host of the Breaking Boundaries #podcast series and Executive Director of Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, to talk about working with business, government and nonprofit leaders to make bipartisan progress on climate, energy and equity issues.
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Universities and the Climate Crisis with John Robinson and Jennifer Dunn

October 25, 2021
Universities are especially well poised to contribute to addressing the climate crisis. John Robinson of University of Toronto and Jennifer Dunn of Northwestern University join Annelise Riles, host of the Breaking Boundaries #podcast series and Executive Director of Northwestern University’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, to discuss how to change the institutional culture of universities and make sustainability an essential component of operations as well as research and education missions.
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Infrastructure and the Climate Crisis with Kate Newman and Jim Hambleton

October 25, 2021
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is calling 2021 a crucial year for governments to address issues facing climate, nature, and people. Key global events, such as the UN Conference on Climate Change—COP26—are set to put the climate crisis at the top of the global agenda.
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GlobeMed celebrates 15 years of lasting impact in global health equity

August 30, 2021
This year marks the 15th anniversary of GlobeMed, a Northwestern Buffett-supported student organization dedicated to mobilizing students and grassroots leaders to improve public health worldwide. Originally founded in 2006 by a group of Northwestern students seeking opportunities to contribute to global health equity, GlobeMed has grown into a network of thousands of students across 36 university-based chapters throughout the United States as well as grassroots organizations in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
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Cybersecurity Researcher V.S. Subrahmanian to Join Northwestern CS and Buffett Institute

July 12, 2021 – from
Renowned cybersecurity and counterterrorism expert V.S. Subrahmanian will join the Northwestern Engineering faculty on September 1, 2021 as Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science with a joint appointment as faculty fellow at the Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs.
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Northwestern seeks delegates to the 2021 U7+ Worldwide Student Forum

June 17, 2021
Attention Northwestern students. Are you curious, creative and action-oriented? Are you eager to connect with other students from across the globe, learn lifelong skills, and make a positive impact on global challenges? If so, apply now to be a Northwestern Student Delegate to the U7+ Worldwide Student Forum 2021: Climate Change–Intergenerational Conflict or Intergenerational Alliance?
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Chicago’s Austin Community: A Case Study in Creating Equitable STEM Hyper Local Learning Ecosystems

June 17, 2021
In this Northwestern Buffet "Building Sustainable Futures: Global Challenges and Possibilities" webinar, learning scientist Nichole Pinkard and Chicago Medal of Honor Recipient Natasha Smith-Walker shared examples and frameworks based upon lessons learned in a multi-year collaboration to reimagine partnerships with the community and civic institutions to build pathways and on-roads to STEM in ways that connect to the community. Austin serves as the demonstration community leveraging community value holders (parks, community-based organizations, schools, etc.)
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Northwestern Buffett Global Working Group Tackling Environmental Challenges in Marginalized Communities

June 04, 2021
A Northwestern Buffett Global Working Group including researchers from 10 disciplines across eight Northwestern University Schools along with experts from the World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy and Argonne National Lab are working to identify creative approaches to addressing some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
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Social Protection and Inequality in a Pandemic: Evidence from Ghana

June 01, 2021
Survey evidence from 16 developing countries shows widespread employment loss and declines in income and food security since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. These patterns are apparent in Ghana. In this Northwestern Buffett "Building Sustainable Futures: Global Challenges and Possibilities" webinar, Chris Udry, professor of Economics at Northwestern University, and Robert Darko Osei, vice dean for the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Ghana, discussed the dynamic effects that COVID lockdown policies have had on employment and show how substantial, randomized mobile money transfers to individuals in poor households affected social distancing, food security, and work patterns.
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Narcotrafficking, Statemaking and Inequality: Experiences from Mexico and Colombia

May 07, 2021
In this Northwestern Buffett "Building Sustainable Futures: Global Challenges and Possibilities" webinar, Northwestern University associate professor of History Lina Britto was joined by journalist and author of Drug War Capitalism Dawn Marie Paley to break down dominant myths around narcotrafficking and the war on drugs in Mexico and Colombia.
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Tribal Constitutions: Constructing Power by Developing Structure & Self-Governance

April 28, 2021
Northwestern Professor of Law Erin Delaney and Northwestern Assistant Professor of Sociology Beth Redbird will join forces to study the power processes that have shaped tribal constitutions with the support of an almost $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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Dismantling Systems of Inequality and Building Sustainable Systems of Parity

