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A Window on the Arab World

As part of a unique fellowship in Saudi Arabia, Northeastern junior Matt Cournoyer conversed with high-ranking government officials and wealthy businessmen, toured universities, and observed the local customs of Saudi life on everything from religion to business. The fellowship’s goal was to introduce American students to all aspects of Saudi culture, and Cournoyer said the experiential learning opportunity…
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Published On: July 1, 2010 | Tags: ,,,
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Northeastern Announces CSSH Dean

Northeastern University has appointed Dr. Georges Van Den Abbeele to be the founding dean of its College of Social Sciences and Humanities, one of three new, distinct colleges being launched by the University this fall. As founding dean, Dr. Van Den Abbeele will have the unique opportunity to build on Northeastern’s existing strengths in the social sciences…
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Published On: June 20, 2010 | Tags: ,
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Making Peace, One Child at a Time

Some 150 sixth and seventh-graders packed a tiny classroom on the outskirts of Gulu, Uganda, a war-ravaged country whose children have remained at the center of conflict for more than two decades. Kids raised hands, drew pictures, voiced opinions, all of them eager to learn. Northeastern sophomore Kijana Rose, who completed a co-op at two…
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Published On: June 14, 2010 | Tags: ,,,
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The Write Stuff

English professor Chris Gallagher encourages his students to think of themselves as curators of an exhibit at a gallery or a museum. But instead of collecting Dalis, Picassos or Van Goghs, they’re picking out their best writing—from analytical essays to professional documents—and reflecting on the process they used to create the work. They’re compiling E-portfolios…
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Published On: March 2, 2010 | Tags: ,,
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A Wives' Tale

“Sati,” a centuries-old funeral ritual among some Hindu ethnic groups in which a widow commits suicide by fire on her husband’s funeral pyre, was once considered by some members of those communities to be the epitome of devoted wifehood, says Whitney Kelting, assistant professor of religion at Northeastern. On the other hand, Jains, an ancient…
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Published On: February 11, 2010 | Tags: ,,,
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Jews and China, a Wisp of Historical Thread

James Ross, program director of Jewish Studies and professor of journalism at Northeastern, has written and lectured extensively on the Jewish Diaspora, with one of his focal points being the little-known history of Jewish communities in China. Here, Ross discusses some of that history, as well as current Chinese perceptions of Jews and Jewish culture and the implications of…
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Published On: February 1, 2010 | Tags: ,,
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The Coolest Co-op: Michaela D'Amico

– Courtesy of CSSH Dean’s Office

Published On: December 31, 2009 | Tags: ,,,
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Stopping Rape As An Object of War

It is a disturbing truth that sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) is used as a war tactic in developing nations. Silvia Dominguez, assistant professor of sociology at Northeastern University, recently visited Liberia to help develop a national mental health policy related to SGBV. Here, she discusses Liberia’s current climate and offers examples of changes that…
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Published On: December 4, 2009 | Tags: ,,
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Observers at the making of global history

Northeastern students, alumni, and faculty will be in Copenhagen next Friday as observers for the fifteenth United Nations Climate Change Conference, which could prove to be one of the most historic meetings among global leaders in the past 60 years. The event, running from December 7 to December 18, will convene more than 15,000 participants from 192…
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Prestigious Lifetime-Achievement Award

For three decades, Nicole Rafter has, in her own words, helped “women, people of color and the poor benefit from criminal justice instead of being oppressed by it.” Now, this senior research fellow in the area of criminal justice has been recognized for her life’s work. She’s received her field’s highest level of recognition for…
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Published On: December 3, 2009 | Tags: ,
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