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STEM Cafes


Feed Your Mind!

Join us for monthly STEM Cafés - fun, casual gatherings where adults can eat, drink, and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. These events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase from our host restaurant.

On Tap

The Invisible Hand: Science Fiction Meets Economic Fact
Thursday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m
Fatty's Pub and Grille, 1312 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115

How are anxieties about our technologically advanced world shaping economics and art?

In National Book Award Winner M.T. Anderson’s latest novel, Landscape with Invisible Hand, humans are invited to participate in a galactic economy, but struggle to adjust to a market run by aliens and ruined by alien technology.

Join Anderson and Dr. Tammy Batson, Director for NIU’s Center for Economic Education, for a lively discussion on economics, extraterrestrials, and the invisible hands that control our lives.

In the Hopper (details to follow)

  • Opiate Epidemic, December TBD

  • Synthetic Biology, TBD

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For additional information, contact Judith Dymond at 815-753-4751 or

NIU's STEM Café is one of 51 Science Cafés in the United States. For more information about other Science Cafés throughout the world, go to

Teen Cafés

NIU Teen STEM Cafés are designed by students with students in mind. As with our traditional STEM Cafés, our Teen STEM Cafés highlight hot topics in STEM. Our Teen STEM Cafés are offered in partnership with the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) and supported by Caterpillar.

Teen Cafés are open to the public, but registration is required. Check back regularly for upcoming events and registration details.

NIU and IMSA are recruiting more high schools for the 2017-18 school year. Contact Judith Dymond at if your school or organization would like to host an event, involve your teens in the Teen Café Leadership Team, or with questions.