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Using Music to Bridge Cultural Divides

North­eastern music professor Joshua Jacobson brought together music from Arab and Israeli cul­tures on Sunday, con­ducting “Middle East Har­monies” at the Sanders The­atre in Cambridge. The con­cert included group and solo per­for­mances from Zamir, a Boston-​​based orga­ni­za­tion that builds aware­ness about Jewish cul­ture through music and per­for­mance. Pro­fessor Jacobson founded the group in 1969 and…
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Published On: April 11, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Student wins Prestigious National Award

As a kid, Matthew Cournoyer vol­un­teered with his father at a food bank near his home in Cranston, Rhode Island, an expe­ri­ence that sparked a pas­sion for com­mu­nity engage­ment. At North­eastern, he con­tinued to pursue public ser­vice through expe­ri­en­tial oppor­tu­ni­ties and vol­un­teer work. Now his com­mit­ment has been nation­ally rec­og­nized. Cournoyer was recently named a 2011…
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Published On: April 8, 2011 | Tags: ,
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AT&T and T-Mobile Merger

Wireless carrier AT&T Inc. has proposed buying T-Mobile for $39 billion, a merger that would create the nation’s largest cellular carrier. John Kwoka, Neal F. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Economics at Northeastern University, discusses the potential impact of the deal. What difficulties do AT&T and T-Mobile face in having the merger approved? The wireless industry…
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Published On: April 5, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Controlling The Air, Controlling Threats

Amid the con­flict in Libya, the United Nations Secu­rity Council approved a no-​​fly zone over the country as one of the mea­sures to quell the vio­lence. But why are no-​​fly zones used in inter­na­tional con­flicts, and what do they involve? Kim­berly Jones, a fac­ulty associate in North­eastern University’s Middle East Center for Peace, Cul­ture and Devel­op­ment, defines their role…
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Published On: April 2, 2011 | Tags: ,
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How has American identity changed?

First-​​generation West African immi­grants from Nigeria and Ghana tran­si­tion smoothly into major soci­etal insti­tu­tions, such as the work­place and the neigh­bor­hood, but have not built stable, mutu­ally ben­e­fi­cial friend­ships and inti­mate rela­tion­ships with native-​​born Amer­i­cans, said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor Min­delyn Buford II. Speaking at an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence, “Amer­ican Iden­tity in the Age of Obama,” held last…
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Published On: March 29, 2011 | Tags: ,,,,,
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Career Fair for the Socially Minded

By May, senior Jason Whye could be restoring natural habitats or removing invasive plants as a community crew leader for a national conservation group that hires students to work in the national parks and forests. “I want to do something because it makes a positive impact, not because it makes a lot of money,” said…
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Published On: March 21, 2011 | Tags:
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Working to End Age-Old Strife

Promoting religious tolerance among Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland has encouraged Northeastern University junior Tess McCarthy to consider a career in conflict resolution among Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East. “I’m drawn to the potential of changing someone’s life,” said McCarthy, an international affairs major with a minor in Middle Eastern studies. “As…
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Published On: March 19, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Opposing Al Qaeda with democracy

Associate Professor of International Affairs Berna Turam, the author of “Between Islam and the State: the Politics of Engagement,” offers insight into the recent uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, and explains the importance of hope in the midst of a wave of democratic upheaval. In Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya there is no religious overtone…
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Published On: March 17, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Economic impact of the NFL lockout

The National Football League (NFL) recently locked out the players after their collective bargaining agreement expired, putting the upcoming football season in jeopardy. A court hearing has been scheduled for April 6, on the players’ request to block the owners’ lockout. John E. Kwoka, Neal F. Finnegan distinguished professor of economics at Northeastern University, teaches…
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Published On: March 13, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Triumph of Diplomacy

It didn’t take long for a team of 19 Northeastern social sciences students to get into character for the Model NATO Conference last month in Washington, D.C. After dividing into two teams of delegates representing Belgium or Hungary, the student-diplomats made a strong showing at the mock North Atlantic Treaty Organization proceeding. In its premiere…
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Published On: March 11, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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