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Director of Programs, Research, and Strategic Planning Brian Hanson; Roberta "Bertie" Buffett Elliott; and Director Bruce G. Carruthers at the January 28 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 Institute 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 the January 28 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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Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary!
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5 years of growth

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

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

March 26-28
GlobeMed Summit
Evanston Campus

Monday, March 30
Where Have all the Grown-ups Gone? The Emergence of Children in the New Turkish Novel
Meltem Gurle, Bogazici University
12pm-1:30pm in University Hall #201

Friday, April 10
Ethnographic Fieldwork with the Howzevi (Seminarian) Women in Iran
Amina Tawasil, Middle East & North African Studies
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Institute

April 15-19
Global Engagement Summit
Evanston Campus

Thursday, April 16
Rural Sunni Islam in Western Turkey
Kimberly Hart, SUNY-Buffalo
12pm-1:30pm at the Buffett Institute

Friday, April 17
Can Female Leaders Mitigate the Negative Effects of Racial Diversity
Susan Perkins, Kellogg
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Institute

Thursday, April 23
The White Savior Industrial Complex
Teju Cole, writer and photographer
7pm at location TBA

Friday, April 24
The Rules of the Game: Technical Standards-Setting and National Culture
Jeffrey Strauss, Kellogg and Buffett Institute
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Institute

Thursday, April 30
Landscape, Tolerance, and National Identity in Istanbul
Amy Mills, University of South Carolina
12pm-1:30pm at the Buffett Institute

Friday, May 1
City of Survivors: Humanitarian Psychiatry and PTSD in Postwar Sarajevo
Peter Locke, Global Health Studies and Anthropology
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Institute

Friday, May 8
"Comfort Women" and Korean Protest Performance Culture
Elizabeth W. Son, Theatre
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Institute

Friday, May 15
Buffett Institute Celebration: 20 Years of Global Engagement and Scholarship
with Michael Barnett, George Washington University, Laurie Garrett, Council on Foreign Relations, and Katharina Pistor, Columbia University
9:30am-5pm in Scott Hall, Guild Lounge

Thursday, May 21
Ottoman Izmir: The Rise of a Cosmopolitan Port, 1840-1880
Sibel Zandi-Sayek, College of William & Mary
12pm-1:30pm at the Buffett Institute

Friday, May 22
The Roots of Latino Conservatism: Empire, Capitalism, and Culture from 1810 to 2010
Geraldo Cadava, History
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Institute

Friday, May 29
Faculty & Fellows Colloquium
Rebecca Seligman, Anthropology
12pm-1pm at the Buffett Institute

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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



Beth Hurd

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.

» see our more than 20 current visiting scholars



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