New director of World Languages Center to grow connection between culture, language

Learning a new lan­guage is a very per­sonal and pro­found expe­ri­ence that can help open the doors to new cul­tures, says applied lin­guis­tics expert Stacey Katz Bourns. She hopes to cul­ti­vate that mindset at Northeastern.

Bob Dylan: a ‘singular phenomenon,’ and now a Nobel laureate

Bob Dylan made his­tory when he was named the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in lit­er­a­ture, becoming the first musi­cian to receive the honor. We spoke with music industry expert David Her­lihy about Dylan’s influ­ence and the rela­tion­ship between music and literature.

The art of political speechwriting—from a former White House speechwriter

Alan Stone was the archi­tect of many pres­i­den­tial speeches in the early 1990s. As the 2016 cam­paign enters the home stretch, we asked him to share his expe­ri­ences, tips, and what it’s like to hear a pres­i­dent speak words you’ve written.

3Qs: How the ‘9/​11 lawsuit bill’ could reduce American immunity abroad

Last week, Con­gress over­rode Pres­i­dent Obama’s veto of the Jus­tice Against Spon­sors of Ter­rorism Act, a law that will enable U.S. cit­i­zens to sue for­eign nations that played a role in ter­rorist attacks resulting in Amer­ican deaths. Public policy expert Dan Urman talks about the law and its poten­tial con­se­quences, including retal­ia­tory legal action against U.S. offi­cials abroad.

President Aoun, HUBweek panel discuss the workforce of the future

We need to build what I call a robot-​​proof edu­ca­tion,” Pres­i­dent Aoun said on Wednesday. The com­ments came during a HUB­week panel dis­cus­sion about the role higher edu­ca­tion should play in building the 21st-​​century workforce.

Want the most telling presidential polling data? Professor says turn to Twitter

Knowing society’s con­stant demand for imme­diate, real-​​time infor­ma­tion, assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Nick Beauchamp devel­oped a model that uses tweets to gauge public opinion of can­di­dates more quickly than tra­di­tional polls.

The lives of mannequins, and how they reflect our own

From “very lady-​​like and proper” to “abstract and more daring,” alumnus Ralph Pucci talks about the evo­lu­tion of man­nequins. Pucci, an inno­vator in the field, will par­tic­i­pate in help lead a sym­po­sium today that explores the art, busi­ness, and pol­i­tics of these retail figures.

Students lead voter registration drive on campus

A col­lec­tive of more than 15 North­eastern stu­dent groups, led by the Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion, will work together to reg­ister peers for the November elec­tions and gen­erate enthu­siasm for the demo­c­ratic process.

Northeastern, city of Boston team up to tackle off-​​campus move-​​in

It takes months of plan­ning and coordination—and involves a ded­i­cated team of uni­ver­sity staff, city offi­cials, and volunteers—to make sure off-​​campus move-​​in runs smoothly. Here are some of the people who help make it happen.