Making sense of today’s political conventions

With the Repub­lican National Con­ven­tion set to begin on Monday in Cleve­land, Ohio, we spoke with North­eastern pro­fessor William Crotty about what actu­ally hap­pens at polit­ical con­ven­tions and the evolving role these con­ven­tions have played in pres­i­den­tial elections.

Decision 2016: Student journalists report from the field

As pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates from both par­ties criss­crossed Iowa last weekend, a dozen North­eastern stu­dents headed north to pre­view the New Hamp­shire pri­mary. They are mem­bers of jour­nalism pro­fessor Jonathan Kaufman’s class “Cov­ering Cam­paign 2016.” Here, we share their reports from the field.

Faculty Senate elects new leaders, committee members

The Fac­ulty Senate on Wednesday elected Carmen Sceppa, a pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Health Sci­ences and director of research in the Human Per­for­mance and Exer­cise Lab­o­ra­tory, to lead the Senate Agenda Com­mittee next aca­d­emic year.

Mayoral, city council at-​​large candidates to face off at campus forum

With Elec­tion Day less than two weeks away, North­eastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs will host a public forum on Sunday with the city’s may­oral and at-​​large city council candidates.

3Qs: Scandal detracts from serious international business

Dominique Strauss-​​Kahn resigned last week as the head of the Inter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund (IMF) amid alle­ga­tions of sexual assault in New York City — leading to larger ques­tions of how this will affect French pol­i­tics and finan­cial mat­ters across Europe. Natalie Bor­mann, a vis­iting assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, assesses the impli­ca­tions of this sit­u­a­tion and the media cov­erage that followed.

3Qs: For real, or for ratings?

As real estate tycoon and TV per­son­ality Donald Trump mulls a run for the U.S. pres­i­dency, Alan Schroeder, asso­ciate pro­fessor of jour­nalism at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and author of the book “Celebrity-​​in-​​Chief: How Show Busi­ness Took Over the White House,” dis­cusses the rela­tion­ship between celebrity and polit­ical power.

3Qs: Social media is important but no magic bullet

On Monday, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama launched his 2012 reelec­tion cam­paign in a YouTube video that fea­tures his sup­porters speaking about the issues and the elec­tion ahead. Josue David Cis­neros, assis­tant pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, assesses the mes­sage put forth in the president’s video, along with how social media can affect polit­ical and other grass­roots campaigns.