Campus Conversation Series: Spring 2017

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

With the presidential election and its potential implications looming large in the news and in our lives, I would like to announce that we will continue our year-long Campus Conversation series in 2017. The first presentation will be a panel discussion titled, What’s Going on and Why? A First Look at the Trump Administration: Immigration and Constitutional Law.  The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, February 1, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Student Center East – Illinois Rooms A&B on the third floor. The panel members will include legal scholars from the Northwestern and University of Chicago Law Schools.

Following the format of past Campus Conversations, the panel discussion will be followed a week later by an open forum, Can We Imagine a More Just Future?, on Wednesday, February 8, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Student Center East – Room 302. The open forum will provide a place for conversation and dialogue on the issues raised by the panel discussion.

The following month, on March 7, the Campus Conversation will feature Susan Herman, the President of the American Civil Liberties Union, discussing the criminal justice system. The Campus Conversation topic for April 6 is still under consideration. Each of these presentations will be followed by an open forum.

These monthly conversations focus on events in the news. They are designed to help us understand these events in context and to provide an opportunity for conversation and sharing of diverse points of view. To view previous conversations, please visit the provost’s website at

I look forward to seeing you at the Campus Conversations in 2017, and I hope that you will encourage your students, colleagues and friends to attend as well.

All best wishes for a Joyous Holiday and a Happy New Year.

Susan Poser
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs