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Aleppo evacuations and the ‘heart wrenching’ decision ahead for Syrians

The civil war in Syria took a dra­matic turn this week with the evac­u­a­tion of cit­i­zens from the final rebel strong­hold of eastern Aleppo. Pro­fessor Valen­tine Moghadam, an expert in inter­na­tional affairs and Middle East studies, says the U.S., U.K., and others must be held to account for the country’s desta­bi­liza­tion and the refugee crisis.

Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry to keynote university’s MLK celebration

Award-​​winning actress Renée Elise Golds­berry, known for her roles in Hamilton, The Color Purple, and Rent, will keynote the university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. cel­e­bra­tion in Jan­uary. The Tony Award winner will also per­form at the event and, during her visit, will lead a master class for stu­dents in the Depart­ment of Theatre.

The high notes—and low notes—of live TV musicals

The recent surge of live TV musi­cals, including this month’s Hair­spray Live!, offers a chance to recast clas­sics with more diverse actors and expose a younger audi­ence to “the joy of a stage musical,” says Scott Edmiston, chair of the the­ater depart­ment. Whether media cor­po­ra­tions have been suc­cessful in cap­turing that joy, how­ever, is a dif­ferent story.

Unprecedented, unpredictable road ahead for US-​​Russia relations

As Donald Trump pre­pares to take office, it’s unclear what may lie ahead for the U.S. and Russia, says Russian his­tory and cul­ture expert Harlow Robinson. What is clear, though, is that the Trump era has already begun to change the face of the global land­scape. According to Robinson, we could be entering “a very strange era.”

A victory and an uncertain future at Standing Rock

Protests over laying the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota rep­re­sent more than just a fight over water– and land rights; the move­ment rep­re­sents “a recal­i­bra­tion of what it means to be more fully human in this modern world,” one uni­ver­sity expert says. Here, we take a look at this com­plex issue from three angles—the pol­i­tics, protests, and people of Standing Rock.

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.