Northeastern’s Torch Scholars Program will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a ceremony on Thursday evening. “When I talk about Torch, I get emotional,” says rising senior Greykia Harris. “I don’t think I could’ve ever come this far in my life without it.”
Was the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday morning a hate crime or an act of terrorism? Both, according to Gordana Rabrenovic, director of Northeastern’s Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, who characterized the attack as a “mass shooting that singled out a particular group of people.”
“I have never been as concerned with the world as I am today,” says Northeastern professor Denise Garcia, who is taking a group of students to the 11th International Security Forum in Geneva this week. Here, she discusses the conference, the United States’ stockpile of nuclear weapons, and the biggest security threats facing the world today.
Senate Democrats are three times more likely to follow science-related Twitter accounts than their Republican peers, according to a new study led by Northeastern’s Brian Helmuth. The research shows the growing divide between parties on the issue of climate change, but also provides hope, says Helmuth, pointing to individuals who cross the aisle and bridge the gap.
The news junkies and global citizens in European Conversations do not always see eye-to-eye, particularly when they’re debating hot-button issues like the Paris attacks or Greece’s debt crisis. “But everyone is respectful,” Matt Springer, the organization’s vice president-elect, says of the discussions.
Peyton Perry and Taj Akinbode will spend the 2016–17 academic year working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and social injustice through campus projects and programs, harnessing their passion for humanitarian work and social change to spearhead special events for students, faculty, and staff.
In January, Kelsey Burhans will begin her nine-month Fulbright fellowship in Bolivia and then continue onto Peru, where she will work closely with rural communities as well as microfinance organizations, banks, and mobile money operators to understand the common variables that support and inhibit progress toward expanding marginalized communities’ access to financial services.
The Global Journal, produced entirely by Northeastern students, sheds light on what it’s like to work, study, and live abroad, with a particular focus on co-op, Dialogue programs, and N.U.in experiences in countries ranging from India, Cambodia, and Costa Rica to France, Ireland, and Zambia.
Wildfires continue to rage for a third week in and around the city of Fort McMurray in Canada’s Alberta province, the country’s oil-sands capital. Some 96,000 people have been evacuated from the area and 2,400 buildings have been destroyed. We spoke with three Northeastern experts who share insight into how the catastrophe will affect climate change, the likely impact on U.S. consumers, and how the Fort McMurray community can recover.
The young humanitarians in Peace Through Play work with hundreds of children in K-8 schools and group homes in Boston’s Roxbury, Dorchester, Mission Hill, and South End neighborhoods. “Play provides a forum in which they can learn how to work cooperatively and function as positive members of their communities,” says group member Stephanie Roberts.
Keller’s interest in public health was shaped by her mother’s battle with breast cancer. On Friday, mom will cheer on daughter as she becomes the first person in her family to graduate from college.
The members of the sixth graduating class of the Torch Scholars Program represented “beacons of light” at a celebration in their honor on Thursday in East Village.