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MSC Crisis Communication Seminar

Twenty-eight professionals from businesses and organizations across the Chicago area immersed themselves into navigating negative public relations in the Master of Science in Communication’s (MSC) inaugural Crisis Communication Seminar and Simulation on May 17 in the Frances Searle Building on the Evanston campus. The Crisis Seminar is an executive education hybrid program that culminates with a live-action simulation—a full-day exercise that gives its participants the experience of riding through an organizational crisis that is playing out on multiple public and private platforms.

Alumna Discusses Play

Art—especially theatrical art—has the unique power to inquire, to challenge, and to help heal long-festering societal wounds. In award-winning playwright and alumna Lydia Diamond’s Voyeurs de Venus, our nation’s ugly racial past and its slow-moving reckoning get a closer examination on a Northwestern stage. Diamond (C91) returned to her alma mater May 26 for a discussion following the final performance of Venus at the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing Arts’ Josephine Louis Theatre. Also joining her was director Tasia Jones and the student cast of the show.

2019 Van Zelst Lecture

Judy Wajcman, the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, relayed her research into our complicated relationship with time during the 36th Annual Van Zelst Lecture in Communication at Norris University Center on May 22.

Niteskool Reunion

Alumni gathered on the Evanston campus on May 18 to celebrate Niteskool, the award-winning student music video production group that sprouted from the music video revolution, known for graduating Grammy-winners and other successful music and film professionals.

Stephanie March Screens Film

Stephanie March (C96), actress, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, returned to the Evanston campus in May to screen her award-winning “mockumentary,” The Social Ones. March executive produced the film, and costarred in it alongside fellow ‘Cat Richard Kind (C78), Debra Jo Rupp, Peter Scolari, and more. She shared some of her thoughts on showbusiness and beyond during a post-screening Q&A.

2019 Wirtz Visiting Artist

Playwright, performer, and director Daniel Alexander Jones, known for his critically acclaimed performance pieces including Black Light, Duat, An Integrator’s Manual, and Radiate, visited classrooms and spoke to students May 15 as the School of Communication’s 2019 Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Visiting Artist.

2019 Pepper Lecture

How can more children with language delays access early treatment and improved outcomes? If diagnostic tests are made widely available and parents take a more hands-on role with therapy, they can and will, says Megan Roberts, the Jane Steiner Hoffman and Michael Hoffman Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, who gave the 2019 Pepper Lecture in the Frances Searle Building on May 8.

Innovations in Autism Research

School of Communication faculty Molly Losh, Elizabeth Norton, and Megan Roberts hosted last week “Understanding the Autism Spectrum: Clinical, Biological, and Cultural perspectives,” an innovative conference to disseminate and discuss the latest findings and considerations in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. The event served as the fifth annual CSDConnect conference and the Lambert Family Communication Conference.

2019 Hoffman Visiting Artist

Acclaimed director and the 2019 Hoffman Visiting Artist for Documentary Media, Yance Ford, screened his Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated documentary, Strong Island, in Annie Mae Swift Hall April 11. Strong Island, a Netflix documentary, focuses on the murder of Ford’s older brother on Long Island in 1992, the grand jury’s refusal to indict the white man who shot him, and the tragic repercussions for Ford’s family.

Professor’s New Book is Honored

Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History by E. Patrick Johnson was recently named a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and a Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction. Earlier this year it was recognized as a 2019 Stonewall Book Award—Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award Honor Book.

Redressing a Troubled History

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For the last decade, associate professor of theatre Elizabeth Son has researched the so-called “comfort women”: the estimated 200,000 women from Japan, Korea and elsewhere who were coerced or kidnapped into sex slavery for the Japanese military between 1932 and 1945. Northwestern profiled Son and her work in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8.

CAREER Award Winner

Communication Studies assistant professor Nick Diakopoulos was awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (or CAREER) Award, making him the seventh faculty in the department to receive this honor. Diakopoulos is a foremost researcher of computational and data journalism, with a focus on the human-centered use of algorithms, automation, and artificial intelligence in news production and consumption.

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