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The Lawrence B. Dumas Domain Dinner Program originated in 1998 as a result of the Highest Order of Excellence I strategic planning process. Since its inception, the series has hosted almost 90 dinners and engaged hundreds of faculty presenters and thousands of guests.

The Domain Dinner program is named for Lawrence B. Dumas whose influence and impact on Northwestern University are immeasurable. Dumas joined Northwestern faculty in 1970 and was a founding member of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology. Throughout his time at the University he rose through the ranks of faculty and eventually led the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences as Dean from 1988 to 1996. Dumas then took on the role of Provost which he passionately fulfilled until 2007. His legacy and leadership live on in myriad areas of Northwestern University including the Lawrence B. Dumas Domain Dinner series.