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A professor urged Amy Wong Mok to ask questions. Decades later, she’s still at it.

Amy Wong Mok receiving her DiversityFIRST award

She had been raised in Hong Kong to listen quietly, to show respect by deference. Then Amy Wong Mok came to Boston. Mok was taking an introductory course in human services, her undergraduate major at Northeastern, when her professor, Barbara Schram, urged her in a private meeting to participate in class discussions. For many students this may…
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Published On: September 19, 2018 | Tags: ,
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The world’s oceans are in peril. This Northeastern graduate wants Generation Z to care.

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Four months after hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean, 15 teams from islands across the region gathered in Antigua to develop high-tech solutions to help victims cope with  future disasters. “Most of the room had survived an earthquake, a hurricane, or is facing changing climate,” said Daisy Kendrick, a Northeastern graduate whose nonprofit organized…
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Published On: September 10, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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Ayanna Pressley is poised to be the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. Here’s how she did it.

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Energizing voters who aren’t historically known for high turnout in elections, Democrat Ayanna Pressley upset 10-term U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in a primary election that’s garnered international attention, and positioned herself to make history as the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. Pressley won in Massachusetts’ seventh congressional district, the only one in the…
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Published On: September 6, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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Remembering Michael Meyer, the enigmatic philosophy professor who mentored so many students

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His occasional scowl was received by Northeastern philosophy students as an assertion of endearment. He did not cut short their conversations so much as he implored them to frame their arguments more logically. Which, in turn, enabled them to see him as he really was. Michael Meyer, associate teaching professor in Northeastern’s Department of Philosophy…
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Published On: September 4, 2018 | Tags: ,
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A Palestinian memoir to counter Trump’s troubles in the Middle East

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Yousef Bashir, an alum of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, is an unlikely peace-builder at one of the darkest times in the elusive effort to end the conflict in the Middle East. He was eleven when the second intifada erupted, in 2000, and the Israel Defense Forces took over the family farm in…
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Published On: September 5, 2018 | Tags: ,,,
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Four things to watch for during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Tuesday is the first day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearings, a chance for senators to question President Donald J. Trump’s second nominee to the nation’s highest court. And though its likely most senators have already made up their minds about which way they’ll vote, “a particularly disastrous or a particularly strong”…
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Published On: September 3, 2018 | Tags: ,
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Before Trump’s angry tweet, he should have searched Google for Northeastern’s research

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Before complaining to his 54 million Twitter followers about his treatment on Google, president Donald Trump could have resolved his issues by reaching out to Christo Wilson. Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others,…
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Published On: August 29, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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Meet the New CSSH Faculty for 2018-19

Dean Uta Poiger is pleased to welcome the following 29 new full-time faculty members to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities for the 2018-19 academic year: Angela Herbert Assistant Academic Specialist in American Sign Language Angela Herbert has worked as an ASL/English interpreter both in educational and freelance settings including K-12, post-secondary, medical, mental…
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Published On: September 5, 2018 |
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Remembering a pioneering American Sign Language interpreter, Northeastern professor

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Dennis Cokely, director of Northeastern’s American Sign Language program, whose varied and tireless work for the Deaf community has opened access among the hearing-impaired, will be remembered for his generosity, depth of knowledge, and sense of caring. He died this month, just shy of his 72ndbirthday. “He was a wonderful man, said Alma Bournazian, who is Deaf…
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Published On: August 22, 2018 | Tags: ,
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Students at Northeastern, Meiji University in Tokyo ‘have a lot more in common than they thought’

Students from Meiji University in Japan take classes at Northeastern University on August 10, 2018

Gasshuku means “lodging together” in Japanese. The Budo tradition immerses students in a lifestyle of living and learning together for several hours each day. Karin Kobayashi’s gasshuku moment came during a class where Northeastern students in Boston were quick to raise their hands and actively participate. “Japanese people hesitate to say their opinion or ask questions…
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