Showrunner Alumnus visits

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.

EPICS Connection Speakers

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.

Meet the New Faculty

Experts and researchers across School of Communication disciplines have joined the Northwestern Community this fall. Please join us in welcoming them.

Autism and Employment

Molly Losh, professor and researcher in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has worked to decode communication challenges in individuals with autism. Now she counts advocacy as part of this work, specifically in helping adults with autism find meaningful employment.

Debate Reunion 2016

Esteemed alumni returned to campus in September to take part in the inaugural induction ceremony for the Northwestern Debate Society Hall of Achievement. The event was part of a series of reunion events that weekend that included a reception, a debate presentation, football game and tailgate party, and dinner.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Emmy Record

The legendary School of Communication alumna made Emmy history Sunday night with a record-breaking sixth lead actress win.

Emoji Assumptions

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“Nerd Face” emoji? For professors? Ouch. Brent Hecht, a new addition to our Department of Communication Studies, enlightens The Chronicle of Higher Education on the hows and whys of its provenance.

New School of Communication Facilities

The Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts is expanding, thanks to 8,000 square feet of upgrades and additions to its theatrical facilities. Moreover, a new soundstage in John J. Louis Hall is elevating the study of sound and its creative applications for our undergraduate and graduate students.

Interviewing Trump

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As the presidential campaign heats up, journalists are experiencing an entirely new challenge: how to effectively question the Republican nominee. Why? He doesn’t play by the rules, says Harvey Young, chair of the Department of the Theatre and Dance, to a Poynter columnist. Read on for more.

A Techie’s Farewell

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School of Communication assistant professor Elizabeth Gerber explains to the Washington Post why it’s not always easy to part with outdated or broken tech. This comes in the wake of VHS's, well, wake. Read on.

Don’t Blame Pokemon Go

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Blame the user, says Eszter Hargittai, April McClain-Delaney and John Delaney Research Professor of Communication Studies. The app that’s sweeping (and irritating) the nation isn’t the problem, users’ judgment of appropriate times and places in which to use it is. She explains in July 22’s Washington Post.

Garry Marshall Remembered

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Garry Marshall, proud Northwestern alumnus and great friend to the School of Communication, died on July 19, 2016. He was one of the most respected figures in Hollywood, having coupled a lengthy and lauded career in television and film with legendary kindness, warmth, and humor.