A score of Twitter users were banned by the social media service last week for hurling a spate of vile remarks at Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. To find out how online anonymity affects the way people act toward each other and what social media sites like Twitter could do to curb targeted attacks, we turned to Northeastern assistant professor Joseph Reagle, an expert on internet trolling.
Law professor Jessica Silbey will discuss the history of law in American film on Wednesday at a Law Library of Congress event. Here, she looks at the pitfalls of crime shows, names her favorite legal drama, and explains how the depiction of law in film has changed over the past 125 years.
Private prisons are a particularly hot topic these days, the setting of the Netflix dramedy Orange is the New Black and the subject of a recent 35,000-word Mother Jones exposé. Here, Natasha Frost, associate professor in Northeastern’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, explains how for-profit prisons are changing the criminal justice system.
A new study from a team of Brazilian scientists has found that a drug-resistant bacterium has been growing off two city beaches bordering Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailors will compete next month. We asked Daniel Faber, professor of sociology and director of Northeastern’s Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, to discuss the social, political, and scientific implications of the findings.
Trump’s recent move to revoke the press credentials for The Washington Post will backfire on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, says Jonathan Kaufmann, director of Northeastern’s School of Journalism. “Banning the Post from his rallies can only hurt Trump,” he explains. “Reporters are resourceful and they will get the news.”
The university celebrated the highest achievements of students, faculty, and staff at the sixth annual Academic Honors Convocation on Thursday afternoon in East Village.
The Faculty Senate on Wednesday accepted a report on the results of the Higher Education Research Institute survey, which measured Northeastern professors’ views on topics such as research and teaching.
William Detrich has been making research trips to Palmer Station in Antarctica for more than 30 years. Now, in recognition of his notable discoveries, a small island less than a mile away from the research facility has been commemoratively named after him.
The campaign for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is working with a British data company to develop behavior-based models of American voters. As voters head to the polls today as part of Super Tuesday, we asked professor Nick Beauchamp if the practice, called microtargeting, is the quintessential form of political persuasion or simply a dirty trick played on the unwitting public.
Nikos Passas, an international financial crime expert, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday telling members of a House Financial Services Committee task force that the global threat of trade-based money laundering is serious but that effective responses are within reach.
On Wednesday, the man whose conviction was profiled on the hugely popular “Serial” podcast, returns to court for a post-conviction hearing. Here, law professor Daniel Medwed, an expert in wrongful convictions, says that “Serial” and Making a Murderer have highlighted some of the chief flaws in our criminal justice system. But he also says that he is dismayed by how the programs presented their cases.
This spring’s Open Classroom Series will explore the many challenges and opportunities facing the city over the next 15 years.