The death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black teenager shot by self-appointed community watch captain George Zimmerman in Florida, has sparked a turbulent nationwide dialogue on race and so-called “stand your ground” laws, which authorize the use of lethal force in cases of self-defense. On Tuesday, law professor Deborah Ramirez spoke at a panel convened by Congressional Democrats to address the case.
Having expressed an interest in running for elective office—perhaps as a Republican candidate in the 2013 New York City mayor’s race—actor Kelsey Grammer may be the latest celebrity hoping to cross over to the world of politics. We asked journalism professor Alan Schroeder to weigh in on the history of celebrities who run for office and analyze the advantages they have over traditional candidates.
Earlier this week, President Obama signed a bill passed by Congress that would raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. The combative negotiations that preceded the deal, however, highlighted the deep political divide in Washington. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Professor in Northeastern’s Department of Political Science, to examine the political climate in light of this deal, and what it means for the 2012 elections.
Congress and President Obama have yet to reach an agreement to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, a necessity to ensure that the United States is able to meet its financial obligations. William Dickens, a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Social Policy at Northeastern, said that the U.S. economy could slide into depression if a deal is not agreed upon by the Aug. 2 deadline.
The sesquicentennial of the Civil War is an opportunity to revisit its legacy; the many ways that it continues to affect our society and culture. Here, Professor Ballard Campbell, an expert in American political history, discusses how the political divisions of the 1860s continue to resonate in our politics. Campbell is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
The prospects for peace between Israel and Palestine, and U.S. policy on the complicated issue, captured the world’s attention earlier this month, as President Obama delivered a major speech on the Middle East, followed by a daylong meeting between the president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Netanyahu’s subsequent address to Congress. Kimberly Jones, a faculty associate in Northeastern’s Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development, assesses the impact of these developments.
On Monday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress the U.S. has reached its debt ceiling — the limit on how much money the government can borrow. Not only has raising this limit been at times a contentious political issue, it also raises larger issues related to the U.S. economy’s long-term health, says Kamran Dadkhah, associate professor of economics at Northeastern University.
Law professor Wendy Parmet represents legal immigrants who were cut from the state’s health coverage in Supreme Judicial Court case
In his new book, “Sonic Persuasion: Reading Sound in the Recorded Age,” Greg Goodale, assistant professor of communication studies, critically analyzes how a wide range of actual sounds — from U.S. presidents’ audio recordings to cartoon soundtracks — have been used as persuasive devices, often providing greater meaning to interpretations of identity, culture and history.
Ongoing demonstrations against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal that would strip the state’s public employee unions of nearly all their collective bargaining power have rocked that state’s capitol. Northeastern economics professor Osborne Jackson, whose research focuses on labor economics and public finance, explores this politically charged issue.