Carruthers Center Director Andrea Evans stands in front of a colorful mural

Friday, June 8, 2018

Andrea Evans took over as director of the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies in January. Get to know more about the new leader and her goals for the Center, and welcome the new class of Presidential Scholars in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

Pride of the South Side

Andrea Evans is the brand new director of the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, yet she already has one small regret. “I met with a handful of alumni when I interviewed for this job, and looking back I wish I had a video camera that night,” said Evans, who took over the position in January. “The passion that they felt about the Carruthers Center was so evident. They talked about what they had learned, how it changed their lives and how they see the world, politics, their communities and their role in the world. That was evident that night and has been evident every day since.” Even without the video footage of enthusiastic alumni, Evans is rapidly learning about the fascinating history of the 52-year-old Carruthers Center and the century-old building in which it is housed in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Read more about Evans and her goals for the Carruthers Center.

Presidential Scholars

Northeastern has awarded three Chicago-area high school students with its prestigious Presidential Scholarship. Valued at more than $50,000 during the course of four academic years, the Presidential Scholarship covers full in-state tuition and fees, and provides a book allowance. “Northeastern is proud to educate some of the area’s best and brightest students,” President Gloria J. Gibson said. “I congratulate these scholars and look forward to the day that I shake their hands as they cross the stage at Commencement.”

And there’s more!

In the media

A big summer dig

Anthropology student Justin Tagarao was photographed by the Southern Illinoisian (he’s on the right in the green sunglasses) during his participation in an archaeological field school at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale that is exploring a previously unknown American fort and a nearby French fort. “It would take a number of years to get a full handle on this discovery,” Center for Archaeological Investigations Mark Wagner told the newspaper. “Now that we know where the fort is, the goal of our dig this year is to get a sample of artifacts to find out how the fort is oriented.”

To do

American Spanish Dance & Music Festival

Ensemble Español’s popular live dance and music performances return to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts with Flamenco Passion: A Tribute to Jose Greco’s 100th Anniversary from June 15-17. These performances are part of the company’s 2018 American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, exploring the theme Jose Greco: An American Immigrant in Spain. The Festival, now in its 42nd year, features performances, concerts, classes, seminars and lectures showcasing the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture.

Mark your calendar!

  • Juried Community College Exhibition, through June 29, Fine Arts Center Gallery
  • Jazzy Monday: Chicago Loves Prince Jam Session, 6:30 p.m. June 11, Carruthers Center
  • Thursday Night Live: Cheating at Solitaire, 10 p.m. June 14, Student Lounge


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