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Northwestern School of Communication

Past Events

Explore some of the noteworthy past events that occurred at the School of Communication.


Convocation 2022

On June 13, 2022, Dean Johnson hosted a convocation ceremony for School of Communication undergraduates and graduate students in the MS SLL Program and AuD Clinical Doctorate Program. Alumna Judy Belk (C75) also delivered remarks to the graduates. Belk is the president and CEO of the California Wellness Foundation, which provides grants and program-related investments that promote health equity, justice, and advocacy for Californians.

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Dialogue with the Dean

The Dean hosted quarterly interview events to spotlight emerging and established communicators who are advancing the future of their fields, challenging paradigms and promoting social justice.

In the inaugural 2020-21 season, guests were scholars examining race, ethnicity and class and how these identifiers fit into, and often clash with, our increasingly digital existence. The following seasons spotlighted artists who use their platforms to tell forgotten or ignored stories—who create to educate as much as entertain.

Explore past guests


CommFest 2018

CommFest 2018 was the School of Communication’s learning, interaction, and entertainment festival.

The weekend of panel discussions, master classes, demonstrations, discussions, open houses, film festivals, and the culminating “A Starry Night” show hosted by Stephen Colbert  attracted thousands of visitors to Evanston and was the first such comprehensive education-and-performance event the school has ever staged.

Visit the CommFest website