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The Northeastern Reflects Civility Series offers regular opportunities to connect the campus in dialogue around issues related to conflict, civility, respect, and peace. The effort is a collaboration between the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Office of Student Affairs. Understanding that by working together we can become pioneers in civic sustainability, the practice of civility engages a diversity of opinions, and in acknowledgment of wrongs of the past, broadens personal networks, finds common ground in social action, and can make the world a better place.


  • All events are hosted by Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Michael S. Dukakis.
  • Each event traces the arc from recognizing conflict or injustice to building peace. All events are open to the entire Northeastern community.
  • Topics represent contemporary issues affecting our society. Previous topics include:
    • White Supremacy, Insurrection, and U.S. Democracy
    • Responding to Hate
    • Civil Responsibility in a World of Rapid Change
    • What Is America? Globalization and the New Age of Migration
    • How Can a Campus Be a Model Community?
    • Conversation on Sex, Gender, and Justice
    • Profiling, Protest, and Politics: Understanding Ferguson
    • Gay Rights After Gay Marriage
    • Immigration and Democracy