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.