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This algorithm can predict who will win a debate. It might also help save democracy.

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Ideally, debates are like fuel for the engine of democracy. But in their current form on social media, are they really getting us anywhere? Northeastern professor Lu Wang believes that the right mix of linguistic analysis, artificial intelligence, and data visualization can produce more meaningful debates. Understanding what makes a persuasive argument is at the heart of…
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Published On: June 20, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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Northeastern remembers Susan Setta

Remembering Susan Setta

She could pack Blackman Auditorium for a course on dying, build a religious studies program at a university known for practical education, and quickly diffuse the tension in a room with her unbridled laugh. Susan Setta died on May 14 at the age of 69, after 40 years as a professor at Northeastern and 16 years as chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion…
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Published On: May 23, 2018 | Tags: ,,,
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Here’s what makes a great teacher

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College of Social Sciences and Humanities Professor Denise Garcia earned the 2018 University Excellence in Teaching Award at Northeastern University because of her passion for students on both the academic and human level. ..
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Published On: May 2, 2018 | Tags: ,,,
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Professor Moya Bailey named to Essence Magazine’s Woke 100 Women of 2018

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Professor Moya Bailey coined the term “misogynoir” to recognize the specific race- and gender-based biases black women face in pop culture. In recognition of this work, she was named No. 5 on Essence Magazine’s Woke 100 Women for 2018…
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Published On: May 1, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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Professor Smead installed as inaugural Rossetti Professor

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In a newly endowed position, associate professor of philosophy Rory Smead will lead a new program that will weave together the humanities and non-humanities as part of Northeastern students’ education. ..
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Published On: April 27, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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CSSH staff members awarded 2018 Outstanding Staff Awards

Dean Poiger (center) with Stephanie Knutson (left) and Elda Ceribashi (right)

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities recognized the winners of the 2018 CSSH Outstanding Staff Awards at the college’s annual faculty and staff celebration event…
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Published On: April 26, 2018 |
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Student’s family history in the Holocaust inspires a dance performance

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Members of Danielle Murad Waiss’ extended family died in the Holocaust, while others were forced to flee to different parts of the world, including to Mexico, where she was born. It’s a family history that inspired her over the past year as she researched, directed, and choreographed a seven-piece dance performance for Northeastern’s annual Holocaust Commemoration..
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Published On: April 25, 2018 | Tags: ,,,,,,
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Cuba is getting a new president. But that doesn’t mean the end of Castro rule.

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Raul Castro’s decision step aside as Cuba’s president was met with great fanfare, but the move does not mean the end of 59-years of Castro rule over the island. Caribbean scholar Jose Buscaglia, a pioneer in Cuban studies since 1997, says Castro’s maneuver is designed to “hand the hot potato” of financial reform to his successor, Miguel Díaz-Canel, while maintaining the real power for himself…
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Published On: April 20, 2018 | Tags: ,,,
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Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards prestigious fellowships to two Northeastern faculty

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Northeastern University professors and newly-minted Guggenheim Fellows Jessica Silbey and Theo Davis both have ties to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Silbey is current a resident fellow in the Northeastern Humanities Center, while Davis, who served as a Humanities Center resident fellow in 2015-16,, is a professor in the Department of English…
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Published On: April 13, 2018 | Tags: ,,,,
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Five years after attack, Boston Marathon digital archivists find healing in storytelling

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Five years on, revisiting the digital archive created after the Boston Marathon bombing is still part of the healing process for Professor of English Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and the others who curated it…
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