April 22, 2021
In this Northwestern Buffett "Building Sustainable Futures: Global Challenges and Possibilities" webinar, using the advent of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as a backdrop, Dr. Amara Enyia, Managing Director of Diaspora Rising, explores issues related to historically exploitative trade and economic practices in Africa and the Caribbean. Dr. Amara examines systems being built around the world—in part due to COVID-19 and in part due to skyrocketing inequality—that highlight how those dynamics are shifting, how new post-COVID trade agreements can evolve, and how countries are leaning in to notions of self-sufficiency and self-determination.
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Rana Kazkaz appointed Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies

April 16, 2021
The Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences are pleased to welcome Rana Kazkaz as the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies in the Program of Middle Eastern and North African Studies for the fall quarter of the 2021-22 academic year.
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Legacies of Inequality, Myths of Progress

April 08, 2021
Today’s global inequities reflect long legacies of systemically generated and sustained efforts to benefit the few to the serious detriment of the many, often the world’s Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. What historical movements created such drastic disparities? Which social structures continue to uphold or even exacerbate them? What myths of progress abound, and to what ends?
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Food and Agriculture Beyond the Pandemic

April 05, 2021
This January, Professors Mariko Arata and Miki Yoshimizu from Ritsumeikan University’s College of Gastronomy Management leveraged Northwestern University’s Meridian 180 platform to foster a rich, transnational discussion on "Food and Agriculture Beyond the Pandemic.”
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Centering Indigenous Rights and Perspectives in the Fight Against Climate Change

March 18, 2021
Climate change has disproportionately exacerbated many challenges global Indigenous communities face, including political and economic marginalization, loss of land and resources, human rights violations, discrimination and unemployment. Yet Indigenous voices and perspectives have been marginalized in global climate debates and discourse.
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Remembering The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster 10 Years Later

March 12, 2021 – from IFL Science
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the most severe nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Following a catastrophic magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was heavily damaged, resulting in a plume of radioactive smoke leaking into the sky and surrounding areas. The plant still leaks to this day.
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Fukushima victims’ lives still uprooted, 10 years on

March 11, 2021 – from Northwestern Now
It has been 10 years since a major earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011. Now, 10 years later, the Japanese town of Namie has been reduced to less than 8% of its original population as residents remain evacuated, said Mayor Kazuhiro Yoshida during his address to a global audience of nuclear experts, which was hosted on March 10 by Northwestern University.
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A call for transnational citizen-expert engagement in nuclear compensation

March 11, 2021 – from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
In preparedness for the next large scale nuclear disaster, we need forums where ordinary citizens from nations with differing histories of nuclear power can engage directly with nuclear experts from both government and industry as well as representatives of international institutions.
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Fukushima nuclear damage compensation inadequate, US university report says

March 11, 2021 – from Asahi Shimbun
With 10 percent of the world's electricity still dependent on nuclear power, a wide range of experts have come together to analyze compensation issues stemming from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in "Nuclear Compensation: Lessons from Fukushima."
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A Fukushima lesson: Victim compensation schemes need updating

March 11, 2021 – from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
At the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident, Northwestern University's Hirokazu Miyazaki shares his perspective on how victim compensation schemes need to change.
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Why Storytelling is Key to Climate Action

March 11, 2021
How can we "read" or understand policy responses to climate change? We can "read forwards," drawing on scientific evidence and reasoning to project consequences and dictate policy responses. Or we can "read backwards"; we can look to the human beliefs, values, and goals that impute meaning to the world to understand the many lines of evidence and reasoning leading to policy responses. University of Cambridge professor of human geography Michael Hulme will discuss the power of "reading backwards" and the importance of embedding "climate actions" inside human stories, both dominant and marginalized.
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Furor in Japanese Town Casts Light on Fukushima’s Legacy

March 11, 2021 – from The New York Times
Northwestern University's Hirokazu Miyazaki comments on the need for a "long-range view on nuclear waste" and "much more democratic way to handle the cost associated with it."
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E-publication | Nuclear Disaster Compensation: A Call for Action

March 09, 2021
This e-publication demonstrates that current compensation plans have not met the needs of nuclear disaster victims and calls for a more inclusive process for making nuclear energy decisions that gives ordinary citizens a seat at the table.
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Can Environmental Activism Save the World?

