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To architecture students, President Aoun underscores shifts in education toward being personalized, robot-​​proof

During a pre­sen­ta­tion to an archi­tec­ture class on Monday, Pres­i­dent Aoun dis­cussed every­thing from how higher edu­ca­tion has changed in the past decade to the vision that brought the soon-​​to-​​be-​​completed Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ence and Engi­neering Com­plex to life. Here are some high­lights from the conversation.

3Qs: Trump and the rise of the ‘alt-​​right’

The so-​​called “alt-​​right,” defined by The Asso­ci­ated Press as a “white nation­alist move­ment,” has expe­ri­enced a surge of noto­riety in the wake of Donald Trump’s elec­tion. We asked Jef­frey Juris, an expert on social move­ments and protests, to explain how much influ­ence the group, which har­nesses the power of social media to spread its mes­sage, could have on the president-elect’s policy agenda over the next four years.

Northeastern senior named Schwarzman Scholar

In her senior year at North­eastern Made­line Seibert did a co-​​op in China, where she led an inde­pen­dent study doc­u­menting food losses and waste through Chi­nese supply chains. Now, with the sup­port of her Schwarzman Schol­ar­ship, Seibert will con­tinue this work through a year­long master’s pro­gram at the Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity in Beijing.

Researchers find racial, gender bias in online freelance marketplaces

In the “gig economy,” where algo­rithms drive matches between workers and cus­tomers, hiring someone should be bias free, right? Not so, according to new research led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson. The find­ings sug­gest racial and gender biases exhib­ited by two promi­nent online free­lance mar­ket­places, TaskRabbit and Fiverr.

Best Posts of the Week: Nov. 20 to Dec. 2

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Fidel Castro’s death, his legacy, and what is next for US-​​Cuban relations

Fidel Castro, the Cuban rev­o­lu­tionary and con­tro­ver­sial global figure who defied the U.S. for decades, died Friday. “Castro is one of the tow­ering fig­ures of the Modern Era,” said pro­fessor José Buscaglia, a pio­neer in study abroad pro­grams by Amer­ican insti­tu­tions to Cuba. Here, Buscaglia and polit­ical sci­ence expert William Crotty reflect on Castro’s life and legacy.

Should tech companies warn consumers that their products could be addictive?

Amer­i­cans reach for their smart­phones dozens of times per day. North­eastern phi­los­ophy pro­fessor John Basl says that tech com­pa­nies should warn con­sumers about the poten­tially addic­tive nature of their prod­ucts. But he also notes that “the internet has opened up new avenues for social interaction.”

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.

Innovation as a leadership imperative

Wes Bush, pres­i­dent and CEO of the global secu­rity com­pany Northrop Grumman, joined Pres­i­dent Aoun on Monday to dis­cuss inno­va­tion as a foun­da­tion for for­ward progress, and the impor­tance of leaders to create an envi­ron­ment that fos­ters it.