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Storytelling takes center stage at the women who empower summit

Storytelling is an activity as old as the human race—it’s how communities have passed down their histories, how people have created their identities, and a means through which to understand the world. Sometimes, people have to dig deep—into their personal histories, into complex social systems—to reveal stories that might otherwise be overlooked. And it’s those…
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Published On: November 7, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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Twitter has banned political ads. Is Facebook next?

It was the announcement everyone wanted to hear from Mark Zuckerberg, but instead it came from Twitter’s chief executive officer Jack Dorsey: There will be no more political advertising promoting candidates or hot-button policy issues. To boot, Dorsey’s announcement that Twitter would stop allowing political ads was timed to coincide with Facebook releasing its earnings on Wednesday…
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Published On: November 4, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,,
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When you can’t imagine living in a city again

LANAS DE PURISCAL, Costa Rica—Jessica Slevin pushes a wheelbarrow full of farming equipment along a muddy jungle trail. She is on her way to planting her first banana sapling. “I’ve spent so much time digging things up, it feels good to finally put something back into the ground,” says Slevin, a conservation science major at…
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Here’s how Brexit–postponed again–is testing political norms in the UK

Brexit, the turbulent departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, has been postponed—again—to make room for a general election, the results of which could determine whether it happens at all. The three-year process of hammering out a plan to withdraw the U.K. from the EU has been rife with challenges, frustrated three prime ministers, and…
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Published On: October 31, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,,
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What you need to know about the ‘forever chemicals’ in your food, water and air

They knew something was wrong when the cows started dying. The Tennant family kept around 200 cattle on their farm in West Virginia. But the animals began to get sick after the DuPont chemical company turned a nearby plot of farmland into a private landfill. The case against DuPont, which was settled in 2000, would reveal…
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Published On: October 28, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Dean’s Strategy Council Spotlight: Edward Meehan

The CSSH Dean’s Strategy Council (DSC) was formed in 2015 to provide advice and guidance to our college’s dean. Composed primarily of college alumni, the DSC meets several times per year to offer their time and support in advancing the goals of CSSH. For this Spotlight, we talk with the Chair of the DSC, Edward…
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Published On: October 25, 2019 | Tags:
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Here’s what makes unrest become a protest

In Chile, bubbling frustration boiled over into deadly, full-blown protests over the weekend after the government announced what amounted to a four-cent subway fare hike in the country’s capital. In Brazil in 2013, it was a 20-cent bus fare increase that finally brought growing unrest to the surface. In Hong Kong, protests that have been ongoing for more than 100…
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Published On: October 24, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,,
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Her family broke the cycle of poverty she was born into. She wants to do the same for others.

Raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world, Urbashee Paul’s was a childhood marked by impediments and impermanence. At barely 5 years old, Paul, who is now an economics doctoral student at Northeastern, witnessed moments that came to define the first part of her life. Women, cradling…
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Published On: October 23, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Patricia Williams on fear and uncertainty in the U.S.

University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, Patricia Williams, took to the podium at the Northeastern University Alumni Center on October 10 to discuss the state of fear and political uncertainty gripping the U.S.  She was introduced by various faculty members across disciplines, including the Dean and Professor of Law at the Northeastern University School…
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She dreams of falling walls and better cities

Claire Coletti dreams of cities that are welcoming and affordable for everyone. Coletti, who has earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in architecture at Northeastern, has come to see her search for inclusive architecture from the perspective of her transgender identity. “One of the reasons why I’m so passionate about this is that I do have…
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Published On: October 10, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,,
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