The Northwestern University School of Communication is committed to elevating the art and science of communication. Bridging theory and practice, our curriculum and research opportunities propel students to excellence in:
- performing and media arts, including dramatic and comedic writing, film and television production and direction, and acting for both screen and stage
- design for interactive and digital media
- dance and choreography
- media analysis and communication
- sound design and studies
- theatrical design, directing, and history
- speech-language pathology, audiology, and the study of learning disabilities
- policy analysis and public culture
Thursday, February 18
6:30 – 8 p.m. (CST)
Inside “A Strange Loop”: Creator Discusses Themes and Process Behind the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical
Michael R. Jackson, creator of A Strange Loop and the second School of Communication 2020-21 Hope Abelson Artist-in-Residence, spoke about his approach to and inspiration for the semi-autobiographical musical with Dean E. Patrick Johnson, associate professor Miriam Petty, and director Lili-Anne Brown (C95) on February 25 over Zoom.
Dean E. Patrick Johnson was joined on February 18 by Ruha Benjamin, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, for the second installment of his “Dialogue with the Dean” speaker series. The ongoing series spotlights communication professionals advancing the futures of their fields, challenging paradigms, and promoting social justice. Benjamin’s work examines the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine—in particular, who pays the cost of tech’s big promise.
Northwestern MFA Stage Design students were among the winners of a special virtual studio version of the Prague Quadrennial, a showcase of the best theatre design from around the world. Third-year students Meeka Postman (costume design) and Joe Johnson (set design) competed in the showcase’s PQ Studio contest alongside entries from around the world, all focused on the staging of 1937 play The White Plague by Czech playwright Karel Čapek. The eerily prescient play tells the story of a pandemic that sends a panic through an unnamed country as it kills citizens older than 45. The government in the play is run by a dictator who uses the pandemic as an opportunity to go to war, rather than to find a cure.