A photo of a female student in the field of the Gensburg-Markham Prairie Nature Preserve

A College of Arts and Sciences Theme Semester, Spring 2020 

Climate change has been rapidly altering our environment and, in doing so, has necessarily altered how we must think about nearly every other issue and aspect in our world, including health, racial and gender inequality, politics, economy, immigration, environmental justice, and more. We are pressed to address climate change scientifically and think about it in historical and sociological terms, in terms of the psychology of denial, as well as through art, culture, and language. 

For the Spring 2020 semester, the College of Arts and Sciences has created a curriculum with an emphasis on climate change that brings together several courses from across our programs and disciplines. The suite of courses that are part of this program aim to tackle many of these issues, dimensions, and challenges from a diverse range of perspectives and disciplinary lenses.

Schedule of Courses 

In addition to the curriculum, the College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor a series of university and public events to engage the broader community in much needed discussion and action to positively impact Northeastern, the Albany Park community, and the greater Chicagoland area. 

Read more about Confronting Climate Change

Upcoming Events

Can carbon dioxide removal technologies save our planet?

a conversation with wil burns

Thursday, Feb. 20

7 p.m.

Main Campus, BBH 101

Join us for a presentation by Wil Burns, professor of research and co-director of the Institute for Carban Removal Law and Policy at American University, to learn about carbon dioxide removal (CDR) options for combatting climate change. This lecture will discuss the risks and benefits for these "negative emissions" approaches and how such technologies may be governed at national and international levels.

"Native Gardens" By Karen ZACARÍAS

Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 29 at 2 p.m.

Main Campus, Stage Center Theatre

“Good fences make good neighbors!” or so Robert Frost once told us. But fences take on new meaning when our new neighbors are not the ones we expected, and often not the ones we’d choose. In one of the country’s most produced and most talked about new plays of any recent season, Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. In the darkly hilarious backyard world of renowned playwright Karen Zacarías, cultures clash over seemingly nothing more than a small patch of land. Well-intentioned neighbors become feuding enemies as an impending barbecue spirals into an all out border dispute that unearths the complex layers of our perceptions of race, class, and privilege and examines the necessity for understanding, empathy, and commonality that must exist between neighbors to create strong bonds of responsibility to one another.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are required. Admission is free for Northeastern students, faculty and staff with Northeastern ID, but tickets must be purchased at the Main Campus Welcome Desk or Stage Center box office. 

Past Events

Film poster of "Cooked: Survival by Zip Code" with map of Chicago

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

Film ScreeningS and Discussion

Tuesday, Jan. 28

6 p.m.

Main Campus, Auditorium

Friday, Jan. 31

2 p.m.

Albany Park Library 

3401 W. Foster Ave. 

Chicago, IL 60625

Chicago suffered the worst heat disaster in U.S history in 1995, when 739 residents—mostly elderly and black—died over the course of one week. As "Cooked" links the heat wave’s devastation back to the underlying manmade disaster of structural racism it delves deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries: disaster preparedness. Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand uses her signature serious-yet-quirky-style as interlocutor and narrator to forge inextricable connections between the cataclysmic natural disasters we’re willing to see and prepare for, and the slow-motion disasters we’re not.

"Cooked" is an adaptation of Eric Klinenberg’s groundbreaking book "Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago." (CookedTheFilm.com)

These free events are open to the public and co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Library as part of their One Book, One Chicago initiative. 

Chicago's Green Promise: A conversation with wbez's monica eng

Tuesday, Feb. 4

6-7 p.m.

Main Campus, Alumni Hall South

More than a decade ago, Chicago made a plan to become "the greenest city in America" with ambitious environmental goals to hit by 2020. 

WBEZ's Monica Eng tracked down how Chicago did on those goals and more. She will share the answers to this and other reporting she's done on Chicago composting, recycling, yard waste, water quality and more. 

This free event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Library as part of their One Book, One Chicago initiative.