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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 music, water insecurity, and developmental sciences, highlighting the broader benefits of music, the Northwestern Center for Water Research, and the Northwestern Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences, respectively. 

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