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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.

New campus mural celebrates community

Last week, muralist Susan Cer­vantes, mem­bers of Precita Eyes, and stu­dents and staff from the Latino/​a Stu­dent Cul­tural Center unveiled the latest install­ment in the university’s Public Art Ini­tia­tive. Our pho­tog­ra­phers cap­tured images, from con­cept to com­ple­tion, of the col­orful mural on Forsyth Street.

Northeastern’s newest artist-​​in-​​residence puts mural in students’ hands

Bay Area muralist Susan Cer­vantes and artists from her orga­ni­za­tion, Precita Eyes, say they serve as a “bridge” between art and the com­mu­nity, and they’re doing just that by col­lab­o­rating with stu­dents to design and paint the university’s newest mural on the Latino/​a Stu­dent Cul­tural Center as part of North­eastern Public Art Ini­tia­tive. Here’s how you can get involved.

Hackathon examines power of Big Data to change lives

Entire moun­tain ranges of data are growing all around, and they will either bury us or help us climb to new heights of under­standing. It all depends on how we respond. This was the focus of a four-​​hour “hackathon” Wednesday night, spon­sored by North­eastern to explore the inter­sec­tion between public policy and Big Data analysis. The event, “Data Sci­ence, Jour­nalism, and the Future of Jus­tice,” was part of HUB­week, a series of more than 100 events that brought together the brightest minds in gov­ern­ment, pri­vate industry, and acad­emia to cel­e­brate inno­va­tion in Boston.

Could real-​​time projections be a game-​​changer for Election Day coverage?

On Nov. 8, a group of data sci­en­tists and jour­nal­ists will buck a decades-​​old tra­di­tion by releasing real-​​time Elec­tion Day pro­jec­tions. Renowned sta­tis­ti­cian Nate Silver says it “could go dis­as­trously wrong,” while others say the old way was “ill con­ceived and anti-​​journalistic.” We asked Jonathan Kaufman, the director of the School of Jour­nalism at North­eastern, for his take.

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.

3Qs: Gawker case sets a ‘dangerous precedent’

Gawker​.com, the flag­ship site of Gawker Media, pub­lished its final piece Monday, Aug. 22. Here, Dan Kennedy, asso­ciate pro­fessor in the School of Jour­nalism, weighs in on the impli­ca­tions of the gossip site’s shut­tering, the “trou­bling” mechanics behind the suit that served as its demise, and what the future may hold for inde­pen­dent media organizations.

3Qs: Exploration and collaboration are taking gaming to the next level

Two of the most unique—and poten­tially revolutionary—games of all-​​time were released this summer, in “Pokémon Go” and “No Man’s Sky.” The seem­ingly very dif­ferent games share a striking sim­i­larity that says a lot about the future of the gaming industry. Here, Casper Harteveld, assis­tant pro­fessor of game design, explains why.

3Qs: How ‘nomadic architecture’ will shape Rio’s Olympic legacy

Two venues at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—the 12,000-seat Future Arena and the 15,000-seat Aquatic Stadium—will be dis­man­tled and rebuilt into entirely new build­ings fol­lowing the games. We asked assis­tant pro­fessor David Fannon, an archi­tect and building sci­en­tist, to explain how Rio’s reliance on “nomadic archi­tec­ture” might ben­efit Brazil in the decades to come.

A ‘Monster’ look at one student’s global co-​​op in Iceland’s music scene

In high school, Madi Murphy’s pas­sion for music inspired her to launch a fan club ded­i­cated to the Ice­landic band Of Mon­sters and Men. At North­eastern, a co-​​op took her to Ice­land where she worked for the band—and did so much more.