On the Edge of Syria

Story and photo by Devin Windelspecht, windelspecht.d@husky.neu.edu The Syrian Civil War represents one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in recent memory, comparable to, if not in some ways greater than, the the conflicts in Rwanda, Bosnia, or Somalia in the 1990s. In a country of just over 15 million, 6 million people are internally displaced within…

How Small Men Become Great: Theodore Herzl as a Zionist Leader, Visits NEU

Story by Amy Hood | hood.a@husky.neu.edu Upon first impression, Derek Penslar is what you might expect from a historian, leading scholar in Israel Studies, and academician. He is tall, middle-aged, and slim. He prefers a simple suit with clean edges and tie. His choice in glasses has mastered the scholarly art of providing an academic yet…

Professors Berna Turam and Kathrin Zippel On Their Dialogue

Written by Mary Chen | chen.mary@husky.neu.edu Photo by Dirk Ahlgrim Professors Berna Turam and Kathrin Zippel are both of the International Affairs, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty here at Northeastern.  Together, they run a dialogue, aptly named “Turkey and Germany: Politics of Space and Islam, Gender, and Sexuality in Istanbul and Berlin”. What is this…

What is a Zionist? A Talk with William F.S. Miles

Story by by Devin Windelspecht | windelspecht.d@husky.neu.edu The term “Zionism” carries very different and very significant meanings for different groups of people. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines Zionism as a “Jewish nationalist movement that has had as its goal the creation and support of a Jewish national state in Palestine.”  While some people champion the creation of…

Understanding the Recent Violence in Jerusalem

Story by Devin Windelspecht | windelspecht.d@husky.neu.edu Photo by Yasmeen Al-Haj | alhaj.y@husky.neu.edu On October 1st, Etim and Naama Henkin were killed while driving in their car near the Israeli settlement of Itamar on the West Bank. The attacks were claimed by Al Asque Martyrs Brigade, an extremist militant organization which swears allegiance to the Palestinian political party…

Learning About the Iran Deal

Story by Allen Meringolo | meringolo.a@husky.neu.edu Photo by Yasmeen Al-Haj | alhaj.y@husky.neu.edu The co-op program gives Northeastern students an appreciation of the challenges and requirements of life in the professional world.  After completing two co-ops, I have come to understand the importance of communication and active listening skills.  In hopes of improving these interpersonal skills, I signed…

Roya Hakakian Explains the Iranian Jewish Community

Story by Devin Windelspecht | windelspecht.d@husky.neu.edu Photo by Yasmeen Al-Haj | alhaj.y@husky.neu.edu It was 9:00, on what would have been an ordinary December night had the country of Iran not been in the midst of a revolution against the then-ruling Shah. Driven by Khomeini’s call to protest, thousands upon thousands of Iranians extinguished the lights in their…