March 05, 2021
Can environmental activism save the world? And, if so, how? As the world continues to grapple with the cascading consequences of our global environmental crisis, the urgent need for collective action has never been clearer. Northwestern Professor of Management and Organizations Brayden King joined Illinois Sierra Club Deputy Director Kady McFadden to discuss the future of environmental activism and the role of activism in shaping global environmental outcomes, including combating climate change, in a Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs webinar.
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Prospects for U.S. and Global Climate Action with a Biden Administration

January 22, 2021
Many are hopeful that Joe Biden’s presidency will quickly restore federal climate change measures and catalyze substantial new efforts, such as a "green new deal." Many also hope for the United States to play a leadership role in fueling far-reaching international cooperation around climate change. Are those expectations warranted or unrealistic? What can we expect from the new administration?
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Northwestern Buffett Hosts Virtual Meridian 180 Global Summit

January 22, 2021
The Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs convened more than 60 leaders from 18 countries and every sector of society to explore these questions and more for its 2020 Meridian 180 Global Summit. The Summit offered a virtual space for reflection and substantive dialogue on this time of dramatic global change.
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The Schematic State: How Nations Create Conditions that Perpetuate Racial Inequalities

December 18, 2020
Northwestern University Associate Professor of African American Studies Barnor Hesse was joined by Debra Thompson, Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University for a dialogue about “the racial state” and the structures that create, shape, and maintain it during a Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs webinar.
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The Pitfalls and Potential of International Cooperation

December 03, 2020
Northwestern University Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies Director and Political Science Professor Ian Hurd and European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Program Manager Jonas Grimheden highlighted the potentials and pitfalls of international cooperation during a Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs webinar.
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Universities worldwide call on government leaders to think beyond short-term election cycles

November 24, 2020 – from
This year’s virtual U7+ Alliance of World Universities Presidential Summit brought together nearly 100 university leaders from six continents for a series of dialogues on intergenerational justice as students worldwide call on higher education institutions to play an active role in addressing the global challenges they will inherit.
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New University Alliance Addresses Persistent Global Challenges

November 20, 2020
What role should universities play in addressing global challenges such as climate change, inequality and, now, the novel coronavirus pandemic? That is the question university leaders worldwide, myself included, have begun to explore in earnest as the complexity of the global challenges we currently face demands collaboration and action from every sector of society.
Education; Innovation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Partnerships for the Goals
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Beyond Religious Discrimination: What Does Islamophobia Tell Us About White Supremacy Today?

November 18, 2020
Northwestern University Associate Professor of African American Studies Barnor Hesse joined Salman Sayyid, Professor of Social Theory and Decolonial Thought at the University of Leeds, to discuss the history and globality of Islamophobia and why it is a form of racism in a Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs webinar.
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A Crisis of Legitimacy: Lessons from the U.S. and Ukraine on Inequality, Polarization and Crumbling Institutions

November 05, 2020
At the same time that the United States is struggling to resist the crumbling of its institutions in the face of polarization and populism, Ukraine struggles to move beyond corruption and foreign domination—including corruption in which wealthy Americans have participated. In some respects, the two countries appear to be converging. Northwestern University Professor of Law Paul Gowder joined Dmytro Vovk, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Rule of Law and Religion Studies at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, to discuss what each country can learn from the other in this Northwestern Buffett webinar.
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Stuck in Motion: Reexamining the Roots of Sustained Crisis in the Middle East

October 22, 2020
What does it mean to be living-in-crisis and with constant insecurity? How do people imagine their futures when they’re trying to survive the present? Northwestern University in Qatar Associate Professor of Anthropology and Acting Liberal Arts Program Director Sami Hermez and Villanova University Associate Professor of Global Interdisciplinary Studies Samer Abboud discussed these questions and more this week in a Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs webinar on “Ecologies of Crisis and the Proliferation of Violence.”
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Northwestern Professor Spotlights Forces Behind Structural Racism in Liberal Democracies

October 09, 2020
Why do racial injustices, racial inequalities and racial disparities in democracies persist over time without redress? Why has police violence against Black citizens persisted in the post-civil rights era? Northwestern University Associate Professor of African American Studies Dr. Barnor Hesse discussed these questions and more this week in a Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs webinar on “White Sovereignty and The Law of Racial Rule.” Hesse highlighted some of the reasons why liberal democracies are the sites and sources of continuous racial injustices, inequalities, and disparities, despite claims to liberty and equality as universal ideas and practices.
Social Inequality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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Future of Higher Ed: Impactful Global Action Starts on the Local Level

