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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. 

Upcoming Events

A CRISPR Future: Can We Edit Our Way to Utopia?

Tuesday, March 26 | 12 pm
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

CRISPR, the latest in gene editing technology, has been the subject of much discussion and debate. But, does it really live up to the hype? This seminar will discuss the basic biological mechanism of CRISPR technology. We will explore current research, discuss pros and cons, and consider the ethical implications of utilizing this rapidly developing technology.

Speaker:  Jenn Ingemi, PhD Assistant Teaching Professor, Assistant Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Program

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Thursday, April 4 | 11 am
8 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA
$40 per person, $52 with bus
Bus departs Kostas Research Institute at 9:30 am

Once the whaling capital of the world, New Bedford is now America’s #1 commercial fishing port. Discover the world’s largest, most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time. During a guided tour of the museum, hear the dramatic story of whaling and its impact on the maritime and social history of Southcoast Massachusetts. Enjoy lunch in the museum following the tour.    

NUHome Laboratory Tour – SOLD OUT

Wednesday, April 10 | 10:30 am
Richards Hall, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA
$20 per person, $32 with bus
Bus departs Kostas Research Institute at 9:45 am

Take a tour, and learn more about NUHome – Northeastern’s smart apartment that helps you age in place successfully. Timed dispensers remind you when to take your pills, interactive screens walk you through exercises, and if you’re not doing your usual activities when you wake up, someone is notified. Following the tour, enjoy lunch in the Cabral Center on campus.

Speakers: Holly Jimison, PhD, Professor of the Practice, Khoury College Computer Sciences and Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Misha Pavel, PhD, Professor of the Practice, Khoury College of Computer Sciences and Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

A Sense of Direction: The Transformation of Theater

Tuesday, April 16 | 12 pm
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

How has the form and content of theater and film transformed over the years? What do Broadway audiences expect today that is different from the 20th century? Professor Scott Edmiston shares behind-the-scenes techniques to help you discuss and analyze plays and movies.

Speaker: Scott Edmiston, Department Chair, Professor of the Practice, Department of Theatre

Creating the Healthiest Cities in the World

Tuesday, April 30 | 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

Mass Shootings: Epidemic or Panic?

Tuesday, May 7 | 12 pm
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

Americans have repeatedly been shocked and outraged over mass shootings. The widespread fear that mass shootings are on the rise has encouraged a number of policy proposals—some worthwhile and others ill-advised.  Professor James Alan Fox will add perspective to the discussion, and assesses some of the solutions that have been advanced by politicians and the public.   

Speaker: James Alan Fox, PhD, The Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy

City Limits: How cities are Challenging National Policy, from Climate Change to Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 14 | 11 am
Alumni Center, 716 Columbus Ave., 6th Floor, Boston, MA
$10 per person, $22 with bus
Bus departs Kostas Research Institute at 10:20 am
*This speaker session will be held on the Boston campus and will include a light lunch.

The political power of cities is growing globally as populations become increasingly urban. Yet governance structures, from national federal systems to the United Nations, continue to subvert local agendas in favor of prioritizing nation states. In the United States, we can see these tensions playing out as local governments form alliances to address climate change, and to protect immigrants through sanctuary policies — both initiatives in defiance of national policy. The discussion will address questions like: what are the limits of city authority? How might cities’ growing political power lead to changes in national policies, and even governance structures?

Speaker: Martha F. Davis, Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Professor, Northeastern University School of Law

Red Sox Game – SOLD OUT

Sunday, May 19 | 11 am
Alumni Center, 716 Columbus Ave., 6th Floor, Boston, MA
$55 per person
Transportation between the Alumni Center and Fenway Park is included in the ticket price.

Cheer on the Red Sox as they take on the Houston Astros at historic Fenway Park!  Enjoy a cook-out style lunch in the Alumni Center before heading over to the ballpark for this Major League showdown.

Strawbery Banke Museum – SOLD OUT

Wednesday, May 22 | 10:30 am
14 Hancock St. Portsmouth, NH
$40 per person, $52 with bus
Bus departs Kostas Research Institute at 9:30 am

Take a step back in time into one of the country’s oldest waterfront neighborhoods.  Strawbery Banke has over 39 historic buildings, dating from 1665 through 1954, that showcase the lifestyles and traditions of four centuries of New Englanders. After receiving an orientation, enjoy a self-guided exploration of the 10-acre living history museum.  Following the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at Tuscan Kitchen.

Northeastern Night at the Pops – SOLD OUT

Saturday, June 8 | 5:30 pm
Alumni Center, 716 Columbus Ave., 6th Floor, Boston, MA
$95 per person
Transportation between the Alumni Center and Symphony Hall is included in the ticket price. 

Join us for the magical fusion of circus and live orchestral music. Cirque de la Symphonie’s aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen, and other talented artists take the stage as the Boston Pops perform their own spectacular musical feats with Keith Lockhart conducting. Before the performance, enjoy the traditional Fanfare Dinner in the Alumni Center to kick off a great night!



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