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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

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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.

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