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An Inside Look at Mercy Street

A pair of showrunners for the new Civil War-set docudrama Mercy Street discussed the show’s examination of race, gender, and Civil War myths before a campus crowd at this EPICS-sponsored event.

New SoundTank Podcast “Secrets of Star Wars Sound Design” Is Released

The hiss of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. The whir of BB-8’s roll. The guttural, staccato wail of Chewbacca in distress. These, and more, are the calling cards of iconic sound designer Gary Rydstrom, whom the producers of the new SoundTank Podcast series interviewed for this latest installment of their audio newsletter. Here, Rydstrom spills the beans about Star Wars, the science of sound, and his affinity for Northwestern.

Northwestern Experts Identify Best Toys for Kids

Toys that talk may appeal to parents and caregivers as potent language development tools. But university speech-language pathologists say toys that best build a child’s verbal skills need not utter a word.

Visionary Ad Veteran Shares Stories and Surprises at EPICS Event

School of Communication alumna Jeanie Caggiano (C82) reveals how creative teams at the agency that brought us such universally recognized characters and campaigns as Tony the Tiger, the Maytag repairman, UnitedHealthcare’s “Dirty Dancing,” and Allstate’s “Mayhem” turn ideas into advertising.

Award-Winning Television Pioneer Discusses Celebrated (and Critiqued) Life in Entertainment

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer/director/producer Norman Lear not only had a front row seat for the first golden age of television, he changed the face of it — making friends, and a few enemies, in the process. He was recently on campus to talk about his life and newly released memoir, Even This I Get to Experience, (Penguin Press, 2014).

Prolific and Lauded Composer Shines During Abelson Artist Talk

Jeanine Tesori is one of the most successful women in musical theatre, ever. Accolades, awards, and credits abound in her ever-growing resume of smash-hit scores on Broadway and beyond. She recently visited Northwestern as the 2015 Abelson Artist in Residence and shared advice with a rapt audience.