Northeastern honors past leadership, looks to future

At the Aca­d­emic Honors Con­vo­ca­tion, North­eastern pre­sented the Pres­i­den­tial Medal­lion to two of its former leaders, John A. Curry and Richard M. Free­land. The medal­lion was bestowed upon the former pres­i­dents in cel­e­bra­tion of their lega­cies, which have paved the way for future success.

Take 5: A lesser-​​known era of basketball history

D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness pro­fessor Robert Lieb has written a book detailing the his­tory of the Amer­ican Bas­ket­ball League, a short-​​lived pro bas­ket­ball league in the 1960s that looked to dis­rupt the bas­ket­ball establishment.

The untold stories of slavery

In a campus lec­ture on Friday, Pulitzer Prize-​​winning author Dou­glas Blackmon said he writes about African Amer­ican slavery because it’s a way to infuse per­son­ality into sto­ries that were orig­i­nally written in dehu­man­izing ways.

Thanksgiving gets an international flavor

On Tuesday, Northeastern’s Inter­na­tional Stu­dent and Scholar Insti­tute cooked up a tra­di­tional Thanks­giving meal for stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff, who also learned about the holiday’s his­tory and culture.

Archivist sees bright future in collections of past

Gior­dana Mecagni, the new uni­ver­sity archivist and head of spe­cial col­lec­tions, is ready to increase the scope of the Archives and Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Depart­ment, which pre­serves valu­able col­lec­tions that doc­u­ments the his­tory of both North­eastern and Boston.

3Qs: The gift of history

Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor William Fowler reflects on some of the most unusual gift exchanges between nations in modern his­tory and how the sym­bolic prac­tice has evolved.

Professor mines for historical memes

Ryan Cordell, an assis­tant pro­fessor of Eng­lish and a dig­ital human­i­ties expert, is using a newly dig­i­tized cor­pora of his­tor­ical texts, including news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines, and novels, to iden­tify the pop­ular ele­ments of 19th-​​century culture.

Sports—a good political platform

A new book by Roger Abrams, the Richardson Pro­fessor of Law at North­eastern and a leader in the field of sports law, exam­ines the crit­ical role sports have played in pol­i­tics and history.