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Here’s what to read, listen to, and watch to better understand racism against black people in the U.S.

Combatting racism and injustice against Black people requires both thought and action. To help inform changes in your own life, read, listen to, watch, and discuss the work of scholars, faculty, and students from the Northeastern community. Continue reading at News@Northeastern.

Published On: June 9, 2020 | Tags: ,,,,
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Here’s how to reform policing in the U.S.

The cycle has become common and familiar. An unarmed Black man or woman is shot or choked to death. The police officers involved in their deaths are often placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is conducted. Outrage builds among the public while an inquiry into the officers’ behavior goes on for months, sometimes years. So it was a departure from the…
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Published On: June 3, 2020 | Tags: ,
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New challenges–and opportunities–for American Sign Language users in a pandemic

When Lori Whynot is interpreting Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 press conferences, the information she’s relaying can be a matter of life and death. It’s crucial that the message be presented as clearly as possible. And certain public health protocols enacted recently to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19—particularly the guidelines to wear masks…
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Reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown? This course can help.

Government leaders are calling for the economy to reopen. What does that mean for businesses that have been struggling to survive during the COVID-19 shutdowns? A new online course offers a free step-by-step guide to help owners of small and medium-sized businesses create and navigate a recovery plan. COVID-19: A Practical Approach to Enterprise Restart…
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A majority in the U.S. supports making mail-in voting easier, new study shows

A majority of United States residents supports measures to make it easier to vote by mail, according to new results from a national survey led by researchers from Northeastern, Harvard, Rutgers, and Northwestern universities. The results, which come at a time when states across the country are planning for what could be a drastically different election in…
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Published On: May 29, 2020 | Tags: ,,
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The immunization effect in Africa

Mass immunization programs for diseases such as measles, cholera, and yellow fever have been suspended during the pandemic, leaving as many as 117 million children without vaccines this year, says Richard Wamai, an associate professor who studies neglected tropical diseases. Continue reading at News@Northeastern.

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New survey shows growing partisan divide in support for reopening the U.S.

Even as states begin to reopen, a majority of U.S. residents oppose immediate measures—though such opposition is beginning to slide, and a crack along partisan lines is beginning to widen, according to new results of a national survey led by researchers from Northeastern, Harvard, Rutgers, and Northwestern universities. The report, published Friday, represents the second set of…
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Published On: May 26, 2020 | Tags: ,,
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Building the COVID-19 Archive

Victoria Cain, Associate Professor of History, received an email one evening from Ella Irmiter, a student who’s co-op at the Plymouth Plantation had been narrowed due to the coronavirus. During Cain’s class, they had discussed how important it is to capture the experiences of ordinary people during extraordinary historical moments for the analysis of future…
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Published On: May 21, 2020 | Tags: ,,
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The person walking past you isn’t wearing a mask. What should you say?

You know the feeling. You can’t possibly know why people aren’t wearing masks. They might have a health condition that makes it hard to breathe. Maybe they’re afraid of being racially profiled. Still, there’s tension when you see an uncovered face in public. That tension is splitting people into different camps. Some people don their masks…
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Published On: May 18, 2020 | Tags: ,,,
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What LSD, mushrooms, and toad venom taught Michael Pollan about spirituality

The smoked venom of the Sonoran Desert toad is “the Everest of psychedelics,” Michael Pollan was told. The moment he lifted the pipe to his lips and inhaled its vaporized crystals, he felt a roaring rush of energy filling his head—and terror, as if everything that he had been was no more. “That was not a very happy…
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Published On: May 15, 2020 |
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