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Lawrence B. Dumas Domain Dinners

Facilitating Interdisciplinary Connection and Collaboration


Originating in 1998, the Lawrence B. Dumas Domain Dinner series has featured hundreds of faculty presenters and engaged thousands of guests. While presentation topics have ranged greatly since the series' inception, the mission has remained the same: to stimulate faculty interactions across departments and disciplines and to highlight Northwestern's distinctive interdisciplinarity.

Co-hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Administration and Planning, the series has served as a launch point for various endeavors at the University and catalyzed numerous other existing research initiatives. Most recently, the series has convened faculty around topics related to the research of water insecurity, developmental sciences, and trust, highlighting the work of the Northwestern Center for Water Research, the Northwestern Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences, and the Trust Project at Northwestern University, respectively.

Due to space limitations, attendance at Domain Dinners is by invitation only and is aimed primarily toward tenure-line faculty at Northwestern University. 

Past Dinner Highlights

Water Insecurity: Understanding its Consequences and Identifying Solutions

The spring 2017 Domain Dinner was hosted on April 5, 2017 and convened 75 faculty and administrators from departments and units spanning Northwestern University. In this panel discussion, Northwestern scholars integrated perspectives on water insecurity from anthropology, engineering, global health, and law and proposed an interdisciplinary research framework for further investigation into the consequences of water insecurity at the household, regional, national, and global levels. Hosted just one year after the launch of the Northwestern Center for Water Research, the dinner played an important role in facilitating faculty connections and fostering future collaborations around water research at Northwestern. 

The faculty presentation panel included: Sera Young, Anthropology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; David Dana, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; and Aaron Packman, Civil and Environmental Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. 

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