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NU Associate Professor and historian Daniel Immerwahr will kick things off on October 12 at 6 pm with Empire of Dune: Indigeneity, U.S. Power, and a Science Fiction Classic, an exploration of author Frank Herbert’s relationship with territorial empire in America through his influential novel Dune.

NU Political Scientist Laurel Harbridge-Yong will follow up on October 13 at 7:30 pm by turning to politics with Polarization, Party Conflict, and the 2020 Elections, a look at the implications of the upcoming races and the changes emerging in the American political climate.

The nation is steadily drawing nearer to November 3, and Professor Harbridge-Yong’s discussion is particularly current given the nation’s heightened anticipation. Registration is currently open for both events, which will be held over Zoom. Please register at or by calling EPL at 847-448-8600.

  • EPL and the Center for International and Area Studies Present: “Empire of Dune: Indigeneity, U.S. Power, and a Science Fiction Classic” with historian Daniel Immerwahr. Monday, October 12, 6 pm. Read more and register.
  • Polarization, Party Conflict, and the 2020 Elections. Professor Laurel Harbridge-Yong will discuss the 2020 presidential and congressional elections in light of growing polarization and party conflict in American politics. Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 pm. Read more and register