Teamwork on Mars

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School of Communication professors Leslie DeChurch and Noshir Contractor are collaborating on four NASA-funded studies of the social science behind deep-space exploration. Their predictive models based on the observation analog crews in isolation have identified weak spots for a future Mars team.

Chuck Whitney Obituary

Chuck Whitney, emeritus professor of Communication Studies and the School of Communication’s former associate dean for faculty and graduate affairs, died February 9 at age 72.

The Blackout Shines Bright

Student-run late-night-format comedy group, the Blackout, has been nominated for a College Television Award, an honor that is bestowed by the same enterprise that produces the Emmy Awards. The Blackout is being recognized for its “2018 Spring Quarter Update” segment, its first nomination.

New Wirtz Managing Director

The School of Communication and the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts welcome Al Heartley as the center’s new managing director. Heartley comes to Northwestern from the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut where he served as director of development.

MFA Reading Series

Staged readings of new work can be pivotal to writers. One can see a story play out from the eyes of the audience, gauge the authenticity of relationships and characters, and see if jokes land. A new series of staged readings aims to give MFA candidates in the Writing for Screen and Stage program the opportunity for this reflection and growth—and for audiences to have a glimpse at the next generation of writing talent.

Zimmerman’s “Soldier”

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Mary Zimmerman, the  Northwestern University Jaharis Family Foundation Chair in Performance Studies and School of Communication alumna, helms the world premiere of The Steadfast Tin Soldier at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company, where she is an ensemble member.

Arts in America

Good news for those worrying about the state of the American arts—it’s not nearly as bad as some say. Though, as Jane Chu, arts advisor for PBS and the former director of the National Endowment for the Arts, can attest, there are always highs and lows, and it’s important to always do the work. Chu discussed this and other functions of a career in the arts during a November talk sponsored by MSLCE.

Northwestern at “Indecent”

The enthralling story of a controversial 1923 play’s debut is dominated by Northwestern University alumni and faculty working in and on this critically acclaimed production. They followed their October 11 performance with a special Q&A with audience members.

Nina Kraus Returns to the Kennedy Center

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Northwestern neuroscientist joined music legends in an exploration of music and the mind.

Professor Takes on TV Distribution

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With Open TV, Aymar Jean Christian examines digital media’s disruptive impact on traditional Hollywood television.

2018-19 New Faculty

The School of Communication welcomes an exciting crop of new faculty for the 2018-19 academic year, including an accomplished writer-researcher, an alumna and assistant dean, a stage director and movement specialist, an acclaimed screenwriter, and an expert in strategic health messaging. The new faculty represents growth and expertise in emerging fields. Read on for a glimpse into six of our new faces.

Ear Health Interventions

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New understanding of hearing loss points to earlier intervention, says Sumit Dhar, but getting people to listen is a challenge.


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