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The wonder of theater, and the smash-​​hit Hamilton

Broadway saw record atten­dance this year, Hamilton is a “cul­tural phe­nom­enon,” and the Tony Awards are this weekend. Here, the­ater depart­ment chair Scott Edmiston explains why people are craving the the­ater expe­ri­ence, shares his pre­dic­tion for the Tonys, and high­lights some exciting devel­op­ments at Northeastern.

New campus mural from start to finish

Uni­ver­sity pho­tog­ra­phers were there to doc­u­ment Boston-​​based artist Cedric Dou­glas as he cre­ated a new mural on the Behrakis Health Sci­ences Center. The mural is the latest instal­la­tion in Northeastern’s Public Art Initiative.

Chemical engineering professor moonlights as webcomic artist

In 2008, Lucas Land­herr cre­ated a slice-​​of-​​life web­comic called “Sur­viving the World” as a way to “main­tain his sanity” while he worked toward becoming a pro­fessor. Today, his comic series—as well as his pen­chant for idio­syn­cratic humor—is shaping his pro­fes­sional life in ways that he never could have imagined.

Twin sisters combine new, old media for campus art show

As grad­uate stu­dents in Northeastern’s Master of Fine Arts pro­gram, twin sis­ters Bahareh and Farzaneh Safarani found unique ways to meld video with their clas­sical painting skills. The end results are now on dis­play in a new Gallery 360 exhibit titled “Presence.”

The power of digital journalism

Grad­uate stu­dent Jorge Cara­ballo Cor­dovez wants to bring the dig­ital media skills he’s learning at North­eastern back home to Colombia to help “recon­struct the social cohe­sive­ness that decades of vio­lence has torn apart.” He’s now received a Google News Lab Fel­low­ship, which will help fur­ther his journey.

3Qs: When true crime becomes a pop culture phenomenon

On Wednesday, the man whose con­vic­tion was pro­filed on the hugely pop­ular “Serial” pod­cast, returns to court for a post-​​conviction hearing. Here, law pro­fessor Daniel Medwed, an expert in wrongful con­vic­tions, says that “Serial” and Making a Mur­derer have high­lighted some of the chief flaws in our crim­inal jus­tice system. But he also says that he is dis­mayed by how the pro­grams pre­sented their cases.

3Qs: Debating the ethics of Rolling Stone’s controversial ‘El Chapo’ interview

Rolling Stone on Sat­urday pub­lished an article by Oscar-​​winning actor and activist Sean Penn that sparked a national debate about jour­nal­istic ethics. We spoke with John Wihbey, an assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media at North­eastern, who exam­ines the inter­view with noted Mex­ican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address, visualized

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tuesday deliv­ered the final State of the Union address of his two-​​term pres­i­dency. To pro­vide analysis of the president’s remarks, we turned to pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp, an expert on U.S. pol­i­tics and polit­ical method­ology who has devel­oped a new method to visu­alize the lan­guage and themes of polit­ical speeches.