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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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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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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
Social Inequality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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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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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.
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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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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.
Education; Innovation; Climate and Sustainability
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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.
Education; Innovation; Climate and Sustainability
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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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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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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.
Economic Growth; Social Inequality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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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."
Energy; Social Inequality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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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.
Social Inequality; Sustainable Cities; Climate and Sustainability
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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.
Education; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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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.
Social Inequality; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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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.
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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.
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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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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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