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Harnessing the resilience of the American spirit

From braving the Atlantic Ocean to exploring America’s unknown fron­tier, the country’s first set­tlers met risks head on with a sense of strength and resilience, said polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Stephen Flynn, codi­rector of Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity. “Over­coming adver­sity is a cen­tral nar­ra­tive of the Amer­ican story,” Flynn told more…
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Published On: November 9, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Disconnect between Obama and the Republican Party

A day­long con­fer­ence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity on Thursday will explore the fas­ci­nating sub­plots of the polit­ical land­scape now that the 2012 elec­tions are less than a year away. The event was orga­nized by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life. To pre­view the con­fer­ence, we asked Crotty…
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Published On: November 8, 2011 | Tags: ,
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“Get Swabbed” at bone marrow donation drive

While on co-​​op in Wash­ington, D.C., last spring, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity senior Shana Eatman was deeply moved to dis­cover that her room­mate was a bone marrow match for an 8-​​year-​​old girl with leukemia. Today, Eatman is putting that inspi­ra­tion into action. She is vice pres­i­dent of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Mul­ti­cul­tural Orga­ni­za­tion (NU MIX), a stu­dent group…
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Published On: November 4, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Booking his entrepreneurial journey

As a kid, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity alumnus Casey Berten­thal made a few extra bucks by washing cars and walking dogs. But his entre­pre­neurial spirit has truly blos­somed since he joined a small startup a couple of months ago. Berten­thal, SSH’10, is one of three full time employees of Group­Bookers, an Oak­land, Calif., based hotel booking web appli­ca­tion that…
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Published On: November 1, 2011 | Tags: ,
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“Facing our Future Today”

Georges Van Den Abbeele, founding dean of the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, in con­junc­tion with Northeastern’s Human­i­ties Center, has announced the launch of “Facing our Future Today”—a new series of open public forums to dis­cuss the most impor­tant issues of the day. Van Den Abbeele noted that the stakes of Amer­ican civil society have…
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Do Cain, Perry tax proposals add up?

In antic­i­pa­tion of the pri­mary elec­tion, two Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and busi­ness leader Herman Cain — are pro­moting new tax plans. We asked William Dickens, a Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Eco­nomics in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, to eval­uate Perry’s flat tax and Cain’s “9–9-9” plan. What…
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The weight of the world

A new U.N. Pop­u­la­tion Fund report esti­mates that, as of Oct. 31, there will be 7 bil­lion people on Earth — double the globe’s pop­u­la­tion in the 1960s. We asked soci­ology pro­fessor Luis Falcon to examine the greatest chal­lenges this mile­stone presents for the planet and mankind. As the world pop­u­la­tion reaches 7 bil­lion, what are…
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Published On: October 28, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Bringing history into the classroom

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has acquired a number of his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant maps, engrav­ings, wood­cuts and botan­ical water­colors cour­tesy of Graham Arader, a lauded his­tor­ical art dealer and founder of Arader Gal­leries. The Arader Gal­leries Col­lec­tion is on dis­play at Snell Library, and the pieces have been incor­po­rated into a new course, “Pic­turing the World,” intro­duced by Georges…
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Published On: October 25, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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What is next for Libya?

Former Libyan dic­tator Moammar Gad­hafi met a vio­lent death at the hands of rev­o­lu­tionary forces last Thursday in his home­town of Sirte, less than a year after he vowed to perish rather than con­cede defeat to a pop­ular uprising. We asked Kim­berly Jones, a fac­ulty asso­ciate in North­eastern University’s Middle East Center for Peace, Cul­ture…
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Understanding complex networks

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity net­work sci­en­tists­David Lazer and Alessandro Vespig­nani have been awarded $1.1 mil­lion as part of a $1.8 mil­lion grant from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion to ana­lyze the inter­de­pen­dence between com­plex net­works in nat­ural, social and tech­no­log­ical systems. Under­standing how an issue may spread through the nation’s trans­porta­tion infra­struc­ture, for example, could shed light on mit­i­ga­tion…
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Published On: October 24, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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