TV producer, showrunner, and alumna Mara Brock Akil returned to Northwestern to speak with students about her lifelong love of writing, the value of the occasional misstep, and her mission to give a voice (and screen time) to underrepresented groups. She was welcomed on campus in February as part of the EPICS Connections Speaker Series.
Mary Zimmerman, the Tony Award-winning Northwestern alumna and Jarahis Family Foundation Chair of Performance Studies, spoke to The New York Times about her forthcoming production of Dvorak’s Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera. Zimmerman, a peerless director and adapter of plays and operas, explained the challenges of working between the two mediums, her imaginative style, and what’s on the horizon for her professionally.
Hamid Naficy, the Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication in the Department of Radio/Television/Film, spoke with The Atlantic in the wake of news that the Iranian director of the Oscar-nominated film The Salesman will not be attending the awards ceremony due to Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration. Naficy puts this news in context through the history of Iranian cinema, our complicated political relations, and how art is an invitation to a shared experience.
School of Communication alumna Selina Fillinger (class of ‘16) is a young but promising voice in the Chicago professional theatre community. Her play Faceless, which she developed as an undergraduate in an advanced playwriting sequence, premieres at Northlight Theatre January 26. Faculty mentor Laura Schellhardt was also interviewed for this Chicago Tribune piece.
Four School of Communication faculty were recognized by the University in January for their efforts toward achieving greater diversity, inclusivity, equity, and innovation in the campus community. E. Patrick Johnson received one of two prestigious Provost Awards for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity, and Aymar Jean Christian, Anne Marie Piper, and Liz Gerber were recipients of the Provost Grant for Faculty Innovation in Diversity and Equity.
Communication Studies professor Pablo Boczkowski tells Seeker: “There's always been misinformation. What we have now is an information infrastructure that is very different, with a scale and a scope that we haven't seen before." What does this mean in the age of rapidly growing technological advances? Boczkowski and other media experts explain.
The School of Communication has announced new partnerships with area high schools to introduce our innovative playwriting curriculum to a younger, broader audience — and to recruit a wider array of students to both our NHSI summer program and the University.
School of Communication students participated in a speedy meet-and-greet with Chicago-based entertainment luminaries. Industry leaders specializing in writing, directing, producing, and distribution for major network shows and film initiatives lent their knowledge to undergraduates and graduate students keen on entering the field. The upshot? Right now, Chicago is a great place to be working in entertainment.
Drummer and founding member of the band Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Chamberlin, spoke to Northwestern students on Nov. 1 about hard work, his life in music, and moving into a new career. Chamberlin visited campus as part of the EPICS Connections Speaker Series.
The four-class quarter just became optional. The School of Communication announced that is has reduced the number of course credits required of undergraduates to earn a degree, effective immediately. The change was made in response to students’ reported levels of stress, an increase in their interdisciplinary learning, and the desire for more curricular exploration. Majors within the school now have to fulfill 42 credits to earn a bachelor’s of arts or science degree, down from 45.
Emmy-nominated showrunner David Hollander returned to campus to speak with graduate writing students about collaborating on scripts, finding an authentic voice, and landing that big break. Hollander, a class of 1990 alumnus, is the multi-talented force behind Showtime’s Ray Donovan.
Northwestern alumni Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo returned to campus to speak to students about careers in television writing — and how the climate to do exciting work has never been better.