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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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Beauty as business and culture

Uta Poiger ana­lyzes the his­tory of race, gender and con­sumer cul­ture in 20th cen­tury Ger­many through the mar­keting and use of mass man­u­fac­tured cos­metics, such as lip­stick, skin cream and eyeliner. “Cos­metics can link an individual’s skin to the global mar­ket­place,” said Poiger, the newly appointed pro­fessor and chair of the his­tory depart­ment. “They have…
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Published On: September 16, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Is President Obama beatable?

With the pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns in full swing ahead of the 2012 elec­tion, we asked Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence Michael Dukakis — a two-​​term gov­ernor of Mass­a­chu­setts and the Demo­c­ratic nom­inee for pres­i­dent in 1988 — for his thoughts on the state of the 2012 pres­i­den­tial campaigns. Who do you think are the Republican frontrunners?…
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Published On: September 13, 2011 | Tags: ,
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On the road to job recovery?

Addressing both houses of Con­gress on Thursday night, Pres­i­dent Obama intro­duced the “Amer­ican Jobs Act,” a plan to help stim­u­late the trou­bled U.S. economy and encourage job cre­ation. Obama urged Con­gress to act quickly to pass the bill and made an effort to include pro­grams that have been sup­ported by both par­ties. We asked William…
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Published On: September 9, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Censorship’s impact on Chinese culture

China’s Min­istry of Cul­ture recently man­dated removing 100 songs from web­sites across the country in an effort to pre­serve China’s “national cul­tural secu­rity.” The list con­sists largely of tracks by Hong Kong and Tai­wanese artists, but also includes hits from Amer­ican pop icons such as Lady Gaga, Bey­oncé and the Back­street Boys. The min­istry claims…
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Published On: September 6, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Through global research, a better understanding of the world

Two North­eastern grad­u­ates have earned pres­ti­gious Ful­bright U.S. Stu­dent Pro­gram schol­ar­ships to con­duct research over­seas this fall. Matthew Shutzer, AS’10, will study com­mu­nity forestry and gov­er­nance in India, and Tom Jay Cinq-​​Mars, AS’10, will under­take a his­tor­ical exam­i­na­tion of the Russian police. The Ful­bright pro­gram, which is spon­sored by the U.S. gov­ern­ment, is an inter­na­tional…
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Published On: September 5, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Preparing tomorrow’s researchers for technology’s fallout

This summer, North­eastern led a pilot doc­toral fel­low­ship pro­gram to sup­port schol­arly study of social and eth­ical issues asso­ci­ated with emerging technologies. The pro­gram was funded under a multi-​​year National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion (NSF) project on nan­otech­nology and public policy that is directed by Christo­pher Bosso, pro­fessor of public policy and asso­ciate dean of the School…
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Published On: September 1, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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English faculty member wins book award

Neal Lerner, who recently joined the North­eastern fac­ulty as an asso­ciate pro­fessor of Eng­lish, has been named the winner of the National Council of Teachers of Eng­lish (NCTE) 2011 David H. Rus­sell Award for Dis­tin­guished Research in the Teaching of English. The NCTE, cel­e­brating its 100th year, recently announced that Lerner’s book, “The Idea of a…
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Published On: August 30, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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A second ‘Arab Awakening’

Six months after a rev­o­lu­tion broke out in Libya, rebels have pushed into the cap­ital city of Tripoli and appear to have Moammar Gad­hafi — the country’s leader for the last 42 years — on the run. We asked Denis Sul­livan — pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence and director of Northeastern’s inter­na­tional affairs pro­gram and the…
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Published On: August 29, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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