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Stranger Things, Westworld, and Mr. Robot: What’s driving our fascination with sci-​​fi?

Turn on most major cable chan­nels or streaming ser­vices and you’ll find a show that bends toward sci­ence fic­tion. Nathan Blake, a film expert, says the com­bi­na­tion of new media plat­forms, remark­able talent, and a cul­tural “sus­pi­cion that shadowy forces are shaping reality” have paved the way for a broader con­sump­tion of sci-​​fi shows.

What’s next for sports, politics, and TV in 2017?

In the second install­ment of our two-​​part series looking at some of the big sto­ries primed to make head­lines in the new year, North­eastern experts explain that Donald Trump will put “America first,” athlete-​​led social activism will heat up, and fran­chise reboots will take over your TV.

NU Stage to ‘Spread Love Not Hate’ with winter cabaret

Hosted by Northeastern’s student-​​run the­ater group, NU Stage Musical The­ater Co., this year’s winter cabaret, titled, “Spread Love Not Hate,” is designed to be a balm after a heated polit­ical season. The show will be held on Sat­urday at 8 p.m. in afterHOURS.

Losing by winning: Researchers use stories, video games to combat obesity

We’ve heard about the power of sto­ries to engage, delight, teach, chal­lenge, and help us under­stand our­selves. Now new research co-​​led by North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Amy Lu shows the power of sto­ries to help chil­dren fight obesity.

Student’s reporting part of award-​​winning Rio Olympics coverage on evictions

Grad­uate stu­dent Giulia Afiune, a native of Brazil, was part of a mul­ti­media jour­nalism project this summer that told the sto­ries of fam­i­lies evicted due to Rio Olympics con­struc­tion. This fall, that project won a pres­ti­gious national jour­nalism award in her home country.

Rare book from Northeastern archives selected for ‘illuminated manuscripts’ display

A Dominican Prayer Book, cre­ated in the 15th cen­tury, from the North­eastern archives joins man­u­scripts span­ning the 9th to the 17th cen­turies in “the largest exhibit of pre-​​1600 man­u­scripts ever mounted in North America.” Stu­dents in a “His­tory of Books” class helped deter­mine the date of the book’s cre­ation, notes Gior­dana Mecagni, above, head of spe­cial col­lec­tions at Northeastern.

New play examines women’s rights with the backdrop of witch trials

Through the lens of a 17th-​​century witch-​​hunt in Eng­land, Vinegar Tom con­siders the effects of poverty, humil­i­a­tion, and prej­u­dice of women—all with a blend of his­tory and con­tem­po­rary cul­ture. The play, the latest pro­duc­tion of the Depart­ment of The­atre, runs through Nov. 20.

Would Abraham Lincoln have voted for Trump or Clinton?

To ease the ten­sion of Elec­tion Day, we asked seven fac­ulty mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate a quirky thought exper­i­ment that chal­lenged each of them to con­sider how one well known but long dead person in their respec­tive fields would have voted in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The responses were insightful, sobering, and occa­sion­ally hilarious.

Northeastern, US Navy team up for ‘idea hackathon’

The U.S. Navy has turned to North­eastern for its exper­tise in dig­ital sto­ry­telling and data ana­lytics to iden­tify new ways to com­mu­ni­cate the Navy expe­ri­ence to mil­len­nials. Stu­dent coders, designers, and sto­ry­tellers can par­tic­i­pate in the inter­ac­tive hackathon, with prizes for the win­ners. The dead­line to sign up to par­tic­i­pate is today.

Northeastern showcases vibrant tattoo art collection at Gallery 360

Peter Mui, the late fashion designer, trav­eled the world to com­mis­sion orig­inal pieces from mas­ters of the craft of tattoo art. His wife, Jenny, recently donated much of his vast col­lec­tion to North­eastern, where selected works are now on display.

New book examines the emotional power of Emily Dickinson’s poetry

In her new book, Eng­lish pro­fessor Mary Loef­fel­holz argues that Emily Dickinson’s poems con­tinue to live on in the hearts and minds of readers due largely to their ability to com­fort those in times of sorrow. “She was a master of extending con­so­la­tion and recog­ni­tion to people in the wake of death,” Loef­fel­holz explains, “a master of acknowl­edging it, grieving it, and expressing it.”