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Join us and enjoy a broad range of educational, intellectually-stimulating, and fun activities designed especially for alumni, friends, and other Northeastern community members.  Stay updated on latest trends, research, and achievements by hearing from our faculty, community leaders, and industry experts. Gain new knowledge through guided tours and explore the places you know from a whole new perspective.

Meeting Location

NU@Noon meets in room 361 of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security. This building is located up the main driveway of Northeastern’s Innovation Campus in Burlington, MA, on the right-hand side. Parking is available in the lot to the left of the building and there are handicap spaces available.  Buses will depart from the main doors of the Kostsas Research Institute for all NU@Noon trips.

Due to security protocols, each person will need a government-issued photo ID to enter the building. If you are not a U.S. citizen, contact our office to complete an online form in advance. 

Check out the schedule below and watch all past speaker presentations live on Facebook!

Upcoming Events


Creating the Healthiest Cities in the World

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 12 pm
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

According to the World Health Organization, in 2007 the world’s population living in cities surpassed 50% for the first time in history, and this proportion is growing rapidly. Join health sciences professor, Shan Mohammed MD, MPH, on a discussion about interdisciplinary public health programs and policies aimed at creating the healthiest cities in the world. Mohammed will highlight examples of cities that are successfully managing unplanned and unsustainable patterns of urban development, and how physical and social environments impact vulnerable urban populations.

Speaker: Shan Mohammed MD, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Bouvé College of Health Sciences


Meet the NU Archivists

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 11 am
Snell Library, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA
$25 per person, $37 with bus

Join Giordana Mecagni, Head, Archives and Special Collections, and Molly Brown, Reference and Outreach Archivist as they give a history of Northeastern via the Archives. Spend some time to explore the collection and view selected materials. A light lunch on campus will follow the tour.


#Hashtag Activism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12| 12 pm
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

The proliferation of social media has given rise to widespread study and speculation about the impact of digital technologies on politics, activism, and social change. Key among these debates is the role social media plays in shaping the contemporary public sphere, and by proxy, our democracy. Using examples from #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo, Brooke Foucault Welles will demonstrate how hashtag activism complements other forms of activism to change the terms of mainstream public debates about race and gender justice in America.

Speaker: Brooke Foucault Welles, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, College of Arts, Media and Design


Sex Bias in Biomedical Research: How Male Mice Became the Default

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 | 12 pm
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

Scientists pride themselves on being objective, but almost a century of biomedical research shows that they preferentially use male mice and rats in their experiments. The common reasoning behind this choice is that hormones in females will make their data “messy”—a false belief that may have its roots in gender stereotypes. Rebecca Shansky, PhD, will discuss where these beliefs came from, why they create a public health problem, and how scientists are working to rectify the imbalance in laboratory animals.

Speaker: Rebecca ShanskyAssociate Professor of Psychology, College of Science


8 Years Later – Kostas Research Institute Update

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 | 12 pm
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

The Kostas Research Institute is more than just a home to NU@Noon! Rachel Spiller, Director of Administration, will highlight the new partnerships and programs at the Burlington Innovation Campus, as well as what’s in store for the future.


Holiday Brunch and The Nutcracker

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 | 11:30 am
Alumni Center, 716 Columbus Ave., 6th Floor, Boston, MA
$95 per person
Transportation between the Alumni Center and the Boston Opera House is included in the ticket price. 

Whether you’re seeing it again, or for the first time, The Nutcracker will capture your imagination and transport you to a magical world of brave toy soldiers and dancing snowflakes. Follow Clara as she embarks on her journey filled with colorful characters, breathtaking costumes, and majestic scenery – all set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky, and choreographed by Mikko Nissinen. Enjoy a festive brunch in the Alumni Center before the show.

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