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Using Hip-​​Hop to Promote Peace

From the Sug­arhill Gang to Sean “Diddy” Coombs, hip-​​hop has not only influ­enced fashion and cul­ture throughout the world, but may even have the power to ease decades of social con­flict, says recent North­eastern Uni­ver­sity alumna Karin Heim, AMD’11. In the paper, “Beats Not Bombs: Hip-​​Hop to Create Peace in the Israeli-​​Palestinian Con­flict,” Heim inves­ti­gates how…
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Published On: May 11, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Embrace Risk, Take Responsibility, and Change the World

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity cel­e­brated its 109th com­mence­ment on Friday May 6th at TD Garden in Boston, with the pomp and cir­cum­stance enlivened by cheers and shout-​​outs, booming music, flying beach balls and emo­tional embraces. Throughout the event, speakers lauded the Class of 2011 for its col­lec­tive aca­d­emic achieve­ments and unique global expe­ri­ences, and chal­lenged seniors to…
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Published On: May 5, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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As Precious Metals Grow More Precious

The value of silver soared to an all-​​time high last Thursday, and plunged dra­mat­i­cally yes­terday, illus­trating the con­stant volatility of the precious-​​metals market, which includes lus­trous com­modi­ties like gold, silver and plat­inum. Here, Kamran Dad­khah, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of econo­met­rics and macro­eco­nomics at North­eastern, who has studied the value of silver and gold in the…
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Published On: May 3, 2011 | Tags: ,
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In Ghana, are New Resources a Blessing or Curse?

Kwamina Pan­ford, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of African Amer­ican Studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, wants to know whether the African nation of Ghana will fall victim to the Resource Curse. That is the phrase social sci­en­tists use when coun­tries plen­tiful in nat­ural resources mis­manage those resources, often resulting in unbri­dled con­flict and cor­rup­tion. Pan­ford has been awarded…
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Overseas, Reaction to Bin Laden’s Death Muted

On Sunday night, thou­sands of Amer­i­cans turned out in the streets of Boston, New York, Wash­ington, D.C. and other cities to cel­e­brate the death of Osama bin Laden, the mas­ter­mind behind the Sept. 11 ter­rorist attacks. But the joyous crowds and around-​​the-​​clock news cov­erage were largely con­fined to the United States, according to North­eastern stu­dents on…
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Published On: May 2, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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2020 vision: on fighting HIV/​AIDS

“Today, around the globe, afford­able HIV/​AIDS treat­ment options exist. The chal­lenge is finding ways to deliver these treat­ments effec­tively. “By 2020, we will have in place public poli­cies that pro­mote effec­tive delivery sys­tems. We’ll also have a greater under­standing of the shifting cul­tural norms that impact the HIV/​AIDS crisis. “These improve­ments, along with an increase…
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Published On: April 28, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Revolution Aids Research into Earlier Era of Unrest

In Feb­ruary, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity doc­toral stu­dent Burleigh Hen­drickson arrived in Tunisia for com­par­a­tive his­tory research on the social move­ments of 1968 there, in France and in Western Africa. What he found was a nation roaring from a new social rev­o­lu­tion that had begun only weeks ear­lier — and has since turned the world’s eyes to…
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Published On: April 27, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Airline Regulations Should be Grounded

In August, new air­line reg­u­la­tions from the U.S. gov­ern­ment will go into effect. They include refunding pas­sen­gers checked bag fees if lug­gage is lost, increasing the com­pen­sa­tion bumped pas­sen­gers receive and imposing time limits on how long planes making inter­na­tional flights can wait on the tarmac. Steven Mor­rison, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of…
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Engaging Haiti

The work of a North­eastern pro­fessor has engaged teachers and stu­dents in Haiti, and soon, through the cre­ation of a new course, she will be doing so with the help of her stu­dents at Northeastern. Eliz­a­beth Mad­dock Dillon, asso­ciate pro­fessor of Eng­lish in the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, recently returned from a research…
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Published On: April 26, 2011 | Tags: ,,,
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Will the U.S. Continue to ‘Reach for the Stars’?

With the space shuttle pro­gram winding down — Dis­covery returned from its final mis­sion in March, Endeavor is sched­uled for its last flight this Friday, and Atlantis should launch at the end of June — observers are won­dering about the future of the U.S. space pro­gram. Will there be room for any kind of ambi­tious…
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