Legal challenges to the election recounts and what comes next

Wisconsin’s pres­i­den­tial recount is almost done, but legal chal­lenges have halted the pro­ceed­ings in Michigan and Penn­syl­vania. We asked Bill Crotty, an expert on Amer­ican elec­tions, to explain what the recounts involve, why Trump sup­porters are working to block these efforts, and how the recount results might influ­ence future voting policies.

3Qs: The ripple effect of the Trump-​​Taiwan call

Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-​​wen last week, upending decades of diplo­matic prac­tice. “It can be said with near cer­ti­tude that when Trump accepted that phone call, he had no idea what the con­se­quences might be for U.S.-China rela­tions,” says China expert Suzanne Ogden.

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.

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.”

New student finds possibilities abound at Northeastern

As a top per­former on her high school speech team, Mary Abra­hamyan had the chance to explore diverse prose and create read­ings and per­for­mances that she believed exem­pli­fied the sub­stance of the text. She plans to bring that thirst for explo­ration to Northeastern.

3Qs: Should the Electoral College be abolished?

Donald Trump won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion but nar­rowly lost the pop­ular vote, prompting some to ques­tion whether the Elec­toral Col­lege is good for democ­racy. William Crotty, pro­fessor emer­itus of polit­ical sci­ence, calls the Elec­toral Col­lege a “ter­rible system that has no place in an age where democ­racy is ascendant.”

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.