Comedy Arts Module

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A new addition to our innovative, immersive modular curriculum is most certainly a laughing matter. Through a focused, in-depth track, our students are harnessing the skills and savvy necessary in securing a career in comedy — and at a time in our post-truth culture when the combination of funny and smart is needed most.

International Dolphin Show

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The undergraduate cast and management of the 75th Annual Dolphin Show will be taking their act on the road — and far. Through an exciting collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northwestern Students this month will be performing Little Shop of Horrors and leading workshops in five cities throughout the European country.

Student Voices are Heard

Northwestern this week hosted the 10-minuted play festival Black Lives, Black Words, a multi-city project that for the first time included a University partner. Students, coached by School of Communication faculty, shared poignant stories to prompt much-needed dialogues about race and young black lives in America. 

Multidisciplinary Artist

School of Communication alumna, actress, singer, and Sesame Street master puppeteer Stephanie D’Abruzzo occupies many artistic worlds. As she demonstrated to undergraduates last month, creative dexterity — with a healthy dose of playfulness — is the means toward a successful and fulfilling end.  

Entertainment Insider

Hollywood agent and School of Communication alumnus Jeff Jacobs returned to campus in February to speak with students about breaking into Hollywood and, more importantly, staying in the ever-changing game. “How do you break through?” he asks. “You have to be great.” Jacobs’ visit was sponsored by EPICS.

Black Arts Initiative

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The interdisciplinary Black Arts Initiative aims to study, disseminate, and honor the contributions of artists on campus and beyond through conferences, showcases, dialogues, and film screenings. E. Patrick Johnson, BAI’s founder, director, and the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies, explains.

Akil’s Storytelling Success

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.

Professor’s Insight on Iranian Art

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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.

Zimmerman Reflects on What’s Next

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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.

Faculty honored by Provost

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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.

Alumna Premieres Play

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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.

The Spread of “Fake News”

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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.


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