October 07, 2020 – from
Held online through Zoom, the first virtual Convening of Presidential Delegates from the U7+ Alliance of World Universities attracted more than 100 senior officials and faculty from 33 universities across 13 countries for two days of discussion on the role and future of higher education and how universities can operate as global actors and help solve global challenges.
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Northwestern Hosts Inaugural U7+ Worldwide Student Forum

August 18, 2020
This summer, 85 students from 22 universities in 12 countries convened virtually to address one big question: How should universities best prepare students for life after graduation in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic and global and local events since its onset? The students participated in the inaugural U7+ Worldwide Student Forum, which Northwestern University hosted as a precursor to this year’s U7+ Alliance of World Universities Summit.
Education; Partnerships for the Goals
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Student Spotlight: An Interview with Maria Beatriz Rocha

August 12, 2020
This past July, Northwestern Buffett sat down with undergrad Maria Beatriz Rocha (Weinberg, ’22) to discuss her experiences navigating the coronavirus pandemic as an international student. In our discussion Maria recounts her experiences adjusting to online classes; her journey back home to Portugal; her involvement in planning the first virtual iteration of International Student Orientation; and coping with the uncertainty of returning to the US in the fall. Read the full interview here.
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Aghia Sophia and a Reckoning with History

July 27, 2020 – from Platform
Article written by the Buffett Institute's Keyman Program Director İpek Kocaömer Yosmaoğlu on the history linked to Aghia Sophia’s recent reconversion, current implications in Turkey and U.S. parallels is now available on Platform.
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E-publication | Nuclear Disaster Compensation: A Call for Action

July 27, 2020
Essays and reflections from the Living with Plagues project, a student-faculty meditation on COVID-19 organized in partnership with the École Normale Supérieure (Paris) and co-sponsored by the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and Northwestern’s French Interdisciplinary Group.
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Update for International Students on U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Directive

July 15, 2020
The U.S. government is withdrawing the directive that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on July 6, which would have prohibited international students in the U.S. from taking a fully online/remote course load during the Fall 2020 term while remaining in F-1 status. Following legal challenges from Northwestern University and from higher education institutions and states nationwide, a federal judge announced today that ICE will rescind the directive.
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International Students Continue To Pursue Passions Amidst Pandemic

July 07, 2020
As coronavirus cases began escalating months ago, the University moved to remote learning and took other measures as the U.S restricted travel overseas in addition to the state issued stay-at-home order. Whether at Northwestern or on the other side of the world, resilient international students—such as incoming junior Maria Beatriz Rocha who is studying neuroscience and global health—adapted to the new normal and continue to forge ahead.
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Prisons: A Petri Dish for COVID-19

June 30, 2020
Northwestern University professor and Prison Education Program (NPEP) Director Dr. Jennifer Lackey and Uptown People’s Law Center Executive Director Alan Mills joined the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs for a discussion on COVID-19 contagion in U.S. prisons and what measures could help curtail it.  They were joined by NPEP student Antonio McDowell, who was recently released from Illinois’ Stateville Correctional Center and shared his firsthand account of serving time there amidst COVID-19. Here are three key takeaways:
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Pandemics and Primary Health Care Resilience: Why This Matters Now and in the Future

June 25, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the delivery of routine and emergency medical care around the world. Primary care systems that often serve as a first point of medical contact are stretched and stressed, making the delivery of comprehensive and coordinated care a challenge. Here are three key takeaways from this week's webinar.
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Northwestern Buffett Perspective on Discrimination and Injustice

June 18, 2020
We know that we have much to learn, and much work to do. In the days and weeks to come, we will be thinking through and mapping out our next steps and actions all of us at Northwestern Buffett can take to contribute to combating discrimination and injustice in all of its forms. We are committed to doing this work to bring about change in a spirit of collaboration with colleagues across Northwestern and around the world and we invite your partnership.
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The Great Unraveling? Media, Geopolitics and the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 16, 2020
What do new physical boundaries mean for our understanding of identity and geopolitics? How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect U.S. global influence? What rival media narratives are emerging amid COVID-19? Global media authority and incoming Northwestern University-Qatar dean Dr. Marwan Kraidy joined the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs this week for a “tour d’horizon” of the repercussions of COVID-19 on media and geopolitics. Here are four key takeaways from the discussion.
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Surveying the Social and Cultural Impacts of COVID-19

