Northeastern professor testifies at House hearing on countering terrorism financing

Nikos Passas, an inter­na­tional finan­cial crime expert, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday telling mem­bers of a House Finan­cial Ser­vices Com­mittee task force that the global threat of trade-​​based money laun­dering is serious but that effec­tive responses are within reach.

Northeastern kicks-​​off Holocaust Awareness Week with heartrending presentation

The images sear them­selves into your heart and soul,” Jef­frey Burds, asso­ciate pro­fessor of his­tory at North­eastern, said as part of a pre­sen­ta­tion on the July 1, 1941, pogrom in Lem­berg, Ukraine, where more than 3,000 Jews were killed.

How to follow through on learning a new skill in the new year

Whether it’s learning to speak a new lan­guage or play a new instru­ment, Susan Ambrose, Northeastern’s senior vice provost for under­grad­uate edu­ca­tion and expe­ri­en­tial learning, sug­gests a step-​​by-​​step approach for broad­ening your horizons.

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.

3Qs: Growing tensions between Saudi Arabia, Iran

The two Middle East nations are in the midst of a height­ened diplo­matic con­fronta­tion that has gar­nered the atten­tion of the global com­mu­nity. Pro­fessor Valen­tine Moghadam, an inter­na­tional affairs expert, explains why rela­tions between these coun­tries have been strained for some time.

A climate change agreement was reached. Now what?

The two-​​week U.N. Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change ended in Paris on Sat­urday with nearly 200 nations agreeing on a plan to combat cli­mate change. Here, North­eastern pro­fes­sors dis­cuss the good, the remaining chal­lenges, and the future of this his­toric accord.

To give and to receive

We sur­veyed the campus com­mu­nity, asking a handful of stu­dents to tell us what gifts they plan to give and receive this hol­iday season. The responses ran the gamut, cov­ering every­thing from clothes and elec­tronics to hand­made paint­ings, dream catchers, and orange candy canes.