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Alumnus to earn Lifetime Achievement Tony

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Marshall W. Mason, a class of 1961 School of Communication alumnus, famed producer of Broadway productions, and the founder of New York’s Circle Repertory Company will be receiving a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Tony Award at the annual show on June 12. Sheldon Harnick, Broadway lyricist and class of 1949 Bienen School of Music alumnus, will receive the same award.

2016 Hoffman Professor

Prolific and celebrated documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman recently screened his newest film, In Jackson Heights, at Northwestern. The film was followed by an insightful, endearing discussion with the artist, who is the 2016 Hoffman Professor for Documentary Media, a short-term filmmaker residency.

11th Annual Pepper Lecture

Speaking more than one language may change the way the human brain works. Extensive research conducted by Viorica Marian suggests this, and she shared her findings with an audience at the 11th Annual Pepper Lecture on April 13.

2016 Lambert Family Conference

Scholars from around the world gathered for Inventing the New: Innovation in Creative Enterprises, the School of Communication’s 2016 Lambert Family Conference, to discuss how and why innovation happens as well as the inventive minds behind it.

Autism Speaks Symposium

Researchers, business owners, and families gathered at a NUCASLL- and CSD-sponsored event to raise awareness of and share success stories about employing adults on the autism spectrum.

The Art of Storytelling

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Five preeminent Northwestern storytellers discussed their craft at the recent Lawrence B. Dumas Domain Dinner. The event was organized and moderated by David Tolchinsky, chair of the Department of Radio/Television/Film. Among the featured speakers were School of Communication faculty Debra Tolchinsky and Rebecca Gilman, both of the RTVF department.

A Conversation with Garth Fagan

Multi-award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan visited campus in anticipation of his role in the Danceworks 2016 showcase. He shared with students his advice on dance, life, and listening to their souls.

Danceworks 2016 preview

The Northwestern Dance program’s annual showcase will feature work from award-winning Lion King choreographer and more.

A pair of showrunners for the new Civil War-set docudrama Mercy Street discussed the show’s examination of race, gender, and Civil War myths before a campus crowd at this EPICS-sponsored event.

The hiss of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. The whir of BB-8’s roll. The guttural, staccato wail of Chewbacca in distress. These, and more, are the calling cards of iconic sound designer Gary Rydstrom, whom the producers of the new SoundTank Podcast series interviewed for this latest installment of their audio newsletter. Here, Rydstrom spills the beans about Star Wars, the science of sound, and his affinity for Northwestern.

Professor wins CAREER Award

Communications Studies Assistant Professor Anne Marie Piper is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award for her work designing and developing inclusive technologies for the elderly and those with disabilities. The grant will fund further research and device development.

New Look for January Theatre Productions

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Winter production of Charles L. Mee’s “Big Love” to be staged in newly renovated Louis Theater.

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