125th Anniversary Calendar

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Enjoy some refreshments, historical displays and time with Mission (and mini Mish) before joining us for the official kick-off program for the 125th...

125th Anniversary Exhibit Reception

The exhibition, Becoming Huskies, highlights the transitions and traditions, moments and events that have led to our growth and identity as Huskies today.

125th Anniversary Celebration at NIU Naperville

Stop by to enjoy some Huskie-themed treats to help celebrate NIU’s 125th anniversary.

125th Anniversary Celebration at NIU Rockford

Stop by to enjoy some Huskie-themed treats to help celebrate NIU’s 125th anniversary.

125th Anniversary Celebration at NIU Hoffman Estates

Stop by to enjoy some Huskie-themed treats to help celebrate NIU’s 125th anniversary.

Diversity Dialogues: Groundbreakers

Join us on a journey of the beginnings of diversity at NIU. This Dialogue on Diversity will feature alumni ground breakers who paved the way for the...

Spring Homecoming

Return to campus to cheer on the Huskies women’s and men’s basketball teams take on Central Michigan! 1:00 PM - Women's Basketball 3:30 PM - Men's Basketball

Women at Northern: The First Twenty-five Years

A dramatized lecture based on the research of Barbara Cole Peters. This one-night performance in celebration of Women’s History Month will draw the audience...

125th Anniversary Celebration Southeast Asian Performing Arts

This concert showcases selected Southeast Asian Performing Arts to honor the university's deep connection to Southeast Asia, the Center for Southeast Asian...

Crimson Days: The Early Story of NIU  Exhibit Reception

Join us for the opening of the exhibit “Crimson Days: The Early Story of NIU,” which documents the decision to select DeKalb as the home of Northern Illinois...

Constructing the Castle

This panel discussion will investigate the founders of the Northern Illinois State Normal School and the steps taken to bring the school to DeKalb. The...

NIU Week in Chicago

NIU’s 125th Anniversary will be celebrated in the city of Chicago with a pop-up store, performances by some of our talented students, a celebratory alumni...

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Stop by the ground floor of the Holmes Student Center to eat some cake to celebrate the day that DeKalb was chosen as the location for what became Northern...

River Weaving Exhibit Opening

An informal lecture and discussion while we stroll along the mighty Kish discussing the River Weaving Project, Environmental Art, and the importance of the...

The History of Political Activism at NIU

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, this roundtable discussion will examine the role political activism has played on campus throughout its history...

Diversity Dialogues: Breaking New Ground

As we embrace the diversity that has served as one of the cornerstones of NIU, this Diversity Dialogue will celebrate our modern milestones, including...

NIU Transforms into an Electronic Century

This lecture will explore the evolution of technology at NIU and how it can change the future. Part of the 125th Anniversary Lecture Series

Seven Ages of Man—An Avalon String Quartet Commission

“All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His...

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Join your NIU colleagues to officially close-out our 125th anniversary year.