Music, race, and the White House

Hip-​​hop in Amer­ican cul­ture and its con­nec­tions with Barack Obama’s pres­i­dency set the stage for a thought-​​provoking panel dis­cus­sion with experts in race, music, gender studies, pop cul­ture, and politics.

3Qs: A new model of religious and spiritual life on campus, and beyond

Alexander Lev­ering Kern, the exec­u­tive director of Northeastern’s new Center for Spir­i­tu­ality, Dia­logue and Cul­ture, says stu­dents need basic under­standing of reli­gion and cul­ture to tackle soci­etal challenges.

3Qs: Technology and the power of sound

In his new book, “Sonic Per­sua­sion: Reading Sound in the Recorded Age,” Greg Goodale, assis­tant pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies, crit­i­cally ana­lyzes how a wide range of actual sounds — from U.S. pres­i­dents’ audio record­ings to car­toon sound­tracks — have been used as per­sua­sive devices, often pro­viding greater meaning to inter­pre­ta­tions of iden­tity, cul­ture and history.