The evolution of constitutional federalism

Asso­ciate pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Michael Tolley spent his Con­sti­tu­tion Day lec­ture exam­ining why “fed­er­alism is the car­dinal ques­tion of Amer­ican con­sti­tu­tional law,” as former Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wilson once put it. His lec­ture coin­cided with the day com­mem­o­rating the for­ma­tion and signing of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion 228 years ago.

3Qs: The human rights impact of Hurricane Katrina

Beyond the phys­ical destruc­tion Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina caused along the Gulf Coast a decade ago, the storm ulti­mately led to wide­spread human rights vio­la­tions, according to Amnesty Inter­na­tional. Polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Thomas Vicino holds forth on the issues former Gulf Coast res­i­dents con­tinue to face today.

3Qs: Urban and coastal planning in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

A decade after Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina made land­fall in Louisiana, North­eastern pro­fessor Stephen Flynn exam­ines how the cat­a­strophic event vaulted our ability to recover from nat­ural dis­as­ters into a national priority.

How communities can prep for ‘the big one’

The Pacific North­west report­edly could be dev­as­tated by a major earth­quake in the coming decades. But according to one North­eastern expert in com­mu­nity and infra­struc­ture resilience, no part of the U.S. is safe from nat­ural catastrophe.

Campus forum analyzes Paris attacks

Five North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers par­tic­i­pated in an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary forum exam­ining January’s attacks in Paris and their place in the larger con­text of con­flicts, ter­rorism, free speech, and inequality.

Looking ahead: US politics in 2015

The Obama administration’s agenda, the next pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, and polit­ical behavior on social media are among the topics that assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Nick Beauchamp will be closely fol­lowing this year.

Understanding Ferguson

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary panel of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors con­vened on Wednesday night to dis­cuss the fac­tors that con­tributed to and arose from the shooting death of an unarmed teenager this summer in Fer­guson, Missouri.

3Qs: The US response to ISIS

On Monday, the United States launched strategic airstrikes on ISIS tar­gets in parts of Syria and Iraq. It was a move Pres­i­dent Obama had no choice but to make, says assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Max Abrahms.

The Gaza war from afar

In a campus lec­ture on Tuesday, pro­fessor Dov Waxman, co-​​director of Northeastern’s Middle East Center, exam­ined the strategic and moral impli­ca­tions of the Israel-​​Hamas conflict.

The battle for Ukraine

In a lec­ture Wednesday, Mitchell Oren­stein, chair of the Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, dis­cussed the tur­moil in the Eastern Euro­pean country and what it means from a geopo­lit­ical standpoint.

Does Big Data have the flu?

In response to rev­e­la­tions of fail­ures in the Google Flu Trends’ pre­dic­tive capa­bil­i­ties, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers exam­ined how Big Data can best be uti­lized for sci­en­tific gain in a report pub­lished online on Thursday in the journal Science.

3Qs: What to watch for in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have begun. We asked Philip D’Agati, an expert in patri­o­tism, pol­i­tics, and the Olympics, in the Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to dis­cuss Russia’s role as host and which Olympic events he has his eye on.

Let’s start at the beginning

North­eastern on Wednesday cel­e­brated the release of polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor William F.S. Miles’ newest book, Afro-​​Jewish Encoun­ters, which details his many trips to Africa over the last 35 years.

Economic challenges take center stage at Open Classroom

On Wednesday, former Har­vard pres­i­dent and Obama adviser Larry Sum­mers joined Gre­gory Mankiw, an adviser to Mitt Romney, for a standing-​​room-​​only dis­cus­sion hosted by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.