Dysphagia Conference Comes to Evanston

Professor Bonnie Martin-Harris, one of the foremost researchers in swallowing disorders, brought her flagship conference to Evanston this month. Dysphagia is a surprisingly common condition that is known little outside of its dedicated research community, but Martin-Harris, though this event and other efforts, is giving it the attention and treatment it so deserves.

70th Annual Emmy Nominations

Northwestern School of Communication alumni including Stephen Colbert and Megan Mullally, are among the latest crop of nominees.

Theatre Management Module and the Path to Leadership

The School of Communication’s modular curriculum is designed to give undergraduates a comprehensive and experiential pathway to their chosen careers. One module, time and again, stands out for its success with students—theatre management.

Annual Faculty Awards

The School of Communication on Monday awarded four faculty members its annual Galbut Outstanding Faculty Award and the Clarence Simon Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring. The awards were distributed on June 4 at the yearly Honors Convocation ceremony in Norris University Center.

Music, Joy, and a Royal Wedding

The School of Communication’s E. Patrick Johnson, who has researched and participated in gospel choirs, explains its central role in making the recent royal wedding a captivating, unifying experience.

35th Annual Van Zelst Lecture

The lessons of filmmaker Todd Solondz often hover around the concept of success: how to learn from it, how to capitalize on it, and how to embrace its curious timing. The writer/director/producer of such award-winning films as Welcome to the Dollhouse spoke on campus recently as the 35th Annual Van Zelst Lecturer—and he knew all his lines (read on for context).

Black Lives, Black Words

The second-annual on-campus showcase of the words of black student artists brought with it more new works, more conversation, and more Northwestern partners. “It’s my favorite event of the year,” said senior theatre major Allie Woodson; and it’s more necessary than ever.

Emmy-Winning Producer and Alumna

A series of video pieces about an underdog basketball team did more than just raise its profile — it raised Heidi Palarz’s. The School of Communication alumna returned to campus on February 7 to share with students tales of her willingness to work, her embrace of failure, and what it’s like to be the only woman in a male-dominated field.

RTVF Faculty at NU-Q

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Three members of the Evanston-based Radio/Television/Film faculty will be journeying to Northwestern’s campus in Doha, Qatar to teach a three-part course called Media Performance Technologies, which will focus on live media performance. The faculty — Eric Patrick, Stephan Moore, and Chaz Evans — will have rotating appointments at NU-Q this spring.

“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 Award Winners

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.


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