June 09, 2020
Northwestern University assistant professor of sociology Dr. Beth Redbird and Kyiv School of Economics assistant professor Dr. Tymofiy Brik joined the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs this week for a webinar addressing these questions and more, drawing on large-scale surveys of citizens in the United States and the Ukraine. Here are five takeaways:
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COVID-19, Education and Inequality: Reimagining Justice in Uncertain Times

June 04, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised urgent questions not only about access to education, but also about education’s deeper purposes, challenges and possibilities. In a Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs webinar this week, Dr. Sally Nuamah and Dr. Shirin Vossoughi provided a critical analysis of current educational discourse, policy and practice, drawing on their scholarly perspectives and experiences as educators. Here are four key takeaways:
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Northwestern Buffett Convenes Faculty to Discuss the Role and Future of Global Universities

May 28, 2020
On May 1, members of the Northwestern Buffett Global Council and Faculty Advisory Council convened to reflect on and discuss critical questions facing university leaders worldwide: How will the impact of global universities shift because of the COVID-19 crisis? What should be universities’ global impact in the aftermath of the crisis? How can universities continue and even amplify their commitment to global learning, research and engagement?
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Rapid-Fire Idea Dialogues Catalyze Work to Combat COVID-19

May 28, 2020
Novel approaches to addressing COVID-19 aren't coming from one field or institution, one world leader or one small group of heroes; they're bubbling to the surface out of collaborations among experts thinking and working together across disciplines, sectors and geographies. We're already seeing this manifest in the form of new collaborations among Northwestern and other university researchers, industry and policy leaders. Here are a few examples stemming from rapid-fire Idea Dialogues Northwestern Buffett hosted this month on different dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic:
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Viral Misinformation: Navigating Coronavirus “News” on Social Media

May 27, 2020
The power of social media is in its speed and sprawl – but what do we know about social media use amidst a global pandemic? What happens when misinformation – from the 5G conspiracy to the Plandemic documentary – goes viral? How is misinformation about COVID-19 distinct from other forms of misinformation and how can we combat it?
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Samanvi Kanugula Shows How GlobeMed Is More Than Your Average Club

May 26, 2020
When Samanvi Kanugula (Weinberg ’22) applied to join GlobeMed her freshman year, she had no idea how deeply the organization would influence her life. GlobeMed is a student organization founded at Northwestern University that is dedicated to global health equity. The group has weekly meetings to discuss international social justice issues, with a focus on sustainable grassroots solutions. And then they get to work.
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Northwestern seeks delegates to the U7+ Worldwide Student Forum

May 21, 2020 – from Northwestern Now
Northwestern will host the inaugural U7+ Worldwide Student Forum between June 12 and July 1 in order to spark discussion among students from more than 50 U7+ Alliance universities representing 20 countries.
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Virulent Hate: Violent Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 21, 2020
The panel included Lauren Stokes (Assistant Professor of History, Northwestern); Ray San Diego (Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies, Northwestern), Melissa Borja (Assistant Professor of American Culture, University of Michigan); Britta Ohm (Associate Researcher, Institute of Social Anthropology, Bern University), and Ariel Schwartz (Associate Director of Research, Northwestern Buffett).
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Wilder Than the Weather: The Limitations of Predicting Pandemics

May 13, 2020
Northwestern professor of chemical and biological engineering Luis A. Nunes Amaral, joined by colleagues Marta Sales-Pardo, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Roger Guimera, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies professor, both from Rovira i Virgili University, discussed the limits of models that predict the spread of pandemics, and what's needed to make them stronger during a recent Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs webinar.
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The Power of Human: Disengagement and Engagement with Humanity Amid COVID-19

May 08, 2020
In recent decades, we’ve witnessed a global seismic shift away from collectivism and toward individualism. Humans increasingly feel disengaged and distrustful of those around them due, in part, to the rise of automation, political polarization, stratification, and marketization. This trend has undoubtedly influenced our response to COVID-19 and will likely have serious implications for the nature of human relationships well after the pandemic ends. Drawing on his recent book, “The Power of Human: How our shared humanity can help us create a better world,” social psychologist and Northwestern Kellogg School of Management professor Dr. Adam Waytz joined the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs this week for a discussion on dehumanization trends and what they mean for our future.
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COVID-19 Threatens Lifelines, Aid to Already Vulnerable Communities

