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“Healthy Ears, Healthy Aging”

The Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning is continuing to engage the hearing loss community, now through a series of free seminars. The series, which next begins January 22, covers the technical side of hearing loss as well as strategies that use both technology and better communication with loved ones.

ASTR Awards

Faculty, students, and alumni from the School of Communication’s Departments of Theatre and Performance Studies were well represented among the winners at 2017’s American Society for Theatre Research’s annual awards luncheon in Atlanta last month. The recognitions reflect Northwestern’s preeminence among educators in these fields.

Toys to Talk About

At the holidays, it’s tempting to buy the flashiest toys popping up on retailers’ “hot lists,” but the experts recommend taking a different tack. The clinicians and researchers at the Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning held their second Toys to Talk About event, where they made suggestions of the best sorts of toys for kids across the developmental spectrum.

Comedy Producer Lou Wallach

He dabbled in theatre and watched a lot of TV; he showed enthusiasm and a willingness to take creative risks. He wrote. And wrote. And wrote. School of Communication alumnus and producing vet of such legendary comedy series as Chappelle’s Show and The Colbert Report shared with students his keys to making it in the world of comedy. Spoiler alert: there’s room for everyone.

A Sustainable "Stellaluna"

Stellaluna, the Wirtz Center’s family theatre production about a fruit bat’s forest adventures, intends to deliver a message beyond what is in the dialogue. Director and MFA candidate Caitlin Lowans set out to create Stellaluna in a sustainable way — using repurposed materials, recycled supplies, and an indefatigable zeal for creative challenges.

Disney Director’s Colorful Career

Northwestern alumnus and director of animated films John Musker remembers a guest speaker during his undergraduate years that changed the course of his career. Warner Bros’ legend Chuck Jones, addressing students, demonstrated how work as an animator meant a lifetime of continuous learning. Musker took this to heart, and his trajectory has been equally impressive. He shared his story with students on October 19.

2018 Hoffman Visiting Filmmaker

Raoul Peck, the Academy Award-nominated director of I Am Not Your Negro, was invited to campus this week as the 2018 Hoffman Visiting Filmmaker in Residence. Peck screened and discussed his film, which profiles the late writer and social critic James Baldwin, at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art.

Award-Winning Dramatist Inspires

John Logan is the rare Hollywood figure to achieve success on multiple artistic fronts. A prolific writer who boasts a diverse body of work, Logan has penned blockbusters and cerebral plays alike. The Class of ’83 alumnus joined us last week and shared with students his take on writing, research, preparedness, and the power of hard work.

"Moonlight" Writer Welcomed

Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the play on which the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight was based, was welcomed as a featured guest last week at the Black Arts International: Temporalities and Territories conference. He spoke to a packed house Friday, following the Thursday evening premiere of his play In the Red and Brown Water at the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts.

Black Arts Initiative Conference

Last week’s Black Arts International: Temporalities and Territories conference welcomed scholars, artists, performers, researchers and students to examine the black artistic experience through a global lens. The conference’s keynote speaker was Homi Bhabha, the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard University. Read more to learn about his enlightening talk that kicked off the week of events.

Broadway Talent Returns

Three School of Communication alumni returned to campus last week to celebrate their reunion and share with students their tales from the Great White Way. Heather Headley, Catherine Brunell, and Randy Meyer, all from the class of 1997, talked of touring, auditioning, landing a role, and losing a role, but never losing one’s appreciating of the journey.

Faculty, Alumni at the CIFF

Department of Radio/Television/Film associate professors Kyle Henry and J.P. Sniadecki, lecturer Stephen Cone, and MFA Documentary Media alumna Mina Fitzpatrick will each be screening films at the Chicago International Film Festival October 12 through 26. Henry’s film “Rogers Park” will premiere at the festival. Of the four films, two are shot in, and largely about, the city of Chicago.

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