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Buffett Center Director of Programs, Research, and Strategic Planning Brian Hanson; Roberta "Bertie" Buffett Elliott; and Buffett Center Director Bruce G. Carruthers at Wednesday's Celebration

Historic $100 Million Gift To Create Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies

More than 1,000 people packed Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on Wednesday to celebrate alumna Roberta Buffett Elliott and her gift to Northwestern University, marking a transformative moment for the Buffett Center and global studies at the University.

"Bertie's latest gift will enable us to grow the Center and turn it into a world-class Buffett Institute of Global Studies, greatly expanding and deepening almost everything we currently do."
— Director Bruce G. Carruthers

» read about Wednesday's celebration

» panel of Northwestern experts discusses exciting possibilities for scholarship, research and experiential learning

Comfort Women

Public talks: "New Cold War?", Human Rights after Ayotzinapa, Creating Social Impact, and more.
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The Buffett Center facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship on crucial problems facing the world. Our activities promote dialogue on international affairs enriching the educational program at Northwestern University and beyond. Working with a variety of organizations and communities we contribute to preparing global citizens.


Friday, January 30
Japanese Renewable Energy Policy in Comparative Perspective
Mark Tilton, Political Science
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Center

Monday, February 2
Human Rights in Mexico after Ayotzinapa
Alejandra Ancheita, Founder and Executive Director of ProDESC 7pm at Harris 108

Thursday, February 5
Creating Social Impact: From Inspiration to Practical Application
Greg VanKirk, Social Entrepreneur Corps
7pm at the Buffett Center

Friday, February 6
Watching War Evolve: Photojournalism and New Forms of Violence
Robert Hariman, Communication Studies
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Center

Thursday, February 12
Hunger Pains: The US Food Aid Program's Uncertain Future
Josh Meyer, Director, Medill National Security Journalism Initiative
7pm at the Buffett Center

Friday, February 13
Political Objects or Objectives? An Exploration of the Diplomatic Use of Women in pre-1945 US Cables
Jason Rancatore, Political Science
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Center

Tuesday, February 17
US Policy and the Post-Soviet Territorial Disputes
Eric Rubin, US Department of State Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
4pm at the Buffett Center

Thursday, February 19
Juan Crow: Criminalizing Immigrants and Detaining for Profit
A panel with Andrew Free, immigration and civil rights lawyer; Jackie Stevens, Political Science and Director of the Deportation Research Clinic
7pm at Harris 108

Friday, February 20
Atlantic Homelands: Native Sovereignty, Colonialism, and Revolution in the 18th-Century Guajira (New Granada)
Forrest Hylton, History
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Center

Monday, February 23
"New Turkey" on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Kerem Öktem, University of Graz / University of Oxford
12pm at University Hall #201

Friday, February 27
The Dark Side of the Cold War: The War on Drugs as Counter-Insurgency in Colombia's First Narcotics Boom
Lina Britto, History
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Center

Friday, March 6
Lebanon in Bosnia: Disintegrating Nation in Integrated State
Vanja-Ivan Savić, Buffett Visiting Scholar
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Center

Tuesday, March 10
Russia – New Cold War or New Reality?
John Beyrle, former US ambassador to Russia
4pm at the Buffett Center

March 26-28
GlobeMed Summit
Evanston Campus

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» $100 million gift from Roberta Buffett Elliott will create the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies

» Job Opening: Associate Director, Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program

» February 15 is deadline for most research grant applications for faculty, graduate students, and undergrads.

» Welcome from Our New Director, Bruce Carruthers



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Rethinking Religious Freedom

"I like to study things everyone agrees on." This is how Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Political Science, explains her initial attraction to studying the international politics of religious freedom. » read more



Nabeel Khoury

Nabeel Khoury works on projects and programs that highlight America's role in the Middle East, as well as the emerging political and cultural changes taking place across the Middle East and North Africa.

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