April 30, 2020
Government restrictions on movement and economic activities in response to COVID-19 have disrupted many small businesses, especially those of already vulnerable populations like the displaced Syrian and Iraqi refugee communities in Lebanon and neighboring countries. How does the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbate existing challenges for refugees and create new ones? What are the prospects for a return to financial self-sufficiency for individuals in war-torn countries and already vulnerable communities? Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law professor Juliet Sorensen and Near East Foundation President Dr. Charles Benjamin joined a Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs webinar this week for a discussion on these questions and more.
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COVID-19 and the Chance to Break Out of Our Academic Bubbles

April 29, 2020 – from Inside Higher Ed
Now, more than ever, we must use digital technology to break down the boundaries, borders and barriers that prevent us from collectively addressing our greatest global challenges, argues Annelise Riles.
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Considering the role of a university in the face of a global challenge

April 23, 2020 – from Northwestern Now
Annelise Riles is executive director of the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern and associate provost for global affairs. She is also a professor of law and anthropology. In this Q&A, she explains that universities like Northwestern are in prime position to lead in times of global crisis because they nurture collaborative solutions and garner broad, widespread public trust.
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Lessons we can—and can’t—apply from HIV/AIDS to COVID-19

April 23, 2020
Countless headlines of late have compared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to HIV/AIDS. When are these comparisons useful and when are they misleading? And what can both pandemics teach us about marginalized populations and racism? Northwestern Medill School of Journalism professor Dr. Steven Thrasher joined a Northwestern Buffett Institute on Global Affairs webinar this week for a discussion on these questions and more.
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How to persuade people to stay home: A century of social science research offers clues on human behavior

April 16, 2020
With social distancing and shelter-in-place mandates in effect worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic is necessitating large-scale behavior change and taking a significant psychological toll. How can leaders and the media promote cooperative behavior? What kind of messages work best? Northwestern University professor of political science Dr. Jamie Druckman and University of Cambridge social psychology professor Dr. Sander van der Linden addressed these questions and more in a Northwestern Buffett webinar this week, drawing on a century of social science research that sheds light on how to better align human behavior with public health officials’ recommendations.
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Northwestern computer scientist and logistics expert discuss moving vital supplies to the front lines of the fight against COVID-19

April 09, 2020
With the U.S. stockpile of medical supplies for combating COVID-19 nearly depleted, a clogged global supply chain, and a "Wild West-style” online marketplace rife with hoarders and price gougers, what can be done to get medical supplies to health care workers on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19? Northwestern University Transportation Center Director and multimodal transportation systems expert, Dr. Hani Mahmassani, and Northwestern professor of computer science, Dr. Kris Hammond, addressed these questions and more during a Northwestern Buffett webinar this week.
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Visualizing a World of COVID-19 Uncertainty

April 02, 2020
A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes. But it’s what a picture fails to say that can make it dangerous, especially in times of uncertainty. This week, the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs welcomed Northwestern computer science and journalism professor, Dr. Jessica Hullman, and University of Michigan information professor, Dr. Matthew Kay, for a discussion about popular visualizations of COVID-19 circulating through the mainstream media and how they can be misinterpreted. Here are five key takeaways from the discussion:
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Northwestern Buffett hosts transnational dialogue on COVID-19 with cultural and medical anthropologist, Adia Benton

March 18, 2020
Northwestern University researcher Adia Benton discussed topics central to the COVID-19 pandemic in a webinar hosted this week by Northwestern’s Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. The webinar raised provocative questions related to what is and isn’t known about COVID-19 and its transmission dynamics, as well as the implications of the response to COVID-19 for various forms of governance and our global society, writ large.
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Decorated U.S. Diplomat William Burns Speaks at Buffett Institute

February 28, 2020
U.S. Ambassador William J. Burns, author of the national bestseller “The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal,” visited Northwestern’s Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs on February 25 for a discussion with Northwestern Buffett Executive Director Annelise Riles on how his experiences in public diplomacy can inform debates on contemporary policy challenges.
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Learning About “Cultural Logistics”: A Q&A Session with Dr. Anthony Fung

February 26, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fung served as the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies at Northwestern University during the Winter 2020 quarter. Dr. Fung is a Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Journalism and Communications. His research focuses on cultural studies and global media, as well as pop culture in China and Hong Kong and, on February 26, Dr. Fung gave a lecture at Northwestern Buffett on “Culture as Logistics: Infrastructure, Power, and China.”
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Global Working Group Spotlight: Gender Justice and Digital Life

February 10, 2020
The Gender Justice group challenges the normalization of gender-based violence and inequalities, apathy and inertia around gender justice, but especially in the digital realm. In an environment where technology and data are privately owned, neither individuals nor companies are held legally accountable for gender discrimination. The group strives to contribute to an increased awareness about gender abuse online, and create a future community centered around gender-equitable technology and practices.
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A Message from the Executive Director

February 10, 2020
Over 200 faculty, staff, students and alumni representing all of Northwestern’s schools have joined the Northwestern Global Strategic Planning process. In these meetings we have discussed the barriers to globalization — we all know that there are plenty of hurdles to jump. But together we challenged ourselves to think bigger, to imagine what would be possible if all of us pulled together in order to make a difference at this university and around the world.
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An Interview with Buffett Visiting Professor Anthony Fung

February 10, 2020
Buffett Visiting Professor Anthony Fung is a Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also Director of the Global Studies Program and Co-Director of Hong Kong Institute of Asia Pacific Studies. His research interests focus on popular culture, cultural/creative industries and policy, and youth and cultural studies.
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Northwestern University Announced as Host of 2020 U7+ Global Summit

January 28, 2020
President Schapiro announced today that Northwestern University has been selected to host the 2nd annual U7+ Global Summit. On June 2-3, 2020, our Evanston campus will have the honor of hosting more than 100 presidents and other top leaders from more than 50 universities worldwide.
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Program Spotlight: The Deportation Research Clinic

January 08, 2020
The Deportation Research Clinic studies the misconduct of federal, state, and local agencies implementing deportation laws.
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Executive Director Annelise Riles honors Buffett Scholars

December 19, 2019
On December 12th, Northwestern Buffett invited the university's international community to join together with our faculty, staff, and affiliates to celebrate the holiday season at our offices in Evanston.
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GlobeMed Sweater Sale Spreads Holiday Cheer

December 18, 2019
Since 2012, the students of GlobeMed’s Northwestern chapter have been working with The Adonai Child Development Centre, a Ugandan NGO that cares for children orphaned or abandoned as a result of the HIV/AIDS crisis and civil unrest in Uganda. Although the GlobeMed program hosts small bake sales and other fundraising events throughout the year, by far their most popular is their annual Ugly Sweater Sale.
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Active Global Working Groups

November 12, 2019
Our groups are comprised of diverse global scholars, policymakers, and stakeholders – from seven countries. Northwestern faculty participants and graduate student participants are shared below.
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Welcoming new international students to Northwestern

November 12, 2019
From greeting international graduate and undergraduate students at O’Hare all the way up to the final s’mores picnic on the lakefill, staff from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) and campus partners welcomed a new cohort this September.
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Visiting faculty: Dr. Anthony Fung

November 12, 2019
Dr. Anthony Fung, Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Journalism and Communications, will serve as the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Culture in the upcoming Winter 2020 quarter.
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TEAM SPOTLIGHT: Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS)

November 12, 2019
The Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) was created in 2013 and joined Northwestern Buffett last year. This summer, as with any summer, OGSS was busy supporting both outbound and inbound students on their study abroad experiences.
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Buffett Student and Scholar achievements

November 12, 2019
Carine Kanimba, a GESI-Nicaragua 2016 alum and Northwestern University Community for Human Rights Executive Board member, gave a TEDx Talk in Portland on “The Power of Forgiveness.”
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A message from the executive director

November 12, 2019
In many parts of the world, people are increasingly turning away from foreignness of all kinds—from foreign persons to unfamiliar ideas. Many consider foreignness to be synonymous with dangerous, repelling, or just plain uninteresting. Relatedly, trust in experts and the unfamiliar or complicated knowledge they possess is eroding.
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Tim McLellan joins Northwestern Buffett

August 01, 2019
Tim McLellan has joined Northwestern Buffett as a visiting postdoctoral scholar, splitting his time between Annelise Riles' Maier Award research and the work of the Global Collaboration team.
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From the executive director: strategic planning update

May 31, 2019
Annelise Riles has begun working with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and leadership on the University's roadmap for accelerating its globalization: Northwestern's Global Strategic Plan.
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Roberta Buffett Elliott visits Northwestern Buffett

May 30, 2019
In May, the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs’ eponymous donor visited campus and heard first-hand how her gift continues to impact faculty, students, and scholars.
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