The power of words (even when they aren’t your own)

Accu­sa­tions of pla­gia­rism against Melania Trump fol­lowing her speech at the Repub­lican National Con­ven­tion on Monday have raised ques­tions about the line between bor­rowing and crib­bing someone else’s words. We asked former speech­writer Greg Goodale, asso­ciate pro­fessor at North­eastern, when a speech crosses that line and whether Trump did.

Northeastern to invest $25 million of endowment funds in environmental sustainability

A rec­og­nized leader in sus­tain­ability prac­tices, edu­ca­tion, and research, North­eastern will take an inno­v­a­tive addi­tional step to address the global chal­lenge of cli­mate change.

Professor explores diplomacy nuance in new book

Pro­fessor Mary Thompson-​​Jones knows the intri­ca­cies of diplo­macy oper­a­tions, with more than two decades of expe­ri­ence in for­eign policy. In her new book, To the Sec­re­tary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America’s For­eign Policy Dis­con­nect, she explores the intri­ca­cies exposed by the 2010 Wik­iLeaks scandal.

3Qs: Trapped in social media ‘echo chambers’

Social media has become a go-​​to plat­form for people to express their opin­ions on the hot topics of the day. But in many cases, people are sharing those thoughts with those who have sim­ilar opin­ions. Here, assis­tant pro­fessor Brooke Fou­cault Welles explains how this trend cor­re­lates to offline debates.

Northeastern faculty member to perform at Boston’s Fourth of July celebration

Brad Hat­field, aca­d­emic teaching spe­cialist in the Depart­ment of Music, will per­form with the Boston Pops and arrange two per­for­mances by singer Demi Lovatto on Monday evening at the Hatch Shell in one of the nation’s pre­mier Inde­pen­dence Day events.

Graduate’s engineering work featured on Shark Week

Carl Fiester helped design a state-​​of-​​the-​​art autonomous under­water vehicle that last year cap­tured unique footage of great white sharks’ behavior off the coast of Mexico. Ear­lier this week, the footage was fea­tured on a Shark Week show on the Dis­covery Channel.

What Brexit could mean for Europe

The United Kingdom will hold a ref­er­endum on Thursday on whether Britain should leave the Euro­pean Union. If there is high voter turnout, “there is no ques­tion that the ‘remain’ side will easily win,” pre­dicts Northeastern’s Mai’a K. Davis Cross, an expert on Euro­pean pol­i­tics. Cross also cau­tions that a vote to leave could also “trigger the breakup of the United Kingdom.”