President Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address this evening in Chicago. We asked four Northeastern faculty members to reflect on how Obama will be remembered, with a particular focus on his impact on healthcare, human rights, and American culture.
In the second installment of our two-part series looking at some of the big stories primed to make headlines in the new year, Northeastern experts explain that Donald Trump will put “America first,” athlete-led social activism will heat up, and franchise reboots will take over your TV.
Cities as far-flung as Oakland, California, and Oulu, Finland, will soon be part of separate basic income experiments. But a universal basic income program is unlikely to become a reality in the U.S., says applied microeconomics expert Mindy Marks, who notes that such an initiative would be too costly and potentially subject to abuse.
Wisconsin’s presidential recount is almost done, but legal challenges have halted the proceedings in Michigan and Pennsylvania. We asked Bill Crotty, an expert on American elections, to explain what the recounts involve, why Trump supporters are working to block these efforts, and how the recount results might influence future voting policies.
Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen last week, upending decades of diplomatic practice. “It can be said with near certitude that when Trump accepted that phone call, he had no idea what the consequences might be for U.S.-China relations,” says China expert Suzanne Ogden.
The spread of fake news on Facebook has suddenly become a hot topic of conversation, particularly in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking victory in the presidential election. John Wihbey, assistant professor of journalism and new media, calls it a “very serious issue,” but says “the chances that misinformation on social media swung the election are vanishingly small.”
To ease the tension of Election Day, we asked seven faculty members to participate a quirky thought experiment that challenged each of them to consider how one well known but long dead person in their respective fields would have voted in the 2016 presidential election. The responses were insightful, sobering, and occasionally hilarious.
ABC News chief political analyst Matthew Dowd will address the numerous ways in which the 2016 election is transforming American politics. The interactive discussion—“Election 2016: Where do we go from here?”—will take place on Friday at noon in Blackman Auditorium and also will be shown live on Facebook.
Alan Stone was the architect of many presidential speeches in the early 1990s. As the 2016 campaign enters the home stretch, we asked him to share his experiences, tips, and what it’s like to hear a president speak words you’ve written.
On Nov. 8, a group of data scientists and journalists will buck a decades-old tradition by releasing real-time Election Day projections. Renowned statistician Nate Silver says it “could go disastrously wrong,” while others say the old way was “ill conceived and anti-journalistic.” We asked Jonathan Kaufman, the director of the School of Journalism at Northeastern, for his take.
The state of Brazil in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, stands in stark contrast to the state of the nation today. As the world turns its focus to Rio for tonight’s Opening Ceremonies, associate professor Thomas Vicino explains Brazil’s change of fortune.
After weeks of intense public speculation, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton introduced their vice presidential candidates. That got us wondering how presidential hopefuls select their running mates and whether those selections typically impact elections. Here, Bill Crotty, professor emeritus and an expert on presidential politics, examines those questions.