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Putting a Career on Hold to Help Kids Cope

A recent North­eastern Uni­ver­sity grad­uate chose to defer his admis­sion to sev­eral top law schools, choosing instead to spend the year launching an ambi­tious non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that will pro­vide prac­tical life skills and emo­tional sta­bility to foster youths in Boston. Mar­quis Cabrera, who grew up in a drug– and poverty-​​stricken neigh­bor­hood in Harlem, N.Y., was in…
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Published On: July 12, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Micro-​​Finance and a Lesson in Power Politics

As part of their spring-​​semester co-​​op with Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents Kelly Ward and Sarah Hodsdon were antic­i­pating their meeting with Nobel Peace Prize-​​winner Muhammad Yunus, the bank’s founder and inter­na­tional micro-​​finance pio­neer. But just one day before the sched­uled meeting, the Bangladeshi gov­ern­ment fired Yunus, citing the bank’s lack of “proper…
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Published On: July 11, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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School Ties

Gaby’s from Mus­tique, a small Caribbean island. Bandar and Khalid are from Saudi Arabia. Saaj, who’s eth­ni­cally Indian, was born and raised in Dubai. Otto is from Paris. They met and bonded in Switzer­land in their early teens, as stu­dents at a boarding school called Aiglon Col­lege, nes­tled high up in the Alps. As grad­u­a­tion neared…
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Published On: July 7, 2011 | Tags: ,,,,
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In the Government Trenches

The front line of Boston city gov­ern­ment, says Mayor Thomas M. Menino, is the eighth floor of City Hall, where requests, com­plaints, and feed­back pour in, 24/​7, from more than 600,000 res­i­dents. Phone calls range from gripes about pot­holes and graf­fiti, to com­ments on such issues as crime and edu­ca­tion, to ques­tions about the city’s…
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Published On: July 6, 2011 | Tags: ,
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‘Transforming Suffering into Blessing’

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dent Emili Kaufman has been selected to receive the 2011–2012 Gideon Klein Award to study the art­work of German sur­re­alist painter Felix Nuss­baum, who died in the Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp at Auschwitz in 1944. The award — which includes a $5,000 prize — honors the memory of Gideon Klein, a bril­liant Czech pianist and…
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Published On: July 1, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Human Trafficking in Thailand

Alexandra Wolf Inter­na­tional Affairs, ‘12 Global co-​​op in Mae Sai, Thailand For the last five months I have been working at the Devel­op­ment and Edu­ca­tion Pro­gramme for Daugh­ters and Com­mu­ni­ties Centre in Mae Sai, the north­ern­most city in Thai­land. The NGO was estab­lished in 1989 to work on the pre­ven­tion side of the traf­ficking of…
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Published On: June 29, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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lluminating an obscure culture in Latin America

A new col­lec­tion of four­teen “artist’s books,” fea­turing cap­ti­vating poems and mag­nif­i­cent art­work, high­lights the rich cul­ture of Jewish com­mu­ni­ties in Latin America, thanks to the efforts of Stephen Sadow, pro­fessor of Spanish and Latin Amer­ican lit­er­a­ture at North­eastern University. Sadow recently returned from Argentina, where he cohosted an exhibit of these books at the…
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Published On: June 28, 2011 | Tags: ,,,,
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From Undergraduate Paper to Global Policy Document

It’s not often than an under­grad­uate term paper turns into an inter­na­tion­ally cir­cu­lated policy doc­u­ment. But that’s exactly what hap­pened to Tori Porell, a sopho­more inter­na­tional affairs major at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, who is wrap­ping up a six-​​month co-​​op at the Geneva Centre for Secu­rity Policy (GCSP) in Switzerland. Porell wrote about cli­mate change and its…
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Published On: June 27, 2011 | Tags: ,,,
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Global Change Through Urban Partnerships

Cities as far-​​flung as Boston and Van­couver, Canada, share com­plex, but solv­able, urban chal­lenges, including afford­able housing, job cre­ation and eco­nomic devel­op­ment, according to North­eastern alumnus Michael Lake, exec­u­tive director of the World Class Cities Part­ner­ship (WCCP). Speaking at the first annual Part­ner­ship Summit at the Egan Research Center last Thursday, Lake told some two-​​dozen civic,…
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Published On: June 24, 2011 | Tags: ,,,
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Fugitives Can Run, but Can’t Hide

On Wednesday, the FBI arrested noto­rious Boston gang­ster James “Whitey” Bulger and his com­panion in Santa Monica, Cal­i­fornia, after the couple averted author­i­ties for more than 16 years. We asked Jack Levin, the Brud­nick Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, to assess the role of tip­sters in cap­turing fugi­tives, the dif­fi­culty of…
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Published On: June 23, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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