Squash and sustainability: Open Classroom to explore our food system

Eating is some­thing we do every day, but how often do we con­sider the social, eco­nomic, global, and envi­ron­mental cogs behind our food system? This semester’s Myra Kraft Open Class­room series, which starts tonight, encour­ages the Boston com­mu­nity to do just that.

3Qs: Will universal basic income ever become an American reality?

Cities as far-​​flung as Oak­land, Cal­i­fornia, and Oulu, Fin­land, will soon be part of sep­a­rate basic income exper­i­ments. But a uni­versal basic income pro­gram is unlikely to become a reality in the U.S., says applied micro­eco­nomics expert Mindy Marks, who notes that such an ini­tia­tive would be too costly and poten­tially sub­ject to abuse.

For Hutchinson family, Northeastern is home

Emily Hutchinson’s first day of classes as a stu­dent at North­eastern coin­cided with her father’s first day of work as asso­ciate director of cor­po­rate part­ner­ships for the university’s ath­letics depart­ment. “It’s so funny how it all worked out,” Emily says. “I def­i­nitely could not have pre­dicted this.”

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.

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.

Takeda CEO talks globalization, innovation in pharmaceutical industry

Christophe Weber, pres­i­dent and CEO of Takeda Phar­ma­ceu­tical Com­pany Ltd., shared his global vision, mul­ti­cul­tural per­spec­tive, and long-​​term approach to run­ning the 235-​​year-​​old Japanese com­pany on Tuesday at Northeastern’s CEO Break­fast Forum speaker series.

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.

Student’s reporting part of award-​​winning Rio Olympics coverage on evictions

Grad­uate stu­dent Giulia Afiune, a native of Brazil, was part of a mul­ti­media jour­nalism project this summer that told the sto­ries of fam­i­lies evicted due to Rio Olympics con­struc­tion. This fall, that project won a pres­ti­gious national jour­nalism award in her home country.