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The political effects of Libyan leader’s fall

Former Libyan dic­tator Moammar Gad­hafi was killed on Thursday by rev­o­lu­tionary fighters in his home­town of Sirte. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence in North­eastern University’s Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, to ana­lyze the impact of Gadhafi’s death on U.S. pol­i­tics and the 2012 pres­i­den­tial campaign. How will…
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Published On: October 20, 2011 | Tags: ,
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The piano man

Leonard Brown, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of music and African Amer­ican studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, com­pares 90-​​year-​​old jazz pianist Al Vega to Bud Powell, who critics often call “the father of bebop piano.” “Al has incred­ible com­mand of the instru­ment in terms of phrasing, key sig­na­tures and tempo,” Brown says. “He can play as slow as…
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Published On: October 18, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Building confidence and pursuing dreams

More than 150 ele­men­tary and middle school stu­dents and their fam­i­lies from Mass­a­chu­setts descended upon Northeastern’s campus on Sunday for an awards cer­e­mony hon­oring the stu­dents’ out­standing aca­d­emic achieve­ments. The stu­dents are par­tic­i­pating in the Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity Center for Tal­ented Youth (CTY). Every year, CTY launches a global “Talent Search” to iden­tify the world’s…
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A deeper analysis of U.S.-Iran relations

Last week, agents from the FBI and Drug Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tion (DEA) dis­rupted an alleged plot to commit a “sig­nif­i­cant ter­rorist act in the United States” tied to Iran. U.S. gov­ern­ment offi­cials stated that the plot included the assas­si­na­tion of Adel Al-​​Jubeir, the Saudi Ara­bian ambas­sador to the United States, as well as sub­se­quent attacks on…
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Published On: October 17, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Examining the dynamics of drug violence

In recent months, more reports have sur­faced of esca­lating vio­lence involving drug car­tels in parts of Mexico. We asked Ramiro Mar­tinez Jr., a pro­fessor in the School of Crim­i­nology and Crim­inal Jus­tice and the Depart­ment of Soci­ology and Anthro­pology at North­eastern, to examine the cur­rent dynamic amid the Mex­ican drug vio­lence plaguing these regions. As…
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Published On: October 13, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Walking out for financial and social change

Jef­frey Juris, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of anthro­pology in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, researches social move­ments and protests, often by embed­ding him­self with pro­testers for an extended period of time. We asked him to talk to us about the new Occupy Wall Street move­ment, which has spread to cities across the United States…
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Published On: October 7, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Remembering Steve Jobs

On Wednesday, the world lost one of the greatest inno­va­tors of our time — Apple cofounder Steve Jobs. He was the dri­ving force behind many of the company’s iconic prod­ucts that have changed the way people work and interact, and how infor­ma­tion is con­sumed. We asked Georges Van Den Abbeele, dean of Northeastern’s Col­lege of…
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Inspiring student leaders

Rebecca Riccio, founding pro­gram director of North­eastern Students4Giving (NS4G), has been invited to serve as one of the three inau­gural mem­bers of the Aca­d­emic Advi­sory Com­mittee for the Learning by Giving Foun­da­tion. The foun­da­tion — founded by Doris Buf­fett, the sister of investor and phil­an­thropist Warren Buf­fett, and launched on Sept. 19 at the second…
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Published On: September 28, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Humanities Center launches faculty colloquium series

The Human­i­ties Center has launched a new col­lo­quium series to high­light fac­ulty research and works-​​in-​​progress. Intro­duced by Georges Van Den Abbeele, founding dean of the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, the weekly series encour­ages inspi­ra­tional dis­cus­sions with Northeastern’s leading scholars and marks a revi­tal­iza­tion of the center. “I ini­ti­ated the col­lo­quium series to give our…
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Published On: September 19, 2011 | Tags: ,,,
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Targeting diseases beyond our borders

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers recently returned from a four-​​day work­shop in Kenya, where they worked with local health experts to develop strate­gies for com­bating neglected trop­ical dis­eases (NTDs) throughout the African nation. Prin­cipal inves­ti­gator Richard Wamai, an assis­tant pro­fessor of public health in African Amer­ican studies, and Michael Pol­lastri, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of chem­istry and chem­ical biology,…
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Published On: September 27, 2011 | Tags: ,,,
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